Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen - review

Married With Zombies


Just look at this cover...silhouettes (y'know, my mind went completely blank when I tried to spell out the word "silhouette" - I've seen this word many, many times, but it's the first time I've ever needed to write it and damned if my mind couldn't come up with the correct spelling! frustrating since I'm usually a good speller, only making mistakes when I'm typing too fast....thankfully if you have even the slightest idea of what you want, all you have to do is type it in the search box and your browser takes care of the rest, giving you many links to choose from - and there it was. The correct spelling. The Internet. So handy!) Back to the cover now...Silhouettes only, but you can tell the woman pictured is kick ass, take charge type of woman. She's obviously wearing a power suit, with the requisite high heels to go with it, and that a cleaver in her hand? Why yes it is! What a suit, high heels and a deadly cleaver...and her man pictured there...looks like he's NOT wearing a suit...but he is holding an axe....What the hell is going on there?


Now when I first bought this book, I thought twice about buying it. I liked the cover, but the blurb - it sounded like it could be a good horror book, but then again, it sounded like it might just be another chick-lit book with horror that ultimately disappoints when wanting to read less chicklit style of novel. In fact, even in the first chapter, I wasn't sure. But within a few pages I was experiencing all the gore and grossness that I could hope for in a zombie! book. Although I wouldn't completely rave about this novel, it did get better and better. Better enough for me to pick up the sequel.

Basically, the two main characters, Sarah and David, are a couple on the brink of divorce. They've been going to marriage counseling for a while, but we all know that counseling only works if you're both willing to go for it...and to forgive each other, come to an acceptance...yadda yadda yadda. But while they're at the appointment - in fact they've been waiting too long to go in....they begin to notice that things are very quiet...too quiet. Turns out even their counselor is a ....well, they barge in on their counselor trying to EAT part of the couple that's in the office ahead of them...they have to fight their way out, and then they leave...having to dodge weirdness in the parking garage...They notice that the freeways are very traffic...and things get stranger and stranger.

They finally come to the realization that people are turning into ZOMBIES! and, using knowledge taken from video games and movies, fight their way through the novel. In the beginning of the book they're not only fighting ZOMBIES!, but each other. The fights are just as real and stupid as real life fights between couples can get. Very believable. I'm sure many of us can relate. (snicker) What was fun was experiencing the way they come to an acceptance of each other, find their way back to loving each other, and become stronger and self reliant - yet learn how to finally trust each other's opinion and decisions. Weirdest relationship book I've ever read - and yet it was fun to read it. An added bonus is the advice snippets that are tailored to a world wih ZOMBIES! strategically placed at the beginning of each chapter. This bonus is a gift for couples to follow. :)

If there is such a thing as a lighthearted romp of a book with blood, gore, ZOMBIES! and death, then this novel would fit in that category - a fun, lighthearted romp with ZOMBIES! and true love.

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