Thursday, April 5, 2012
Review: Give Death a Chance
Give Death a Chance by Alan Goldsher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a free eGalley of this eBook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: It’s 2009, and Zombie John, Zombie Paul, Zombie George, and Ninja Ringo are poised to show the United States the true meaning of Beatlemania. During their first American tour since 1966, they throw down with supergenius supervillian Justin Timberlake, get abused by scantily-clad chanteuse Madonna, do some dreadful things to wannabe Zombies Noel and Liam Gallagher, possibly behead Eminem, and take on Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters”, all in the name of climbing to the Toppermost of the Poppermost. In the hilarious, gory sequel to the critically acclaimed mashup, Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, author Alan Goldsher is the road manager and appointed scribe for the Poppermost Over America Tour, insanely crisscrossing America in a foul-smelling van packed with three short-tempered, power-mad English Zombies and one frustrated Ninja drummer. Throughout the mayhem of the brains-fueled tour, Goldsher finds out what it really means to Meet the Beatles, and answers the oft-asked question on the lips of every Fab Four fan, “What does Liverpudlian Zombie breath smell like from two inches away?”
My Thoughts: Well, I didn’t realize this was a sequel when I agreed to review it. And I thought it was a graphic novel, for some reason. So I was a bit trepiditious when I started reading. I didn’t need to while. While I probably would have enjoyed it even more understanding some of the jokes carried on from the first book, that didn’t make this one any less hilarious. In fact, knowing how funny this was, it made me even more anxious to read the previous book, Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, which, thanks to the remnants of a gift certificate, is now on its way to me!
Anyway, the description “hilarious, gory” fits to a T – ludicrously gruesome would also fit. I laughed like a maniac throughout the book. The continual by-play, the over-the-top descriptions, the grotesqueness, it all added up to one super-fun, completely amazing and very amusing book. Fans of zombies, the Beatles, and satire will all find something to love in this epic romp through the jungle of the music business.
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