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Jammies' books

This is the blog of a bossy, opinionated sock zombie who loves to read and has really great nails.

Currently reading

Kingdom of Ash
Sarah J. Maas
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
Sarah Krasnostein
The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams, George R.R. Martin, Clive Barker, Robert Silverberg, Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Morton, Nancy Holder, Harlan Ellison, Kater Cheek, Catherine Cheek, Hannah Wolf Bowen, David Tallerman, Will McIntosh, David Barr Kirtley, Scott Edel Ordinarily, this book would have gotten only two stars because of the ratio of stories that made me glad I'd bought the book to stories I hated or stories which I won't remember in a week.

The first story in the book, Dan Simmons's This Year's Class Picture set the bar high. It's got your basic McGuyver-like adaptations to a broken society, high-tension moments and of course a zombie battle, but it's also got pathos and a bittersweet, heartstring-tugging ending.

In Death and Suffrage, Dale Bailey gives us one look at politics and the dead, and in Beautiful Stuff, Susan Palwick has a different take on the same subject. Both stories are evocative and moving.

Lisa Morton's Sparks Fly Upward has a heroine in a heart-rending situation who nevertheless gets a measure of revenge that a lot of readers might have wanted.

Catherine Cheek's She's Taking Her Tits to the Grave is an artful combination of gore, black humor and pathos.

And it should come as no surprise that The Last Song the Zombie Sang is brilliant in language, character and development, considering that it was written by Harlan Ellison and Roger Zelazny.