Her practical how-to impresses the CEO of the largest drug company in the world, and before she knows it, Hattie, a reporter for a downmarket tabloid that specializes in conspiracy theories, is sitting down with the woman who single-handedly invented the zombie-behavioral-modification market. Granted access to the inner sanctum of zombaceuticals, she meets an actual, living, breathing M-A-N.
Now Hattie, the consummate professional, is acting like a single girl at the end of the twentieth century: self-conscious, klutzy and unable to form a coherent sentence without babbling. Worst of all, the human male appears to have impaired her ability to think clearly. Because all of a sudden she’s convinced a conspiracy is afoot at the drug company and it seems to go all the way to the top.
I read this in around two nights. At the beginning I wasn’t exactly sure what I thought of it. It struck me as a Bridget Jones Diaries for a post apocalyptic world in which all men (or rather 99%) are now zombies. Not the dangerous cannibalistic type, but the rotting and shuffling animal brain eating type. As the title suggests, this is a ‘How to…’ guide for women, detailing how one might go about dating a zombie, using various medications to prevent smell, rot and overeating, amongst other things. To this extent, it was a fun read.
I’m all for a bit of satire and this was amusing and well written satire which was well researched and intelligent. But I much preferred the book once around 45% (on Kindle) in to it. Here we get character and depth and the story grows into more than the ridiculous ideas it purports in the beginnings.
At first, I saw the zombies as couch potatoes; we could all be accused of this at come point in our live. We settle for things too easily, we do not question or fight for things. We mat not even bother to change the channel when something bores us. I call it depression. Others may just call it life.
Then I saw her zombies as the partners in our lives; those relationships when we are simply ‘making do’ rather than being alone. Those relationships which stop us from being with someone well, better. The author said to me, ‘Instead of settling for the amiable, manipulatable and easy-going guy, wait for or rather demand something more.’ She also said to me, ‘Women are entirely capable of running the world without men in it, but would that be a beautiful and well balanced world?’ I would say, no. Give me two sides to everything, including humanity.
Of course, I may have been reading into this, seeing within it issues I felt were raised. She may well not have said anything of the sort. Essentially, it made me think, it made me laugh out loud, it had some great action within the latter half of the book and of course, it provided some yummy romance, and not with a rotting, animated corpse :).
I say, go get it.
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Funny. We’re talking about this a lot at home because my son just took the gifted and talented test, which is an SAT for preschoolers, for our school district, and I keep saying, I get how it tests gifted, but how does it test talented? The answer is, it doesn’t. So, no, I don’t think creativity and genius go hand and hand. I think creativity has a much broader spectrum and much harder to quanitify.
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