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.