December 10, 2014

Book Review: "Undead Obsessed" by Jessica Robinson

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Undead Obsessed, by Jessica Robinson

Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies
By Jessica Robinson
Booktrope
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

I have to confess, I don't have a lot to say about Jessican Robinson's new essay collection Undead Obsessed, because there's simply not a lot there to talk about; a nonfiction book that purports to be all about the subject of zombies and how they relate to our current culture, it instead reads with all the insight and excitement of some mediocre undergraduate's term paper on the subject, with chapters that are less analysis and more just unending lists of creative projects over the years, that describe how those projects have presented this or that particular aspect of zombie tropes. Written well for what it is, it's the "what it is" part that I have a problem with, essentially a book-length Wikipedia entry that had me quickly skimming through entire sections in the failed hopes of finding anything truly fascinating that Robinson has to say. An A for ambition, but sadly today a D for actual execution.

Out of 10: 6.2

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:00 AM, December 10, 2014. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Reviews |