Can’t wait for the fourth season of The Walking Dead to start? Here are some novels and graphic novels to sustain you for the next week as we wait to find out what is going down at the prison.
World War Z by Max Brooks: For Walking Dead fans who love the post-apocalyptic vibe of the series. Yes, this book did get a lot of press because of the Brad Pitt film. I would still recommend that you read the book. It is an engaging look at the socio-political ramifications of catastrophe on a global scale…and just happens to feature zombies. If you did like the movie, still check out the book. It is, as is often the case, way better than the movie. If you feel like a little star power with your zombies, check out the audiobook version–it is fantastically narrated by standouts like Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, and John Turturro. Fun fact: Max Brooks is the son of the famous filmmaker, Mel Brooks.
Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist: For Walkind Dead fans who dig the philosophical side of the series. Lindqvist spans two genres that are currently very popular–Scandanavian fiction and zombie fiction. I had only seen the Swedish adaption of Lindqvist’s book, Let The Right One In, but I loved it and was really excited to find that we had his books here, including Handling the Undead. Without giving too much of the plot away, the story centers on the premise that the recently deceased have rejoined the living in Stockholm…and their presence is having strange effects on the living. The story may not scare the socks off of you like a Stephen King book, but it has its own horror that is powerful and effective, returning to some of Lindqvist’s favorite themes–grief, mortality, and the relationship between parents and children in the face of death.
Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Brown: For Walking Dead fans who are curious what the zombies might be thinking. Looking for something that is heavier on the zombies than philosophy? Or maybe something with a little more levity than these others? If so, I would recommend Breathers, the story of Andy, a newly-undead guy who tries to cope with the loss of his former life by attending Undead Anonymous meetings and mooning over a beautiful fellow zombie, Rita. Things get weird, quickly, when Andy meets Ray, a zombie who encourages Andy to take a more proactive approach to undead life. Funny and creepy in the same breath, this book is exactly what would happen if George Romero, Chuck Palahniuk, and Kevin Smith got together and co-wrote a novel.