I like to alert you guys to books written by friends of mine, especially when they are interesting/fun/different, but I totally spaced mentioning Uprising when it first came out.
Man, this one is a doozy. George Hill did something original, and I’ve got to give him mad props for pulling it off. :)
This book (like Dead Six) started as an internet thread over on www.wethearmed.com. George began the story, writing about himself and his day to day life, only with the sudden onset of the zombie apocolypse. The characters were his friends and family, all real people, just shoved into a story where the dead came to life.
It was fun, it was cool. I read the posts, thought they were neat. It was gleefully over the top. Then other posters started jumping in, also writing about themselves and their surroundings and their situations. It grew. It got a little crazy. Suddenly there were like twenty authors, all telling different perspectives of the same zombie story. It was really popular.
Fast forward a bit and a publisher offered to buy it.
So Uprising USA is the first volume of this epic tale of internet zombiegeddon first person shoot ‘em up.
Just like when I posted a link to Night of Blacker Darkness, just because I think something is nifty doesn’t mean that it is for everyone. Uprising is crazy. It isn’t literature, nor does it ever try to be literature. It isn’t going to win any awards or please any critics, but it just goes for fun.
If you are easily offended and your English professor taught you to scream Mary Sue at the first sign of any authorial wish fulfilment in a novel, you are going to hate this book. George the writer is George the main character. George the character gets to do all sorts of cool/absurd stuff. He takes your charge of Mary Sue, punches you in the mouth, and then Sues twice as hard, and you can tell he loved every minute of it. Good for him.
That was kind of the whole point.
So there is the link. If you’re looking for over the top, zombie shooting, gleeful gun-nut wish fulfillment, you should check it out and support a first time author.