Zombie Island by Lori Handeland
A Shakespeare Undead Novel

55%

13 Critic Reviews

...struggles for a consistent tone, as she bounces haphazardly between first- and third-person points of view and awkwardly shoehorns Shakespearean quotes into characters’ conversations in some scenes while referencing Star Trek or Casablanca in others...An enthusiastic but mediocre genre exercise.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In the follow-up to Shakespeare Undead, vampire William Shakespeare and his Dark Ladyare stranded on a mystical island where zombies are plentiful and one man will stop at nothing to become all-powerful

Fresh from a triumphant battle over the zombie horde that invaded London, vampire William Shakespeare concocts a plot to rid the love of his life from the encumbrance of her husband. Will plans to give his ”dark lady,” Katherine Dymond, a potion that will make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once she is entombed, Will can sneak in, wait for her to awaken, then spirit her away. After her husband returns to his plantation in America, Kate can return to London under a different name and assume a new identity. No one will believe that the dead Katherine and the live Kate are the same woman. Of course, as is often the case with true love, all does not go as smoothly as planned. When the two of them are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a wizard and a nymph, as well as infested by zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot afoot—one that leads all the way to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.
 

About Lori Handeland

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Lori Handeland is the author of more than thirty novels spanning the contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance genres. In 2005, she won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for "Best Paranormal Romance" for her novel "Blue Moon". She lives in southern Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. Find her at www.lorihandeland.com.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 273 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Zombie Island
All: 13 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 02 2012

...struggles for a consistent tone, as she bounces haphazardly between first- and third-person points of view and awkwardly shoehorns Shakespearean quotes into characters’ conversations in some scenes while referencing Star Trek or Casablanca in others...An enthusiastic but mediocre genre exercise.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

In this skillful and often deeply touching retelling of The Tempest, Handeland ditches sweeping set pieces and nonstop zombie-fighting action in favor of quiet, deeply sensual meditations upon love, adultery, sex, longing, and forgiveness.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Glenn Dallas on Aug 01 2012

...Handeland’s sheer audacity when it comes to rewriting the history of both England and Shakespeare is where the book really shines.

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Historical Novel Society

Below average
Reviewed by Nanette Donohue on May 01 2012

I don’t have a problem with authors playing with history, but this didn’t work.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeanne Bogino, on Apr 13 2012

Handeland has fashioned a sprightly, scary, and sexy retelling of The Tempest that will please Shakespeare enthusiasts as well as horror fans.

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Night Owl Paranormal

Excellent
Reviewed by Danya on May 15 2012

Lori Handeland has created a well-written new entry into the revamped genre, breathing new life into the undead playwright and his "dark lady" muse.

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ZombieWorldNews.com

Below average
Reviewed by Kitty Pandemic on Jul 26 2012

In comparison to the first story, this one felt rushed and the ending felt abrupt.

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Books and Things

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa on May 18 2012

The conclusion to this book is complete, but seemed rushed.

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Book Spot Central

Below average
Reviewed by Amber Drake on May 22 2012

Zombie fans might find too little to enjoy here, though anyone who has read the first and enjoyed it would probably enjoy this one as well.

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Romance Junkies

Good
Reviewed by Billie Jo

Ms. Handeland will turn the paranormal genre on its ears with this revitalizing tale.

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Eight Bookcases

Below average
Reviewed by Elise Guest on Aug 07 2012

It’s a hard dichotomy to explain, but the fact it, I don’t buy the extra trimmings that Handeland is selling in this one.

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Mother/Gamer/Writer

Below average
Reviewed by AimeeKay on Jul 03 2012

I just know that while the ending was logical, it just wasn’t very satisfying.

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Zombos' Closet

Good
Reviewed by Iloz Zoc on May 16 2012

Emotional and tactile interlocutions abound as much as the zombies, providing the true bite and sustenance on Zombie Island.

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