Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humour, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary; those are the key elements for this incredible authorial debut.
If you like Vonnegut, Fante, Bukowski - do not miss this one!
The collection comprehends three previously published stories ("The Galway Review", "Two Thousand Words" and "Chantwood Magazine"); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story "Impurità", which was Selected Work in iBooks Italy 2012.
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Now with a title like this who could refuse to take a peek inside! The cover is mighty intriguing as well. Most people know I’m not a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan but I do enjoy a good zombiefest so I based my initial preconception on that. However this is a lot deeper than walking dead critters or the occasional UFO. Nine short stories all fairly different but sufficient to link the topics together. I really like the writing style and underlying wit, this is a book that is suitable to dip into for a quick coffee break read per ‘story’ or doesn’t take too long to indulge the whole selection. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s going to be a ‘kids’ book or a cute romance .. there are subjects including sex, religion, conspiracy, apocalypse etc and as one would deduce from the title aliens and zombies! Out of the individual titles I think three stood out as favourites for me: Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse, Bathroom Love and Summers Ended. It is very refreshing to read something which is so unique, quirky and weird all in the best possible way. This will take a few out of their comfort zone but hopefully will show an alternative can be thoroughly enjoyable. Based on this I would be curious to see a full length novel by this author. Meanwhile I think I may just dip in/out of this one again because I get the feeling the true sense of some of the deeper issues will become clearer second time round. Thanks to the author and Neverland Blog Tours for the copy .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.
As with any short story collection, Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies offers a mix of stories, some excellent, others good. There was not a single story that I thought was bad, though, which speaks volumes for the quality of the collection. The stories are a mix: they’re about life and death, aliens and zombies (as the title suggests) but they also deal with a lot more, like love, religion, loneliness. The themes are varied and differ in every story. At just over a 100 pages, the collection is a fast read that you can finish in little more than an hour’s time. One of my favorite stories (it’s hard to pick an exact favorite) was Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse. I love zombie stories, but to see one so completely different from just about every other zombie story out there, was amazing. Another one of my favorites was Terrorism Marketing. It was bizarre, ironic, but also rang sort of true of today’s society. I also enjoyed The Best Place to Plan a Mass Shooting. The writing is very strong, lyrical, and it’s what carries the stories and lifts them from good to great. I look forward to reading more stories by this author in the future, and I’m very impressed with this collection. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.