Confession: I actually read a zombie book and loved itPosted: March 24, 2013
Never in a million years–well, I’m not that old–did I think I would write a rave review about a zombie book. Zombies are such uninteresting creatures: undead, lurching, unthinking–like poorly constructed robots. Then I stumbled on Roberto Calas’ The Scourge. It was initially published as one of Kindle’s early Serials. Set in Medieval England, an era which I love, The Scourge is a true quest tale as the hero, Sir Edward, accompanied by two fellow knights, heads northward across the Thames to find his beloved wife in a time of a zombie infestation.
The writing is wonderful. Calas’s description of mustering a zombie army to fight the French is very very witty. Because the book was published–and written–serially, the author was able to write a section in the beginning of each episode about historical references and real people who make cameo appearances. For example: there really was a Sir Edward and he took on John of Gaunt, the king’s uncle, and lived to tell the tale. Perhaps most interesting to me was Calas’s explanation of seeing zombies as a literary equivalent of the great Death Plagues of the Middle Ages: dangerous, unexplained and almost impossible for the population to avoid.
For whatever it is worth. I do not know Roberto Calas and have never read anything else he has written. And I’m not being paid to write this review. My interest stems from my writing a vampire book and I was scouting around seeing what else was being written in the paranormal sphere. The Scourge definitely sets a high standard for the genre.