A Questionable Shape (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 05/06/2014
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In the wake of an infection that has left Baton Rouge unsettled and roiling with the 'undead', three young friends - Mazoch, Vermaelen and Rachel - band together to search for Mazoch's missing father. Their mission is to visit all the places he once lingered: his favourite fast food restaurants, the movie theatre he frequented with his son and the city park.

As hurricane season looms, uncertainty and suspicion of each other's motives threatens to pull the group apart, but still, the friends' search continues. Over the course of a week, day after day, they haunt the places Mazoch's father once haunted, confronting the same persistent hope that faces all who grieve: that whomever, whatever they have lost, will return to them, in one shape or another.

Turning typical zombie fare on its head, Bennett Sims delivers a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss in this remarkable debut novel.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780745855
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'[A] highly unusual take on the zombie novel... ambitious and thought-provoking'

* Guardian *

'Unanswered questions, dictionary-demanding language and a rich sense of light characterise this addition to the "literary paranormal" stable. If you like... Justin Cronin's The Passage you'll like this'

* Metro *

'Bennett Sims is a writer of obvious talent and literary skill'

* Curious Animal *

'Bennett Sims is a writer fearsomely equipped with an intellectual and linguistic range to rival a young Nabokov's, Nicholson Baker's gift for miniaturistic intaglio, and an arsenal of virtuosities entirely his own. A Questionable Shape announces a literary talent of genre-wrecking brilliance.'

-- Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

'Playful, absorbing, bittersweet, and intelligent, and, like a bite, it gets under your skin.'

-- Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead

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“I enjoyed it!”

Not your usual zombie tale. It focuses on a world where the humans are "winning" rather than losing. The infection is contained by storing the infected in quarantined zones, but they are still afforded basic... More

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“A rare treat...”

... a literary and philosophical take on the zombie novel. Sims' tale forgoes the by-now hackneyed tropes of the zombie genre in favour of a fresher, introspective tone which questions what it means to be alive... More

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“I enjoyed it.”

A different way of seeing a post-apocalyptic world of people infected and becoming zombies wandering the streets killing and eating the living. A story of relationships especially with parents, as two people search... More

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