He can once Fifty years have passed since the so-called Zombie Uprising. He can once again think and talk, but he still carries the zombie virus in his system. While some react to him with curiosity, the rest act with hostility. Now Edward is on the run across the country, searching for his answers with a series of unlikely allies. His journey will take him from futuristic scientific labs to the burned-out ruins of small-town America, looking for the people who can tell him why he is different. But there are those who will not stop until he is destroyed—especially when it is discovered that Edward possesses a unique ability that may just make him the most powerful biological weapon in history.
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With the massive glut of zombie novels on the market, it's often difficult to weed out the best from the mundane. It's even more difficult to find a fresh new take on the genre. Derek Goodman delivers on both points. The Reanimation of Edward Schuett delivers a unique take on the genre and is one of the best zombie novels I've had the pleasure of reading. It's now one of my absolute favorites.
The characters are well-developed, the world building is fantastic, the scenario is heart-breaking, yet With the massive glut of zombie novels on the market, it's often difficult to weed out the best from the mundane. The characters are well-developed, the world building is fantastic, the scenario is heart-breaking, yet excitingly fresh, and the suspense that builds over the course of the story will keep readers anxiously flipping pages to find out what happens to poor Edward.
View all 8 comments. The title itself was intriguing and seemed almost positive. Plenty of zombie novels use the words "dead" "zombie" "rot", etc. That was certainly a new one. After overcoming the initial excitement I had in regards to the title, I began to read what could quite possibly be one of the most positive zombie As an avid reader of zombie-based novels, I was incredibly thrilled to read "The Reanimation of Edward Schuett" TROES, as I will refer to it as in this review.
After overcoming the initial excitement I had in regards to the title, I began to read what could quite possibly be one of the most positive zombie books I have ever read. Sure this book had it's "downer" moments, as any book does, but it truly gave hope for the eventual downfall of mankind. TROES is about a zombie named Edward who appears to be coming back to life after being zombified for quite some time.
Throughout the the book you learn, in great detail, what has happened to the world since Edward was last alive. Derek Goodman does an excellent job describing each scene in a great detail which allowed me to visual the towns and people. TROES is an easy ready and moves along smoothly.
I finished it in just a few days time during breaks at work, I just simply could not put it down. I also felt quite sorry for Edward and was eager to learn what would come of his future. Despite the amazing detail and well written story, one part of the book bugged me a bit. At first I didn't see the point in including such a scene but after a couple more chapters, it made sense.
I do not want to describe it on here as that would be a spoiler, which I try not to do in my reviews. After reading it, you may want to call me a prude of sorts, but I am what I am. I feel this book is certainly a revelation in the zombie genre and I have my fingers crossed for a sequel! Another editing project is now a published book! Jun 19, Kenny Bellew rated it really liked it. This books is a clever twist on the zombie theme. A zombie wakes up and returns heals up to normal appearance, but he retains the virus, which is a very quick activing strain almost instant death and transference upon biting someone.
This book is a fun read, mainly to me because I thought it was a clever way to tell the story. Some scientist lost her life because this never crossed her mind. Dec 29, Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it. The Reanimation of Edward Shuett is a zombie tale for folks who are looking something that injects something entirely new and different into the genre. Edward is an average guy from Wisconsin who wakes up one day in an abandoned WalMart dazed, dirty, and confused by the fact that he has maggots crawling out of rotten holes in his arm.
He sees a couple of other people in the store who scare him. They are clearly not normal-shambling looking dead things that have no reason to still be upright. Des The Reanimation of Edward Shuett is a zombie tale for folks who are looking something that injects something entirely new and different into the genre.
There have been, by my reckoning, a handful of novels that are told from the viewpoint of the zombie. Some just dance lightly around the subject of trying to grasp what is going on inside the brain of a zombie, while others plunge in head first, making their whole focus about the life and times of the undead. Edward is definitely a zombie-of that there is no doubt. While the realization comes as a shock to him, there is another more striking realization for both him and the living, breathing humans that surround him. Unlike the rest of the undead, he can reason, speak, and is even starting regenerate the fifty years of damage he suffered as a mindless eating machine.
His memories as a full blown flesh eater are vague-stuck within his dreams and nightmares. Sadly, he has no idea what has happened to his wife and daughter, and to him it seems like time stood still since he was originally bitten and transformed. But now he is stuck in a world of survivors who have lived with the threat of the undead for half a century. Like the author even says within the tale, this is sort of a zombie Rip Van Winkle, with a man searching for his past while trying to adjust to the new world around him.
While zombies are still a threat, the human race has conquered them for the most part-at least those who live within the city limits and not out in the wastelands. In another way, this book and likely any follow-ups the author creates, remind me of the classic Planet of the Apes movies, as strange as that may sound. A creature different than all the rest of its kind is to be feared for the danger it may or may not represent and there will always be those who want to destroy it for that reason alone.
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The Reanimation of Edward Shuett certainly serves up a unique zombie tale, but one that retains what makes stories in this genre worth reading: As is the case with the best of the genre, it is pretty clear that the human monsters are by far the worst. This story is heartfelt and touching, but retains that blood-drenched razor sharp edge that should keep most zombie fans satisfied.
Dec 03, Chip Fehd rated it really liked it. This is a book that deals primarily with character development, and what it means to be human. The pace is steady without being overly slow.
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The characters, Edward specifically, are well developed and real. Any drawbacks are few and minor. I was really disappointed in the fate of the one of the supporting characters, and I would have liked the second act of the book to be drawn out a bit more, but these do not take away from the overall quality of the book. Jan 21, Kumara rated it really liked it. The Reanimation of Edward Schuett could be called The Reanimation of the Zombie genre since it brings new life I to a genre that has been done to death, not just in books, games and movies. With exceptions like The Walking Dead and the Mira Grant novels the zombie genre has become very stale and boring.
Not so this novel with the introduction of Edward Schuett, a zombie that has the intelligence and emotions as a normal living person does. It brings something fresh to the genre as we read about The Reanimation of Edward Schuett could be called The Reanimation of the Zombie genre since it brings new life I to a genre that has been done to death, not just in books, games and movies. It brings something fresh to the genre as we read about Edward coming to terms with the fact he is a zombie.
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Of course it would not a zombie book with out a touch of zombie uprising, experiments gone wrong and the munching of human flesh which the novel does have. It's the main story line though that brings a breath of fresh air and something new to the whole zombie idea. The novel ended a little to abruptly for my liking but does leave the story open for a sequel, a pleasure to read and easily recommendable to fans of zombies and horror novels in general. I'm now aware that a book about zombies reanimating back to live humans, isn't a new thing. It's kinda new to me in the way that I hadn't read a book about it.
Saw the movie, but that doesn't count.
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Anyhow, the book starts out strong and interesting slowly detailing with Edward Schuett's reanimation. I like how questions aren't answered right away. How did he get into a Walmart? Why and how did he become a I'm now aware that a book about zombies reanimating back to live humans, isn't a new thing.
Why and how did he become a zombie? How does a zombie reanimate? I liked that many of the characters in authoritative positions are women, and most aren't portrayed as bitches. The different zombie levels are a nice touch. Has that been done before? Not too fond of the thankfully, very short romantic and sexual interlude. It made me roll my eyes. The answers to the questions and the ending was satisfying enough.
I'd probably read the upcoming rest of the series. Jan 03, Geddy Zuelsdorf rated it really liked it.
This book was quite enjoyable overall. My only real complaint is that it wasn't longer, but the author has mentioned the possibility of sequels, so that will have to do. The writing style is engaging, and the reader does feel genuinely concerned with the fate of all the characters, especially, of course, Edward. The joy is that even the secondary characters feel like people, and the reader likes or hates them as they like or hate people who behave like that character in reality.
That kind of wri This book was quite enjoyable overall. That kind of writing is rare, and for that, you get 4 stars. Dec 13, Carrie rated it it was amazing. Surprisingly an interesting read. Not your typical zombie book. And bonus it starts off taking place in Fond du Lac, WI! I'm really hoping for a sequel as I'm not done learning about Edward.
Apr 09, Dmitri Parker rated it really liked it. Maybe not the best zombie book I've read so far, but a pretty good start to one. I love zombie books from the PoV of a zombie main character. In fact I really don't like stories told by survivors, those just make me lose faith in man kind. I liked the zombie mythology, but I didn't much like how the male zombie character was either fighting evil women or was the reason why his female sidekicks were dying around him. Maybe it was just a coincidence but this was a pretty misogynistic story.
I'm curio Maybe not the best zombie book I've read so far, but a pretty good start to one. I'm curious how the next book will go, especially with the female title character.. Who is causing problems for Edward. Oct 01, Booknerd rated it it was amazing. Won in the Goodreads book giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This story is about Edward, a man who had a good life before the Uprising took place. He had a wife and even a kid but all that got taken away Have you ever wondered if a person Won in the Goodreads book giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever wondered if a person could somehow change from a zombie into a human? This is exactly what happens in the beginning and it was pretty gruesome. Just think of the body problems that surface from being a zombie. You have the skin issue where your body is covered in holes with maggots included. You have the contents in your stomach that just needs to escape since a change is occurring.
Doesn't sound like fun at all and Edward had to experience this himself with confusion as his brain came back to normal. So we have our Zombie man Edward here figure out how to use his limbs and slowly ventures out of the Walmart until he almost gets killed. A creative idea that Goodman has come up with is that people in this novel go and gather zombies for money and then take them to places where people pay to watch them get killed.
To be honest, I would be pretty freaked out by him as well. Not everyone is scared of him though and time to introduce Rae, who is another character that is equally as important. She wants to help him out with her trusty riffle, Spanky, and together they find people who will be able to tell him what he is. These people are scientists and some, not all are power hungry for status and experiments.
These people are who zombies fear because they would gut you just for the pure joy of science. Edward understands that he needs to do as he is told or else. When Liddie, a CRS worker, gets ordered to be his friend so he will cooperate she helps him understand that he is human. After learning what is to come of Edward, Liddie helps him escape and are both on the run. After their escape, Edward gets a very important call that can give his life purpose and with Liddie by his side, they head to the source and finally find out how he became a zombie who could talk and act human.
As they get to know each other better, their feelings develop into something more. At one point, a little something something happens but came with dire consequences. So here is an important question: Edward here is highly capable of that because he can love, fear, laugh, cry and feel anger. The lesser ones give off scents that indicate how they feel. I really like that Goodman explored this depth and gave the zombies emotion because we have known these vicious nightmares to be ruthless and emotionless which they usually are.
There were times that I truly felt sorry for him because all he wanted was to be treated with respect. With a family, probably. Look at all that stuff in his wallet. Maybe he had his girlfriend with him. Maybe they were going to elope, get married in some cheesy little chapel where the guy doing the ceremony is an Elvis impersonator. Anything like that, because whether any of that is true or not, this man had a story.
But what if this guy in Illinois is the reason I became a Z7? What if he can do that again? I have found that some words were missing to make a sentence and that made me reread the sentences to figure out what was actually being said. The coasts of the United States have recovered but the rest have yet to fully remove the zombie problem and are dealing with it as a somewhat natural part of existence. As Edward hunts for any knowledge of what happened to his family, and to himself, he finds that most people he comes across either want to study him or worse, kill him.
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