Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos

Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos
Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos by James Marshall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy satire
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the series, people who are interested in a new take on zombies
Trigger Warnings: murder, mutilation, killing and eating humans
Animal Abuse: a character kills and eats a cat

My Thoughts: I've had this on my wishlist ever since I read the first book in this series, Ninja versus Pirate Featuring Zombies almost exactly a year ago (that review is here). I had planned to pick it up once it was released, but to my joy and excitement, I received a copy from ChiZine about a week before the release date so I could read it!

I did not like this one as much as the first, and I think it's because the story is not told from Guy Boy Man's point of view. Buck is an interesting character, but what I enjoyed about the first book was the ludicrous, Monty-Pythonesque humor, and that wasn't there in this one. Not to say it was a bad book—I did enjoy it, and I will definitely be looking for the next book, Pirate versus Vampires Featuring Dragons to see where things are going—but I missed the ridiculousness of the first book.

That said, this series is about something (I theorized to my husband that it is, in part, a metaphor for the mindlessness that infects so much of modern society) and going somewhere, and I am definitely interested in seeing where. This falls together a bit more in this book with the addition of the albinos and supernatural creatures, and I liked what Marshall did with giving us the zombie point of view. If you read and enjoyed the first book, if you like this author, if you want to read a new and different take on zombies and urban fantasies, then definitely check out this book.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by ChiZine, the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: In a perfect world where everyone destroys everything and eats human flesh, one zombie has had enough: BUCK BURGER! When he rebels at the natural disorder, his marriage starts deteriorating and a doctor prescribes him an anti-depressant. When Buck meets a beautiful, green-haired pharmacist fairy named FAIRY_26, he quickly becomes a pawn in a Cold War between zombies and supernatural creatures. As Fairy_26 flies him between her tree-branch apartment in Fairyland and an aircraft-carrier pirate ship in a zombie-infested dystopia, Buck Burger struggles to make sense of it all and remain faithful to his overbearing wife. Does sixteen-year-old spiritual leader and pirate GUY BOY MAN make an appearance? Of course! Are there mind-controlling albinos? Obviously! Is there hot zombie-on-fairy action? Maybe! WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS YET?

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