I Dream of Zombies

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
It starts with a dream and then the nightmare takes over...

It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla, her sister Ellen and friend Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. More

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About Vickie Johnstone

Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a sub-editor on business magazines. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has self-published 16 books.

Books published in 2011:

Kaleidoscope (March) – 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light – a free book of 44 poems;
Kiwi in Cat City – the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).

The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Books published in 2012:

Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up (May);
Life’s Rhythms – 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail – a romantic comedy with a dog as the hero (June);
Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August);
Day of the Pesky Shadow (October);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).

Books published in 2013:

The Sea Inside – a fantasy adventure (May); and
I Dream of Zombies – a horror set in London in 2013 (October).

Books published in 2014:

Haven (I Dream of Zombies, 2) (May).

Books published in 2015:

Mind-spinning Rainbows - 45 haiku and 109 poems (April).

Links:

Blog: http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com
Twitter: @vickiejohnstone
Website: Kiwiincatcity.com
Merchandise: www.zazzle.co.uk/kiwiincatcity

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVickieJohnstone
http://www.facebook.com/KiwiinCatCity
http://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopePoetry

Happy reading and writing :)

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Review by: Ed Drury on Nov. 29, 2013 :
This is an extreme departure from the normal children and young adult fair this reader is used to purchasing. But it is a highly entertaining and original departure. I didn't realize at first that I was reading the first installment in a series of books. So upon reaching the conclusion, I was delighted to learn I could read more of these great characters.

What I liked most about the cast of characters in this novel was the diversity of backgrounds and personalities. Two heart warming children, a lovable retriever, a sweet older couple, a pair of thirty something ex-military buddies and a young single girl who meets a potential soul mate in the midst of this horrifying journey through an un-dead strewn England. Throw in a bit of paranormal intrigue and you have a very compelling premise indeed.

The action is nearly non-stop as these very endearing characters are revealed more in action than described in narrative. A skillful blend of story telling and humor mixed with adventure, horror, and violence. Excellent for the serious horror fan but complete enough to entertain any reader of any age.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: mary philo on Oct. 20, 2013 :
I Dream of Zombies gave a new twist on the genre. How can all of a sudden X amount of the population started dreaming the same dream about the same thing. Zombies and then the zombies are on your door step. Would you believe or would you be a naysayer? Would you prepare or would you carry on as usual?
The story was very well developed and written, the characters are believable and honest. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next installment and the answers to the many question that where hinted at by even the characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Stewart Bint on Oct. 19, 2013 :
“I Dream Of Zombies” is an ideal read for lovers of this particular genre.

While the plot has been seen in many guises in both film and book over the years – i.e. zombies over-running an area and threatening the very survival of a country or even the world – this book’s strength lies in two areas:
First: character development. I was rooting for one particular character, Ellen, right from the start because of the way Vickie Johnstone defines her vulnerability and reliance on those around her. Ellen’s vulnerability is the real backbone of the story.
And then, while I felt her protectors, Tommy and Marla, could look after themselves, their characters grew and blossomed as an increasing number of other vulnerables, including two young children and two elderly people, join the band of travellers seeking sanctuary from the zombies.
Second: the graphic descriptions of zombie attacks and their effects. Having fled London before the zombie horde really took hold, our heroes later have to make a journey back into Tottenham, and we are treated to descriptions of the carnage there, which adds intensity to what could happen to the rest of the UK if the zombie virus is left unchecked.

Vickie Johnstone intersperses the horror and action with a little humour (okay, fans of a well-known soccer team won’t find the destruction of their ground funny, but rival fans will!) and moments of tenderness – I’m thinking here of a conversation between the two sisters on a narrow boat.

While the book moves nicely to a largely satisfying conclusion as far as our band of refugees are concerned, two questions remain. However, it is extremely likely that those answers will be forthcoming as Vickie Johnstone continues her fascinating story in the next book in the series.

As a lover of this genre I give “I Dream Of Zombies” five stars, and eagerly await its sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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