A cure turned bad…a terrifying thought. This is the first time reading this book in the series and it had me hooked in the first couple of pages. I really enjoyed how Grant starts with action right away and gives a bit of an explanation of how to be infected and turned into a zombie. I also really liked how her description of what the zombies look like when they are chasing them fits our initial portrayal of what a zombie is.

Although I am not finished reading the book, I really like the style and would definitely read the complete series.

A great choice in zombie literature!


Last Lady Standing….

Image retrieved from: https://www.sandiego.edu/its/ 

In the business of my life, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to be the only person alive. In the hustle and bustle of four kids, a busy husband, full-time studies and two big yellow labs…the image of being alone and having quiet is enchanting.

I think of all the books on my shelf that I keep buying from Costco and how I could read them in one sitting.

The cupboard would stay full of the “treats” I buy. I would be able to eat them all without sharing, or it would be still be there when I go back to have some. The thought of that leaves me with kind of joyfulness.

I could do what I want, when I want, and have life that is slowed down. Leaves me with a feeling of peace.

As I contemplate how simple life would be at times to be alone…how fun is it to read a book and not be able to share it with a good friend? Or is it still a treat if there isn’t anyone to share it with? And to go where you want and not be able to meet someone you love there or share the adventure with another is it still fun?

All good questions for sure, but I would not change the life I have for anything in this world. No thank you to being the only one left…I would rather keep my life of chaos and be with the four crazy adolescents, the busy, yet loving husband and the two goofy yellow labs.

An interesting film that appeared to have some underlying themes of racism. I found it curious how the brains of white people are removed and placed into black people. So does that make them zombies? I think so, in a weird and twisted way, that both people are essentially dead but living in a different body. So, under the definition of what we discussed in class, yes, they are zombies.

According to the Wikipedia description of the film, there are two underlying themes within the film. One being: “The thing Get Out does so well – and the thing that will rankle with some viewers – is to show how, however unintentionally, these same people can make life so hard and uncomfortable for black people. It exposes a liberal ignorance and hubris that has been allowed to fester. It’s an attitude, an arrogance which in the film leads to a horrific final solution, but in reality, leads to a complacency that is just as dangerous.”

And the second one is: “The film also depicts the lack of attention on missing black Americans compared to missing white female. Slate’s Damon Young stated the film’s premise was “depressingly plausible … Although black people only comprise 13 percent of America’s population, they are 34 percent of America’s missing, a reality that exists as the result of a mélange of racial and socioeconomic factors rendering black lives demonstratively less valuable than the lives [of] our white counterparts.”

The racial undertones are strong in the movie as there is an obvious conflict for Chris as he goes to meet Rose’s parents the first time. Why in 2019 should a young man be uncomfortable meeting his girlfriend’s parents…white, black or otherwise? It is a sad state of affairs when in this day and age there is still a question of skin color for two people. Also, the strong racial comments made by Rose’s weird brother…as said above the issue of making the young man uncomfortable due to his skin color.

 The bidding on Chris by the Armitage’s guests also reminded me also of the bidding on a slave. The seriousness of slavery being brought to the forefront of the viewer. Jordan Pelee has definitely made the viewers feel uncomfortable about some pressing issues of the black man or woman in American, even in 2019.

Haitian Zombies, Colonialism in Haiti, Slave Rebellion…..

Turn and turn about; in these shadows from whence a new dawn will break, it is you who are the zombies” -Jean-Paul Sartre, Preface to Frantz​ Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth

Retrieved from: http://isciencemag.co.uk/features/haitian-zombies/

“The zombie, as much as it represents life and death in one form – a two-headed monster, a terrible miracle-it also is an incarnation of the slave and the slave in revolt” – The Transatlantic Zombie – Slavery, Rebellion and Living Death by Sarah Juliet p. 30


Some things I am pondering Tuesday’s class and as I prepare to present:

Where does the word zombie come from?

Who were the Duvaliers?

What does colonialism look like in Haiti?

What led to the Haitian Revolution?

What does the slave rebellion have to do with the revolution?

And most importantly….what does all this have to do with ZOMBIES?

AND this is a cool video on Wade Davis and his research on Haitian zombies…


Week One

Zombie Cyborg By Aleksandra Alekseeva. Retrieved from: http://www.artignition.com

Meetings with a Zombie?

Never in a million years did I think I would be studying or reading about zombies in my university career….never…but here I am…excited and somewhat terrified…

Zombies in my definition are the walking dead…moaning…groaning and searching for what they need to continue to survive as the walking dead. Is it brains? Blood? Or are they looking to stop being the walking dead and just be dead? I guess I will learn more over the coming weeks…stay tuned!