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Review of Apocalypse Z: The beginning of the end

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I picked up this little gem, I assumed it would be a zombie book, even though the publisher smoothly left that part off the blurb. But no matter my assumptions, I could not have anticipated how strongly the book would grip me. It starts off as the blog of a man in Spain detailing his life. Slowly but surely we see through his eyes the global pandemic and follow him on his quest to stay alive. What I liked most about the protagonist was that he was a regular person. He was not special forces or a police officer, and the methods he thought of to combat the zombies are reasonable—something a normal person would think of and accomplish. My only gripe about the book is really a testament to the skill of the author. Starting from when he goes to pick up a "package," the book is almost exhausting to read. You are so emotionally drained because the stress on this man never stops. You are scared for…

Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness

"But it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, which, by often rumination, wraps me in the most humorous sadness"            --Shakespeare (As You Like It)

Writer Elizabeth Moon wrote a lovely blog posting some years ago about the common instances of depression among writers. I don't often use this blog to turn inwards, but every once in a while is okay, I suppose. There have been two traits that have been with me as long as I can remember: my love of reading and writing and my recurring depression. As a child, escaping into stories—whether written by someone else or the product of my own imagination—was my way of coping with the sadness that surrounded me, so often without any real reason.

I bring this up because my depression has reared its ugly head in the week since I've arrived in Las Vegas. The drive here involved an entire day of driving on hard-packed, unsalted…