My Life as a White Trash Zombie

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.

You can find Diana on Twitter, and if you head over to her site you can grab an excerpt.

And then you need to buy it, because damn, it’s a good book.