Sometimes I get so busy doing other things and writing other things that I often forget that I need to focus on things that are happening right now or have already happened. Like my newest book, Dredging Up Memories.
Let’s talk about this book for a second. Dredging Up Memories is the story of Hank Walker and his downward spiral into depression during the zombie apocalypse.
Zombie apocalypse? Seriously?
Yes, seriously. Before you go and judge a book by its zombies, let me put a few fears to rest:
- The zombie apocalypse thing has been done to death! Yes, it has, but this isn’t the typical zombie story. The dead don’t play the biggest role in this book. A stuffed animal does.
- There is no hope in zombie stories. Well, you might be right there, but how do you know if you don’t read the book?
- Zombie stories are all about zombies rending people from limb to limb. Yes, most are, but not Dredging Up Memories.
- There is nothing new you can do with the overdone genre. I disagree. I believe Dredging Up Memories is original. Again, the main theme is Hank Walker’s descent into depression, not the gnashing of teeth.
- Brains. Okay, I have to bark at this for a second. Have you ever seen a zombie in any movie actually try to get to a person’s brain? No. You see them tearing into their stomachs and faces and arms and legs and necks, but you never see them actually going for brains. Besides, how would they get to it?
Here’s the thing about Dredging Up Memories: it’s human. It’s real. It has a certain mood to it that is not like other zombie stories. It doesn’t focus solely on the swarming dead and their insatiable hunger for flesh.
It is, in my opinion, a breath of fresh air from all of the action only, blood and gore zombie stories that are all pretty much the same with the exception of location and character names. It is different.
If you don’t mind I would love to share a couple of reviews with you.
The first one:
Honestly, I don’t like reading zombie books. This book however, was SO much more than your typical “zombies attack” story. This book was about the main character, Hank Walker, and his journey to survive. It’s not just about a bunch of zombies eating people. This story is well written, with just the right amount of detail. The story has emotions, in the characters and emotions that you yourself will feel. I also like that there are actual towns mentioned in the book that are familiar to residents of South Carolina. It’s easy to feel like you are there, in the town with Hank. For me, Dredging Up Memories was a book that once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. I just had to know what was going to happen next. For me, I despise reading a book all the way through just to finish with a terrible ending. I know books don’t always have the ending that we want, but it still needs to finish well. This book I’m happy to say has a complete ending. I won’t spoil it for you and say it was happy or sad, just complete and well finished, and I’m happy with that. I like that this story can be a stand alone book, but I’m excited that A.J. is planning to continue Hank Walkers journey. I definitely look forward to reading more works by the incredible author A.J. Brown.
The second one:
This book is an immersive experience. There is plenty of action, but it really puts you into the mind of a survivor. It goes heavily into the headspace and emotions of navigating a world decimated by monsters.
Those are just two of the reviews that have been written for Dredging Up Memories.
Here is something else: Humphrey.
Who is Humphrey? Well, he is a teddy bear dressed in a bunny pajama outfit. Yes, he is a stuffed toy, but he plays a huge part in this story. How can you not want to find out how a stuffed bear becomes a central figure in a zombie apocalypse story?
So, are you interested in reading it yet? I hope so. I believe you will not be disappointed.
Come on. You know you want it. Go get Dredging Up Memories here.
And until we meet again my friends, be kind to one another.