My Brother, My ZombieBy: Rusty FischerPublished: July 8th, 2012Published by: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC...Emma has only one guard shack left before she releases her brother into the zombies-only zone, or the Z-Zone, as the locals call it.Along the way she keeps Sam docile with a plastic container full of raw meat and the only six commands he knows to obey. He doesn't understand what's about to happen to him, but she does.If only letting him go was as easy as saying goodbye.
I'm not really a big "Zombie" fan, but I might have to be a "Fischer Zombie" fan, now. While brief, this short-story was actually very well-developed, with characters that didn't seem shallow or washed-out at all. It left me wanting to know more about Emma and Sam's life, especially with the little snippets of story that are peppered here and there-- Training him, stealing glances with him. Heck, just the aspect of a "disease", and their parents, makes me curious.
Which brings me to my complaint- I read this in all of fifteen minutes. Maybe less. It's about 17 pages long, which kind of feels like a chapter out of the middle of a book I would've really enjoyed, rather than just a novella. It really does leave a lot to be desired, while at the same time having a well-plotted storyline and characters with depth. I know that makes no sense... You have to read it, I guess, and it is worth the fifteen minutes.
I'll be keeping my eye out for a full-length novel from Mr. Fischer, for sure. He definitely has the potential to be an "acclaimed author".
A former public school teacher, Rusty Fischer has written for such educational magazines as Learning, The Mailbox and Teaching K-8. Now a full-time freelance writer, Rusty is the author of several YA supernatural novels for Decadent Publishing, including Ushers, Inc. and Panty Raid at Zombie High, as well as the Reanimated Readz series of 99-cent zombie short stories. You can read more about his current and upcoming projects, and download FREE zombie stories, on his blog.
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