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Book Review: Wastelands The New Apocalypse, part 2 👻👻👻👽👽👽👾👾👾👻☠💀☠💀☠💀🤮

Wastelands The New Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, part 2


Not This War, Not This World

This acts as a sequel to 'Night Of The Living Dead'. Though there is a mention of GPS so it can't be 1968. What is a toe nailed nail? This explains the origin of the zombies. There is babble about a cold war weapon. It also reveals the zombies are aware. Zombies are an unwanted nuisance and there are in depth descriptions of guns as a sniper does not react well to the zombie apocalypse. The zombies are uncomfortably invasive. This is an okay tale of an isolated man under relentless pressure. While not terrifying – it is immediately urgent.


Best Lines:

“Failed stronghold.”


“Bullet drop.”


“Completely and irrevocably aware.”


“Spread by the people who were trying to outrun it.”


“Un-alive.”


“Cold, cold soil.”


“Self-sustaining war of attrition.”


“Bottomless hunger.”


“Other moans. Many many more.”


Where Would You Be Now

By Carrie Vaughn. After a vague apocalypse, a group of people have no food and the inevitable motorcycle gang shows up. How is there eye makeup in the apocalypse? This was okay.


Best Lines:

“Whatever might hurt them.”


“A way that didn't suggest friendship.”


The Elephant's Crematorium

Too miserable and it defies logic.


The Future Is Blue

I've read this before. In a flooded future a girl is hated for saving her people. Instead of being given thanks – she is belittled, mocked and degraded. She is forlorn. This was sad but very good.


Best Lines:

“Some people are just born to be despised.”


“Hazmat Heath.”


“All my dreams were burning.”


Bones Of Gossamer

An embarrassment.


As Good As New

This tale of an apocalypse and a genie has some credibility trouble but it is enjoyable.


Best Lines:

“Deathscape.”


“Wish-facilitator.”


“Seemed to enjoy complaining about it.”


“Unearned ambivalence.”


One Day Only

In a post-plague apocalypse, a woman decides to do a stand up comedy act. This was good.


Best Lines:

Treacherous act of mercy.”


“Why did that simple caring repel her so much?”


Black, Their Regalia

Craving respite from a plague, a band do a ritual which turns out to be their artistic destiny leading to a spectacular twist of fate. This was good.


Best Lines:

“Community togetherness.”


“Plague prom.”


“When you scream in dark places, I listen, and I relish what I hear.”

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