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Sort order. Start your review of The Zombie Generation. Jul 09, Frank Errington rated it really liked it. Able to be killed with a shot to the head, the bashing in of the head, or fire, as well as not being very conversant, other than the occasional groan or moan.
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These are not those Zombies. Actually in this novel, the undead are not referred to as Zombies at all. In The Zombie Generation they're called "Buggers". The "Buggers" tend to be obese, with a penchant for alcohol, they sleep in piles, some of the piles as high as buildings. It takes much more than a shot to the head to kill them, and they can speak in a childlike manner.
The Zombie Generation actually refers to Warner's generation, "Generation instant" as his father puts it. But the real story here, the one that kept my interest, is Warner. Warner suffers from "figs" short for figments, making it difficult to tell what is reality and what is purely in Warner's mind.
As a result, his relationships with others in the story is always suspect. He's also been scratched by one of the "Buggers" and spends a good part of the time trying to find a cure and trying to figure out exactly when and if he will become one of them. Overall, I had a very good time in Drake Vaughn's post-apocalyptic world and give him high marks for taking me somewhere I didn't expect to go and keeping me intrigued from start to finish. Available now as both a paperback and for the Kindle from Amazon.
Jun 22, Matthew rated it it was ok. I will put it out there from the get go that zombie lore is not my forte. I know some of the general stuff: they are dead, there is no cure, they eat brains and flesh, they really are not sentient, shooting them in the head is practically the only way to kill them, etc. Enter The Zombie Generation , which seems to neglect most of these in an attem I will put it out there from the get go that zombie lore is not my forte. Enter The Zombie Generation , which seems to neglect most of these in an attempt at something new or fresh, but I cannot say they were for the better.
There are some minor spoilers, so read at your own risk. Warner has survived alone for years and has been experiencing frequently vivid hallucinations, what he calls figs short for figments of his imagination. After becoming infected and switching between man and beast, Warner must decide if he is willing to risk his life to rescue a group of stranded survivors who may not exist. The zombies in are a bit baffling. They sleep and do so in large piles, with some alcohol are able to communicate like Grimlock in the original Transformers cartoon, can sometimes remember who they were before being infected, genuinely fear water, sometimes have sex, and are apparently pyromaniacs.
Again, I want to point out that my zombie experience is limited, but it was hard to think of them as zombies when they seemed to exhibit no common zombie characteristics. To be fair, I do not recall the book or Warner ever calling them zombies specifically, so that may be kicker to why. They were called buggers, but generally speaking, referring to the undead typically infers zombies.
Zombie issues aside, the story starts off pretty slow, gets more interesting the further you get into it, but suffers from being confusing to follow near the end. Reading the history of a child's toy and government scandals regarding food packs provided far more detail than necessary. Both items are of great import to Warner's continued survival, but who cares about the toy's legal issues before the world went away? The twist concerning the infection was a big let down for me because it was too open for an argument, and a strong one at that.
I would elaborate, but I would be revealing too much. The Zombie Generation follows one guy and his slow mental breakdown, with a few scenes of human interaction sprinkled in, but really it is all about Warner. Perhaps with some editing, this could have been a more enjoyable read. However, with a less than stellar story and personal grievances with the writing style, I find it difficult to talk up whatever positive aspects it had. For me, the bad far outweighs the good and if I am to be honest, then I could not rate this book any higher. Drake Vaughn provided me this book for free in exchange for a review, and I thank him for the opportunity.
Nov 02, Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing. Review: After typing-up my last zombie book review, I was in no mood to read further into the genre, but with Halloween around the bend, I knew that readers would be in search of the next undead thriller. I had three choices, all looked interesting cover-wise, but the only one whose blurb spoke to me was Drake Vaughn's The Zombie Generation - a genre-bending psychological, post-apocalyptic horror novel where you never know the difference between reality and hallucination.
The plot-lin Review: After typing-up my last zombie book review, I was in no mood to read further into the genre, but with Halloween around the bend, I knew that readers would be in search of the next undead thriller. The plot-line is anything but stale, Warner's mental state paired with his worsening living situation, no spoilers!
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His vivid hallucinations and chaotic inner dialogue are gritty and unnerving, often blurring the fine line between sanity and lunacy - for both Warner and the readers. I never knew what to believe about Warner's current Earth; was there a true "bugger" zombie situation? Or was the entire scenario within his mind? Was he truly the last man on Earth? I found it fascinating that Drake Vaughn managed to craft Warner's character so meticulously - he has a very well-developed and multi-layered personality that is unusual and unique. I enjoyed getting to know his character, even though it was difficult to relate to him at some points.
He felt very "real", and I was genuinely invested in his well-being throughout the novel. I can attribute this to the author's ability to create a story for the character, a difficult task to be sure. Drake Vaughn's writing style is very descriptive, his characters, buggers included , play their role well and are as integral to the story as brains are to zombies. The action scenes definitely had my heart racing, but some of them were slightly over-done; more superhero-esque than believable. When the action was full-throttle the pace was excellent, but there were a few instances, during the bugger attacks and some of the calmer moments, where the events were repetitive and the flow seemed to stumble.
The buggers also took some getting used to - forget zombies of the past, these undead hordes are comprised of trash-eating, obese, alcoholic nymphomaniacs who sleep in huge rotting piles of the undead.
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They also speak Overall, I loved Vaughn's unconventional take on the "zombie" apocalypse, and was left craving more! If current zombie novels were this "out-of-the-box" I wouldn't be so bored with them! Recommended to readers interested in a psychological thrill-ride complete with blood, gore, action, drama, kick ass character s , and a biting wit. Rating: On the Run 4. Oct 31, Kevin Walsh rated it really liked it Shelves: zombie-novels.
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I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. I don't think it really is a zombie novel because the infected don't quite resemble zombies except for the fact that they want to kill you. But it was a pretty enjoyable story nonetheless.
This novel is a psychological horror novel that focuses on a man named Warner. The tone and plot is a bit humorous but the situations and environment are horror down to the bones.
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The main character's narrative can be funny at times and I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. The main character's narrative can be funny at times and you can feel a great connection with Warner as he wades his way through the deadlands while trying to make sense of it all. Plot: I am not so sure how I feel about the plot. The situations and the backdrop for the story were pretty good, but the story itself --to me-- wasn't as quick paced as I was expecting it to be.
Sometimes the novel can seem to drag on a little, and this is mainly due to the main character's narrative jumping in at some points. I felt that the beginning of the novel required a bit of slogging, but once you get into the story it really is engrossing. The psychological elements to this story are very interesting and make for a unique reading experience.