Drive-By Review: Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan (W*n a Copy!)

First off, only one new guest post today–an interview over at Keeping Up with the Rheinlanders, where I’m answering the dreaded “Tell us five interesting things about yourself.” It always reminds me that I’m really not interesting at all…but head over if you get a chance and see for yourself–and yes, there’s a giveaway! (And also thanks for the great review of Royal Street!)

If you’ve missed some of the earlier spots during the week, you can scroll down to find the links. There are lots of giveaways.

Now, I’m excited today to be bringing you a book that I’m cheating on a bit because it’s not really a drive-by review in that I didn’t stop at page 50. Actually, I finished it. I had to finish it. I couldn’t NOT finish it. So let me introduce you to a delightfully perverse novel that will be out next Tuesday (in the US; it was previously released in the UK) called Apocalypse Cow.

ABOUT APOCALYPSE COW: If you think you’ve seen it all — WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD– you haven’t seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS! Forget the cud. They want blood. It began with a cow that just wouldn’t die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain’s livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn’t recognize a scoop if she tripped over one. As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world? Three losers. Overwhelming odds. One outcome . . . Yup, we’re screwed.

Drive-by Review: Well, obviously, I loved this book, probably because I’ve been somewhat perplexed by the onslaught of zombie novels in the last few years. I’m not sure why, but I don’t like zombies. In fact, I need to rewrite the lyrics to the old Boomtown Rats song “I Don’t Like Mondays,” only my version will be “I don’t like zombies.”

Now, putting that video in here isn’t as weird as one might think. (Never mind that I was a big B-Rats fan and it gave me an excuse to listen to them for the first time in twenty years.) The mastermind behind the band was vocalist Bob Geldof, who was quite the social activist and went on to organize the big Live Aid benefit among other events. One of our heroes in Apocalypse Cow is Geldof, the socially awkward, eczema-riddled son of a socially active (read: fanatical) woman who named her only child after her hero Bob Geldof. Of course, Geldof is quite embarrassed by his name–and his mum–and is relieved when the bullies in his school call him Gandalf.

So that gives you a feel for what I think is a quite brilliant satire of the zombie craze. There are layers of in-jokes that, if you don’t get them, still leave plenty on top to make you laugh. I mean, there’s something about slobbering, revenge-seeking undead bovines that sets me off.

Admittedly, this book is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. You probably know whether or not you enjoy well-done satire. Apocalypse Cow is irreverent. It’s over-the-top outrageous. No one is safe, from football fans to the president of France. People behave badly. There’s some blood and gore and, okay, the bulls get a little smexy with some of their victims. (See what I mean by over the top?) But it was a fun, fun read that had me literally laughing out loud at least once every couple of pages as our unlikely heroes seem to be the only ones capable of stopping the Moo-ving apocalypse.

Want to win an ARC of Apocalypse Cow? Just leave a comment and tell me what YOU think of zombies. Have you read any of the recent rash of zombie fiction? Does zombie romance kind of give you the heebie-jeebies?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

15 thoughts on “Drive-By Review: Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan (W*n a Copy!)

  1. OMG, you had me at “Apocalypse Cow”. I am ROFLMAO. I was also a Boomtown Rats fan…I wonder if I still have that album laying around here somewhere…

    • It’s hilarious, Teri, from the title on. Funniest thing i’ve read in ages. And–YAY–another Boomtown Rats fan! I still have the LPs but no longer have a turntable so I downloaded from iTunes. I had to hear “I Never Loved Eva Braun” again!

  2. Agreed APOCALYPSE COW is hilarious! I DO love me some zombies, but only as the terrifying Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Night of the Living Dead, “Brains” moaning zombies. I am not intrigued at all by zombie romance (unless it’s satirical) – undead roting flesh is not sexy.

    My fav zombie book of late is THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers. It’s Breakfast Club meets Walking Dead and I adored it!

    • Yay, another Apocalypse Cow fan! I hope this book does well in the U.S. when it’s released next week. It’s really well done. Yes, I like zombies as monsters. The zombie romance thing is just squicky. I have THIS IS NOT A TEST in my TBR mountain somewhere…

  3. I will confess I love a good zombie book. You might even say I’m addicted to zombie books.
    I do however think that zombies should be the moaning, brain eating antagonists, I’m not much for zombies as love interests.

    • LOL, well these cows are moaning, brain-eating antagonists, for sure, so you still might like the play on the zombie apocalypse. Scotland will never be the same!

  4. Zombies kinda squick me out, lol! Truthfully, I’m not a zombie fan. That said, I LOVE Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie series. LOVE IT. I highly recommend it. Also, if you want a good EWWWW!!! moment, check out the Reddit she did a while ago where she tells about the cockroach and the Lake Pontchartrain bridge.

    • Ewww….I will have to look at it. I HATE that bridge anyway and always drove out of my way to avoid it. In my opinion, any bridge that’s so long you can’t see land anywhere in front or behind you cannot possibly be safe!

  5. I don’t like zombie romance, but this zombie book I will definitely have to check out. Sort reminds me of Christopher Moore. Thanks for the review.

  6. This book sounds like a hoot! I’m not a huge fan of zombie fic, in general, but my fave zombie book is the (now rather old) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…
    Smexy bulls! Yikes!

  7. I love zombie novels a little too much, haha. I have a zombie subcategory in my to-read list, even. My favorites of the many I’ve read? Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy; Cherie Priest’s alternate-history steampunk Clockwork Century series (starts with Boneshaker); Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth YA trilogy; Ann Aguirre’s Enclave YA trilogy (not *really* zombies, but so many zombie stories cop out and don’t have real undeads).

    If anyone else likes zombie stories and wants me to give them some of my list (either already-read or on my to-read list) to check out, lemme know!

  8. i loveeee reading zombis novels ad i love watching zombies movies of my fave is WARM BODIES…
    thx u for the chance to win this book…

    -nurmawati djuhawan-
    chiko_jubilee at yahoo dot com

  9. Heeh, I might LOVE reading about zombies 😀 Even zombie romance. But mostly I love the awful kind of zombie that eats people. Love reading about it 🙂 Thank you for this amazing giveaway. <3
    Love, Carina