2 Stars Out Of 5
Lame humor, not an engaging or believable story
October 21, 2012
A friend loaned this to me and said I "might" like it. I'm glad I didn't buy it, because I found little to like. Granted, this genre of "literature" (sci-fi? fantasy? horror? weird?) isn't my favorite, but I try to keep an open mind, and I'm always mildly curious about anyone claiming to be a "Christian humorist." However, every book, whatever the genre, has to have a certain "logic" that makes it all hang together, and certainly that is true of some of the better sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, and that kind of logic just isn't here. With the better sort of fantasy or sci-fi, the author convinces you that his imaginary world really exists somewhere, but Night of the Living Dead Christian doesn't work that way. On top of that, the author seems to be attempting humor but it is extremely lame, and many times while reading it I felt the sort of "cringy" feel you get at a party where some guy keeps telling really bad jokes and embarrassing himself.
I gather the author has a very low opinion of most Christians, regarding them as "zombies," a favorite cultural stereotype of the secular left, and apparently one that even Christian publishing houses have embraced. Since the novel is intended to be comic, the book is the equivalent of someone insulting you repeatedly, then afterward digging you in the ribs and saying, "Hey, guy, I was just kidding!" - i.e., use humor as a cover for contempt, and when the object of the contempt reacts with indignation, throw up his hands, and say "Sheesh, the poor guy has no sense of humor!"
Tyndale has published some excellent books in the past, but they seem to have gone off the rails in recent years, releasing many books that are trendy and shallow. I suppose they justify that by observing that this is a culture full of very trendy and shallow people won simply don't have the mental or spiritual maturity to read high-quality books. I hate to see the gospel "dumbed-down" to such a low level, but I guess this was inevitable with so many people's brains deadened by video games and such.