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I, Zombie explained I, Zombie, review I, Zombie, trailer I, Zombie, box office I, Zombie, analysis I, Zombie, I, Zombie 116c WARNING NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION This Book Contains Foul Language And Fouler Descriptions Of Life As A Zombie It Will Offend Most Anyone, So Proceed With Caution Or Not At AllAnd Be Forewarned This Is Not A Zombie Book This Is A Different Sort Of Tale It Is A Story About The Unfortunate, About Those Who Did Not Get Away It Is A Human Story At Its Rotten Heart It Is The Reason We Can T Stop Obsessing About These Creatures, In Whom We See All Too Much Of Ourselves

  • Kindle Edition
  • 222 pages
  • I, Zombie
  • Hugh Howey
  • English
  • 10 September 2019

About the Author: Hugh Howey

I m the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can t do certain things and then does them anyway.A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process Most of them are classified



10 thoughts on “I, Zombie

  1. says:

    ZOMBIES AS LITERATUREThere are conventions that are common to each type of monster story vampires suck blood, werewolves grow hair, and zombies are mindless, out of control creatures whose only thoughts if they can be said to have any at all are to kill and eat living people.But what if zombies were not exactly like that mindless, I mean What if a zombie s brain was a still functioning, still thinking organ trapped within a body that it couldn t control, a body that obeyed its own primal instincts and, yes, hungers irrespective of what that body s conscious mind wanted it to do The mind, the consciousness, the person within that shuffling hulk would be forced to watch as that body stalked, killed, and ate anyone in its path friend, foe, or family alike all the while screaming silently in horror, disgust, and despair at its own inability to prevent the inevitable.This is the affliction that Hugh Howey gives us in his novel I, ZOMBIE, and it is a monstrous affliction, indeed Mr Howey is a truly talented writer That is not to say that I, or anyone, would like everything that he writes, but he is, without a doubt, one of our greatest living storytellers As he puts down his well chosen words he places you, the reader, firmly within the story that has created, whether you want to be there or not, whether you are comfortable with what you are experiencing or not, and he doesn t let you leave until he s damn good and ready I, ZOMBIE is a long, thorough, and well thought out examination of what it would be like to be a zombie of that aforementioned type a mindful brain within a mindless body The book s tone, its emphasis on character than on action, its examination of the motivations of those characters rather than merely the mayhem that they cause, all serve to drag this book, kicking and screaming, out of the usual mash of genre trash and into the lofty legions of dare I say it the literary novel.It is a lonely loft, that of the literary zombie novel Mr Howey s book is one of only two of which I am aware, the other being ZONE ONE by the Pulitzer nominated, MacArthur Fellowship winning novelist Colson Whitehead The fact that Mr Howey s zombie novel has not received the same attention from the same mainstream publications that Mr Whitehead s book has those being the likes of Esquire and The New York Times is, I believe, not because of any perceived difference in the quality of the writing I have read both books and, to my mind, there is none There is, however, a distinct difference in point of view that of the survivors in Mr Whitehead s novel, that of the monsters in Mr Howey s and that difference makes all the difference It s bad enough to be living through a zombie apocalypse, even vicariously as the reader of a book To experience it as one of its perpetrators, however unwilling that perpetrator might be, will undoubtedly be just too much for some.Which brings me to this I, ZOMBIE is not an easy novel to read That is to say it is not a comfortable book, even of its kind But it is, without a doubt, one of the most intelligently written zombie novels to be found anywhere.

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    Originally published at with 4 1 2 stars.Imagine a zombie An image springs instantly to mind A rotting corpse, shuffling along, arms held out clumsily, grunting and groaning as it makes its way inexorably forward Now imagine you, yourself, your ego, inside that zombie You are that zombie, your consciousness trapped inside a brain that no longer has control over your body, your life, your insatiable hunger You watch yourself feast on the flesh of those who are no longer survivors of the plague that has infested New York City, revolted by the feel and taste of human waste in your mouth as you gorge yourself on intestines and flesh You pray for release from this un life, but you are trapped, a passenger along for the ride on a body you no longer control.In I, Zombie, Hugh Howey has created a top notch horror novel and a metaphorically resonant examination of the human condition I don t normally read horror novels because I have an overactive imagination and tend to have nightmares from simple ghost stories told around a campfire But I trusted in the skilled hands of Howey to make this zombie story than a simple horror tale and I was not disappointed I devoured I, Zombie in a single day, staying up late to finish the last chapters As I laid in bed, trying to fall asleep with the lights left on so the zombies wouldn t get me my mind turned from the horror of zombies mindlessly seeking the living to satiate uncontrollable desires to the people trapped in those flesh coffins.Howey aptly titled the book I, Zombie, because this vividly told tale will force the reader to see the zombie in themselves Told as a series of first person narratives, the people confined in the shambling hulks examine how they have lived as zombies in their own lives Addiction, coercion, fear, mindless routines, failing to make a choice as an illusion of choosing, hunger for someone else to fill them with meaning, the slow decay of relationships as distance emotional and physical separates the human from the animal.There is a lot of symbolism in I, Zombie, but it is easily done, placed into a background that informs and illustrates without being heavy handed Some books are easily spotted as being serious fiction but this book is a quality piece of storytelling that just so happens to be capable of being read at multiple levels I can easily see this being assigned in classrooms at the college level or older high school students because of the gross factor as a study of what it means to be human and alive, rather than just another animal that is living.There were a few hitches for me There are some grammatical errors that should have been caught in editing I read the Kindle edition And while Howey is writing over a dozen first person narratives, and manages to give each person their own distinctive voice, some of the vocabulary and idioms used for each character repeated enough that I wasn t sure if it was intentional, a linguistic circling that illustrates the confines of each person s lexicon and therefore experience and understanding of the world, or just careless writing that should have been refined in the revision process.I, Zombie is revolting And yet, I highly recommend it I know there s a joke waiting to be made about this being the thinking woman s zombie story and BRAAAAIIIINNNNSSSS but I can t quite figure out how to make it work There were times reading I, Zombie that I had an actual physical reaction, typically a dry heave, to what was going on in the book And yet, even in a series of disconnected narratives, the plot advances so deftly that I was never bored and was frequently holding my breath wondering how it was going to play out , and while the grossness factor remains in the background, the confrontation between the physical and the mental, the soul and the flesh, the instinct and the will, is what remains at the forefront after finishing the story.And I dreamed about zombies all night.

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    Just when you think you ve heard every type of zombie story imaginable, in walks Hugh Howey with I, Zombie.See, this isn t a story of survival Its a group of chilling memoirs on what it s actually like to be a zombie On the outside, they re mindless monsters feeding off the flesh of the living But on the inside Their minds still work They know who they are, where they came from, and they feel every pain that we, the living, would feel.The novel is broken into parts, following around different people in different parts of New York None are survivors at least, not for long They re the living dead broken, lost, and full of pain.I won t lie There isn t much that actually happens in this book It s not very action packed, and there is nothing to root for There aren t good guys and bad guys, there are just not so mindless thoughts of what is happening as people die and succumb to the shuffle However GOOD LORD, the writing was spectacular I ve heard of multiple novels by Howey, but this is the first I ve read It will NOT be the last A lesser writer could never pull this off He has created wonderfully tragic situations, absolutely disgusting action, and never ONCE hit a place of monotony With the way this book takes shape, that is a glorious feat.A few characters that grabbed me the most Michael Lane, the junkie that fed off his mother, had his leg shot off, and ended up dragging himself through the streets.Chiang Xian, the young girl who was trapped in her parents shop until a family arrived to give her friends.Jeffrey Biggers, the boy who saved a baby just to lose himself.Rhoda Shay, the woman who was two days away from giving birth and locked in her office building This was one of the most gruesome scenes imaginable.If you re as big a zombie fan as I am, you need to experience this book And for everyone else, maybe skip this one But find something else to sink into by this amazing author I know I will

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    I ve been a fan of Hugh s since Wool 1 was a giveaway, since we demanded he keep writing We the public who said to Hugh, don t you dare stop writing or we will find you and make you keep at it I guess we only have ourselves to blame.I pre ordered this book, as an Ebook, so I ve had it for a few days now A few days for this book to take on a physical presence in my house To speak to me, a voice that asks me, what do I think I m doing I try to answer this voice, hey man, I really need to wash these dishes, but after dinner, after dinner I ll finish the book, I promise I m actually lying to a fiction voice in my head.I can t read this straight through, I just can t The closest reaction for me to this book is when I read American Psycho, something in me makes me throw this down in revulsion, thinking that Hugh was right all along, this is not fit for human consumption I see it coming, sometimes, I just know this little vignette is not going to fucking end well, at all So i stop, and i distract myself with chores, or errands, or whatever Of course something in me makes me pick it right back up, like an addict that goes back to what is ruining his life Like an abused spouse who hopes that it s going to get better.Maybe if I just keep reading there will be a happy ending here.I know there won t.Im not holding out much hope for the baby in her belly, and i hope to god i don t hear any about the baby in the backpack.It s not the gore here, it s the complete lack of choices, the being trapped inside and witnessing, of literally being the mind inside the monster So as soon as i post this review, and maybe go get a taco, and maybe go to the store, i ll finish the book.O.k., after i get back from the theater tonight, then i ll finish it for sure.Get off my back man.

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    I picked this one to read shortly after finishing the Wool Omnibus, based on the plot and reviews The concept of zombies retaining their human consciousness was too interesting to pass up And Howey can definitely write Choice of words, imagery, and he has a way of putting us right in the middle of a story, of feeling like we re sitting beside the character or even in their head But ultimately, I was disappointed Different zombies, slightly different perspectives, all doing the same thing Until it just ended I kept waiting for something to happen, but each chapter was of oh, I used to be a person, now I can t control my limbs Oh, I want to stop shuffling along eating these people, but now I can t control myself I perked up a bit for Darnell s story, but then it just ended there was no wrap up Am I supposed to continue thinking about the supposed consciousness of zombies long after I ve read the book Trying to figure out what happened to all these characters I don t get it I like resolution I don t want to have to figure out what happens next after I m done reading If that makes me a lazy reader, so be it.Oh and the kindle version had too many typos I lost count of how many times were was used instead of was.

  6. says:

    How many ways did I like thee, let me count 1 It s about Zombies.enough said2 It ROCKS3 It bring a perspective to the tired old Zombie genre that is like a refreshing rain on a Spring day4 It is AWESOME5 It had me hanging out for me next chance to delve into its pages.6 Did I mention it ROCKSI think I did.Hugh Howey keeps going from strength to strength delivering one good read after the next This is one author to definitely keep your eyes on Lets hope there is a We Zombie in the wings waiting to feed on the unsuspecting reader.

  7. says:

    She was awash in misery, drowning, stranded, bit at by gleaming fish that carried away her flesh And the worst part was that she couldn t die.That s only a small sample of the excellent writing to be had in this short novel about that old standby zombie apocalypse , written from the viewpoint of the zombies themselves Staggering around, broken and rotten, or only recently turned or about to be turned, the reader is given a huge buffet of thoughts, feelings and musings from the undead.It starts out strong and continued right through the very end I thought that it would get repetitious because, frankly, it s a collection of scenes and just how fresh can a steady stream of vignettes of people regretting mistakes and opportunities lost when they were alive be Mundane details and standard dramas of everyday life among the living are chewed over by the dead as they constantly search for and gorge themselves on the hapless survivors And Howey managed to make every zombie unique.I first knew I was going to love The Walking Dead when Rick encounters a zombie woman, only a torso, dragging herself along the grass Emaciated and exhausted, she looks awash in misery, yet she keeps pulling herself along until Rick mercy kills her.It was a friggin sad scene I sniffled and I wondered what she was thinking as she pulled herself pointlessly about This book contains those thoughts.Howey s writing is ugly beautiful His characters run the gamut of personalities, from the average nice neighbor to ones filled with prejudice They come from different backgrounds and experiences, so despite the premise being very simple, the content has a lot of variety And he knows how to write a gut punch.It s also super gory, some of the grossest stuff I ve ever read Rotten fingers digging through layers of fat, intestines yanked out and the raw feces consumed while the feeders conscious and trapped brains scream in disgust Babies are view spoiler dangled as bait hide spoiler

  8. says:

    What a ride The first few pages were alot of eewwwws, where I d have to shut the book Minutes later, I d pick it back up and once I got used to the gore of it, I was completely hooked Is it bad that I got used to the gore I ve never experienced so many emotions in 2 days of reading before Shock, awe, sadness, even goosebumples at some of the human moments This book sucked me in and I.could.not.look.away Just when I thought I was safe, another one of those moments would pop up that would blow my mind This is not my typical read so when I got pulled in, I was completely surprised I d say I look forward to another book just like it, but I don t I m quite satisfied to have made it through this one

  9. says:

    As a huge Hugh Howey fan, I was disappointed in this one It gets a bump to 2 stars because his writing is so impressive But the lack of a story gets in the way of you know, the story I couldn t get through it The great thing about Howey s books is they are so inexpensive that you don t regret trying them out, even when they end up being bad.Looking forward to the next Wool installment.

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    You know that little demon in the back of your mind that you won t even admit lurks in your secret inner thoughts He s real, he s not nice and Hugh is about to hand him a six pack of Red Bull and let him bore some holes through the prim and proper parts of your psyche First off I am a huge HH fan and I m sure that probably biased my ratings As I see it, everyone is biased, but at least you now know one of mine I will try to keep this review about content to assist you in deciding if this book might be right for you And in case you re wondering how I could post a review so soon after release, I won a charity auction that included an advance copy which I read last week.I could take the funny and easy way out and simply say, There is no hope Hugh put it right there on the cover Heck, he was even so generous as to post a couple of sample chapters on his website NO HOPE I had read the teaser chapters myself, but I was honestly not ready for the book that I just read.What do I mean by that Well, I was prepared to read a book written from the point of view of the zombies as they eat their way through the brains and bowels of the living I was prepared to be sickened thrilled by graphic depictions of human destruction I was prepared for mayhem And rest assured, I got plenty of all of the above So what wasn t I ready for I wasn t prepared to read a zombie book that isn t really about zombies.What UmRrusty The title of the book is I, Zombie and you just said that it is NOT about zombies You read that correctly In another week, some of you will probably take issue with me and argue that I am a complete idiot get in line behind my wife and three kids , but this is my review and I say this is not a zombie book It is a book in which all of the characters happen to be zombies One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand Now that I ve given you enough time to re read that last sentence and become completely confused, let me clear up what I, Zombie is This is a book about humanity at its very core People who have had every shred of their personal facade stripped away and are left staring face to face with themselves That my friend is WAY scarier than zombies The whole experience is one I thoroughly enjoyed in a sick, twisted, and thoughtful sort of way In my opinion, folks looking for lots of zombie destruction as the last bands of humanity struggle to take the world back should probably consider any one of the thousands of zombie books covering that adventurethis is a story of battling your inner self I, Zombie is very unlike any other book I ve read from Hugh I would compare the style of this book to an anthology or a collection of short stories in that it is not a flowing series of events, but rather is a group of individual stories that are not tightly interrelated The characters are in the same city and suffering the same affliction, but otherwise each one stands apart I think most Hugh Howey fans will like this book, but if you cannot find satisfaction from stories without a single shred of a hope then I suspect you will be disappointed in this one.Also, this book does have very graphic depictions of human carnage No avoiding that when zombies are involved This book doesn t just hint at the detailsit wallows in them Horror fans will rejoice, but even though I am a huge horror fan, there is one particular scene in this book that even made me cringe Yep Hughin the office buildingyou re gonna burn in hell for that one If you really dislike tales containing graphic violence, I don t think your love of everything Hugh Howey will be strong enough to get you through his masterfully descriptive language.One final thought don t avoid reading I, Zombie because you aren t into horror books Avoid reading I, Zombie because this is a thought provoking bookand some of those thoughts may be things you buried a long time ago and never wanted them to return You have been warned

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