Thursday, December 1, 2011
Ok, here's what a want you to do: Imagine you're a vampire (Not the sparkly and never-seen-a-comb type. If that's your thing, poop on your fist and punch yourself.) Now, imagine you come out of your years-long slumber to find that a zombie apocalypse had started while you were napping, and that it's still going on.
Now I want you to imagine how bad it could be.
You're not trying hard enough. Try harder.
Nope, still not there.
With Double Dead, Chuck Wendig portrays how truly bad it could get, then digs deeper just because he can. The story revolves primarily around Coburn, a vampire who is for the most part very comfortable being what he is. Yes, a by-product of this is that Coburn is a major asshole. You don't so much get the "Antihero" vibe from Coburn as you do the "I Have Absolutely No Good Reason To Ever Want To Meet This Guy" vibe.
The problems start off right away with Coburn trying to find living blood in a post-zombie apocalyptic world. After that, he has to deal with zombies, Uberzombies, Christian fundamentalist militants, and juggalos. I honestly don't know which of those groups would be the worst to have to deal with. Having to deal with all of them makes for one hell of a ride.
Wendig's writing style is fantastic. His wit and descriptive abilities are focused and razor sharp.
If you want to get an idea of what you're in for, check out his blog Terribleminds. Tons of fun to be had there. Rating: Four out of five cracked-out monkeys