Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Review: Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: August 5th, 2014
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer - pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam's family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door . . . three months after his funeral. Soon Adam's back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam's number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again.
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is a great read for anyone who likes monsters, the living dead and arms randomly rotting away and falling off. It's humorous and, given the subject matter, surprisingly lighthearted. Who ever said death has to be the end?
Tween Adam Meltzer finds himself as dead as a doornail after being stung by an unusually large bee. He reanimates and comes back as a zombie not long after, meets two new friends in the form of a vegan vampire and a chupacubra and makes it his undead life's work to find out why a bee managed to kill him. It sounds straightforward but it's a lot more complicated than even Adam thinks!
I enjoyed this book and appreciated Jeff Norton's dark humour. I'll be honest and say I did think it would be funnier, more like Diary of a Wimpy Vampire, but that's just me and my high expectations. I did find myself laughing out loud once or twice, usually when Corina (vegan vampire) and Ernesto (chupacubra) were on the scene. Together they make a friendship trio that Universal Monsters would be jealous of, similar to the Three Musketeers if they had a penchant for blood, decomposing limbs and a lot of facial hair.
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is another book to add to the supernatural genre, and it's refreshing to see more titles being published for 8+ and tween readers. This is aimed slightly younger than the teen market and is the perfect lead-in to books by authors like horror maestro Darren Shan. All in all it's an enjoyable read with some cracking characters, informative footnotes and a full quota of undead people. Oh, and plenty of zombees!