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Book Title: Road Trip of the Living Dead|
The author of the book: Mark Henry
ISBN 13: 9780758225252
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.7
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There are some books I just don’t like that others really do. Some make me laugh and yearn in ways I can’t explain. Then there are such books where I have a horrible reading experience where I want to throw the book out the window and wish I had never picked it up to begin with. I have read really great reviews about the author and his first book. And when I was given his second book in his series about a zombie heroine to read, I thought why not give it a go? How I wished I was never given the book now. I am still gagging thinking about what I have read.
The last time I actually gagged when reading a book was Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. I had such a visceral response to American Psycho that to this day goose bumps will appear on my arms whenever I think about it *pokes at goose bump as I write this post*. The latest where I found myself gagging was Mark Henry’s Road Trip of the Living Dead or what I call the, “Paris Hilton zombie potty humor gag me till I puke book”. I am trying to figure out whose Mark Henry’s audience is. If film maker Judd Apatow wrote books, they would probably be like Mark Henry’s. Perhaps Mark is a fan of Judd’s very immature, only teen boys can understand comedies?
Road Trip of the Living Dead is a foul read. He injects descriptions of bodily fluids and very unfunny until they fall beyond flat situations. Want a few examples of this gag me till I puke humor?
"... Boxcar Willie pissing a stream of ectoplasm onto the grave. It glugged from the guy like Mrs. Butterworth's, glowing an enthusiastic obscene purple."
“He responded by ripping the wettest fart I’d ever heard, a massive gelatinous ass moan, that woke a gag reflex in me that I thought I lost with my death.”
“I was faced with a throbbing fleshy poultry mallet. This cock was not content to be simply misshapen in its engorgement- no- its oversized mushroom cap oozed a thick yellow discharge.”
“Wendy’s face was smeared with blood, chunks of hair skin and drippy globs of fat.”
Need I go on?
Road Trip of the Living Dead is from the first person POV of Amanda Feral who has been changed into a zombie. Her mother is dying and even though Amanda hates her mother with a passion, she will make the road trip to go see her. From what I can gather Amanda wants to be there when her kicks the bucket so she can dance on her grave. We are shown why Amanda hates mommy dearest, because get this- her mother once gave a young Amanda chocolate Ex-Lax on a car ride because Amanda wanted a lip gloss. Daddy dear had to stop at some road side store and Mommy Feral wasn't happy. Mommy Feral shows her love by making her little girl suffer.
Along for the ride is Amanda’s best bud Wendy who is also a zombie and has an eating disorder. Wendy cannot stop eating chocolate, which is a no-no for a flesh eating zombie. For some reason the girls can drink alcohol, which is given a pass, but not chocolate. Gil, a gay vampire with great fashion sense, travels along with these two dead ladies because he has to hide out from a newly risen vampire he kind screwed over. (Newly risen vampire was pissed upon by a ghost in a cemetery and blames Gil for it) There is also Mr. Kim, a ghost who is now attached to Amanda. On this road trip from Seattle, Washington across the U.S. to some very interesting back water areas, Amanda and her motley crew get into trouble.
I really can’t find anything appealing about making a zombie into a loveable main character. Perhaps as a sidekick, but as the main protagonist in a story, no. My problem lies with watching too many zombie horror movies with those mindless zombies that want someone’s brains to munch on. BRAIIINSSS!!!
Mark was trying to make Amanda come across as this loveable main character, but instead she reminded me of a Paris Hilton type. A selfish, vain cartoonish character that brings nothing into the world. Amanda’s sole purpose in Road Trip of the Living Dead is to stumble along with no purpose while she makes inane remarks. The way she and Wendy acted grated on my nerves, especially when they are on the look out for their next meal. These two eat humans just like any other zombies. They would troll in their high heels shoes for their next victims but made sure, at least in their minds, their dinner were bad sorts who deserve it. See that drunken homeless guy over there? He is perfect as fresh meat. What about that grungy teenie bopper girl and her boyfriend who treat her grandmother like shit at the store? They are perfect victims because they are so mean to grandma and have nothing to give to society.
At one point I wished I had an axe because I wanted to behead Amanda and Wendy because they wouldn't shut up and again were too annoying for words.The only character I has a small smidgen of interest for was Gil. He is the true comic sidekick that Mark actually got right.
Road Trip of the Living Dead feels like a bad paranormal Sex and the City gone bad. Amanda Feral is no Carrie Bradshaw, that’s for sure. By page 150 I put this book down with one last roll of the eyes. Imagine if I had a lighter next to me? This apparent attempt at quirky zombie humor fails in so many ways.
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Read information about the authorMARK HENRY traded a career as a counselor to scar minds with his fiction. In stories clogged with sentient zombies, impotent sex demons, transsexual werewolves and ghostly goth girls, he irreverently processes traumatic issues brought on by premature exposure to horror movies, an unwholesome fetish for polyester and/or witnessing adult cocktail parties in the swingin' 70s. A developmental history further muddied by surviving earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. He somehow continues to live and breathe in the oft maligned, yet not nearly as soggy as you’d think, Pacific Northwest, with his wife and four furry monsters that think they’re children and have a complete disregard for carpet.
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