Hey, look at that! Me actually keeping a promise! I am BACK, ladies and gents. I now know that at least two males will read this, so I can actually say that. I am LIVING THE DREAM.
Let's talk books, shall we?
I mentioned in my last video the idea of possibly doing a book club. A few of you seemed interested, so I'm going to do a video about that on my main channel later this week. I have two ideas for books, so I think we will put it to a vote.
Perhaps it is the fact that I went to sleep at 5:45 AM last night/this morning, but today I want to talk about zombie novels.
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld was probably the first YA zombie novel I read, and it is still one of my favourites. I love the idea of zombies as a disease spread through kissing. It's very well thought-out; the idea that there can be carriers for the disease, that being a carrier makes the individual more sexually active. It's also one of the only zombie novels I've read in which the general public does not know about the outbreak, which I found interesting.
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters is one of my favourite in the genre because of three words: politically correct zombies. In Generation Dead, teenagers that die aren't staying dead. They come back to life slightly slower and more numb, but very much conscious. A recently passed law is allowing those kids to return to the public school system. As with most public schools, though, there needs to be a more PC term for anyone different. In Waters' the reanimated teens aren't zombies. They're living impaired. Be sure to check out the other books in the series, Kiss of Life and Passing Strange.
Zombies vs. Unicorns is, hands down, my favourite anthology. Ever. The stories contained therein are so well-written, especially on the zombie side, that I actually switched teams. They range from laugh-out-loud comedy to simmering romance to heart-pounding adventure, often within the same story. These are definitely worth a read. What team are you on?
If you're upset that John Green is not in Zombies vs. Unicorns, be sure to check out his zombie apocalypse novella, available for free here.