105 Ways to Die in ‘Zombocalypse Now’ by Matt Youngmark

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Overall Grade:

B
(See Thomas’ notes on how he grades)

Summary:

Ok, I’ve veered off the track of pure novels, but it had to be done. Remember the old choose your own adventure books? As I was somewhat shunned as a child, I spent many an hour choosing and re-choosing some of my adventures. This is a modern revamp of those clunky old wonderful treats. The best part is this one feels fresh! I got my value out of the book on my very first reading. I died my first time not by zombies but by religious zealots! Very nice.

You are a pink, stuffed bunny on your first “internet dating site” date with a young woman just as the zombie apocalypse starts. Do you have what it takes to live (hint, I’ve tried about a dozen times and failed each time)?

Good:

How can you go wrong by being a pink stuffed bunny! Really! It’s never described why the bunny has anima or why its on a date with a human woman, but it is and that’s okay by me.

The writing in each section is exceptional. As I’ve tried, in the distant past, to write my own “chooseomatic” book, I know how difficult it is to keep up the enthusiasm for each track and the writing fresh, not to mention all coordination work that it requires.

Matt has a twisted imagination that I enjoy. There are dozens of very interesting endings to the book, and or your life.

Not So Good:

Ok, this is never going to win a Hugo! The writing is light and fluffy and never gets fully detailed, except where gore is concerned.

I wouldn’t have minded a few more “wins”.

This review is by Thomas Gondolfi, Author of Toy Wars and the CorpGov Chronicle and numerous pieces of short fiction in the genres of science fiction and cyberpunk. He is also the owner of TANSTAAFL Press (How do you like your SciFi? ). For more bio information go to http://tanstaaflpress.com/authors/biographies/tom-gondolfi/

 

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About Thomas Gondolfi

Thomas Gondolf is the author of Toy Wars, The CorpGov Chronicle and numerous pieces of short fiction in the genres of science fiction and cyberpunk. He is also the owner of TANSTAAFL Press (How do you like your SciFi? ).

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