The Walking Dead Readalikes

The Walking Dead is finally back on TV with new episodes, but the season is only 16 episodes long and there are those pesky week-long breaks (and sometimes even longer!) between each new episode. Even worse, you could be one of those unlucky Dish Network customers without AMC! Either way, while you patiently wait to find out what happens next to your favorite characters (next week or until this season hits DVDs), check out some of these zombie-esque reads.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks — An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival. A film adaptation starring Brad Pitt is scheduled to be released in 2013.

The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant – In 2014, cancer was cured. The common cold was no more. But with those two illnesses gone, something new and terrible took over. The infection spread across the globe, taking over bodies and minds with one command: Feed. Twenty years later, Shaun, George, and Buffy take on the story of the year and in the process attempt to expose the horrible conspiracy behind the infected.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Want to read a zombie’s perspective? R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. This isn’t your average zombie tale. This one also has a film adaptation in the works.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith –It’s the classic love story with zombies! A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. After the success of this novel, a prequel, a sequel, and a graphic novel were published.

And, of course, you can always go back to the original source for the TV show – the graphic novelsThe Walking Dead: Compendium One  includes the first 8 volumes of the comics.

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