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Jul 27 2012

ShareReads: My Very Zombie Summer

by ShareReads

ShareReads intro

This was my very ambitious summer. Between summer school, work and other obligations, I was determined to read a few books for pleasure. I requested several books and even started a few but nothing would hold my attention. My only source of pleasure reading was article reviews and textbooks for class. Though my head was filling with knowledge, I still needed some form of escapism in the few precious moments of down time I had.

So when a friend suggested that I read Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry, I hopped on the Library’s catalog and requested the book. I mean, a book with zombies, conspiracy theories and secret agencies that protected the world, who could ask for anything more? I started reading it, but alas, life happened and there the book sat for weeks, waiting for me to continue my journey through its pages whenever I had a break in my schoolwork.

Then one day, I read a DCPLive blog post about a 5K obstacle course with zombies that included a list of a few good books to read. Imagine my excitement as I perused the list of the post-apocalyptic fiction. I mean, who doesn’t love a good zombie story right? So, I requested a copy of Rot and Ruin, Jonathan Maberry’s YA zombie fiction and could not put it down.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Rot and Ruin is about Benny Imura, a young teen who is about to turn sixteen, and is faced with finding a job or losing half of his food rations. He tries out for everything, wanting any job but a zombie hunter like his older brother Tom. His career choice will set off a chain of events that will forever change his life.

I was truly engaged with the story and amazed by the care that Maberry took with such a subject. It went beyond the simple see-zombie-run-from-zombie formula and grabbed the reader. Before I knew it, 464 pages passed me by and I do not want the story to end. Thankfully, there is a sequel, Dust and Decay, that just as enjoyable as the first book.

After reading both books, I think I will give Mr. Maberry’s Joe Ledger series another try now that I have a break from school and a taste for a zombie thriller.


Mar 2 2012

The Zombies are coming!

by Amanda L

Did you know that there is a 5K obstacle course that is coming to Georgia? Instead of running against time you are running to avoid the zombies.  The Run for your Lives event is this weekend in Union Point, Georgia where the zombies will be chasing the participants. This event has been traveling the United States.

Want to know more about Zombies? Check out a Zombie’s history of the United States: from massacre at Plymoth Rock to the CIA’s secret war on the undead by Worm Miller. You might also be interested in Tracking the man-beasts: Sasquatch, vampires, zombies and more by Joe Nickell. Trying to avoid those zombies? You might try, The Zombie handbook by Robert Curran

Zombies have been hot over the last few years in the fiction arena. Here are a few titles you might want to explore if you like zombies:

Zombie, Ohio: a tale of the undead by Scott Kenemore

No one is safe in a zombie apocalypse… not even a zombie. With society decomposing before his eyes, and violence escalating into daily life, Peter, a rural Ohio college professor, finds his old friends are loath to associate with him. When he finds out that the automobile wreck that killed him wasn’t an accident, Peter resolves to solve his own murder.

The New Dead: a zombie anthology 

RESURRECTION! The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How will you survive? HOW WILL THE WORLD CHANGE WHEN THE DEAD BEGIN TO RISE? Stoker-award-winning author Christopher Golden has assembled an original anthology of never-before-published zombie stories from an eclectic array of today’s hottest writers.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

After a zombie attack, Wanda Mayhall rescues a near-dead infant on the side of a frozen Iowa highway and decides to raise him without telling the authorities, but as the boy gets older he realizes that there are other living dead in the world like him.

This is just a sampling. If you like zombie literature, what would you recommend that you have checked out at the library?


Mar 2 2009

Slow Down, Zombies at Play

by Nolan R

If you’re stopping by the Decatur Library today or tomorrow, you might have to detour around the zombies.  No, they won’t be at the Library, but just down the street.  The Decatur Metro blog reports that the film Zombieland will be filming a couple of short scenes in downtown Decatur on March 2nd and March 3rd–one at the Hi-Tech gas station on the corner of N. Candler St. and E. Ponce de Leon Ave., and the other at the intersection of N. Candler and Sycamore St.  The section of N. Candler between E. Howard Ave. and Sycamore St. will be closed for approximately 4 hours, according to Sony Pictures.

The Hi-Tech station has been transformed into the Gas N’ Gulp for the filming.  There’s no word on whether or not the film’s stars Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone will be on location for the Decatur scenes.  Most of the filming so far has taken place in Valdosta, GA, and the film is scheduled to be released October 9, 2009.

If you’re interested in other movies filmed in Georgia, make sure to go back and check out Amanda’s previous post!

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Oct 28 2008

Trick or treat

by Heather S

Halloween is Friday, and the spooky creatures will be creeping out!  Zombies have been spotted at the library lurking on several shelves.  If you want to try and catch sight of one, I have spotted them between the pages of:

·         The boy who couldn’t die by William Sleator

·         The death collector by Justin Richards

·         Generation dead by Daniel Waters

·         World war Z by Max Brooks

·         Zombie Blondes by Brian James

Fandango has created a list of their favorite zombie film stars; the library has a few films from their Countdown to the Dead list, so be on the lookout for: 

·         #7 – Shaun of the Dead (2004)

·         #6 – 28 Days Later (2002)

·         #5 – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

·         #1 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

I will be watching out for these frightening creatures on Friday as I tiptoe around the library stacks.  What do you most fear finding at the library?  Ghosts?  Ghouls?  Goblins?  Happy Halloween!