Thursday, December 2, 2010

Zombies, Fairies, and Ninjas... Oh My!

I just finished reading "Rot & Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry.  It was an excellent read.  I loved it.  His characters are really believable and it was a great coming of age story.  I loved the relationships between the characters.  Benny and Nix were believable and great.  I also liked Tom.  Benny was the central character of the story.  It was a postapocalyptic zombie story (and before you say anything YES I DO READ OTHER BOOKS TOO) and a very good one with a different twist on things.  I enjoyed Mr. Maberry's twist and thought it was well written.  I have read other books of his.  I will have a hard time deciding which is my favorite.  Previously Patient Zero was my favorite but I actually really like this one alot too.  I like the Joe Ledger series as The Dragon Factory was an excellent sequel but now I don't know which 2011 sequel I am looking forward to more.... Dust and Decay or The King of Plagues.  Either way he is a fantastic author - check him out if you haven't already!

So, being on another zombie kick all of a sudden - today I went to the library to pick up a book they were holding for me and it led to one of the oddest conversations I think I have had with my kids.  Ever. 

The book they were holding for me was "The Loving Dead," by Amelia Beamer that I got based on recommendations posted by Christopher Moore.  He is one of my favorite authors and being that I am on a huge zombie kick lately I thought I would give it a try.  I will let you know if I like it or not.

... Anyways back to the conversation.  My munchkin (age 9) saw the cover of the book and said, "Mommy wouldn't it be cool if there was a zombie that turned into a fairy and flew into the forest.  It could use its fairy dust to lure all the forest creatures to it and suck their brains out."

Keep in mind this is the child that HATES anything even remotely scary....

Next my son pipes up, adding his two cents, "Well I was going to write a book about a zombie apocalypse.  Because zombies are cool.  There was going to be a dark cloud that came over Dayton for 2 days and when it left there would be 10 survivors."

"Wow, kiddo," I said, "Who were you gonna let live?" 

He named off his choices which really surprised me.  They were ALL family.  No friends.  SO, I mention to the kids, "Well, that would be good for SHORT TERM survival but what about long term survival of the species?   You would have to continue on eventually.  You would need to pick a boyfriend for Lily and a girlfriend for you so that eventually you each could have kids and then maybe a few other couples to so that they could have kids too and eventually your kids could have kids with their kids and the human race could survive."

My son said, "OH yeah, you're right mom. I didn't think of that."

I teased a little, "Right - because brothers and sisters can't have babies together, they will be mutants, two headed and all.  I have seen them.  They shop at Wal-Mart after curfew for hooks, axes, and knives to go after the teens who are out making out instead of being where they told their parents they would be."

He laughed and said, "Very funny mom." (He is 12).

My daughter piped up, "We would be okay Mom - he and I aren't blood related.  IF we HAD to have babies they would be just fine.  I am yours and he is daddy's but we don't have any DNA the same.  They wouldn't MUTATE.  Daddy just adopted me.  We are a family but he is just my stepbrother.  We don't share blood."

I said, "We still need more survivors lets not make it a VC Andrews novel.  NEW SUBJECT!"

Sometimes kids are just too darn smart for their own good and as parents we shouldn't let their conversations continue just because they are amusing us.    I should have just turned the radio on once we got into the car!! HA!

They have both been obsessed with zombies since we participated in a Zombie Walk in Yellow Springs last summer.  They had so much fun.  The whole town staged a zombie attack to raise money and food for charity.   If you are connected to me on facebook I have a ton of photos of it up on there.   It was so much fun to participate in and it was crazy!!  My friend Hannah has a bunch of photos of it up here.:

She is a professional photographer and got a lot of really great shots.  Here is a shot she got of my daughter:


NOW, I want a frozen coke or a slushie.  Which is weird because I hate snow and I am freezing my butt off.  It makes no sense but I am going to just go with it. 

Now all this post needs is a ninja.  Brains......must have brains......


  1. How old is your daughter to come back with that smart reply?? Sheesh.

    CREEPY pic. You can save that one and show it to all her dates.

  2. Good blog and yes everything goes better with a side of Brains.

  3. Tricia - she is 9. Quite the little smarty butt!

  4. She didn't care at all that what she said was disgusting she just wanted to prove Mommy wrong!

  5. Totally creepy picture and hilarious, disturbing conversation!!!

  6. I wish I could be Christopher Moore. I guess I shall have to be the best me that I can be.

    I thought I would take a turn at writing a YA urban fantasy. I set it in New Orleans right before Hurricane Katrina, THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH. Poor Victor winds us with a Victorian ghoul friend, Alice, who yearns in equal parts for his flesh and his heart. Will the lonely heart overcome her empty stomach?

    I think you have a fantastically imaginative daughter and son! What a turn to a zombie conversation. Roland

  7. Thank you Roland. The kids certainly make life interesting! :)

    Christopher Moore's writing is so full of humor and imagination and awesome-ness!! He is who inspired me to start writing in the first the first place!

    Your book sounds interesting! I am going to come follow your blog. Thanks for stopping by and checking mine out! :)

  8. Reading to my kids when children were always a constant, so that the middle daughter graduated in letters master's and doctorate in Portuguese and English. The other think because of animal stories graduated in veterinary medicine, and the older car as he liked now sells cars in their own establishment. Good small children grow up and realize there is no way, when you least expect them to give gifts grandchildren. And the reading continues .....

  9. Its vital to hook kids when they are young to want to read and write. I like to act out scenes with my kids. They are total hams. Sometimes they'll sing a particular scene.

  10. I love how creative they are - they are always making me laugh.

  11. ha ha that is very precious, and amazing that they are already thinking of writing too. You have inspired their young minds.
    Next friday my guest actually writes about Ninja Vampires so you might want to look out for her

  12. I will definitely have to take a peek! Thanks for stopping by Joanna!

    I am happy they want to write but I think it makes me happier that they are growing up with a sense of humor about life. I want them to be able to laugh and enjoy themselves always. It pleased me that my daughter who is hates horror and everything scary found a way to encorporate something she likes (fairies) to make it palatable to her! LMAO!

  13. So glad that you enjoyed ROT & RUIN and the Joe Ledger books. While you're waiting for the next book, check this out:

    This takes you a page where you can follow a link to get thirteen pages of FREE prequel scenes to ROT & RUIN:

    There are also two free Joe Ledger short stories available online: “COUNTDOWN” is a prequel to PATIENT ZERO ( and “DEEP, DARK”, which takes place just before the second book, THE DRAGON FACTORY. Here’s the link:

    Jonathan Maberry

  14. Okay, I officially dig this blog! LOL! AWESOME POST! Your house sounds like my house with the sense of humor.