Thursday, May 19, 2016
Blood on the Sand
Recently I was able to review Blood on the Sand, the first book of Mikhail Lerma's Z Plan series of militarized post-apocalyptic zombie novels.
Even before they became popular culture's go-to creature, zombies have always had a special place in my heart. More than the shambling cannibals that we've become familiar with from The Walking Dead and World War Z, zombies have always been a significant literary and cinematic device for conveying social ideas. From the racial questions brought up in White Zombie, and I Walked with a Zombie, to the Marxist anti-consumerist undertones in Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, the very best zombie stories have always been those which have challenged the social norms of their generation.
Blood on the Sand gives us an interesting look at military culture, patriotism, and family in 21st century America. To read my full review on The Bandwagon and to experience Mikhail's work for yourself, click here.