Recommended Read: Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse

This is a weekly feature wherein I share my thoughts about books I’ve read that I think you might enjoy, encompassing a variety of genres. I’m not a professional reviewer, I don’t accept offerings direct from writers or publishing houses (so don’t ask me to review your book – that’s an excellent way to ensure I never read it), and there’s a very good chance I know the authors of over half the books I’ll recommend, so my opinion is likely biased on any given day. This is just me telling you about a great book I recently read. Nothing more, nothing less.

For my inaugural recommended read, I give you a short story that is one hundred percent pure entertainment:

Part B-movie and mostly satire with a heavy dose of subtle sarcasm, Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum actually does have a nicely coherent and somewhat more complex plot than you might think. It’s incredibly entertaining (read: hilarious) for the half-hour or so it takes to read it. 

As promised, it does indeed give us aliens and zombies, as well as vampires and humans all jumbled up together in a giant mess. I rolled my eyes at some parts (okay, several), but really, you can’t help but be pulled into the adventure, and Ford was even nice enough to toss in an obligatory romance of sorts (coupled with a tragedy, of course). Is there a happily ever after? Sort of. And not. Depends on who you happen to be rooting for when you get to the end. 

If you need to get over a rough work day or just want to escape reality and embrace the absurd for a little while, grab your favorite teddy bear, a fermented beverage and this short story for a quick head trip that will leave you dazed, but not necessarily confused. 

As a point of disclaimer, I am digitally acquainted with Ford, and thus unabashedly biased because I like the guy. And I will absolutely be waiting for his next work, hard liquor and zombie baby at the ready…