Doesn’t this look like the lighting from Potterville in the alternate future of It’s a Wonderful Life?
- @SaarShai Played 2 wicked fun games of #TheAgents w/ @pbooth81 last night.The best is forcing your opponent to use a command that helps you. 08:55:51, 2013-12-08
- Tweets from 2013-12-01 to 2013-12-07 http://t.co/TY0D55uZ7J 09:58:26, 2013-12-08
- Whoa — best spam blog comment in a while. First sentence reads: "I consider strongly that bang and study solon most this problem." #Spam 04:35:31, 2013-12-09
- Parallel universes, a murderous family, a battle for all of good and evil, and SCIENCE: October / November comics… http://t.co/gsHOISUfjz 10:39:14, 2013-12-09
- Just had a very pleasant time talking with @pbooth81 class on Monsters about zombies. 17:30:51, 2013-12-09
- RT @RickyCarmona: On the next #WhamBamPow we're watching OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. It's streaming on Netflix. Would you go holler at that please? 17:32:13, 2013-12-09
- The train just went by an old factory where the massive building was completely dark except for one set of five lit windows. #CreepyCity 17:40:29, 2013-12-09
- RT @Dene71: Interested in contributing to a new book all about TV's greatest detective, #Columbo? Details here: http://t.co/S5AffExkUA Plea… 09:39:58, 2013-12-10
- RT @sparklebliss: Please RT widely and consider participating: Call for Participants in Documentary Project on Women in Gaming Culture http… 09:40:25, 2013-12-10
- RT @paulandstorm: #BallStarter is <$1,500 from unlocking the PaulandStormonomicon! Dare we to dream of the Brothers Chaps collab at $100k. … 09:40:45, 2013-12-10
- "I think Crabtown would look lovely in the autumn…" (Another furniture construction project) http://t.co/ftmpjlkpFv 10:19:25, 2013-12-10
- RT @YouYear2013: First year students: want to share stories about your semester? Come hang out with us today on Michigan at noon! #youyear … 13:37:10, 2013-12-10
- Yesterday, I rounded a corner in downtown #Chicago and The Hawk cut into me like a razor, I thought of #LouRawls. https://t.co/BOxdmmGlDw 03:35:26, 2013-12-11
- Behold: the creepiest Santa you will see today http://t.co/3gvaSQbWI2 10:11:36, 2013-12-11
- RT @iheartthecubs23: Am I excited for #PsychTheMusical this Sunday? You know that's right… @Psych_USA @DuleHill @JamesRoday http://t.co/F… 12:55:13, 2013-12-12
- Just started THE ZOMBIES OF LAKE WOEBEGOTTEN and am finding it better than the cheap joke pseudonym #HarrisonGeillor would suggest. 15:52:34, 2013-12-12
- What really sunk the titanic? Zombies. (I review DECK Z) #DeckZ #zombies http://t.co/ABq79WCG9t 04:29:08, 2013-12-13
- Happy Birthday, Avery http://t.co/EA2XVUuiA7 10:19:41, 2013-12-13
- RT @SciencePorn: Cannibalism http://t.co/ok75Nlt3Ai 03:31:56, 2013-12-14
- RT @Shannon_MCRmy: Wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit… #PsychTheMusical ..you know that's right. @Psych_USA one more day! C'mon son! 03:35:00, 2013-12-14
- Holiday lights @brookfield_zoo tonight. Already having a great time! 14:59:51, 2013-12-14
- We tell Finn the pranks in Home Alone aren't real and he shouldn't even think about doing them. "Well yeah, we don't even have any tar." 18:43:29, 2013-12-14
Eight years ago today, Avery was born and our lives were never the same. Happy birthday, sweetheart.
This is a good chance to thank all the people who have helped Jenny and I with the wonderful but tiring task of raising little ones. To our family and friends, thank you so much for all you do for Avery, and for us. We love you.
Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon
As you can tell from the cover and the title, Pauls and Solomon ask “What would happen if there had been zombies on the Titanic?” Then they answer that question. The novel is a straight-forward, well-written adventure tale without much depth, but quite enjoyable anyhow. A few thoughts:
- Pauls and Solomon construct a reasonably good premise that gets the zombies onto the ship and resolves well enough. It seems a little on the nose to use Germans, since Nazi zombies are a pretty standard trope, but the age of chemical and biological warfare was upon us, so the timeline for a noxious disease and espionage works well.
- I don’t know a lot about the history of E. J. Smith, but it looks like the military experience the authors give him is not part of his actual life. It’s too bad they couldn’t either a) find someone with real military experience to hang the story on or b) concoct a military experience that more closely matches his real life.
- The zombies in the story are pretty well described, with lots of gooey gore and a standard mix of slow-zombie traits. The novel doesn’t clearly explain how/whether those killed by zombies reanimate, or if it’s only those infected with the disease who do. The use of disease as a vector worked well and made the story flow smoothly.
- The authors do a pretty good job of describing the ship in detail. As a bit of a Titaniac myself, I was worried that my knowledge of the ship’s particulars would get in the way of the tale, but the authors did a great job with this aspect. They work many keystone touches of the Titanic story into the tale, including the flooded mailroom, the telegraph operators, and many others. They hang most of the blame for the incident squarely on J. Bruce Ismay’s shoulders.
- My one complaint about this would be that the bow and the stern seemed to be confused at one point, and that the reconstructions I’ve seen about the ship breaking in half (including James Cameron’s movie) make the way that part is described in the book a little hard to believe.
A note on ethics: I’m a bit conflicted about this idea — the adding of zombies into real-world events. It’s worth asking whether there’s any harm in this kind of fictional historical silliness.
All in all, Deck Z tells a pretty conventional zombie story that clearly springs from its premise. The quick narrative and tight writing work well, and the tale fits most of the signposts one would expect in a story about the most famous ship disaster in recent history. While the zombie tale itself isn’t that innovative, it’s definitely worth a read if you, like me, are in the intersection on a venn diagram of Titanic enthusiasts and Zombie enthusiasts.
I don’t know about you, but I think this Santa is massively creepy. Look at the man on the far right — he thinks so too. “Don’t go over there, little girl! Are you nuts?!”
For the first time in six years, we decided to put up the Christmas Village, one of my favorite decorations of the holiday season, but something I’ve had to keep squirreled away while the children were too young to be trusted around it. But when we started contemplating putting up the village a couple weeks ago, we realized we didn’t have a good place to put it. So we decided on the dining room wall next to our china hutch, but now we faced another problem — what to put it on?
So last weekend, with Finn’s help (mostly checking in on me and then doing his own thing nearby), I built a table to put the village on. Here’s the play by play:
I started with two 2 x 4 x .75 boards for the table and border, and two 1 x 2 x 8 for the legs. I ripped both boards so they were 18″ wide, then cut the second one at 16″, so I could make a table surface that was 64″ wide and 18″ deep. Then I ripped the remaining 6″ planks down the middle so I had 8 feet to use as 3″ border around the bottom.
I joined the two table-top pieces using four welding plates, then used corner brackets to attach the border. The screws that came with the brackets were a little too long, so Finn and I took a second trip to the hardware store for a box of 5/8″ size 8 screws. Then I added corner brackets along the sides of the border for stability. The seam isn’t perfect, but since this table will be used with a tablecloth, good enough.
Next come the legs. Using hinges, I fastened the legs to the table-top. This way, when we’re not using the table, the legs can just swing into the table body for easy storage. I drilled holes through the border and the leg, so when the leg is in standing position, a bolt goes through and held in place with a nut on the inside. This keeps the legs from folding up while the table is standing.
Then I put the table in place. I discovered that though I had intended to leave about 1″ on either end for wiggle room, I actually built something with only about 1/4″ clearance on either side. YIKES. If it had been any longer, I might have had to move the china hutch an inch over, which would have been a nightmare. But it fit like a glove.
And so our village is out again. And we discovered that we have NO room for expansion. Looks like I’ll build another table for next year to put along the wall to the left of the current table. Mwa ha ha.
See also: Project Book Shelf
Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543 by Zach Weinersmith
Weinersmith’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic continues to be a highlight of the webcomic world, so when he KS’d this collection of cartoons about science, I leaped on it right away. The book collects a variety of comics, from single-panel jokes to strips to four or six-page minicomics. All are linked through thematic use of science and scientists. It’s been a long time since I read a collection of “funnies,” but this one works out well. I particularly like the “life of a scientist” section that was added to the end of the book as one of the KS stretch goals.
Cura Te Ipsum Year One by Neal Bailey and Dexter Wee
When Charlie Everett tried to kill himself, he was stopped at the last minute by … himself. He quickly discovers that he, Charlie Everett, can travel between universes, and that a war is raging across the multiverse between, well, the good Charlies Everett and the evil ones. It’s a cool concept that works out very well — when your characters can reach into any universe, they find all kinds of versions of themselves, and each either kills himself or gets recruited (or sometimes killed too). It’s a weird story, but very compelling. You can find the continuing comic online at curateipsum.com.
The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary
Geary has a precise penciling style that serves his true crime subject very well. He draws expressive faces and tells terrifying tales. This particular volume in his ongoing series details the story of the “Bloody Benders,” a family of murderous homesteaders in Kansas who murdered travelers and stole their goods. Despite being suspected of wrongdoing, the Benders escaped justice for most of their lives. The straightforward style of his art makes the mundane circumstances in which these horrible deeds were performed all that much more chilling. (In my pre-blogging days, I also read Geary’s The Beast of Chicago and The Borden Tragedy.) See also: Cottonwood, a novel about mid-1800s Kansas that includes the Benders as a side-story.
Santa Vs. Dracula by Ed Power and Melissa Dejesus
When Dracula realizes that Santa can go into any house whenever he wants, he launches an all-out war on Father Christmas and all his holiday allies. What follows is a witty, goofy, knock-down, drag-out brawl. It’s Frosty vs. Frankenstein’s monster! It’s Igor vs. Mrs. Claus! It’s elves vs. emo vamp kids! While the story arc is pretty shallow, the comic does exactly what you’d expect. There are lots of funny quips and clever ideas (such as Santa’s security force being called the “Silent Knights”). Power and Dejesus even set up the comic for a sequel. Well worth a read.
I just realized three of these four comics came to me by way of Kickstarter. Only Rick Geary’s comic was published by an established press.
- Did you know Tommy Tutone did a Christmas version of 867-5309? It's amazingly corny and wonderful.
http://t.co/lDrYl8Uog9 06:21:10, 2013-12-01
- Tweets from 2013-11-24 to 2013-11-30 http://t.co/KgiodiPGzy 09:57:48, 2013-12-01
- MT "@cccooollliiinnn: We don't really see what the big deal is about new baby smell." Belated congrats! We called that smell 'Eau de SpitUp' 07:24:46, 2013-12-02
- Tommy Tutone's "867-5309 Christmas" is on my play list this month, and I laugh every time he scat-sings "Ho ho" before each verse. 08:18:46, 2013-12-02
- Getting ready to discuss @jedediahberry's THE MANUAL OF DETECTION w/ detective fiction students, I realize how apt it is, post NSA scandal. 08:28:33, 2013-12-02
- Ice, Magic, and Studly dudes: #Frozen and #Thor2 double review (nod to #WhamBamPow) http://t.co/5lB1cDVYdE 10:29:51, 2013-12-02
- MT "@mmm_jackiez: an empty 22×28 frame just dying for a new print. Suggestions?" Check out the awesome posters at http://t.co/L4UwmfyTKj 10:39:23, 2013-12-02
- "@jedediahberry: P.S. Thanks very much for teaching the book." My pleasure! It's a great finale to a semester about detectives. 10:46:19, 2013-12-02
- Yeehaw! A kickstarter kinda day. Both #SantavsDracula and #TheAgents showed up today. 16:04:30, 2013-12-02
- Teaching Avery to play chess. http://t.co/iYHEex5bEK 18:33:50, 2013-12-02
- Update on projects I backed on kickstarter and their timeliness. http://t.co/QF5AyCvtUG 10:32:00, 2013-12-03
- @xkcd "While chances are the water in your soda has never been in another soda, almost all of it has been drunk by at least 1 dinosaur." 14:34:19, 2013-12-03
- Best way to start the holiday season? #Zombies and #Christmas. Just finished I SAW ZOMBIES EATING SANTA CLAUS. #delightful by @s_g_browne 16:32:22, 2013-12-03
- "Respect is not earned by the use of your fists. It's earned by waiting, patiently, for the next batch of crab legs." http://t.co/5JEkSHf7WO 18:40:38, 2013-12-03
- @bryansafi @gibblertron #tspod Was gonna mail you a box of dog poop for xmas, but you nixed that, so tweeting instead. Love your bawdy show! 07:03:04, 2013-12-04
- Thanksgiving was a little bit less wonderful w/o a #WhamBamPow ep. Punching a turkey isn't as sastisfying. @cameronesposito @RickyCarmona 07:16:28, 2013-12-04
- Dammit! Saw an awesome pink and black semi that said "This is how I roll" on it. But was too slow with my camera. 07:40:37, 2013-12-04
- Why's the CTA going so slow!? I have a pink & black semi to catch up to & take a picture of. Oh, I also have a class to teach. #priorities 07:45:22, 2013-12-04
- One of the kids in Finn's class wrote "I like Turkey because sometimes it's burnt." Kid's mom wrote in comments "We didn't burn our turkey." 08:02:14, 2013-12-04
- Protip: Entering your userid in the password space won't usually let you log in. Even if you do it twice. #ThatKindaDay 09:43:27, 2013-12-04
- Child hangs a Christmas stocking, and makes you want to cry http://t.co/k8vjCZCua5 10:10:12, 2013-12-04
- Why I didn't I like #SCANDAL last night? Was it Huck's viciousness or Cyrus' heartache? Nope: not enough #DavidRosen. @JoshMalina. 06:18:41, 2013-12-06
- "@scalzi: NEW YORK CITY: I am about to enter you. PREPARE YOURSELF." That sounds really creepy. Just sayin. 06:20:04, 2013-12-06
- RT @davemistich: "Where there's a coffee, there's a way."
-My maternal grandmother (I think) 06:25:07, 2013-12-06
- Covers, Parodies, the Beastie Boys and the Christmas Rockers http://t.co/oCC9D0SEpP 10:52:39, 2013-12-06
- Listening to guy on train who left work early to go to teacher-parent conference but sounds like his job makes it hard. Good for you, man. 13:05:22, 2013-12-06
- pbbbt. 15:08:09, 2013-12-06
- Met Darth Vader at @defiantcomics during the holiday walk. He said "I sense the holiday spirit is strong in you." 18:34:47, 2013-12-06
- Candy Cane classic. Here we go. 06:14:42, 2013-12-07
- Amazon Associates are back http://t.co/8eHrTGgHoO 10:36:43, 2013-12-07
I got this email Thursday:
We’re pleased to announce that the Amazon Associates program is again open to residents of the State of Illinois. We’re now able to re-open the program because the Illinois State Supreme Court recently struck down legislation that had forced Amazon to close the program to residents of Illinois. Amazon strongly supports federal legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s now pending before Congress, which is the only constitutional way to resolve interstate sales tax collection issues.
So the long and short of it is that the affiliates program is back on. This doesn’t really mean anything for you, dear reader, unless you’re inclined to buy a book or movie after I review it here, in which case following the link from my blog means I get a little something from Amazon maybe eventually.
No pressure or anything, but I wanted to let you know why I’m linking to Amazon again.
A few bullets about covers, creativity, music, etc.
- I recently wrote about the fracas with the Beastie Boys and Goldiblox, coming down (like many people in those early days) with a quick judgement against the Beasties. Of course, subsequent discussion has shown that the situation was more complicated than it appeared at first blush. Some commenters pointed out that Goldiblox was certainly aware of the controversy their work would cause, and in fact had an aggressive response ready in case the Beasties objected. What they didn’t seem to know was the element of advertisement and Adam Y’s dying request that BB music never be used in ads. Lots of coverage about this, but I encourage you to check out the links posted by Thedrellum and Trauman in the comments a couple days ago.
- One of the albums I downloaded for December is a Christmas compilation called Christmas Rocks! Among its many songs is the Tommy Tutone cover of 867-5309 / Jenny, called “867-5309 / Jenny (Christmas Version).” It’s a bizarre song, transplanting lyrics from other Christmas songs (like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) onto the biggest hit TT had. It’s particularly funny, and kind of sad. But it starts with a scat-sung “ho ho” and includes the philosophical question “What is Santa’s area code, anyway?” I can’t help but imagine the men of Tommy Tutone in the same situation as the Bill Nighy character in Love, Actually–completely aware that there’s no artistic merit in making the music, and wading in anyway.
- Another weird thing about the Christmas Rocks! album is the number of songs that are rock ‘n roll covers of Christmas standards performed by anonymous bands. Many of these are made to sound as close to the originals as they can, like the cover of “Chanukah Song / Hanukkah Song” in which the vocalist mimics Adam Sandler’s vocal tics and quirks. These bands have hilarious names. 18 of the 45 songs on the album were performed by “Christmas Rockers”, “Christmas Players,” or “Rock Heroes.” I can’t help but wonder about these bands — who recruited them? Who were they?
Now, enjoy Tommy Tutone. Be sure to listen for the “ho ho!” at the beginning.
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol
by S. G. Browne
Alex Winter, the undead narrator of Breathers, finds himself the object of incessant experimentation and torment at a government research facility. He escapes and, because of his long white hair and beard, quickly dresses as Santa Claus. The story that follows is an amusing little Christmas tale, a blend of humor, horror, and holiday cheer.
A few thoughts:
- I’ve read Browne’s short story “Zombie Gigolo,” so I can attest that he has no shortage of verbiage or vocabulary to describe the unheimlich experience of the undead. Given that this book has a jaunty Santa on the cover and will probably be aimed at non-hardcore readers, he wisely keeps this aspect of the tale rather muted. But I appreciate the careful consideration of the role putrefaction takes in the Breathers world. Gas bloating, for instance, makes zombies fart.
- The book includes a sub-plot about a child with disappointing prospects for Christmas (as all holiday tales must), and the interaction between her and Alex works very well. The resonance with the daughter he hasn’t seen is quite strong and well-written. Browne gives real pathos to the story.
- I like the fine line the book explores about the ethics of zombies eating people. I’m sure this is more fully covered in Breathers, but he gives it just the right amount of consideration here. One premise Browne uses is that human meat helps zombies regenerate, meaning they must eat people to stay ‘alive.’ It creates a great tension, but also allows for a future story where human analog has been invented and zombies can be people like the vampires in True Blood.
- I think Browne’s assessment of how people would generally deal with zombies is apt — there would be some who have an “animal’s rights” approach to the question, but many would allow all kinds of horrors to be perpetrated on them, just as most of us who don’t pay attention to where our meat comes from allow for the animals we eat. Browne draws a connection to our treatment of “terrorrists” since 9/11 that resonates strongly if you let it.
- This book has multiple zombie Santa Clauses. Tell me that isn’t awesome. You’re wrong. It’s awesome. (To be clear, I mean zombies dressed as Santa Claus. I don’t mean the actual supernatural present delivering elf is turned into a zombie.)
All in all, an entertaining holiday tale that’s ALSO an entertaining zombie tale. Enjoy it with egg nog and a little bit of breather, seared medium rare. Get your own copy from Amazon.
I haven’t read Breathers, but I will have to go back and check it out. I’ve heard a couple student presentations about it and it always thought it sounded good, but just haven’t gotten to it. Get your own copy from Amazon.
There’s a long history of telling sad stories about children at Christmas, and I guess this blog has now joined that tradition. I originally thought this was just a cute photo of children in a Christmas scene. But then flickr kicked me in the gut with the label: Christmas Scenes from a Methodist Orphanage. It’s a cute picture anyway — just don’t ponder it too long.
I did a post about Kickstarter in September, noting which projects delivered on time and which were late. When both The Agents and Santa Vs. Dracula showed up at the same time yesterday, I thought it was time to update you. Here’s an update, with changes marked using “strikethrough” and new notations
Here’s a breakdown of Kickstarters I’ve participated in and their timeliness:
- A Show with Ze Frank expected delivery March 2012, delivered on time
- Miskatonic School for Girls, expected delivery April 2012, delivered on time
- Santa Vs. Dracula graphic novel, expected delivery Sep 2012,
still waiting!!delivered Dec 2013
- SCIENCE: ruining everything since 1543, expected delivery Jun 2013,
still waitingdelivered two months late
- The Postcard Story, expected delivery Oct 2012, delivered one month late
- Castle Dice, expected delivery Jun 2013, delivered on time (same folks that made Miskatonic School for Girls)
- Tropes vs. Women, expected inclusion on site Aug 2012, my name was left off the list, but delivered on time
- Machine of Death board game, expected Aug 2013, still waiting!
- Zombie House Blitz, expected Aug 2013, still waiting!
- Cura Te Ipsum, Year Two, expected Aug 2013,
still waitingdelivered one month late
- Kingdom PDF, expected Oct 2013, delivered on time (preview version made available July 2013, final Nov 1)
- Planet Money T-Shirt, expected Sep 2013, in progress still waiting
- A Study in Emerald, expected Oct 2013, in progress still waiting
- Teramydd: Earthsphere, expected Oct 2013, in progress still waiting
- The Agents, expected Nov 2013, in progress delivered Dec 2
- Zombie, Indiana, expected Nov 2013, in progress delivered on time
- Code Monkey Save the World, expected Nov 2013, in progress still waiting
And here are the ones that have not yet missed delivery predictions:
- Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Aether, expected Dec 2013, in progress
- Big Trouble in Little Canton, expected Feb 2014, in progress
- Get Lucky, the Kill Dr. Lucky card game, expected April 2014, in progress
- Ball Pit, expected April 2014, in progress
- Under the Smogberry trees, expected Aug 2014, in progress – t-shirt arrived
In case you haven’t done the math yourself, this means that 7 (roughly 40%) of my kickstarters have arrived on time. Another 3 (or 17%) arrived within 3 months of their expected due date.
It’s been a while since I posted one of these double reviews, but I got a chance to see a couple movies over the holiday break, so I thought I’d give it a go.
Frozen tells the story of two sisters who are princesses, one is cursed with ice powers that she cannot control, the other left isolated after a close call with said powers. Thor: The Dark World follows the continuing adventures of Thor as he fights some dark elves trying to unmake all of creation (except, presumably, themselves, somehow). A few thoughts (and a few spoilers):
- Both films have beefy but good-hearted leading men who keep to themselves and suave villains who appear to be helping the heroes but have deeper motives than we expect.
- Both films feature a leading lady cursed with a mysterious power inside her that lashes out at people who threaten her, whether she wants it to or not.
- Each film follows a narrative in which the brave heroes must risk everything to save their world from destroyed (either by being frozen forever or unmade entirely).
There are some key differences as well:
- Thor 2 is peopled almost entirely with men. We have four women of note (Portman’s character, her assistant, Thor’s warrior friend, and his mom). Each does good work moving the story forward, but Portman still spends much of the movie as a pawn. The good folks at Wham Bam Pow pointed out, quite rightly, that the queen (Renee Russo) kicks ass in this movie, and surprisingly so. Too bad she wasn’t a little less merciful. Frozen, by contrast, gives almost all the narrative to women resolving problems on their own. It’s refreshing, especially after the less-than-amazing Brave. There’s a particularly satisfying set of circumstances at the end of the movie that utterly defy the usual tropes for a Disney princess film.
- The villains in the film also couldn’t be more different. Where Frozen confronts an internal dilemma and the wild hostility of scared crowds, Thor 2 provides a host of high-tech dark elves (having teleported straight up from Menzoberranzan) who want to unmake the universe because they used to be in charge, or something. They do this with a T2 liquid effect called Aether.
Both films are enjoyable and both have their flaws. Thor 2 is about as good as the last one, with some great humor and amusing moments, but not too memorable beyond that. Oh, Loki is in it and is quite enjoyable. Frozen is a bit slow, especially in the beginning, as a lot of the problems actually stem from real character issues rather than monsters or physical danger. But its end makes it worth seeing.
I just finished reading a rough draft of Scott Kenemore’s next zombie novel, Zombie, Indiana, and it’s pretty great. I am writing my review now, but you won’t get to see it for some time (probably April).
If you don’t remember his other books, Kenemore (a friend of the blog) has written a number of novely humor zombie books (like The Zen of Zombie and Zombies vs Nazis), two very good zombie novels (Zombie, Ohio and Zombie, Illinois), and a solid Iraq war novel (Fallujah Heat with veteran, Franco Mercado).
His newest book uses a similar storytelling style as Zombie, Illinois–shifting between multiple protagonists to tell a complex story with more meat than you’d expect if you haven’t read his other books.
While you wait for my review in April, I recommend you pick up some of Kenemore’s other work. You will be happy you did.
Until then, I found this picture of zombies in corn to whet your appetite.