How am I supposed to feel about this?

Married with Zombies
The Couple that Slays Together Stays Together
1st Book in a brand new series
by Jesse Petersen

"The book is about two unlikely heroes — a couple on the verge of divorce. On their way to marriage counseling, they notice a few odd things: a missing guard, a lack of cars on the freeway, and their counselor ripping out the throat of her previous client.

Now it’s up to David and Sarah to work together, save their marriage — and survive in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

The book is chock-full of valuable post-apocalyptic marriage advice, including:

  • Balance the workload in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing all the zombies.
  • Put the small stuff into perspective. It’s better to be wrong and alive than right but eating brains.
  • Talk out your big decisions. Hear both opinions before you decide if you’re going to flee the city or hole up with Campbell’s Soup and CNN.
  • Share in your activities and interests. If you’re going to kill zombies anyway, why not do it together?
  • Plan romantic getaways. Or just getaways.
  • Show physical affection. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like bearing the entirety of your spouse’s body weight." --Orbit Books website.

I love me some bloody zombie action, believe me I do, but how far can we take this without loosing the horror that makes zombies so special? A romantic comedy set during a zombie invasion seems to be that first step across the line into lame zombie action. (If we were talking about a zombie romantic comedy, it'd be sweet, although that's been done.) I hope I'm wrong and that this book really as it's being described as a,"Shaun of the Dead-like comedy." I hope this is true, but so many people have thrown down that particular gauntlet in the movie world and have left us in the weeds with nothing to show for the experience but a lingering sense of having been duped. I've underestimated books before, and I won't be surprised if I've done so with this book here, I hope we are not running out of rope with the zombie genre. So far we've been lucky, most z-novels have been really good, and I'm crossing my fingers that the standard remains high. But I want to know what you think of the state of zombie mania.


Donna said...

The vampires have already been neutered. Apparently now it's the zombies' turn. Just great.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I think this sounds really funny actually but I'm not a big horror fan so I don't see it as ruining a "genre". I suppose I figured if you aren't interested, then just ignore it. they do this stuff with a lot of things...some are just bigger than others, like the vampire thing. :)


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