The Beautiful Dead

The Beautiful Dead

by Daryl Banner

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Overview

** This is Book #1 in THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD trilogy. It is recommended to read this series in order. **
Book #1: The Beautiful Dead
Book #2: Dead Of Winter
Book #3: Almost Alive

She's dead.

In fact, the whole world's dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible.

So why is she so bent on destroying it all?

After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again.

But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There's a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a heartbeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491234068
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2013
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Beautiful Dead 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
First I must say, this is one of the best books I have read devoured in I don't know when. 5 stars is not high enough for what I would rate it. It's a post-apocolyptic zombie-ish story which has you thinking ehhh so much of that these days, but no there isn't anything like this. I never had any idea what would happen next. If I would've had 100 guesses to figure out where the plot was headed next in most parts of the story, I would have still gotten it wrong. I have no idea where he came up with this stuff. "Welcome to the End of Time." This is the story of Winter. She is recently risen from the dead in a world she does not understand. It appears everything on Earth is dead. Also the state of the natural world (trees, animals, etc) is pretty barren and going extinct. She has no memory of her personal life before, but she does have knowledge of the basic ways of human life. She's quickly all patched up to look as if in a pre-death state-of-being and shown to her own little rundown house for a life of overcast nothingness for all eternity. I can't tell time here. Silvery grey-o'clock, that's what time it is. Bleak, that's the day of the week. A cockroach scuttles across the floor, disappears into a crack in the wall. That must be my roommate, a fellow survivor of the end of the world. The way things go from there, you just have to peruse and examine for yourself. This story is infused with the perfect mix of dry humor, action and moral lesson. Along the way, we find the world is now home to the Undead, the Deathless, humans, and possibly other fantasy-based life-forms, none of which are on peaceful terms. This is book, that I cannot do any justice by writing a long review. It's something that just must be read. Really, people, I know of nothing similar, definitely not a traditional living dead book. I recommend it for men and women from teen up. I may be slightly obsessed now. And you know what, Daryl Banner, The. Only. One. Left. To. Blame. Is. You.
thequiteone More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal). Was this book amazingly brilliant? No. Was it well written? Yes. If I could go back in time would I still have read it? Maybe. I really have not read a book about zombies. I have read some with them in it but I have never read what people would call a 'zombie book.' This one is not even a normal zombie book. It has a twist and ends in a sort of cliffhanger. I will read the next one most likely. I think i should probably re-read this one too. I think I missed something (like the part everyone loved). :)
Bibika More than 1 year ago
 I was given this book in exchange for an honest review This was a refreshingly different twist on zombies. Who knew zombies (or undead if you prefer) could be so likeable!  I found the dialogue to be witty and very funny at times. I even shed a few tears. Ironically, it's book about zombies but gives us  a few lessons in human nature and humanity. It kept me on edge, not wanting to put it down!  I definitely recommend this book!
Book_Bug_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Great take on zombies… I mean the undead. A world where the living are no longer, the post apocalypse has come and gone, and all that are left are the undead. Slowly being raised from the dead. They live in a world where they don't need money or to work or have any responsibilities. They just do what makes them happy for the rest of their final life. But Winter hates it. She wants to remember her living life. But when a failed raising forces Winter to take action, will Winter get what she wants or will everything be ruined beyond what she ever imagined? Can things get worse then being undead? Will Winter ever get her waking dream? I did not want to put this book down. At all. This book is so much more then I expected of it. It was powerful. I felt it had a lot more to say then just an amazing story, it had a message. Kind of like Animal Farm isn't just a book about barn yard drama, The Beautiful Dead is more then an unhappy undead girl who can't remember her life. This is one book that will stay with me long after I finished it. The surprises in this book. Wow. I did not see many of them coming. You start out with feelings of love or hate for some characters, then BAM! He smacks you up side the head with a twist and you have no idea how to feel about said character any more. About halfway through this book I knew I had to add it to my hard copy collection! One of my favorite things was a few lines that were a theme throughout, I couldn't wait to see how it tied in to everything. Every character has something big to do with this story, the way their undead lives mix and tangle with each others is so well thought out. The details were wonderful. I could clearly imagine what it was like to be Winter, to never know if it's day or night because the sky is always this grey color. To see color, but not the color of the sky. To feel, but not feel pain. One of the best takes on zombies I've ever read. If you hate zombies, you will love this book. If you love zombies, you will love this book. There was no cliffhanger, this was a stand alone, but I would love to see another book dealing with this world!
Shawnao-Of-The-Dead More than 1 year ago
If you read zombie books you know that the majority of them are basically the same. That doesn't mean they are not good, just the same basic story. That is not the case with The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner. He brings a fresh new take on the undead world. The world that Daryl Banner has built is one of horror and fantasy, with zombies who pretend they are still alive, a zombie who controls an army that is bent on destroying the “pretenders” and the remaining humans. If you want a new take on zombie/horror books then you will not be disappointed with this book.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Beautiful Dead Author: Daryl Banner Publisher: Createspace Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4.5 Review: "The Beautiful Dead" by Darryl Banner... "She’s dead. In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible. So why is she so bent on destroying it all? After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again. But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a heartbeat." What I Understood From "The Beautiful Dead" It's a gruesome horror with zombies! Now, that scared me...because this is not my kind of genre that I favor however, since I do read them ALL, I thought to myself why not! Well, I must say this author really knows how to write something that is a very crazy fantasy zombies and still make it into a good read. You will be able to tell that this author has a dark, sarcastic sense of humor that will cause you to laugh at its humor in it that goes throughout the read. I did like the fact that this wasn't too predictable of a book because when I thought maybe I had it all figured out there would be another twist so, I decided to go with the flow of the read to see what was going to happen next with Winter in this scary read. The characters I will say had some unique qualities...wow ...going from ones maybe I liked, hated, some being strong, while others were fake, and disgusting...then their were some that did show a little more compassion while their were others who were downright horrible. In the end of all of this characterization I will say you will have to read it for yourself and see what all this author has delivered to the reader. That part I will say will be most intriguing about this read. The quotes in the read were very interesting which did add to my attention of the read. By the time I had made it to the end of the read I thought that was a well written unique novel that will leave you with a thought provoking read. So, now I am left thinking not all horror reads are bad? If you like urban fantasy, horror and zombies then "The Beautiful Dead" would definitely be a recommended read for you. You will find this author did write a beautiful and intense read with some genuine characters where it all comes together giving you a read with humor along with darkness and beauty.
amm02 More than 1 year ago
So it starts with Winter being tended to after her being risen for her second life. Right away she hated everything. She wanted to know why she was here and what happened. But there are rules that make no sense and a feeling that everything isn't what it seems. When she meets a real living human her second life really starts changing. So at first it was a little hard to figure out what was going on. The beginning is a little slow but then it picks up and things start moving. The story ends in a cliff hanger. I can not wait to read whats next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Beautiful Dead" is one of those rare books that captures one's interest right at the beginning and then just keeps getting better. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, although by the time I came to the end I wished I had read slower as I didn't want the story to end. Banner's writing-style makes for an "easy read" of a wonderfully unique tale. Every time I thought the plots were all in place, he unexpectedly threw a new "twist" into the picture. "The Beautiful Dead" screams for a sequel, and I hope there will be one. This book is the proverbial "must read". - Donna B.