Santa Clarita Diet

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I watched the first season of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix and loved the show.

The main character is a wife and mother that somehow manages to become a zombie or as they say in the show “undead.”  This causes a great deal of stress on the family and leads to some rather humorous situations.

The one thing I really liked about the show, is how the family stuck together no matter what happened.  They supported each other and refused to allow a little thing (like a zombie in the house) destroy their family unit.  I really like that concept.

The Alpha Plague by Michael Robertson

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Michael Robertson is the author of a book series called, The Alpha Plague.  The books are about a plague that turns people into wild man-eaters, similar to a zombie.  The story is interesting and intriguing.

My only compliant, is the dialogue.  The person talking could be a doctor, a middle aged business man, or even a young women; however, the phrases and words they used were identical.  It made the conversations seem a bit weird.

Other than that, I loved it and would recommend it.

Apocalyptic Stories

I enjoy books and movies with apocalyptic themes.  The cause may vary from zombies, to alien invasion, to a plague, or even a nuclear war; however, the stories tend to share certain characteristics.

The characters are ordinary people accomplishing great things in order to survive.  They display courage and determination in the face of dire circumstances.  They overcome great odds and attempt to build a better world.

That’s why I love apocalyptic stories.

The Zombie Survival Guide

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I saw this book at the store and thought it might be entertaining.

In the beginning of the book, there is a discussion about the solanum virus.  This alleged virus kills the human host, but allows minimal brain activity to remain.  The result is a reanimated corpse with only one desire, to eat living beings.

These reanimated corpses, aka zombies, have non-functioning circulatory and respiratory systems.  They have no need for rest, can live without food, and are oblivious to pain.  The only way to stop a zombie is to destroy the brain.

The book also covers topics regarding close combat with zombies, preferred weapons for killing zombies, finding a safe location for a hideout, required gear for long-term survival, and survival skills training.

The book ends with historical accounts of suspected zombie attacks.  It also discusses conspiracy theories concerning the suppression of information about these attacks.

The book was entertaining, but I don’t think I will ever read it again.

George Romero – Zombie Guru

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George Romero passed away yesterday, due to lung cancer.  He was 77 years old.

In 1968, George Romero directed the film “Night of the Living Dead.”  His film quickly became a classic and is credited for launching the zombie genre into the mainstream.

The movie also featured an African-American man in a leading role and portrayed him as a hero.  Ben (played by Duane Jones) was resourceful and level headed, unlike several other characters in the film.

George Romero decided to cast Duane Jones as Ben, because he displayed great skill and was the best actor for the role.  George Romero was willing to go against cultural norms, placing a non-white actor in a leading role and as a hero, was simply not done in the late 1960’s.

In many ways, George Romero was way ahead of his time.

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TECH Zombies (A Sci-Fi Zombie Story)

I posted this story almost a year ago and I have gained a lot of followers since that time.  I thought I would share it again and I hope everyone enjoys it.

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I’m Adam Link and I was born in 2124.  At the time of my birth, the government was conducting experiments to create a superhuman race.  Everyone was lining up to receive the cognitive enhancement brain implant.

This implant enhanced human cognitive abilities, increased longevity, and regulated bodily systems (for example:  the chip would send a notification if your blood pressure was high).  Those who received the implant, were known as TECH Humans.

My parents were a part of a small group known as the Purist.  They believed the human race should remain pure (without technological enhancements).  When I was born, they refused to allow the doctors to give me the implant.

Everyone thought my parents were crazy.  How would I survive in a world full of TECH humans?  How will I ever become a successful or productive member of society?  Basically, everyone believed the best I could hope for was to become a janitor.

Twenty years later, a routine upgrade was being done on all TECH humans.  However, something went terribly wrong.  The chip started killing their physical bodies, but the chip also remained functioning.  Dead people were walking around, without a conscious and reduced to their base animalistic nature.  This was the beginning of the TECH Zombie War.

Purist from all over the nation gathered together and tried to devise a plan to deal with the situation.  TECH Zombies were killing everything in their path and it looked like the human race was about to face extinction.

It was a horrible time.  We went scrounging for food or supplies, but many of us were killed in the process.  Hope was failing fast.

The only way of stoping the TECH Zombies was to destroy the chip.  I realized our only hope of survival was to create a virus that could destroy all the chips at the same time.  However, the main upgrade system was in the heart of the city.  To get to the building we would have to fight our way through a hoard of TECH Zombies.

My parents had put a lot of effort into my education, so I was able to create the virus.  Every Purist that was able to fight willingly joined the crusade.  We used every weapon that was available to us and created armor out of scape metal to protect us during the battle.

The fighting was fierce and it took several hours to get to the upgrade center.  Finally we made into the building.  We had to use a makeshift explosive to get into the main hall.  A lot of people died to get us this far, but we never thought about stoping our mission.

I uploaded my virus into the system and prayed for a miracle.  I was looking out the window at the TECH Zombies and all of a sudden they started thrashing about and then they all collapsed into a heap.

I was screaming, “It worked.  It worked.”  The human race will be saved and now we can start rebuilding.

To all the people that thought I would grow up to become a janitor, in a way they are correct.  The TECH Humans left a mess that I will be in charge of cleaning.  However, I am not just a janitor.  I am also the savor of the plant.  I am Adam Link, the hope for future generations of humans.

After the Cure – Book Review

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The book After the Cure has a unique perspective on the zombie genre.  The story begins with a cure for the zombie plague and the rebuilding of society.

There are two main characters (one was cured from the virus that caused the plague and one survived due to an immunity to the virus).  They struggle to deal with their actions during the plague years and attempt to find those responsible for the virus, so they can be held accountable for the destruction they caused.

I really enjoyed the book.  I give it an A-