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First Time Dead 1 [Kindle Edition]

Chantal Boudreau , David Minyard , TW Brown

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The legions of the undead continue to grow. First Time Dead proudly presents a host of brand new names to the genre pantheon. Each writer contained herein might be the next “it” writer on the rise…the one to watch for. You never know where the next Romero, Kirkman, Brooks, Keene, or Wellington may emerge to scare and entertain the masses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3436 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984537260
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (Feb. 13 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OR1GU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology March 7 2011
By Stuart D. Cooper - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Review: First Time Dead Vol 1
Yesterday, I finished reading First Time Dead Vol 1 and set out to write this review. However, as I scanned over my notes, I realized that I really didn't remember a few of the stories. This is normally a bad sign. I re-read the ones I didn't remember and here is my review.

Hello Again by Megan Tregler is the very personal story about a man's struggle for an outcome with his wife is a rural setting of the outbreak. The characters are well drawn and believable. This was a strong start.

Twisted Words by Andrew Stockton is my choice as the most classic and scariest of them all. The Draculan setting and mysterious writings coupled with superior writing and pacing make this stand out about the others in this anthology

Everything I know about Zombies I Learned from Star Trek by Sam Christopher is my sentimental favorite. The unique narrative style highlights excellent character development. I know and care about what happens.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Dillon Cox is one of the stories that I had to read again. Either I don't get it or the story feels completely empty of emotion. I never cared what happened. The plot is pretty good, but it never clicked.

Just Another Day by Chantal Boudreau is another story I had to read over. This time, I got the point. This interesting perspective on life during a somewhat controlled outbreak. Supermom is incredible.

Inland by Martin Milhomme occurs three months after the start of the outbreak. The characters are interesting, but the plot is predictable. Still, I enjoyed it.

He's Not Heavy by Rebecca Show is a wonderful mystery that plays on the current trend of government mistrust. This is an interesting story that held my attention throughout. I really appreciate the social commentary. The title is a great choice.

As I Watch Her Walk Away by Dave Minyard is a realistic story of the first hours of the outbreak. The author does a wonderful job of creating distinct characters. I did not see the ending coming.

Things Worse Than Death by Bryan Vogt is another story of examining a possible outcome for the people involved in the zombie outbreak. I really see that this is possible. The twist at the end made me laugh my head off.

Death by Dad by Lisa Conger tells the story of an extended family's experience with the outbreak. This read like three closely related short short stories. I like the way it was done. The choices are realistic and well written.

Forgive me Father for I have ... Burp by Michael J. Evans is either a brilliantly written comedy or I totally missed the point. The details are wonderful and remind me of the behavior of early man. I laughed at the ending, but maybe I'm twisted.

The Overpass by John Lemut is a longer story that finished the anthology. The entire tone reminded me of The Walking Dead comic. It is well constructed but seemed to drag in the middle. The ending was not what I expected.

I give this collection a 4 out of 5 stars. A few of the stories are 5 stars but a few others are 3 stars. I highly recommend this collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read April 2 2011
By Lisa Conger - Published on
This review pertains to all the stories in the anthology but Death By Dad my own short story. All in all I enjoyed this anthology you had everything from stories from the zombies perspective to the perspective of a family member trying to protect he zombified family. I am not going to go into each story but most all of them were great and can't wait to see these first time authors again. However the reason I gave a score of 4 out of 5 is there were a couple of stories that just didn't fit with the others or just wasn't as good as the others.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of first-time zombie writers March 8 2011
By gac1003 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"First Time Dead" represents the first book in a two-volume set of zombie-infected tales. What sets this apart from other such anthologies is that the authors are all first-timers. It may seem risky, but May December Publications gladly takes that risk and offers a collection of great additions to the zombie genre. The collection offers a wonderfully mixed take on the living dead, running the gamut from the day to day survival ("The Overpass" by John Lemut and "Everything I Know About Zombies I Learned from 'Star Trek'" by Sam Christopher) to stories of a zombie's guilt ("Forgive Me, Father, For I Have . . . Burp" by Michael J. Evans) and one woman's struggle to keep her family "safe" ("Just Another Day" by Chantal Boudreau), to name a few. A fine gathering of new voices, and as a fan of zombie tales, this makes a nice addition to my collection. Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection! Feb. 24 2011
By Jason Thacker - Published on
First Time Dead is a great anthology, full of entertaining stories from some very talented first time authors. One thing that this anthology delivers on; that others seem to lack is the quality of ALL stories included. Each story is very well written and entertaining. This is one book that you shouldn't pass on. Don't let the idea of an entire book written by first time authors steer you away. You might be very surprised to find many of these authors have the same great talent found in the big names in zombie fiction. This anthology is by far one of the best I have read. Don't be suprised to see any of these authors emerge as one of the best voices in zombie fiction.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection June 11 2011
By S.H. - Published on
Really enjoyed this anthology. Alot of good stories. But I think "Forgive Me Father For I Have...Burp" By Michael J Evans was my favorite. Such a great and twisted tale. Great characters. Left me wanting more.

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