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During the zombie apocalypse, it isn't always the roaming hordes of walking dead that send you over the edge. Sometimes, it's the little things. More

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About Alan Edwards

Alan Edwards majored in English at the University of Florida for approximately four weeks, until the endless daily grind of non-stop investigations into whether every single mention of a long straight object was nothing more than a phallic symbol made him quickly realize that he would never make it through to actually get a less-than-useful English degree. He determinedly became a drunkard and dropout afterwards.

Later, he learned the fine art of bookkeeping, decided he enjoyed it, and eventually went back to school, this time for an Accounting degree, which he was able to complete while working full-time and attending night classes for the simple reason that there was no discussion of phallic symbols.

Becoming a stalwart and valiant accountant, he set the world afire with the speed of his T-accounts, the precision of his reconciliations, and uncanny way of balancing debits and credits. By night, he dazzled and amazed all and sundry by reading, playing computer and console games as well as tabletop role-playing games, watching TV, and playing with his dogs.

Nearly all of his time is spent with his lovely wife and companion Lisa, whose patience and love quite seriously carries him through the tribulations of life.

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Review by: Rikki K on June 7, 2011 :
This was a fun and clever little read. I could have been happy with a few more pages but the author wrapped up the theme nicely in the space that was there. It's nice to find a short story that wraps itself up and doesn't leave you thinking there's a larger story still in the works. :)

I am now well prepared in exit stratagem and have stashed a socket wrench away in case of a zombie apocalypse.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Matt Di Spirito on April 14, 2011 :
What an interesting and strange tale! "Blamers" is set forth as a sort of monologue... a diatribe from the mind of someone dealing with humanity's annoying traits amid a post-apocalyptic land. Zombies or other hazards do not make an appearance, save for being mentioned by the character, but they don't need to--the character's ravings are center stage.

The writing style is top-notch with very few, if any, grammatical or spelling errors. A handful of minor punctuation errors appear in the text, but I passed right over and kept reading--nothing big. A few words and phrases were repeated in close proximity to one another, as well. In a larger work, this type of redundancy can get tiring, but in this short piece it's easy to ignore.

The work is sprinkled with a lot of humor, sarcasm, and sharp observations about human nature. If you don't laugh in at least a few spots, you're not human. Here's one of my favorite zingers from the story: "Leave it to the humans to make the dog's a**-sniffing ritual seem normal and urbane.
(review of free book)
Review by: Alison Thibodeau de Martín on April 11, 2011 :
Very enjoyable, fast read. Some great imagery--loved the Old West kabuki reference.
(review of free book)
Review by: Chris Walters on April 9, 2011 :
It's funny because it's true.
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Review by: Bridget Squires on April 8, 2011 :
A fantastic tongue in cheek look at humanity at its best-blaming others for their misfortunes. Absolutely loved this!
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