Falmouth Memorial Library enhances the quality of life in our community by fostering a love of lifelong learning, connecting people of all ages in a safe and comfortable environment, and providing free and open access to information.
As a librarian, I am consistently asked what I have been reading lately. I have been asked this nearly everywhere I go: the doctor’s office, dinner with friends, even while having a massage. When I am asked this question I often pause to take stock of who I am talking to so I can gauge what their reaction may be. Then I caution the inquisitor that I prefer young adult literature and that I don’t typically read “main stream” fiction. Lately that has not been so much of a problem as the type of fiction I like to read has gained much popularity. See, I am a big reader of books featuring zombies, weres, evil pixies and vampires to name a few. I like to term the characters in my favorite books as the “reluctant monster”.
More often than not the monsters are the bad guys, but occasionally a great story comes along with a very sympathetic lead character that just so happens to turn into a being with four paws or one that likes to indulge in a little human blood, or brains, from time to time. I mean really, is that so bad? To me, what makes a good zombie story is not the gore; I am really not that into gory descriptions. What makes a good story is the reactions of the characters to the flesh-eating monsters. Think about it. What will you do when the zombie apocalypse strikes? Will you run and scream and hide, or will you do those things and then fight back to survive.
For some examples of very good zombie stories, try reading Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. For a zombie story with heart, one where you are actually rooting for the zombie, try reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
As for the evil pixies and weres who just want to be like you and me, try Need by Carrie Jones and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. These stories feature strong female characters and very sympathetic beings who happen to enjoy a little blood or turn into a dog.
If you are ever looking for other title ideas, please stop me. I would love to talk to you about what you have read and am happy to provide suggestions.
Jeannie P. Madden
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