I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
He sees you when you’re sleeping . . . he knows when you’re undead.
How does the leader of a failed zombie civil rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while disguised as Santa Claus?
If you’ve never believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn’t understand.
How could I resist this dark little comedy? As soon as I saw the title on my library’s catalogue, I knew that I had to read it this Christmas season!
It may not rank up there with It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol, but it provided a little light relief during a season that can become rather overwhelming if one doesn’t take time to read a silly book.
Andy Warner, former zombie rights activist, escapes from the research facility where he has been held and experimented on, strips a Santa Claus in someone’s Christmas yard display, and tries to make his way through the world disguised as the jolly old elf. The author was obviously having fun with the whole concept.
Yes, there’s a bit of gore (this is a zombie book after all), but there’s also an uplifting story of a zombie who cares enough to make life better for a little girl with an alcoholic single-parent mother.
It’s not going to become an annual tradition for me, but it was a pleasant diversion this Christmas season.