Zombie Island (Lori Handelan)


Fresh from a triumphant battle over the zombie horde that invaded London, vampire William Shakespeare concocts a plot to rid the love of his life from the encumbrance of her husband. Will plans to give his ”dark lady,” Katherine Dymond, a potion that will make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once she is entombed, Will can sneak in, wait for her to awaken, then spirit her away. After her husband returns to his plantation in America, Kate can return to London under a different name and assume a new identity. No one will believe that the dead Katherine and the live Kate are the same woman. Of course, as is often the case with true love, all does not go as smoothly as planned. When the two of them are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a wizard and a nymph, as well as infested by zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot afoot—one that leads all the way to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.

A monster mashup in the tradition of the now-classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the world of the Shakespeare Undead series has the immortal bard being, well, an immortal vampire passionately in love with the “Dark Lady” of his sonnets, the zombie hunter Katherine. The first book in this series apparently had Will and Kate meeting, defending Queen Elizabeth from a London overrun by zombies, and extracting Kate from her unwanted spouse. This second book opens with Kate faking her death à la Romeo and Juliet, only instead of waking up in a crypt with her beloved Will at her side, she finds herself washing up on a tropical island. Prospero’s tropical island. Swarming with his zombie army.

This book was fluffy fun, but it was fun. I did roll my eyes at the rawr sexay vampire times and, perhaps, snorted indelicately at Will’s moments of being moved by his muse to voice what will eventually become lines of future works of his (Casablanca, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), but I genuinely enjoyed how Handeland basically upended a box full of bits of pop culture and rearranged the scattered results at her whim. While it’s true the book has all the literary merit of a bag of potato chips, I really want to continue reading this series. Three stars. Perfect for summer beach reading as you daydream about zombies attacking you while you’re there. Perfect for English Majors who need a bit of a break.

An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher through the Goodreads Giveaway Program. I have not read the first book in this series.

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Posted March 2012, moved October 2013
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the barren shore
the distant storm—
also a zombie army

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Posted March 2012, moved October 2013
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