Thursday, April 04, 2013

Book Review - Strangers in the Land by Stant Litore

Strangers in the Land: The Zombie Bible
Stant Litore
Trade Paperback
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1612183923
440 pages
Advance Reader's Copy


     At first glance a zombie story set in Biblical times might seem a bit over the top. Some might even say unbelievable but Stant Litore has written a very good story with an unusually plausible plot. Centered around the Tribes of Israel and using the story of the Angel of Death turning the firstborn of Egypt into the undead (read zombies) Litore has created a unique and beguiling story which I personally could not put down. Weaving the cleanliness laws of the Hebrews into the practicalities of avoiding the touch of the undead (always good advice) Litore gives a fairly compelling argument that zombies might have existed in the Land of Shiloh during Biblical times.

     Strangers in the Land is the first book in Stant Litore's The Zombie Bible series which rewrites the Old Testament from the entirely believable point of view that the events described were in fact part of a zombie apocalypse. It might sound a bit ridiculous but in the execution Strangers in the Land is ultimately a devastatingly clever zombie story while tackling the universal issues of inequality, prejudice, otherness, and the lengths humans go to in order to devour one another. It’s also a whole lot of fun.

File with: Zombies, Old Testament history, Hebrew Law, the undead, and horror.

4 out of 5 stars

The Alternative One
Southeast Wisconsin

The Zombie Bible Series
1. Stranger’s In The Land
2. Death Has Come Up Into Our Windows
3. What Our Eyes Have Witnessed

Additional Reading:

Stant Litore Official Website

Zombie Bible Blog

Strangers In The Land Amazon Page


(Non-related to the book but interesting nonetheless – “Stingue Zombie Bible” – An actual Zombie Bible?!)

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