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Review – Double Dead is dead good

November 10, 2011 - 12:47 am No Comments

Double Dead
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Abaddon Books
Page count: 311pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Coburn, a vampire, wakes up below a NY City Theatre in a rather bad state with little memory as to how he got there. The only thing he knows, is that he needs blood, and lots of it. So, he attacks two men in the theatre who appear to be eating a deer, gagging on the black fluid that passes for their blood. For the world has changed while he slept, and these men are dead – double dead – rotting corpses who have somehow returned back from the dead.

Finding food in the shape of a few remaining humans, Coburn thinks he’s hit the jackpot until one of the survivors, cancer riddled teen Kayla, strikes a deal. If Coburn helps her group survive a journey to LA where Kayla hopes her special blood can help create a vaccine, the group will ensure he is well fed on the blood of the bad people scattered around the streets. So this ragtag group become Coburn’s ‘sheeple’; his herd of people he must protect. He even includes a little white terrier called ‘Creampuff’ in his protection clause, and it isn’t guilt that stops him snacking on the little ball of fluff – honestly.

If you have read any of Wendig’s stuff, particularly his blog, then you know what you’re in for. Wendig is a naturally funny writer and the novel is filled with witty one liners sharp observations and robust characters who complement Wendig’s narrative voice. Gross and hilarious, this is a must for zombie fans and fans of quality pulp!

If you like the look of this check it out at Double Dead (Tomes of the Dead).

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May 27, 2011 - 9:44 pm 2 Comments

Tomes of the Dead: The Viking Dead

Author: Toby Venables

Publisher: Abaddon Books

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  351pp

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

The Viking Dead Book Cover

Tomes of the Dead is a relatively new and recently established series of books from quality pulp publishers Abaddon, a sub-set of Solaris Books.  As the series title suggests, this is all about The Dead, or rather, the Un-Dead a.k.a Zombies. The series has previously opened up doors for new prolific horror writers such as Gary McMahon, Simon Bestwick and 2000AD scribe Al Ewing. 

The Viking Dead, the latest instalment of Tomes, released in April 2011 is the debut novel by Cambridge lecturer Toby Venables.  If I were to put money on it, I would bet that Prof. Venables area of expertise is Viking history and lore. The setting, background and tone of the novel seems indelibly real

In his novel, the author pits the draugr or Undead against a band of pillaging yet not so evil Vikings.  As you would expect then, there is plenty of rip roaring adventure, tongue twisting character names, violence, battles and gruesome deaths.  As is prevalent in the Abaddon novels, there is also a healthy dose of gallows humour and ironic, self aware wit. 

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