Pedal Zombies: Thirteen Feminist Bicycle Tales
By: Elly Blue (Editor) - Microcosm Publishing, $9.95
Description: In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities.
In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to escape persecution and feel almost alive again on two wheels.
In yet another scenario, bicycles themselves are reanimated and roam the earth.
A talented array of writers bring their diverse visions to this volume: sometimes scary, sometimes spooky, sometimes hilarious, always on two wheels.
If you love The Walking Dead but canít figure out why nobodyís riding bicycles, this book is for you.
The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! And feminist! Watch out!
Verdict: Edited by Elly Blue and complete with a scary zombie cover by Amelia Greenhall, let alone featuring an exciting and talented collection of new and returning authors, Pedal Zombies: Thirteen Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories is exactly that; a wondrous read, chock full of 13 fully-fleshed out (sorry, but it had to be done) short stories that you never knew you needed in your life before you started reading, and yet now simply cannot get out of your head!
In what is a most wondrous, inventive and infectious read (sorry, but it had to be done, again), from start to finish, Pedal Zombies is chock full of a variety of slanted tales, allowing for imaginative approaches to be encouragingly taken.
With each story a quick read, each page a turner, each prose a delectable slice of enlightened feminist, queer-positive, and progressively adamant standpoints, there is everything to love about this book and, most definitely, nothing to hate.
I mean, if you love zombie films/books and you love cycling over driving, well, come on now, this book was made for you! My personal favorites were the brilliant Riding the Circ (Jim Warrenfeltz), Dead Rock Seven (Cat Caperello), Dreadmonton (Alexandrea Flynn), and Why I Ride by Gretchen Lair.
In closing, the book is just a super fun read, complete with conceptually different stories, written by a group of uber talented writers, that comes complete with a Portland-themed backdrop to base their collective narrative around.
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