Sunday, October 21, 2012

Creepy Itty Bitties! - Short story Reviews

Cinderella and Zombies
Book Blurb From: Goodreads
Author: Emily Casey
Publication Date: May 6, 2012
Kindle Edition: 73 pages

"More than anything, King Richard feared the zombie outbreak. Now, they neared his palace with every passing day, in growing numbers. One thing was clear to the King: his son must marry a zombie-killer."

What happens when you take a classic fairy tale and add a few zombies to it? Cinderella goes from being a pretty-faced pushover to being the best zombie-slayer in the kingdom. But will that be enough when she's decked out in a ball gown and glass slippers?

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing


This story was kick ass. I really liked it. So far, I have been very lucky with fairy tale re-tellings, with or without the zombie factor. 

Cinderella was definitely NOT a pushover in this story. She was a hard fighter from the very beginning. When the kingdom is under threat, she doesn't shy away from doing what she needs to do to help save it.  She was even slightly arrogant about it, which made me laugh. Even the Prince was beneath her, at least in the beginning when her perception of him was that he was cowardly. But that if far from the truth. He is brave, if a little reckless. His so-called weakness is his father, King Richard, who isn't willing to have his son killed, or worse, as he needs his heir. If anything, the King is the simpering fool and I had an urge to reach into the book and slap him a few times.

I thought the whole idea of the poisonous effect of vegetables on the zombies to be really original, and at times comical. That pumpkin carriage scene was fabulous.

This story was full of action, comedic moments, and great characters. I can't believe it was only 73 pages! It felt like it was such a full story. Highly recommend this one. It was incredibly fun.

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DeadlockedBook Blurb From: Goodreads
Author: A.R. Wise
Publication Date: December 20th 2011
(first published November 9th 2011)
Ebook Edition: 54 pages
David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David's head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that will guarantee his family's survival, but at what cost?

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing


I initially rated this 3 stars. Because at the time, I thought 'ya, I liked this'. But I revised my rating to 4 stars later on, because I kept thinking about this story, and went back to read it a second time.  

This short story is jam packed with action from beginning to end. What I truly liked about it was that David, our main character, really does seem like your normal kind of guy. He is not greater than life. He is not even that impressive of a fighter, with any special kind of fighting skills. But he thinks quickly, and he is determined to get to his family and see them safe. The development of his character is really well done in such a short time, and I really was invested in David and wanted to know if he would succeed... PRAYED that he would succeed.

The zombie outbreak is brutal, and the loss of life as recounted in this short story is gruesome, as it should be.   In that regard, this story is like most others in the genre. The ending was a surprise for me and I would really like to continue the series to explore where the writer will go with it.

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Blood MercuryBook Blurb From: Goodreads
Author: Malachi King
Publication Date:  July 18th 2012 by Untreed Reads
Ebook Edition: 11 pages
The whole world has been terrorized and we wallow in terrible fear of getting sick. We placed our faith in medicine and now we pray for redemption. That’s why our police kidnap the sick and send them to the furnaces.

After we conquered a return of the Black Death, our scientists celebrated the triumph of modern medicine and the awesome power of antibiotics. But our bodies became weaker and the bugs became stronger and soon they were immune to anything our doctors could throw at them. It wasn’t long until just the right conditions, high mercury levels in our food to be precise, came along and gave the super germs the breeding grounds for the elimination of the human race. That’s what’s happening to the United States; that’s what happening to my family.

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing


Super short! But really enjoyable story. And a really creepy one at that. 
The common cold mutates, and there is no cure for the mutation.  Imagine the terror, the paranoia, and the fear a single sneeze or cough would cause. That is pretty much what this short story touches on.
It was very well written and really deep for something so short. I could not help but imagine what it would be like to live in that scenario, and it was very frightening. 
I could do without this cover though. I honestly am not sure how it relates to the story line, as it does not compliment it at all. And I wish the ending had given more of a resolution, but that is just my personal preference; I was hoping for a more hopeful ending.
Otherwise, fantastic. Really liked it.
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