Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Rising: Selected Scenes From The End Of The World

Brian Keene is the father of the current zombie surge in horror fiction. His books The Rising, City of the Dead and Dead Sea have set the standard for zombie fiction and spurred a somewhat astonishing amount of interest in the sub-genre. The demand for more stories set in the world of zombie apocalypse sparked the limited edition publication of The Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World, which is set in the same world as The Rising and City of the Dead.

Before you read this book, I would recommend reading the other two first. The Rising: SSFTEOTW runs parallel to the storyline of the first two and some minor characters from those two make appearances. It is a series of shorts showing what else was going on around the world while the main characters in the struggle of the previous linked books. The shorts are compelling, as you can always count on Keene to deliver the goods. Of special interest to Keene fans are some tidbits found here that offer glimpses of the links between his stories, and some small explanation for what is happening. Highly recommended.
Addendum: Although this book was only available as a limited edition at the time of first publication of this article, it is now being issued in trade paperback, so there's no reason not to order it immediately.

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