An Undead Wedding – Review

An Undead Wedding – Review

Let’s cut to the chase: I loved reading An Undead Wedding by James H. Lucas. It will never win any literary awards. The editing was not always what it should be. At times the content was a little cliché. Despite that, this was one of the best, fun reads I’ve had in a while.

Here’s the plot: Cheryl is about to get married to the man of her dreams when the zombie apocalypse erupts and threatens to put stop to her wedding day. She and members of her wedding party fight through the relentless undead and the crazy living in order to rescue her groom. Chaos, insanity and hilarity ensue.

As I was reading, I could tell how much of a genre fan the author is and that this was a work of love. It’s like fan fiction at its best. The book is not very long and is a fairly quick read. Normally this is a draw-back for me, but with the pace of the writing (details to come), it worked perfectly. I don’t think the author could have made it longer and made it feel the same.

As I stated earlier, there are some cliché aspects to this book, i.e. an electronics brand called Savini, a character named Romero and not-so-veiled allusions to scenes from popular zombie films. But what makes this okay and not eye-roll-inducing is that the writing style is catchy, fun and it draws you in immediately. The style is almost frenetic and schitzophrenic. It’s completely irreverent, at times corny and it bounces all over the place. It’s like a zombie novel for those with Attention Deficit Disorder. For some, this may not work, but I absolutely love this sort of writing style and I totally ate it up.

Something I really liked about this story was that not only did the author follow the primary characters, but he would often do aside chapters on characters completely unrelated to the main plot. These characters would have nothing to do with anything else, except it was just plain fun to learn how their day started, and typically, abruptly ended when a zombie did them in. Another great aspect is that we also get to read what’s going on from the zombies’ perspectives. Turns out those moans and groans are translatable and we get to read into their communications. Zombies are actually pretty damn witty, to be quite honest.

The whole book was a delight to read and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. I will leave you with an excerpt describing the global apocalypse that made me laugh out loud and pretty much sums up the writing style of the book:

Zombies staggered around the Eiffel Tower, wearing black and white striped shirts, berets and red ascots. The undead, wearing suits and bowler hats, umbrellas tucked under their arms mingled under Big Ben as it chimed the hour. Aussies were standing on their roofs, throwing boomerangs, jars of Vegemite and pieces of Skylab at the ghouls who tried to get them.

Go read this book!

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I'm a southern belle from Atlanta, Georgia with a taste for the dark, strange and macabre. Co-author of The Bloody Blondes' Blog, I love to discuss horror movies with anyone willing to join me. KGLucas can be found over on Twitter.

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Comments (2)

 

  1. James H. Lucas says:

    Hey, I’m a hack, but I come by it honestly.
    Thanks for the positive words, Kelly. And again, congratulations on being a Lucas. Isn’t it wonderful?

    -James H. Lucas

    PS- My second novel, “Vampires in Pimptown” is coming soon.

  2. I can’t comment on the joys of being a Lucas but Kelly definitely mentioned several times that she enjoyed the book :)

    Good luck with Vampires in Pimptown.

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