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Review of book two from the Zombie Bedtime Stories – Locked Out

Today I wanted to continue with my review of the Zombie Bedtime Stories by Thea Gregory (@TheaIsis). I already reviewed “Locked In” a few weeks ago so we can move on to book two, “Locked Out”.

In the second story, Thea takes on the story as the director for a local lab that is being commandeered to run testing on samples from the outbreak. Of course, typical zombie hi-jinks ensue as a staff member has been infected. The internal attack occurs as well as the inevitable overrun of the facility. The only thing these medical researchers manage to do is get evacuated. Anything else would be a spoiler so I will stop there.

Now, I felt the story itself stayed in the well traveled plane of modern zombie fiction. Nothing in the plot lines stood out but everything was well done so it remained enjoyable. One thing that did happen was a couple of looks at the main character. There was what appeared to be a hinting of sexual tension that wasn’t given time to mature. I personally think it could have been explored but that would have required the group to remain in-tact and in location so I can see why this didn’t happen. The rate of infection really suggested that this should have been ignored.

The other look I could have done without. There was time spent on the more mundane elements of the facility director’s job. In the beginning of a zombie apocalypse I realize that many people would continue to attempt to handle business as usual but I just don’t want to read about it. This is a small complaint since it was also a small element of the story.

So, how would I rate the book? It might surprise you but the answer is better than the first. While “Locked In” had a better overall plot and a fresher take on the genre than “Locked Out” did there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the writing between the first and second. You get a feeling of the author’s style having matured that was impressive. I still have the third book to read and review but I am hoping to see this trend continue.

A good read. You should give this four out of five star work a try. If you aren’t a fan of zombies, The Zombie Bedtime Stories just might convert you.

L. E. White

See and be Seen

When Tammy had started to study witchcraft her mother had said, “If you spend your time trying to work with magic then the things that you are looking for will begin to look back at you.” At the time she thought the idea was stupid. Predators attack the weakest members of a flock, not the strongest.

What she didn’t understand was that some things have taste. Just because something else might be easier prey that didn’t mean that the risk wasn’t worth it if the taste was better. In some dark circles of the never-never there were those creatures who had developed a taste for humans that could use magic. These monsters were like great metaphysical bloodhounds. They could smell your magic and they were only too happy to find a young witch who had done something stupid like opening a gate to allow the Fey into her life. A gate that wasn’t crafted using a single name but was instead a truly open door.

As she sat inside the tiny circle of salt with her arms wrapped around her knees Tammy wept and whimpered. She rocked slightly in an effort to stay awake until her mother came home tomorrow. If she slept she would stretch out or fall over and break the circle. She couldn’t fall asleep.

It was waiting.

 

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Categories: Flash Fiction, Review
  1. Danika
    March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Love “See and be Seen”. LOVE IT. It put a huge smile on my face.

    • March 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Thanks a lot. I never get tired of hearing that.

      By the way, I am a little over a quarter of the way through “Rabbit in the Road”. Interesting magic system.

      • Danika
        March 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        I wanted to ask how it was going, but I didn’t want to be, you know, pushy and crazy. 🙂 You’re the first person to really notice the system. I love it.

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