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The Loving Dead
The Loving Dead
The Loving Dead
Audiobook8 hours

The Loving Dead

Written by Amelia Beamer

Narrated by Emily Durante

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Kate and Michael, twenty-something housemates working at the same Trader Joe's supermarket, are thoroughly screwed when people start turning into zombies at their house party in the Oakland hills. The zombie plague is a sexually transmitted disease, turning its victims into shambling, horny, voracious killers.

Thrust into extremes by the unfolding tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the decisions they've made, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive. Michael convinces Kate to meet him in the one place in the Bay Area that's likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hordes: Alcatraz. But can they stay human long enough?

"In The Loving Dead, Amelia Beamer gives us a zombie novel like none other. Crisp, smooth and stylish, it zips along from scene to scene, accumulating tension, humor and insight as it accelerates. It is also comic and sexy, a combination I find irresistible." - Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter
Release dateJul 15, 2010

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I suppose if I am going to suspend disbelief for zombies, I ought to be able to suspend disbelief for characters doing really stupid shit. But I couldn't. For instance: pack 4 people into an airplane sized bathroom, make two of them zombies and the other two people who need to survive, and they decide to have sex rather than bash the zombies heads in. That sort of thing happens all the time in the book.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    I found Beamer's writing to be quite good, personally, and felt that the book was well written with an interesting plot and outcome. I wasn't expecting how sad the book made me though. Perhaps I was just really sensitive when I read it, but the tragedies in it really struck me. I think there are some metaphorical parallels you can draw from it about modern day relationships, promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, and a small glimpse of what it might be like to live with a chronic condition.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The Loving Dead isn't an awful work, but it's certainly inconsistent. Amelia Beamer seems to have a real talent for writing erotic scenes... the parts of the book dedicated to sexuality flow with a certain eloquence and intensity that make them without question the best parts of the work. Unfortunately, once she steps away from sexuality she starts to falter. First, the characters are pretty unappealing. I suppose there may have been something honest in the depiction of them as slacker twentysomethings who spent their time partying and sleeping around, and I'm by no means condemning those who choose to spend their lives that way, but at the same time, they came off as overprivileged slackers... spoiled, self-absorbed brats, basically. They were shallow. This would have been perfectly acceptable if the book were a literary expression of nihilist philosophy, but really it isn't. The structure of the story seems designed to attempt to elicit sympathy for the main characters, and in my case at least, if failed to do so.Still, though the work is slightly hobbled by the personalities of the characters, it could readily surpass that flaw if not for the fact that once she departs the comfort zone of sexual encounter scenes, Beamer's writing skills start to stumble. Depictions of violent or even just physically active scenes, especially aboard the Zeppelin, are weak at best. I found her descriptions of people interacting with their environments to be confusing and hard to visualize. In fact, at times the physical description just resulted in my thinking "Ummm... I don't think so. Sorry, no." But there are some strong points to this work, and they shouldn't be overlooked. For all its flaws, it is fairly creative. And like I said, Beamer's erotic writing is pretty remarkable stuff. Plus, one has to be impressed with the premise of the work... this may not be the first time anyone's mentioned the notion of the sexual transmission of a zombie virus, but I'm pretty sure it's the first time anyone's gotten a book published based on that premise. And while it may have been in part an attention-getting ploy to catch the eye of a publisher, one has to admit that it takes a certain amount of courage for a young author to base her first major work on such a controversial concept. I've mentioned the book to a number of people in my bookstore, and their reaction usually seems to be hesitant at best, in part perhaps because they assume the