So… I really don’t like zombies. Zombie apocalypse? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt on clearance. I’ve already survived beings who shuffle along, wipe their oozing slime, puss, and (frequently) blood onto me, are known to bite and (also frequently) infect me with absolutely disgusting plagues. I do have four kids after all.
With the possible exception of Warm Bodies—a RomCom is a RomCom even when one person is, technically, dead—I generally avoid zombies as a genre. I’m not particularly worried about the zombie apocalypse for two reasons. First is that thanks to our Costco membership, we can buy industrial strength containers of Purell capable of wiping up even the most undead ooze. Second is that we live in Glasgow, where the cab drivers take out terrorists and would not, I’m sure, hesitate when it comes to slow-shuffling brain-eaters.
This week when it came time for the FridayFiveChallenge pick, I put in Fairy Tales as a search term because of my latest work in progress. But in all the soft-focus shots of young girls with swirly hair (yawn), only one cover stood out. No contest.
Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge is to take ONLY FIVE MINUTES to browse an unfamiliar category and select a book based solely on the cover art.
Death and Pixie Dust!
Once upon a time, a mysterious plague beset a quiet village in the woods—a plague of the walking dead. Suddenly, beloved fairy tale characters are thrown into a world of stark violence and horror: Cinderella is worked to death before the ball, Pinocchio is made from children’s corpses, and Little Red Riding Hood finds more than wolves in the forest.
Surreal and full of black humor, Zombie Fairy Tales is a genre-bending narrative of a world on the brink of apocalypse, a world with no happily ever afters.
Collected here are all 12 original Zombie Fairy Tales, plus a new 13th tale exclusive to this collection!
- Book Title: Zombie Fairy Tales
- Author: Kevin Richey
- Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc., August 5, 2014
- Price: $4.74/£3.01
- Reviews: 47 for a total of 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Pages: 582
My Analysis: The cover graphic alone stood out, but I decided to read the first story anyway. It was about love, the love of a father for his child. Okay, so it was technically a child that Gepetto had made out of the parts of dead children, if you’re going to be picky about it. But it was told in that matter-of-fact fairy tale voice that channelled the Brothers Grimm at their absolute grimmest. I loved it. And this book collects a bakers dozen of such tales, with names like Hansel and Gretel are Dead, Beauty is a Beast, The Little Mermaid of Death, etc. All told, 582 pages that both turn the genre on its ear and actually channel some of its darker roots. For all that darkest of humor and wit, the price sounds like a bargain to me.
BUY or PASS: BUY
Here is Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge. It only took five minutes and a couple more to write up, and was a ton of fun. I hope you’ll consider joining in. All Rosie asks is that you link back to her original post here so we can all join in viewing your challenge results.
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
- Go to any online book supplier,
- Randomly choose a category,
- Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
- Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
- If there are reviews, check out a couple,
- Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
- I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.