Detention of the Living Dead by Rusty Fischer
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Bono Books
Received: for blog tour/honest review
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Maxine “Max” Compton is in detention when the outbreak starts; so are several other students when Max’s best friend Brie storms in – chomping on the thigh bone of their favorite Home Ec teacher, Ms. Watkins!
Brie is a zombie, and quickly starts biting everyone in the room—even her best friend, Max!
When the class realizes what happens, it’s too late; they are all zombies—and they’re no longer alone.
Now a thin gray man in a white lab coat is testing them; making them read, and once they can no longer read, the zombies are led from the room, never to be seen again.
One by one the zombies stop reading, all but a few of them, Max included. Oh, and that cute thug she’s been crushing on for years, Cory Winthrop!
That’s when Max learns that there are good zombies, and bad zombies. And if she’s to survive, she has to pick a side.
Who knew Detention could be this hard… or last forever?
Why I've waited so long to read a Rusty Fischer book? I have no idea. It's not like I don't own two of them on my shelves (Vamplayers and Zombies Don't Cry), nor heard the most amazing things about his writing, but for some reason this is the first story I've read by this amazingly witty author.
This was such fun read - fast paced, not your typical zombie story - Mr. Fischer doesn't follow the rules and creates zombies that actually retain brain function and can still make decisions, still crack jokes and think for themselves. They are even required to READ to prove their brain function is still there - there are multiple types of zombies in this book and the best kind to be is one that can read.
The writing style is pretty much written they way a teenager would think or speak and I found that it worked well for the setting of the book and the characters involved.
“It’s a kind of half-smile, half-groan, half I-wish-I-could-say-something-really-smart-but-my-brain’s-stuck-in-neautral-righ-now-but-if-you-give-me-a-few-days-I’ll-have-a-snappy-comeback-ready-for-you type of thing.”
There's a little gore, a little action, a lot of humour and tiny smidgen of romance. It's a great combination. I look forward to reading more about this misfit group of undead - I'd like to see how some of the characters develop a little more.
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The Silent Type
A FREE Poem of the Living Dead
By Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry
Copyright © 2012 by Rusty Fischer
All rights reserved.
This is a work of fiction. All of the names, characters, places and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or, if real, are used fictitiously.
Cover credit: © Arman Zhenikeyev – Fotolia.com
The Silent TypeI thought that heWould be a dud;But I was wrongHe is a stud.
Don’t get me wrongHe’s quite distasteful;If you were to getOne big eyeful.
But do not let hisBad looks fool you;You think he’s gross?Well, let me school you:
My zombie dearIs so romantic;When he speaks upI get all frantic.
He only knowsOne single word;But when he says itIt’s absurd…
How flushed that IGet in the face;My heart beatsAll over the place.
“Brains!” he says.“Brains” he groans.“Brains,” he grunts.And “Brains” he moans.
And every timeI get an earful;My eye balls swellAnd get real tearful.
It’s something thatI can’t explain;I guess he loves meFor… my brain!
About the author:
Rusty Fischer is the author of ZombiesDon’t Cry, as well as several other popular zombie books, including PantyRaid at Zombie High, Detentionof the Living Dead and the Reanimated Readz series of 99-cent living dead shorts.
Rusty runs the popular website ZombiesDon’t Blog. At Zombies Don’t Blog you can read more about Rusty’s work, view his upcoming book covers and read – or download – completely FREE books & stories about… zombies!