I don’t really write book reviews, because they’re hard work and there are many people who do a far better job of it than I. But I do like to tell people about cool books that I’ve read. Like My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.
I discovered this book a while ago when Chuck Wendig retweeted the cover art. The painting is by Dan Dos Santos – one of my favourite cover artists – and is so amazingly cool that I just had to take notice; if there was ever an example of the importance of a cover in selling a book, this is it! Hence, I discovered Diana Rowland, and My Life as a White Trash Zombie was duly pre-ordered. Amazon even shipped my copy more than a week before the release date – I like it when that happens.
Anyway. This is a heck of a good book. Zombies may be old hat and the market saturated with titles, but I really think My Life as a White Trash Zombie is something completely new. While I’m hardly a zombie expert, the approach Diana takes appears to be highly original, and the writing itself is fresh and pacey. It’s a funny book, but it’s not a comedy. It’s also a fast read, but not because it is simplistic or light. Far from it. It was a fast read for me simply because I could hardly put it down. And I’m an impatient reader with a short attention span, usually, so this is a pretty rare occurrence for me. Only two other books have had this effect on me so far this year – The Dead Zone, by Stephen King, and Southern Gods, by John Hornor Jacobs.
And then you need to buy it, because damn, it’s a good book.