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Book Title: La notte degli zombie|
The author of the book: Jonathan Maberry
Edition: Delos Books
Date of issue: April 2nd 2013
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I haven't been reviewing books as much this year and while I want to change that this probably isn't the best book to start with. Dead of Night was written in the most effortless and trite way possible. The characters were two dimensional clichés, the dialogue was rife with overused movie lines (I seriously kept expecting someone to say 'come with me if you want to live'), and even the situations could have been Frankenstein-ed from a bunch of horror and action movies like a fan-made youtube trailer. There were a few semi-original concepts buried beneath all the tired writing, but instead of polishing the good stuff the author buried it beneath junk. The lack of ambition was just astounding. I felt like the book was churned out on a deadline because any self-respecting author would've taken a hacksaw to some of the exclamations the idiotic characters make.
Dez Fox, a war veteran police officer, is the main character. She's 'damaged' and the damaged is reinforced every which way. It would've been interesting if she had post traumatic stress from the war or if she'd failed in some way as a cop that made her so gung ho about getting the job done... But no. Her parents both died when she was young, her father in a war and her mother of cancer. She has abandonment issues that you would think she would have worked out when she followed in her father's footsteps as a solider and saw how little choice one had about how they died during a war -- but alas no. She throws many hissyfits and sobs a lot about people leaving her. I could've felt bad for her if she wasn't arrogant, surly, and a real jackass to just about everyone from page one. (She's allowed to be a jackass and we're still supposed to cheer for her because she's sad and damaged, blah.)
Her ex-boyfriend, Billy Trout is a reporter. He's just there to fill necessary story elements rather than being a character of his own. He's there to report, he's there to give Dez's back story, he's there to be Dez's love interest etc etc. He really UNDERSTANDS her. Of course, I never had any solid feel for him. He's been in love with Dez since he was young yet has not one but two ex-wives and he's only in his 30s... yeah. Whatever. Don't even bother. If there's a sequel maybe the author will throw you a bone, but it's probably not worth it.
There were two-ish characters that I liked. One was JT, who was Dez's partner. He's an older black guy, not her love interest, (view spoiler)[so obviously he gets bitten in the last few pages for tear-jerk's sake. God. Does this author really not get how he played into like EVERY troupe possible? (hide spoiler)]
The other character I liked was the second zombie in the outbreak! (view spoiler)[The funeral home director who gets bitten by the original zombie offered an interesting, somewhat unique point of view. He was sad and relatable and I was very happy when he finally got his head blown off. The story might've been better served with more chapters from his point of view. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, Dead of Night was written with a lot of indifference. I never saw a spark of any passion that didn't feel borrowed from one action movie or another. I really hope the author doesn't look back at this as one of his finest works, but since I won't be revisiting him any time soon it doesn't matter much to me.
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Read information about the authorJONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.
He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; winner of several state Teen Book Awards including the Cricket, Nutmeg and MASL; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). BROKEN LANDS, the first of a new spin-off series, debuts in 2018.
His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; EXTINCTION MACHINE, (2013; now in development for TV by SONY); PREDATOR ONE, and others. His first middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY, was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015, with a sequel, VAULT OF SHADOWS debuting this year from Simon & Schuster. His standalone teen science fiction novel, MARS ONE, is in development for film by Zucker Productions and Lone Tree Entertainment. His upcoming standalone suspense novel, GLIMPSE, has gotten advance praise from Clive Barker, Scott Smith, James Rollins, Heather Graham and Charlaine Harris.
His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN’S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 (named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium) and its sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game. He has also written the foreword to a new annotated edition of DRACULA from Writers Digest Books.
Jonathan and colleague #1 NY Times bestseller Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures) each wrote an X-FILES ORIGINS novel for teens; with Kami focusing on Fox Mulder in AGENT OF CHAOS; and Jonathan telling the backstory of young Dana Scully in DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.
Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its sequels, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE, V-WARS: NIGHT TERRORS, and V-WARS. And he writes a best-selling monthly V-WARS comic. A board game version of V-Wars was released in 2017; and the series is in development for TV by IDW Media.
He is also the editor of the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone), a series of THE X-FILES anthologies which launched in 2015; SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens; and the anthologies ALIENS: BUG HUNT, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD (with George Romero), JOE LEDGER UNSTOPPABLE (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt) and two volumes of mysteries: ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME’S AFOOT (with Michael Ventrella).
Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES: A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.
His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 –winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a St
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