Happy Hour of the Damned
Mark Henry
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Happy Hour of the Damned
Mark Henry
288 pages
March 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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This book is not your usual urban fantasy story. Our heroine, Amanda Feral, is a zombie who's learning her way about her new state, making lots of amusing comments, some of which are in footnotes. When her friend Liesl disappears, Amanda sets out to search for her. The story moves along with various flashbacks to events that caused Amanda's transformation to Zombie and how she met some of her new supernatural friends.

Although I liked the author's breezy writing style, I couldn't quite get into the story. This is no soft-focus supernatural book: Amanda and her friends kill people, eat them, and dispose of the evidence. This was somehow just a little too much for me to stomach, even if done in an 'amusing' manner. Amanda herself isn't a particularly original character, apart from the zombie-ness - she's into shoes, make-up, coffee, and would be at home in lots of chick-lit books, provided she were still alive. Her friends seem at once formulaic and wacky, and their adventures together definitely fit into the gory mock-horror world. There are some fresh aspects to this book and some very familiar aspects. Altogether it didn't work for me as a good read; it seemed too directionless and I couldn't empathize with the characters. It is certainly a good writing style, with lots of amusing one-liners, thoughts and events.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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