When it comes to a funny zombie series, I think that Jesse Peterson’s Living with the Dead Series really ranks high. In many ways the books language reminds me a great deal of a book I reviewed earlier that I loved called My Life As A White Trash Zombie. If you enjoyed that one, you should love this series!
It is smart in a subtle kind of way, funny without being slapstick or laugh out loud kind of funny and in addition makes some interesting points about relationships. That may be because the format that Peterson borrows is one very familiar to anyone who reads all those self-help books. You know the ones I mean. They may be tucked away where your friends can’t see them, but you have them. We all do.
The concept of taking the formatting of a self-help book and using it to tell about a zombie apocalypse is not only a new one, it is a clever one. But then the Living with the Dead Series is all kinds of clever. After all, how much help would those self-help books be in the midst of such a horrifying emergency as this? For many of us, our lives are at the crossroads of horror and comedy enough as it is. Having a series that illustrates it just makes it all a little more obvious. But then, that may well be where the nervous giggling is coming from whenever I read these books.
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen
When David and Sarah’s marriage counselling sessions get interrupted by a zombie invasion, what else can they do but fight it? The book begins with their umpteenth trip to their Seattle counsellor’s office, when they notice the highway is strangely quiet, the security guard at the parking structure seems to be missing and the receptionist at their counselor’s office left her desk and never came back.
When they step into the office only to find their trusty new age-style counsellor busily ripping out the throat of the client before them, they know they are in trouble. From there it is just a quick jump to fighting for survival and learning to work a bit more closely together than they have in years. While I wouldn’t advise starting a zombie apocalypse as a marriage revival technique, it seems to do wonders for David and Sarah’s relationship. Well, sort of.
If you have ever read a self-help book you will instantly recognize the style here. Chapters begin with a little quote and then go on to illustrate it with David and Sarah’s constant struggle for survival. The atmosphere is witty and the language downright snarky at times. But you will find it hard to put it down once you start giggling.
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Flip This Zombie by Jesse Petersen
Once you have the marriage patched up well enough to make the two of you a team, now what? Well, of course now you need to find a way to keep the cash flowing. And that is exactly what David and Sarah do in this follow-up to the marriage counselling session from Hell called Married with Zombies. This time around, the two decide to take the skills they acquired from killing plenty of zombies and hire themselves out. Taking a page from the numerous financial self-help books, they go on to illustrate the ups and downs of creating your own financial empire from the destruction of life as we know it.
But when one of their clients turns out to be a Mad Scientist type, things take a turn for the dangerous. He is interested in zombies alright. But he wants them to bring them back alive – or rather undead but in one piece in order to study them. If he can’t have fresh zombie, he can always make new ones. Sarah and David will do just fine, he thinks.
It is all too much for our intrepid couple who must find a way to stop him. And then there is The Kid. He’s ten years old, too smart sometimes for his own good, and definitely worth having around. With a crew like this and a mad scientist to stop, you know this guide to making a fortune despite a zombie apocalypse is bound to be fun!
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Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen
When the Mad Scientist in Flip This Zombie infected David, Sarah was lucky enough to have gotten her hands on the cure. The question remains – did it really cure? As the pair heads for what they hope is safety and some type of government on the other side of The Wall, she begins to notice that David is changing. He is stronger, faster and she is worried what her once nerdy game-playing husband will do next. This isn’t helped any when they rescue Nicole, a blonde bombshell who was a TV star before the big changes happened.
This book is really more about the journey of self-discovery (no surprise there, given the title) that the two go through now that they are moving towards a final goal. The Wall is a legendary place where supposedly the government has made a final stand against the Zombie Horde. Sarah wants to get there and hand over the final vial of anti-zombie to Someone In Charge. David isn’t so sure that there is a wall and if it is the answer he wants.
While the snarky attitude that has endeared this series to me is still there, by book three you are beginning to really care about everyone here. You want them to not only make it to The Wall, but for it to be what they need it to be. But most of all, you need to know, along with Sarah, just what has David become? The Zombie Apocalypse has changed everyone, but is it for the good?
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The Zombie Whisperer by Jesse Petersen
With the resolutions seen from the last book, it’s time for David and Sarah to get some rest and a chance to live their lives. But it is not to be. Soon, the old gang arrives. The Kid and Nicole, along with a few other “guests” want Sarah and David to return to Seattle to end a huge zombie infestation. It turns out that David “has a way” with Zombies that no-one can explain, and that Sarah doesn’t want to think about too much.
But Sarah is carrying a few secrets of her own when they head out. She isn’t so sure she wants to return to Seattle, but feels she has few choices. The revelation of what she is hiding, along with a few other surprises along the way, all help to wrap up this series nicely.
Not sure why the change in cover art, but the book still reads as good as the others. The wit and snarky language is still there in spades, but the tale is definitely shorter. For those who have been following all along, you will get the satisfaction of seeing it all tied up nicely. No loose ends here! Just be warned, it is definitely more of a long short story than a short novel. But who can possibly want to miss out on the conclusion to the Living with the Dead series?
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Bonus! Short Story – Shambling with the Stars
Can’t get enough of the Living with the Dead series? Do you miss David and Sarah already? If you are someone who has loved this series, or just know you will, we have a little side bonus for you to enjoy. Jesse Peterson has done a quick short story that is priced just right and will have you laughing as well. Remember TV personality Nicole? Well, she wasn’t the only one in Hollyweird to be finding ways to use the Zombie Apocalypse to get some ratings when the whole thing settles.
Meet Avery Andrews, director of celebrity marathons for just about any cause you can name. And how can you beat a cause like this one? When the outbreak happens she quickly puts together a star-studded call-a-thon that will raise her Q a few points. But when the zombies show up in the studio, it just may be another kind of race! Can she stay alive long enough to return for next season?
It’s a fast read of around 7000 words and available from us as a Kindle download.