Archive Review – “Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse” by Ford Forkum

Review first published 19/08/12

Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse

From Goodreads:

In a satirical combination of two end-of-the-world scenarios, a zombie plague is quickly followed by an alien invasion – in a time when humanity is already struggling with vampires.

Landing dead center at a college campus swarming with zombies, the aliens soon realize that their abduction mission is going to be quite a bit more complicated than they’d imagined. The presence of vampires only makes the situation worse.

Will humanity survive the dystopian absurdity?

I got this book due to the author, the wonderfully named Ford Forkum, promoting it as a Freebie on Amazon Kindle.  Given this is a short story, I was suitably entertained with a straightforward tale which plays on those two B-movie staples, the alien invasion and the zombie story and mixes in a nice layer of dry wit along the way.

The start of the book features a passage on the alien invaders normal lifestyle and the motivations for their invasion which is reminiscent of that universally famous book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”, especially when you are given a description of what the alien invaders look like.

Characterwise, the main cast is small in number which is a boon to the reader as the storyline moves rapidly.  I’m not going to give information out on this cast as it will lead to spoilers which I don’t wish to reveal as it may spoil any potential reader’s enjoyment.

Whilst I talk about character, given the story’s fast pace and the constraints of it being a short story, don’t expect sweeping character arcs and page upon page of back story, this book dispenses character information at a level where if it’s needed to follow the plot, it’s given to the reader within the space of a paragraph.

The strengths of this storyline are the fact that it uses it’s limited space to tell the story it needs to tell with a clearly laid out beginning, middle and end along with making the story funny for the reader.

If this is the start for Mister Forkum, I hope he gives himself the opportunity to write a longer story in the future.

A nice little read.

Rating: 4/5

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