Sunday, September 8, 2013

Days with the Undead Book 1 by Julianne Snow: Guest Post and Review


My Fictional Zombie Survival Team!


When the zombie’s attack you’re going to need a team of people to help you survive. It’s simply a fact of life. You can try to go it alone, but it always helps to have someone to watch your back. These 7 fictional characters are the ones that I would like to have on my side.


7. Chunk (from The Goonies) – Hey you guys! Who wouldn’t want this loveable, and dependable character on their team?? And it was once eloquently said that Goonies never die. If this is in fact the case, Chunk could never turn into one of the undead. And that’s a good thing!


6. Daryl Dixon – for most obvious reasons I’d like to know Daryl and have him on my team. He has already proven he can take on the walking dead and he’s definitely more handy to have around than his brother.


5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – if she can kick the butts of Vampires, I’m sure she’s be pretty good at killing a few zombies.


4. Sam and Dean Winchester – whatever gets thrown at these boys, whether it’s the fires of hell or a war in heaven, they manage to come out on top. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they would add a little eye candy to my team either…


3. River Tam – this girl is amazing; enough said!


2. Ellen Ripley – this lady is one mother-freaking bad-a**! She’s dedicated and I know she’d come back for me if I got separated from the group.


1. Riddick – I agonized over who would take the top spot on my list and in the end it came down to Riddick. He has proven himself time and time again in feats of strength and endurance. I have no doubt that he’d kick some zombie butt! And who could forget those eyes the he got ‘shined’ for 20 menthol Kools? Instant and irreversible night vision! No zombie will be sneaking up on my group in the dark!


So who would make your list?

Days with the Undead: Book One
It’s a journal of survival. 
Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home. Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist. 
Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass. Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.

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3 Stars

Written entirely as a series of journal entries, this book held my interest but was not as compelling as I expected it to be.  A small group of friends is fleeing the advancing hoard of zombies.  Their goal is to survive and get far enough ahead of the contagion so they can make a fortified stand in a safe location.  I thought many times the decisions made were too selfish and particularly narrow-minded.  They refused to let any others join their small click, and as attrition invariably reduced their numbers I was exasperated with them for not adding some new blood.
Using journal entries to tell the story worked for the most part, but there were certainly times when conversations and direct action narrative would have made a greater impact.  The surprise ending left me feeling deflated.  That was a shocking twist.  I am looking forward to reading the next book and find out where the author will take us next.
This book was given to me by the author in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

It was while watching Romero's Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 which solidified Julianne’s respect for the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. Along with many zombie shorts published on her blog, she has a story in Women of the Living Dead as well as two zombie pieces; a standalone short and a collection called Glimpses of the Undead releasing late summer of 2013. Julianne’s second novel in her Days with the Undead series will also be released in 2013. In addition, she has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Hazardous Press, Open Casket Press as well as forthcoming anthologies from James Ward Kirk Fiction, 7DS Books and the Coffin Hop Charity Anthology. Stay tuned for other collaborative projects as well!
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