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By MsRanPan on 29-12-12
You must read My Life as a White Trash Zombie first really, as it is the prequel, I love this book. I was so pleased to rejoin Angel and the other characters in the next stage of her life. Angel is a very likeable character in realistic circumstances, other than being a zombie. I love the take on being Zombies in this book, I love how unpretentious and unlikely the heroine is and it's just a really fun read.
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By Mike on 03-12-14
Angel's new life gets mess up by nasty scientists
"Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues" continues Angel Crawford's tale from where "My Life As A White Trash Zombie" left off. It has the same punchy style as the first novel and continues to benefit from Allison McLemore's first class narration.
The thing I liked most about the book is the way Angel grows and develops. She's turned becoming a zombie into an opportunity to turn her life around and become a better person, or at least one she likes and respects more. Putting aside the humour (which occasionally made me laugh out loud) and the zombie strangeness (which becomes satisfyingly complex) the main impact of this book comes from making the reader care about Angel Crawford.
"Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues" is darker than the first novel. The scenes relating to Angel's treatment by her abductors are well enough written to be disturbing. This is about fear and humiliation and what happens when we treat people as things. Not a laugh a minute but not exploitative either. This is Angel's introduction to some of the more unpleasant realities of her new life. Her reaction to her experience forces her to grow or die and begins to shape here into someone who thinks about the big picture and not just how to survive until tomorrow.
Diana Rowland goes to some lengths to explain the science behind being a zombie. While I think this was important, even necessary, I felt there was a little too much info-dumping at some parts of the book. The science does sound plausible and it sets up all kinds of ideas that can feed future books but I'd have rather had it drip fed a little more. The best part of the explanation was Angel's reaction to it. Her enthusiasm for "learning cool stuff" is infectious.
I'm now a confirmed White Trash Zombie fan. I'll download them as they appear and consume them with pleasure.
I'm also a fan of Allison McLemore, not just for her Angel voice, which is perfect, but for her ability to give voices to other characters and to narrate the action scenes. I'll be looking at other books she's narrated.
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By Lupdilup on 22-07-12
A seameless continuation to a great series!
In the first novel, we got introduced to the high school dropout, Angel Crawford; a self loading, pill popping-looser; daughter of an alcoholic deadbeat, living in the swamps of Louisiana. I don’t think I need to draw you a picture, just look at the fabulous cover. But all that comes to an abrupt end when she wakes up in the morgue craving brains and wondering what that hell happened to her.
Who knew that becoming a zombie will put Angel on the right path, and the reader/listener in the path to discovering a fantastic, creepy, gross (better have a strong stomach) mysterious, funny, suspenseful, and downright entertaining world.
I love Angel; I think you will too, she’s smart and funny. Her sarcastic personality with her self deprecating-down to earth tone make a terrific, but most importantly, a genuine character. So, If you haven’t read/listened to the first novel, stop right here. You need to get properly introduced to Ms. Rowland’s zombies, with the first entry, My Life As A White trash Zombie.
Angel is coping with her new reality; she has learned most of how her new world works, and what she needs to do to survive. Everything seems to be going fine for Angel, but things start to get complicated, and now, besides making sure she has a jar of brain’s smoothie at hand - she also has to deal with new dangers; zombie hunters, conspiracies, her unsavory past catching up to her, not to mention her boyfriend's attitude.
The twist and turns, the mystery, the small dab of romance, and a great ending, make this entry a must read or listen. I’m seriously hoping we don’t have to wait a whole year for the following novel, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse.
This is my first experience with Alison McLemore, and I thought she did a very good job bringing this novel and its characters to life.
I have to warn you, I’m not an expert in southern accents, but Ms. McLemore approach definitely worked for me, even though, at first I thought it might have been a little bit over the top, I settled down within the first chapter, and just began to enjoy the story. She does a fantastic job communicating Angel’s emotions, as well as the rest of the character’s.
The mood and feel of the novel are skillfully captured, and nicely transmitted to the listener.
One thing I’m not so sure about though, that is, the sense of humor. I did find the first novel (which I read) a lot funnier than this one - I’m not sure if my inner voice for Angel was funnier, or maybe this novel was a little bit more serious. I’m planning a re-visit on audio to find out.
I didn’t have problems distinguishing the different voices, except for Angel’s father, sometimes they sounded too much alike, but it's such small portion of the novel that it does not really make that much of the difference. I was fine with her male voices; this is not a romance ( the center anyway) so I’m a lot more lenient in these cases, and did I find them quite adequate.
All in all, this was a great listen, and I recommend this series to any UF fan in search of something new, engrossing, original and fresh, if the word "fresh" can be use when speaking about Zombies :)
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
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By Rina on 04-05-13
"Hello, my name is Angel...I'll be your zombie..."
"Hello, my names is Angel and I will be your zombie today."
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland, progresses right where My Life as a White Trash Zombie leaves off. And yes, I suggest listening to the series in order, otherwise the listener will be completely lost. Angel is back, working as a driver for the parish morgue and has adjusted to her life as a member of the walking undead rather nicely. However, her luck takes a turn for the worse when she loses the body she picks up from a recent crime scene. Desperate for answers, she much search for clues as to why, and stop her troubled past from coming back to bite her and putting her much needed job in jeopardy. Angel is witty, funny and real. I found myself actually laughing out loud and listening way past my bed time, on several occasions.
I read the eBook version of the first White Trash Zombie novel, but decided to give the audiobook a try for the second. I'm so glad I did. I loved how the narrator performed the story so much, I went back and picked up the first book on audio as well. Allison McLemore is simply wonderful and portrays Angel's laid back, sarcastic attitude to a tee, making her all the more lovable. So much so, she is on my short list of favorite female book leads.
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