The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook by Jeff Kinley is one of the first books I have had the pleasure of reading as an e-book! That aside, here is the review:
The format of the book is somewhat intriguing. Kinley weaves an engaging story around zombies for about half of the book. The other half he unravels the zombie allegory. What the reader is left with is a chapter by chapter alternation between zombie allegory and the frame work for a kind of Biblical worldview.
Overall I really appreciated the book. The story is engaging and Kinley does have a gift for writing. However, I think this is one good idea that didn’t really reach its fully intended purpose. The non-fiction chapters were too lengthy and engaging to be placed between the fiction chapters. They would have served better as an optional discussion and reading guide at the end of the book. There were also some places where I thought that perhaps Kinley was trying to press the metaphor too hard (all metaphors break down somewhere and a good author will make the break at the right place).
One new master of metaphor that I have come to appreciate in this genre is Matt Mikilatos. You can catch his unique monster story in his new book, Night of the Living Dead Christian. You can read my brief review here.
I enjoyed reading this book. I give it three stars.
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8 thoughts on “The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook (A Review)”
Interesting. You’ve got me curious. Since it was an e-book, what device did you read it on. I have a Kindle.
I read it mostly on ibooks on my iphone. I have since gotten a kindle touch and use it lots more now.
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Thanks for the review. I saw this online… and was wondering if it was any good.
PS – love the website!
Thanks for the review. I saw this at B&N the other day and was curious about it. In your opinion, is it worth the addition on this years reading list?
It’s an ok read. I’m a much bigger fan of Mikalotos’ book “Night of the Living Dead Christian.” If I could only read one book in the genre I would read that one. If I had time for two book in the same genre then I would also read “Christian Zombie Killers Handbook” later.
Sorry it took so long to respond. I took a few days off.
No problem Jonathan, we all need a break every now and then.
Thanks for the input!