Zombpunk: STEM

Rated 4.50/5 based on 6 reviews
When the world finally runs out of food, will the living envy the (un)dead? More
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About Christopher Blankley

Seattle is my home and the backdrop of many of my books. I am not a detective, or a zombie, or living in an alternate version of the 21st Century, so my life and my books pretty much just overlap with the Seattle thing. If you like detectives, zombies, alternate histories, even Seattle, you might like my books. I do. I like you. There, I said it.

I’ve written over a dozen books, including the aforementioned ones about detectives and zombies and alternate histories. Did I mention Seattle? Seattle's in some of them, too.

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Review by: WhiteWiccan on July 26, 2018 :
Love those zombies..especially these ones
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Review by: lfsims on July 23, 2012 :
This book was good. It wasn't just some ordinary zombie book. The "Stems" ( altered by a device that aids in mood, looks and eating) are pretty much the upper class, while "Pukes" which the Stems think are scum on their shoes; are trying to get by with eating anything they can find.Soon though an apocalyptic event turns everything around.
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Review by: Dwayne Bearup on March 31, 2012 :
This book would have received five stars from me, if not for the spelling and punctuation mistakes.
That said, I felt the premise and characters were compelling, and the pacing was handled very well with no irrelevant side-trips by any of the cast. Every scene either led directly to the next or else set up a scene soon to come, and everything that happened in each scene was necessary to understanding the total story.
I have to agree with a previous reviewer about the disappointment at a tantalizing thread left dangling. I recommend getting some beta readers to help with typo-detection on any future projects, such as a sequel....
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Review by: Joey Jones on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Thought this was great. Can't add much that the first two reviewers didn't hit on.
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Review by: Dorothy Darrow on Feb. 28, 2012 :
An excellent postmodernist novel about how people prefer to take the easy way out and consequences they must suffer because of it. The characters are well drawn and intriguing, especially the Pukes who have resisted the stem for their own reasons. Part zombie horror, part science fiction, part espionage thriller, and part social commentary, once I started reading, I had to keep going to find out what happened next.
The manuscript, however, is riddled with typos which disrupted the flow of the narrative each time one popped up. Had the story not been so captivating, I would have stopped reading after five pages.
Finally, one of the plotlines was never resolved. So as not to give away anything to prospective readers, I'll just say one of the main characters (the one I felt most sympathy for, incidentally) was whisked away on a helicopter, and the story ended soon after without revealing his fate. There were hints, but nothing concrete. I'm kind of hoping there is a sequel to tie up that loose end.
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Review by: Melody Hewson on Feb. 24, 2012 :
I LOVE this book! From the very first sentence it drew me in to a futuristic world filled with engaging, believable characters.
Elder Tull was my favorite. Even in the midst of chaos and violence, he was like a comic relief with his absent-minded bumbling. Like the part where he disappears in the bar full of paniced Pukes, only to pop back up, safe and sound, still clutching his precious plate of food, or how he accidentally blows up the busiest hub of the city.

I also love how the "Pukes" aka unstemmed minority, are painted as more noble than the "stems", who gave in to peer pressure & gave up so much.

And yet, even knowing the ultimate fate of both sides, the entire time I read I kept asking myself "Which side would I be on? Would I submit to being stemmed?" I still haven't come up with an honest answer.

I plan to reccommend this book to my freinds.
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