Posts Tagged ‘zombies’

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Title: Till Undeath Do Us Part

Genre: Zombie/Novella

Author: Anthony Camber

TLDR version: A fast-paced, snappy, gripping zombie novella set in Cambridge, England, with a gay main character (though it can be enjoyed by any audience). It contains two story arcs, one focusing on escape, the other on love. The writing is engaging; Camber is talented.

My thoughts: In the zombie genre you get a lot of the same. As such, I’m always looking for something different.

Till Undeath Do Us Part gave me that and more. This fast-paced novella has a lot of things that set it apart – primarily, the same-sex relationship of the main character, Olly, to his boyfriend, Josh, both Cambridge rowers, and the dual story nature of the novella.

The story starts with action from the get-go, when Olly discovers that his boyfriend Josh’s experiments with pheromones have gone awry, zombifying students. Suddenly, Olly is on a mission to escape – not just the students, but his now undead boyfriend.

The dialogue is snappy, witty, and funny in true British form. Camber is definitely a skilled storyteller and I was sucked in after the first few pages. There are two story arcs that switch intermittently. This would normally annoy me, but Camber pulls it off well.

The main story arc follows Olly and his attempt to escape. The other story is a series of flashbacks that details the development of Olly and Josh’s relationship. The escape story is the more interesting, at first, but the love story picks up about halfway into the novella. At the very end, Camber’s intent becomes clear when past and present fuse to provide an amazing conclusion.

Any fan of zombie literature likes good action scenes – this book definitely has them and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I also liked the descriptions of Cambridge. It’s a place I’ve never been, and it was good to see it through the eyes of someone who lives there. Camber describes the place with familiarity, even giving local nicknames to some of the sites. I got the sense of what life might be like for a Cambridge student.

Till Undeath Do Us Part can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates a good zombie story. It is a quick read, and it offers enough that is different for veterans (and non-veterans) of the zombie genre to be hooked. My only regret is that, for the length, it’s a bit pricey when compared to the competition. That said, I don’t think you’d go wrong spending the money for this well-told story.

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Alright, before I head off to work, I have an announcement to make.

Night of the Necromancer, mine and Jelani Sims epic zombie survival choose-your-own-adventure novel, will be going free from Saturday 1/26 through Sunday 1/27.

After over 2,000 copies of Apocalypse given away without any sort of advertising, I’m curious how well Necromancer will do, given that I submitted to many blogs weeks in advance letting them know about our free days.

So, if there anyone out there who has not downloaded my book (because, you know, $3.99 is just way too much), then here’s your chance. It’s free, it’s version 2.0, and many typos and formatting issues were fixed to make it more professional. If you like zombies or choose-your-own-adventures, then you should love this book!

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Here’s to hoping to thousands of downloads!

So, this is my writer’s blog. Welcome. I think? Yes. Welcome! With an exclamation point!

Every writer needs a blog, so behold, this is mine. I use commas a lot. At least for now. Just my style, I guess.

Anyway. I need a platform to let everyone know what is going on in, well, my writing and my life. Therefore, Kyle West’s Blog. Queue victory music! Or is that cue?

A little about me, then. I am a writer living in Oklahoma City. I also have a desk job, but I will never mention it again because I want this to be a happy place. I’ve co-written a book called Night of the Necromancer: Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? It’s available on Kindle and Create Space. If you have not heard of this book, then there is a good chance that you will enjoy it. A very good chance you will enjoy it. *Nods Affirmatively*

I mean, I’m not just saying that. At least ten other people gave it good reviews on the Amazon. How could anyone argue with ten people about anything?

Therefore, click here!

Buzz marketing aside, I hope this blog is something I can stick with. I really, really enjoy writing. Nothing else in life that is considered “work” gives me quite the satisfaction. I enjoy penning words and having people not just read them, but benefit from them. And I really, really like positive reviews.

Writing’s my life’s purpose, it’s what I’m here for. I’m never going to give up on it.

I’m still in the learning phase, to be sure. And I always will be, I suppose. But I’m getting a little better, every day. I’m putting the puzzle together, one piece at a time. It sometimes feels like a puzzle the size of the universe.

Even when I was a kid, I would make “books” (ten page contraptions complete with pictures). I almost always wrote fantasy. Even now, my greatest ambition is a fantasy epic that’s been cooking for over a decade now. Though I like science fiction and horror almost as much. Almost.

Well, I am le tired. Therefore, this concludes post number one. Thanks for reading.

Adios, muchachos/as.

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