The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3



❰PDF❯ ✅ The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3 Author Toby Venables – E17streets4all.co.uk The untold stories behind Zombie outbreaks of the past Vikings, knights and Napoleon s Armies Fear strikes the hardiest of souls as Vikings must confront zombies in The Viking Dead Medieval knights ar The untold stories Zombie History MOBI õ behind Zombie outbreaks of the past Vikings, knights and Napoleon s Armies Fear strikes the hardiest of souls as Vikings must confront zombies in The Viking Dead Medieval knights are under zombie siege in the soon to be filmed Stronghold And thrill as the English fleet finds death is no bar to battle for Napoleon s forces in Death Hulk.The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3

Toby Venables is Zombie History MOBI õ a novelist, screenwriter and lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge He grew up watching old Universal horror movies when his parents thought he was asleep, reading AD and obsessing about Beowulf There was probably a bitto it, but he can t quite remember what it was He has since worked as a journalist and magazine editor launching magazines in Cambridge, Peterborough, Oxford and Bristol and once orchestrated an elaborate Halloween hoax for which he built and photographed a werewolf He The Secret ePUB Æ still works as a freelance copywriter, has been the recipient of a radio advertising award, and in won the Keats Shelley Memorial Prize both possibly due to typing errors His first novel for Abaddon was The Viking Dead a historical zombie SF mashup which has been described as A fantastic mix of history, violence and horror and ludicrous fun.

The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of
  • Paperback
  • 816 pages
  • The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3
  • Toby Venables
  • 21 July 2019
  • 1781081603

10 thoughts on “The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3

  1. says:

    An anthology of three books in one, this wasn t too bad.Two of the stories themselves seem to draw heavily on popular movies of the last twenty years Think The 13th Warrior In The Day Of the Dead and Master and Commander Meets The Pirates Of The Caribbean All three stories had anachronisms that might make history nerds shudder A Viking executing a dramatic theatrical bow before such a thing existed, or using modern expressions common to 21st century English 13th century English knights m An anthology of three books in one, this wasn t too bad.Two of the stories themselves seem to draw heavily on popular movies of the last twenty years Think The 13th Warrior In The Day Of the Dead and Master and Commander Meets The Pirates Of The Caribbean All three stories had anachronisms that might make history nerds shudder A Viking executing a dramatic theatrical bow before such a thing existed, or using modern expressions common to 21st century English 13th century English knights making reference to time in five minute increments when clocks and the concept of minutes were yetthan two hundred years away 18th century sailors using the term zombie and describing them as slow and shuffling as if they d just watched a George Romero film.All three stories are page turners, but the first, Viking Dead lost me at the end when the author strayed into science fiction to explain the presence of zombies It didn t work for me The other two invoked the supernatural, which worked just fine With science fiction the science has to have a suggestion of plausibility This story didn t With magic anything goes, provided one gives it a creepy feeling.The second story was the strongest I would love to see it made into a flick

  2. says:

    The main theme of this book seemed to be our zombies are different I m used the idea of a shambling, mindless horde who will tear at you with their bare hands and try to eat you, but none of the stories here matched that I can t really say that it s wrong, because there s certainly precedent for different types of zombies e.g characters in the Discworld series who just treat their death as a minor inconvenience and carry on as before There s even precedent for these particular ideas Sti The main theme of this book seemed to be our zombies are different I m used the idea of a shambling, mindless horde who will tear at you with their bare hands and try to eat you, but none of the stories here matched that I can t really say that it s wrong, because there s certainly precedent for different types of zombies e.g characters in the Discworld series who just treat their death as a minor inconvenience and carry on as before There s even precedent for these particular ideas Still, it s not quite what I was looking for.Viking DeadThis story is the main reason I bought the omnibus, because I enjoyed Hunter of Sherwood Knight of Shadows by the same author I think it was the best of the 3, and there s scope for a direct sequel According to the intro, the original idea was for all the books in the Tomes of the Dead series to be in a shared world, but that s beenor less abandoned now One problem is that there were a lot of characters to keep track of The new member of the crew initially gave them nicknames based on their physical appearance, but since the other people were using real names this meant that there were twice as many names to keep track of with no immediate mapping between the two lists.The unique point about these zombies is that view spoiler they can use weapons hide spoiler To be fair, I ve done the same thing when I ve been acting as a zombie at LARP events, and it s not too much of a departure from the traditional approach the zombies are still mostly acting on instinct.Looking at other reviews, the ending has been a bit controversial I suspected it before it was actually revealed, so I think there were enough hints to avoid it coming completely out of nowhere view spoiler Basically, the zombies were created by time travellers from a future where humanity has been overrun I can understand the idea of them doing research, e.g trying to find an effective way of killing zombies I can also understand why they might need to create some new zombies to experiment on However, I don t see what they hoped to achieve by letting their creations rampage around on the loose hide spoiler StrongholdThe basic premise is a castle under siege That s a good concept, and the author brings in appropriate weaponry e.g giant catapults However, I really didn t like this version of zombies it felt unbalanced, and the humans were basically up against an army of superhumans who didn t have any disadvantages.Looking at normal zombies, they tend to be slow moving and they re not very smart An individual zombie could still be dangerous if it catches you by surprise e.g if it lunges at you when you open a door , but the main risk comes from a group You can t intimidate them or negotiate with them, so any confrontation comes down to fight or flight.By contrast, the zombies in this story view spoiler were able to retain some of their intellect They were puppets, enslaved by a druid, but they could still use the same skills that they had in life, e.g being able to construct a siege weapon On a simpler level, they could also climb ladders, whereas I m used to zombies who would be stranded at the bottom like a traditional Dalek.They re also much harder to kill When the undead army was attacking the castle, they sent zombies in via catapult, then those zombies were able to get up and fight I wouldn t necessarily expect that impact to kill them, but surely they ll have the same limitations as a normal human when it comes to broken bones Decapitation doesn t stop them either I know that Marvel Zombies had a similar idea, where characters were able to keep functioning even after half their brain had been scooped out, but I don t think even they went to this extent.So, rather than brain vs brawn , this story says there s an attacking army, they outnumber you, they have reinforcements on the way, they re almost impossible to kill, and they still have the same skills as any human army That certainly establishes the zombies as a serious threat, but it doesn t make for a very compelling story it sof a meat grinder process hide spoiler Death HulkThis took a while to get to the zombie part, and I think that the first half of the novel was actually the stronger section It reminded me of the Temeraire series, showing what it was like to be in the British navy during the 18th century.When the zombies turned up, it reminded me of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film view spoiler They were sentient, and their ship seemed to work by magic e.g it didn t need proper sails to move in the wind That left me a bit confused about what the rules were For instance, was there any point in trying to sink the zombie ship, if it could just rise back up from the bottom of the sea After the British captured the French ship, I was hoping that this would lead to both ships fighting against the zombies that could have been quite interesting, since they d have the advantage of numbers but the zombie ship would still be the biggest However, the British ship then got destroyed almost immediately afterwards, which was a pity hide spoiler

  3. says:

    A compendium of historical zombie fiction This book includes a story of Vikings, Knights during the reign of Edward Longshanks, and the Napoleonic War They are well written and for the most part satisfying reads.

  4. says:

    this collection of three novellas attempting to place zombie plagues throughout history was an intriguing twist There was a slightly sophomoric match up vibe, a zombies vs _____ sense in all three Vikings, knights, and British navy, respectively needless to say, the good, or at least the living guys carry the day In each, the reader is presented with an intrepid leader or, in the Welsh story, a maverick knight whose can do attitude and refusal to be cowed by the macabre attackers h this collection of three novellas attempting to place zombie plagues throughout history was an intriguing twist There was a slightly sophomoric match up vibe, a zombies vs _____ sense in all three Vikings, knights, and British navy, respectively needless to say, the good, or at least the living guys carry the day In each, the reader is presented with an intrepid leader or, in the Welsh story, a maverick knight whose can do attitude and refusal to be cowed by the macabre attackers holds the key to survival This collection certainly isn t for the faint of heart Violence is in ghastly supply in all three, with the gore reaching ludicrous volume in knights vs zombies, where the phrase a porridge of brains or a close variant appears something like five times Given the slaughter, one might expect the knights vs zombies tale to be a parodic take on violence in zombie stories, but unfortunately, it s deadly serious in tone, and even situations whose comic potential is tantalizing, truly low hanging fruit, have all the laughs beaten out of them with bone shattering force In fact, given the patently absurd starting premise just another day as a Viking knight sailor when suddenly the zombie horde is unleashed, but trusty captain sir ____ leads the good guys to victory it s surprising just how seriously all three stories take themselvesRead the full review at Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together

  5. says:

    Not a bad read really This is the third in a series of anthology books The three novels were surprisingly well written and some very good research was done on them as well The first was about a group of river raider vikings was exceptional reading The only problem I had with that tale was I was not sure how some of the names were pronounced, however that sort of goes with the territory when reading any story about vikings The 2nd story was not as good but still entertaining with it s histor Not a bad read really This is the third in a series of anthology books The three novels were surprisingly well written and some very good research was done on them as well The first was about a group of river raider vikings was exceptional reading The only problem I had with that tale was I was not sure how some of the names were pronounced, however that sort of goes with the territory when reading any story about vikings The 2nd story was not as good but still entertaining with it s historical aspects It takes place during the rule of Edward Longshanks and his bid to rule all of England The largess of the story takes place in a castle stronghold and examines the zombie rise through the use of druidic magics The battle scenes were well done but the story felt a little lacking to me overall, however it was still enjoyable The third, and possibly the best of the three, takes place aboard a British warship during the Napoleonic area The captain of the HMS Whirlwind, a sloop of war, get orders to find and hopefully sink a French frigate praying on shipping along the African coast However, the deeds of the captains grandfather comes back to haunt the present Capt Havelock All told, good characters, well researched and fills the pirate swashbuckling story with a zombie mix This is the first in this series I have read from Abaddon Books but if the first 2 are anything like this one I shall have to see if I can find myself a copy of them as well

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