Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Xombies Apocalypse Blues by Walter Greatshell
I'm not a huge fan of zombie books or flicks, but the price was right on a couple of books by Greatshell, so I figured I'd pick them up and give them a try. The premise of Xombies is that the government has inadvertently released a virus into the environment that turns women, primarily, into blue-skinned ravening monsters. Nearly all of the women on the North American continent succumb immediately, while the men can only be infected by being attacked by one of the xombies.
The protagonist of the story is Lulu, who is spared being infected by a rare medical condition which has prevented her menses. She has lived alone with her nutty mother for some time, and when her mother turns into a xombie, she joins with a man who may or may not be her father trying to escape to someplace where the monsters have not overwhelmed the rest of the populace. He is a retired naval officer, and they make their way to a shipyard on the east coast where he has some old friends and bully their way onto a nuclear submarine that is transporting whatever military technology the government believes must not be lost.
The story really didn't do much for me, and broke no new ground in the field, as far as I could tell. If you're a zombie fan and can get it cheap, go ahead. Otherwise, give it a pass.