16 October 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Zombie Authors



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

Yeah, who guessed this would be my list ;-) My Top Ten Zombie Authors, and their zombie books that I've read.

Mark Tufo
With books that manage to make me laugh out loud in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and awesome characters, Mark is also an incredibly accessible author, and a huge proponent of self-publishing.
Books Read: Zombie Fallout 1, Zombie Fallout 2, Zombie Fallout 3
Reviews: Zombie Fallout 1, Zombie Fallout 2

Jonathan Maberry 
With more zombie books than you can poke a stick at, Jonathan Maberry also manages to write books that appeal to an incredibly wide audience.  And he once commented on my blog *squee*
Books Read: Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, Dead of Night.
Review: Dead of Night

Rhiannon Frater
I dare anyone to not love Rhiannon's books - along with zombies she also writes awesome vampire novels.  Her female characters are some of the best, most realistic I've read in any zombie book.
Books Read: The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, The First Days
Reviews: The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, The First Days

A.R. Wise
I love this series - although short, they're moving and very very scary.
Books Read: Deadlocked 1, Deadlocked 2
Reviews: Deadlocked 1, Deadlocked 2

Ian Woodhead
I've loved the setting of all Ian Woodhead's books that I've read - they're so gritty and very definitely English.
Books Read: The Unwashed Dead, ZombieDead, Walking With Zombies
Reviews: The Unwashed DeadZombieDeadWalking With Zombies

Craig DiLouie
Intense and gritty, I loved both these books, and there's a NEW ONE.  Yay!
Books Read: The Infection, Tooth and Nail

J.L. Bourne
Apart from the fact that the series is written in the always difficult diary form, the author's knowledge of warfare really come through.
Books Read: Day by Day Armageddon, Beyond Exile

David Moody
One of the first zombie series that I've read, I love David Moody's writing style.
Books Read: Autumn, Autumn: The City, Autumn: Purification

Joseph Talluto
My favourite part of the White Flag of the Dead series is definitely the fact that the main character is also trying to bring up his young son in the middle of the madness.
Books Read: White Flag of the Dead, Taking it Back, America the Dead

Joe McKinney
Classic old school zombie apocalypse?  Joe McKinney has them in spades.
Books Read: Dead City
Review: Dead City

T.W. Brown
Despite the fact I didn't like his first book, Zomblog II was a completely different experience for me. 
Books Read: Zomblog, Zomblog II
Reviews: Zomblog, Zomblog II

Who are your favourite authors?  Link me up to your Top Ten lists too!

36 comments:

  1. I've never really been into zombiegore kind of novels, I've only ever read one zombie novel and that was Zombiecorns by John Green (it was awesome, I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it) but if there's a comedic YA zombie novel out there that you know of, I'm in for it! Amusing zombies I think I could cope with!
    Great list, Kat!

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    1. I like my zombies gory, but there are certainly some funny ones out there - Rusty Fischer does a great comedic zombie!

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    2. Thank you! I'll check it out!

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  2. Wow! I thought I had read a few zombie novels, but your list shows me how many I've missed!

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  3. Can I just say that I adore your list! You just gave me new authors and books to look out for! :) Hooray, hooray and another one for you: hooray!


    J'adore Happy Endings

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  4. Ugh, I don't know any of these... I have to check them out. :)

    My TTT

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  5. Awesome list! I have a shelf on goodreads that's called 'zombie lit.' Totally adding most of these to it! Thanks! :D My TTTs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Tuesday! :D (P.S. I'm now following you via GFC. :))

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    1. Oh I'm going to have to check out that shelf!

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  6. I haven't read any gory zombie novels, but I did enjoy both Zone One and World War Z. I'll have to check these out, I enjoy well written gore :)

    My TTT.

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    1. WWZ was great, I need to re-read that one!

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  7. Great idea for your list! I'm still getting into the whole zombie genre, so I haven't heard of many of the authors you mentioned, but I have read books by Rhiannon Frater and she is awesome!

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  8. I so didn't know zombies wrote books! That's awesome. :-p

    Also, I've only read Jonathan Maberry. Guess I have some work to do!

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    1. That's because zombies ARE awesome ;-)

      Well seeing as Jonathan Maberry has written a lot of zombie books, that counts!

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  9. EEEEEEP! Yaaay! I totally had a feeling you would be the one to pick zombies (and sooooo glad you did)! Seriously. Doing a little happy dance right now. This is such an awesomesauce list including many authors whom I still have yet to read.

    I adore J.L. Bourne and have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion to his trilogy. I've listened to his books mainly via audiobook and love them. I'd also have to add Jesse Petersen's Married With Zombies trilogy to my list. They're just too funny and fun not to read. But I think my favourite has to be Z.A. Recht (sans the 3rd book). He pretty much got me started into zombie-lit so there's a very personal attachment to his books. He also has written a few short stories about zombies which are really great too!

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    1. I knew you'd like this list ;-) I actually had about fifteen to begin with and had to do a serious cull!

      I loved the first two books in the Day by Day Armageddon series, and I also listened to them on audio (I remember standing in the snow, waiting for a train and listening to them!). I've already got the third book on pre-order, but the release date keeps changing, gah!

      I need to read the Married with Zombies series too.

      Nearly added Z.A. Recht but he was one that sadly didn't survive the cull :(

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  10. There is a bunch here that I wish were available in Audio. I need to finish up the Zombie Fallout series. I have that, the new Walking Dead, Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick and Mutated by Joe McKinney all on my TBL pile. Hoping to get through them before Halloween. Two weeks of Zombie mania.

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    1. Ooooo Halloween is the perfect time to go Zombie Crazy!

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  11. I'm definitely going to be checking out all these authors and books that you've mentioned! I'm a fan of zombie books but haven't read a lot of them, so I'll be using this list to rectify that. Great list! :)

    My TTT

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  12. Ohhhh, hurray for zombie books! I see some new titles and authors, so thanks! I'm going to add them to Goodreads right away :)

    TTT fairytale authors @thedailyprophecy

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    1. Welcome :-) There are so many awesome zombie books now!

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  13. You'll have to add Jonathan Maberry's YA zombie books to that list - Rot and Ruin; Dust and Decay and just out Flesh and Bone. There's a 4th to follow as well. They are really good.

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    1. I own the first two, and I have the third on order - I just haven't read them yet!

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  14. I don't think I have read any zombie novels - except I Am Legend. And maybe Handling the Undead by Lindqvist qualifies too? Anyway, I love how you organized your list, mentioning the books you've read by each author and also the ones you've reviewed.

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    1. I Am Legend was amazing, and the book is so different to the movie.

      Thanks :-D

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  15. Great list of author's. There's a few there I haven't yet read. I'm also so glad to see you recommending Ian Woodhead's newest works. I read one of his earlier works "Shades of Green" and thought it had a ton of promise but it was very confusing and needed some editing. From reading your reviews, it sounds like his work has improved so much.

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    1. I love Ian's work for two reasons - firstly he writes really intense zombie stories, and secondly because he can really bring out the sense of setting - it's easy to work out where his books are set!

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  16. haha this is the perfect list for your blog! i'm not much of a zombie reader so all these authors are new to me. :)

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    1. You should try Jonathan Maberry - he's a great introduction to zombies :)

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  17. This is a great list for you! And I'v actually read some of them. Love Jonathan Maberry. I didn't have a ton of luck with Rhiannon Frater's first book, but I liked it enough to continue with the series.

    I have a bone to pick with you for not including Charlie Higson. His The Enemy series is my favorite zombie book hands down. Still great picks though.

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    1. Now in my defense, I haven't read the The Enemy series, but I own it :)

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  18. I like my horror with a LOT of humor, so my fave zombie story is Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel." It's set during the Yuletide season so now it's a Christmas tradition for me to read it. :-)
    Mina's Resurrection Blogfest!

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