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It’s a shock when Glen Glass suddenly dies for no apparent reason.  But it’s an even bigger one when he is suddenly resurrected – and totally surprises the guests at his funeral. But Glen is suffering from a problem that is rapidly increasing – he has come back from the dead, and while his body continues to decompose, his mind – which has previously been filled with little more than his favourite movies and the best ways to be as lazy as possible – is suddenly filled with purpose.  Glen is determined to find out how and why he died.  But it’s tough old world for the undead – the living fear them, and certain forces want to eliminate them for good.  Now that he’s dead, has Glen to time to overcome his idleness and discover the real meaning of life?  Is it too late for him to get the girl?  And will he ever be able to be a hero like his favourite film character, John Dance?…

I was really disappointed in this book.  The premise is certainly interesting – zombies are increasing in numbers, and rather than wanting to kill the living and turn them into the undead, most of them just want to get on with their (after)lives and go about their business, see their families and have a nice place to live.  But society wants to ostracise them and not have to think about them.

It’s written for laughs, and is not intended to be scary.  Unfortunately, it isn’t very funny either, although there were a couple of good one liners early on.  However, the prose is clunky and disjointed – things suddenly seemed to pop in the story which had no relation to anything that had gone before it, and it almost seemed as if chunks had been missed out.  Characters did things with no rhyme or reason, and it was as if prior knowledge of events which had not even been mentioned, were assumed to be known by the reader.

The story also got very convoluted towards the end, with it not being entirely clear who was in league with who, who was doing what, and what exactly it was that Glen was hoping to achieve.

Characterisation was pretty thin also – everybody in it was either a stereotype, or had no character at all.

So all in all – an interesting idea, but very poorly executed.  Disappointing.

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