"I haven\'t laughed this much since Happy Hour of the Damned!"
Amanda Feral is a zombie and proud of it! Together with her
friend and fellow zombie Wendy and the best fashion
accessory anyone could have, gay vamp Gil, she is ready to
party with the best of them in Seattle's supernatural
nightlife. But what is a zombie to do when her mother gets
sick? Well if your name is Amanda Feral you can try and
ignore it. However fate (well a resurrection gone bad) and a
"moderately accurate" psychic have other plans and before
you can say 'Happy Hour' she finds herself on a road trip
that nobody will ever forget.
Crossing three states to see a criticizing mother is not
something Amanda wanted to do in the first place. Crossing
three states to see a criticizing mother in something that
used to be a Winnebago is definitely not something Amanda
saw herself ever doing. With some help from a Korean ghost
and strange guy called Fishhook (I am not going to tell you
how he gets that nickname...you have to read this for
yourself to find out) they manage to get themselves in to
all manner of strange situations that involve, to name just
a few, blowing neo-nazis, a werewolf cop stalker and a horny
This is one hell of a ride for the glamorous trio of ghouls
and they are going to be glad they are already dead. If they
were alive they would have met their demise before even
setting off from home. Being dead is only just giving them a
slim chance of surviving the Road Trip of the Living Dead
but at least they will go out looking good.
Amanda Feral proves that being a zombie can be cool. She is
the Paris Hilton of zombies and you will love her for more
than just her brains. Mark Henry is the Jasper Fford of the
paranormal genre and is somehow channeling Christopher Moore
on a good day. This combination of disgusting humor wrapped
up in fashionable fun is just good enough to eat and I
certainly loved every moment of the experience.
Mark Henry has not only written something that is extremely
sexy, scary and spooky but he manages to write it all as a
woman! And do it so well! Where he got his knowledge of the
female sex, the products we need and use and all the other
little extras is beyond me and I don't think I really want
to know. His zombie minions can come take a bite out of me
any day and I can't wait to meet up with Amanda and the gang
again in book three 'Battle of the Network Zombies'.
Enough said! I don't want to spoil it for anyone by saying
anything else other than - I haven't laughed this much since
Happy Hour of the Damned!
Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted February 5, 2009