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The Living Dead
The Living Dead | Daniel Kraus, George A. Romero
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New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus completes George A. Romero's brand-new masterpiece of zombie horror, the massive novel left unfinished at Romero's death! George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete. Enter Daniel Kraus, co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) and Trollhunters (which became an Emmy Award-winning series), and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year). A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete The Living Dead. Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale, the story of the zombie plague as George A. Romero wanted to tell it. It begins with one body. A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who wont stay dead. It spreads quickly. In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come. Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead. We think we know how this story ends. We. Are. Wrong.
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Bookzombie
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I finished this one in the last weekend of September. I loved it. This is an epic novel. There are, of course, zombies, but there is so much more here. I loved many of the characters and the social commentary. It‘s been a week and I‘m still thinking about it. I may have told my husband several times that we deserve a zombie apocalypse as we watched the news.

Reggie, thank you so much for sending me this chunkster! Also, you‘re review is ⬇️

Bookzombie excellent and everyone should go check it out. @Reggie 2mo
kamoorephoto Been thinking about reading this! 2mo
Bookzombie @kamoorephoto I hope you like it when you get to it! 2mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked it, Margie! The one that keeps coming back into my head is the section Bad vs Badder about the news. And yes, I woke up today to the oil spill in California and just thought-Zombies take us away. Just one of the many things lately. 2mo
Bookzombie Yes! That section keeps coming back up for me too. Yes, sadly there is something almost everyday where I think that. Thank you again for sending me this one! 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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#LittensDressedInBlood Today‘s prompt is Dead Man‘s Party and my mind went straight to zombies.
Although, now I‘m wondering why I didn‘t think of vampires. Or ghosts. Or a party where someone dies. Or Christmas or Easter books. Hmmm.

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Bookzombie
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Reggie, you are the best! Thank you so much for the books! I actually opened it last week, which is why the bag of chocolate is empty, but I‘m shit about posting in a timely manner. Your gift brought a lot of cheer to me during a rough week. 😊 Also, I love the card. Thank you so much again!

I talked to Santa, so check your stocking (email) tomorrow. 🎄🎅🏻

Merry Christmas, my friend!

batsy All of that looks so good! 🎁 11mo
Bookzombie @batsy I‘m excited to read them both! Happy Holidays! 11mo
Reggie Lol, you‘re awesome, Margie. I hope you and PB had a great Christmas! Happy Holidays! 🎄 11mo
Bookzombie @Reggie I hope you had a great one too! Happy Holidays! 🎄 11mo
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vivastory
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1) Pet Sematary & World War Z.
2) Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead & 28 Days Later.
3) Books: The Girl With all the Gifts, Survivor Song, The Loop (JR Johnson). The tagged book is the one 2020 horror book highest on my TBR. Movies: REC 2, Dead Snow 2, Contracted, Wyrmwood, The Crazies.
@TheNeverendingTBR #spookysaturday

TheNeverendingTBR Good few recommendations here for me, thanks for playing along; I'll need to stack some of these!! 🧟‍♀️ 11mo
Reggie Unpopular opinion-Girl with all the Gifts booorrriiing. Lol I need to get to that Loop. And yes to WWZ. I love Brooks. 11mo
NikkiM5 Nice, I will have to check out Loop, Wyrmwood and Dead Snow. @Reggie I liked The Girl with all the Gifts book, but not the movie. 11mo
vivastory @NikkiM5 I hope you enjoy them. The Loop is a pretty outrageous book. I didn't care very much for the first Dead Snow. But DS 2 is a silly & fun zombie movie. 11mo
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Reggie
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I loved this book. George Romero died in 2017. Shortly after Daniel Kraus gets a call from his estate asking if he would be willing to finish this novel George was working on. The result is a seamlessly written, epic, zombie novel. There is A LOT of social commentary in here and it‘s all relevant. I always say it but zombie books are never about the zombies. This one‘s about us and how out of touch we‘ve become as people, with ourselves, each 👇🏼

Reggie other, the earth. A good zombie pick! 1y
llcoolnate Sounds interesting! Will check it out!! 1y
Bookzombie Great review! I already stacked off of one of your other posts. 🙂 1y
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Bette I would say the same thing when people asked why I liked The Walking DEAD...it's not about the dead...it's how the people live and act. 1y
vivastory I'm gonna read this one soon. Great review! 1y
Reggie @llcoolnate LLCoolJ went to Las Cruces 20 years ago for a concert and afterwards he came to a restaurant I was working at and I got to wait on him. He was nice. Hope you like the book. 1y
Reggie @Bookzombie @vivastory Thanks!!! I hope ya‘ll like it it. I will admit I was in a bit of a funk today after finishing it last night. 1y
Reggie @Bette That‘s a hard show. I checked out after they killed Glen off. I just remember Morgan‘s speech to Rick where he says why you taking all the guns. Cause it means you got something good. Which means someone else wants to take it. 1y
llcoolnate @Reggie awesome!! 1y
Centique I am just waiting for zombies at the moment. Personally I prefer emancipated AIs as part of our future narrative but the way things are going in 2020 I‘m #expectingzombies 🤪 1y
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Reggie
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Greer, a young Black woman, has just escaped the zombies from her trailer park with a Syrian refugee, Fadi. They make it to town to see if they can save her brother where they come upon a group of 300 angry white people about to take on a group of 40 Syrian refugees because the violence being reported around the nation is surely because of people not like them. I keep reading horror thinking as long as we haven‘t gotten there yet we‘re ok, and👇🏼

Reggie yet, it just feels like we‘re just missing the zombies. 1y
Suet624 🥴😞 1y
802Librarian Well, Election Day was Tuesday for NH and the library is downstairs from our voting place. People kept yanking in our doors (we‘re still closed to the public) and I texted a friend and said that I felt like we were holed up against the zombie apocalypse 🧟 1y
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Reggie @NHLibrarian that‘s funny. 1y
Centique I wrote my previous comment and then scrolled down to find youre #expectingzombies too! 1y
Reggie @Centique Lolololol I kinda hope it‘s zombies and not emancipated AIs because the one book I read about the EAIs, they turned on us and to kill us off they poisoned all the water sources with mercury. I just don‘t think the zombies have that in them. 😝 1y
Centique @Reggie yeah, zombies are not so good at planning! 😂 1y
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Suet624 Ummm...gross!!! 🤪 1y
vivastory I'm so tempted to tackle this in the order that Kraus recommends with the films etc 1y
Reggie @Suet624 it‘s kinda funny, but after I read this I became hungry. 1y
Reggie @vivastory I‘m saving all his interviews for after I finish the book which I‘m saving for my days off. 1y
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Reggie
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A White House news briefing that was supposed to be on the hush hush but is secretly being broadcast.

Centique “You have to be shitting me” is the perfect response in this situation. I wish journalists got to say that on the news sometimes. 😩 1y
Reggie @Centique I think after 3 1/2 years they‘ve all had to go to therapy. It gets exhausting just watching press conferences anymore wondering what‘s real anymore. 1y
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Suet624 Love this. 1y
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vivastory
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Daniel Kraus has been on a virtual tour in support of the tagged book. Two nights ago he was joined by Mary Roach, which is a really strange pairing & yet also makes sense in a weird way. Tonight he is in conversation with Josh Malerman. Link to his conversation w/ Mary Roach below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkO-ykNM_AE

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eanderson
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This was a long winded book! I felt like it could have been shorter and still packed a punch.
This book isn‘t just about Zombies. It‘s about the monsters that people can become. In the Walking Dead, Rick says,‘Kill the dead. Fear the living.‘ This holds true even in this book.

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bookladyreads
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I have a good number of physical and digital arcs I need to read, so I created #ARCOFAUGUST over on bookstagram to focus solely on that for this entire month.  
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If you have arcs you need to read this month and want to liven up your reading experience and have a group to help hold you accountable, DM me on bookstagram or just comment below and I'll add you to our IG group.  

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eanderson
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Plugging away on this chunky monster while it rains. Theo refuses to emerge from under a blankey this morning.

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candc320
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This was such an adventure! While I expected the horror and gore I definitely wasn‘t expecting the focus to shift towards the monsters humans can be. The characters were very well developed and I came to really care about what happened to them. The ending had more loose ends then I would have preferred but still a great epic work of horror. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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eanderson
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Theo and I cuddling. Enjoying the Living Dead. For some reason I feel like zombies are just what I need right now! 🧟‍♀️ Trying to get my remaining hours goal for #JubliantJuly in.

BethM Love it! Minus the blanket of course- Go Pack Go! 1y
eanderson @BethM lol! At least we aren‘t Patriot fans? 🤣 1y
BethM Word! My hubs is a die hard Bucs fan and is very excited about Brady. I enjoy watching the Bucs as well but man that guy.... 1y
eanderson @BethM Totally feel the same way. Maybe we will find out he isn‘t a great of a quarterback without Belichick? 1y
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eanderson
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It‘s raining and we can‘t go outside. So it‘s a pj and reading day! #JubliantJuly

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eanderson
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Daddy is in Costco and since it‘s a cooler day, Matty and I came along for the car ride. Feeling super indecisive with what I want to focus on with my reading so I‘m starting a Zombie book! Why not during a pandemic? Sounds like a good plan. 🤦‍♀️🤓 book number 3 going for #JubliantJuly 😀

Andrew65 🤣 Great choice! 1y
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eanderson
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Ooooo... surprise book mail!!! I am not entirely sure how I got this but I‘m excited nonetheless! I enjoy zombies occasionally!

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thewellreadpug
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A very detailed and epic novel that tells the story of the zombie outbreak from the very first day and all the way through to 15 years later. And when I say epic... I mean epic. The book's cast of characters are many, each having their own extensive story, location, background, and experiences. Overall I really enjoyed this 656 page book and I give it a solid 4 stars but I felt like it could have been shorter and still have been just as effective.

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texasdixies
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I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. And so far I am enjoying it. It's a pretty long read.

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candc320
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Zombies!!! I‘m really excited for this door stopper! I can‘t get enough of zombies and I‘m especially excited to see how they handle the first signs and actions once the dead start rising as well as seeing whether they show any sort of resolution. Yay!!

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MidnightBookGirl
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**Publishes June 9, 2020**
Although this book doesn't come out for awhile, The Living Dead was something George Romero had been working on for quite awhile. He died before he could complete it, but Kraus stepped in and finished it. Like Romero's movies, there's a ton of gore. But the book follows a few survivors (just a few, DON'T GET ATTACHED) in the decades after the first zombie attack, as humans are forced to reexamine their place on earth.

Caroline2 What a cute little dog!!! 😍 is he a cairn terrier?? 2y
MidnightBookGirl Pages is a Morkie- half Maltese half Yorkie. Basically, a designer mutt. Lol 2y
MidnightBookGirl @Caroline2 ^^ because I forgot to tag you 2 days ago! 😂 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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This is a picture from yesterday, but I'm outside reading again, water bottle instead of beer bottle, determined to finish this chunkster before heading back to work tomorrow!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Reading the tagged book and watching #ASMR Hogwarts letters and Fireplace, with a little owls and rain too. Lovely!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Not getting tons of reading done so far. The Hubs and I are finally off this weekend so we watched horror movies and did a wine/pet food run (and scored some paper towels, woot!). Settling in with this promising titled chapter. #QuarantineRead #stayhome24in48

Bookzombie Yay for paper towels! What movies did you watch? 2y
MidnightBookGirl @Bookzombie We watched The Hunt (which was hilarious and bloody!) and Train to Busan (fast zombies scare the bejeezus out of me!), 2y
MidnightBookGirl @Bookzombie We watched The Hunt (which was hilarious and bloody!) and Train to Busan (fast zombies scare the bejeezus out of me!), 2y
Bookzombie I want to see The Hunt. Glad to hear it was good. I will have to look for Train to Busan. It sounds familiar. 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pages decides to climb up on my book to get my attention. #dogsoflitsy

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MidnightBookGirl
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Outdoor reading!

Mitch Spring is almost here! 2y
Sasstronaut Love that glass! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Working a full time job and part time at the bookstore does not result in a lot of days off lately, but today is a day off! Curling up with zombies (Romero wrote 2/3rds of this before he passed, finished by Kraus and out in June) and coffee.

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