Book Review: Lesser Creatures by Peter Giglio

December 3, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Horror, Paranormal, zombie
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About the Book:

  • Lesser Creatures

  • by Peter Giglio
  • Genres: Horror / Zombies / Supernatural
  • Publication: December 3rd 2013
  • by DarkFuse
  • Received from: Dark Fuse for an honest review
  • Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Fifteen years. That’s how long the dead have walked among the living. But these corpses aren’t the feral monsters mankind feared. Instead, known as Second-Lifers, they appear relatively harmless and in need of help, presenting a strain on an already struggling economy and creating a generation with the fewest technological advances in centuries.

But change is coming…

The leader of a burgeoning religion delivers a revelation…a second-lifer is offered a new career…and a down-on-his-luck ad man comes face to face with his painful past. Connected by a haunting, obscure tune from the 1970s, and a bizarre magic few understand, they are all thrust into a dark weekend of the soul, with the very fate of the world hanging in the balance.

In the tradition of Philip K. Dick, Lesser Creatures is a dark, terrifying and sometimes satirical glimpse of a possible near-future, a wicked love letter to a wide-eyed, apocalypse-ready generation. And, perhaps, a wakeup call.

My Thoughts:

What an interesting take on zombies, which honestly feels a bit like a breath of fresh air after all the zombie books I’ve read. There are so many out there that you have to wade through them to find one that stands out. This one does exactly that.

The first thing that got me were the characters. They pop out. I was curious as to exactly who the bad guy was going to be, because honestly I just couldn’t really tell. There are multiple people trying to be in control while nobody actually has it, and tons of people just living their day to day lives just trying to exist. And then you have the zombies… ahem… the second lifers. Also trying to survive day to day, until Monika.

I really loved that I can see what Monika was thinking. It seemed like those times when your synapses just won’t find the word you’re searching for but you know it’s somewhere in your brain or on the tip of your tongue. It seemed that she was like that, but ALL the time.

Thankfully this was not about the politics behind what would need to happen if hundreds upon hundreds of dead people started to rise and didn’t crave flesh and you couldn’t kill them because of a curse. It would be a nightmare for everyone. But there’s so much more to it than that. So much that I didn’t see.

Although this is a fascinating read I think there could have been a bit more fleshed out. Reasons behind certain things but as is I did thoroughly enjoy it, especially being a zombie lover myself. It was a fun and very easy read with a bit of horror and gore but not overly so.

This is Peter Giglio’s newest book and my first of his, but it definitely will not be my last! spiderline

About the author:

Peter Giglio is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and a Pushcart Prize nominated author, as well as a screenwriter and editor. His novels include Anon, Beyond Anon, and The Dark (with Scott Bradley), and his novellas include Balance, A Spark in the Darkness, and Sunfall Manor. Giglio’s next novel, Stealing Night, is a rural crime thriller set in the fictional town of Sunfall, Nebraska, which was introduced in Sunfall Manor. Stealing Night is scheduled for an April, 2013 release from Nightscape Press. Although the novel shares its setting with a previous work, Stealing Night is not a sequel. Giglio’s short fiction can be found in several anthologies, and he is the editor of Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-Job Terror and Evil Jester Digest, Volumes 1 and 2. With co-writer Scott Bradley, Peter is actively shopping a feature-length screen adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Night They Missed the Horror Show,” and Sunfall Manor is currently under option with a screenwriting team based in Los Angeles. Giglio always has time for readers at www.petergiglio.com.
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