Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest
Lame humor, not an engaging or believable story
A friend loaned this to me and said I Ã¢ÂÂmightÃ¢ÂÂ like it. IÃ¢ÂÂm glad I didnÃ¢ÂÂt buy it, because I found little to like. Granted, this genre of Ã¢ÂÂliteratureÃ¢ÂÂ (sci-fi? fantasy? horror? weird?) isnÃ¢ÂÂt my favorite, but I try to keep an open mind, and IÃ¢ÂÂm always mildly curious about anyone claiming to be a Ã¢ÂÂChristian humorist.Ã¢ÂÂ However, every book, whatever the genre, has to have a certain Ã¢ÂÂlogicÃ¢ÂÂ 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 isnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 doesnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 Ã¢ÂÂcringyÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂzombies,Ã¢ÂÂ 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, Ã¢ÂÂHey, guy, I was just kidding!Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂSheesh, the poor guy has no sense of humor!Ã¢ÂÂ
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 donÃ¢ÂÂt have the mental or spiritual maturity to read high-quality books. I hate to see the gospel Ã¢ÂÂdumbed-downÃ¢ÂÂ to such a low level, but I guess this was inevitable with so many peopleÃ¢ÂÂs brains deadened by video games and such.
October 21, 2012
I think that after reading this book that I will be looking for werewolves and zombies more closely in my own church! A funny and interesting read.
July 28, 2012
Not as good as previous work
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Matt's previous book, "Imaginary Jesus". Then again, I had to pick up IJ a few times before it really grabbed me and pulled me in.
Matt does write with wit and his insights can be piercingly accurate at times. His narrative style is strong and he doesn't waste words telling you something when he can just take you along for the ride.
I really wanted to like this book. The title and cover art are both catchy, and the message of the book is needed by many in today's church. For some reason, this one just didn't hold my attention. I kept picking it up, reading a few pages and then putting it down and forgetting about it.
Could be that I need to be in a certain frame of mind to appreciate Matt's writing. I'm not sure. Matt is most definitely a good writer. This book just didn't work for me as a reader.
I received a copy of "Night of the Living Dead Christian" from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Mildly recommended.
July 13, 2012
Imaginative and Creative!
Do you really know who your neighbor is?
With werewolves, zombies and vampires on the loose is anyone safe? Matt, Hibbs and Culbetron are trying to find the perfect gadget to scare off monsters but while doing so they encounter challenges and obstacles they had never thought of. With insightful words from the werewolf Luther, his thoughts on life and religion he embarks on a quest to finding the one truth we all search for.
A novel that will cause you to ponder "What if?" At the start of reading Night of the Living Dead Christian I got into the right frame of mind to appreciate the books style. I pictured myself watching monsters on the TV and superheroes dressed like normal people in combat against them. I was glued to the pages and as I kept turning them I discovered how drawn I became into the storyline and the more I felt as if I were a "part of the movie" being played.
Extremely imaginative and creative, with serious moments intertwined with humor, this book quickly became impossible to put down! Dialogue and scenery worked well together creating the books originality. Challenging my faith I found this book to be inspiring and would highly recommend this well written book to others! 5 Stars!!!
June 14, 2012