Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pre Pub Book Buzz -- Play Dead by Ryan Brown

I love zombie books. Lurve them! Can't get enough of them. So when I read about Ryan Brown's debut, Play Dead, of course it immediately went on the "Must Have" list.

Play Dead isn't due out until May 4, but here's the Starred Review from PW:

Two cultural obsessions collide head-on in this fast-paced, thrilling, and terribly funny debut by former actor Brown. In the sleepy town of Killington, Tex., the local high school's football team is having its best season in decades thanks to the efforts of quarterback Cole Logan. Afraid of losing the district championship, the rival Elmwood team sends the Killington bus into a river, drowning everyone on the team except Cole and the coach. Only local witch and football fan Black Mona can raise the players from the dead in time for the game, but if they keep stopping to eat people, they might miss it. Brown handily mixes elements of horror, coming-of-age sweetness, and gore-soaked comedy into a tale that satisfies the same fascination with sports and bloodlust that it cleverly and thoughtfully critiques.

Erm, is that not enticing enough for you? It was for me, but if you still need some convincing, you should head over to Ryan Brown's website to take a look at the trailer.

Brad Thor calls this a combination of Friday Night Lights and Dawn of the Dead. And Jonathan Maberry says it's "...everything a 21st century zombie novel should be...." C'mon folks. You know you're dying to read it!

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