Beer Run Of The Dead, by Don Noble is the story of Kip, a terminally awkward nerd struggling to keep his head together as the world ends on the last day of school (naturally). He is forced to live through the last, bloody moments of human civilization with Richard (his mother’s current boyfriend) and survive in the wreckage with Rock and Steady, two hopeless rockstar rejects. During their struggles, Kip will have to man up or be promptly reduced to juicy sirloin steaks by the ravenous hordes of the dead.
Beer Run Of the Dead might not be the most high brow piece of literature you will ever read, but it is fun from start to finish. Irreverent and raunchy, with a heavy lean toward pitch-black humour and ocassional moments of lucidity, the author has managed to provide the reader with the literary equivalent of A-Grade Grindhouse satire on the level with the Machete mock-trailers. It is important to note however, that the grit and grime and ocassional crudeness of its humour might not be for everyone, but will certainly appeal thoroughly to fans of George Romero movies or Planet Terror die-hards.
My only complaint with the book is focused on the style of the narrative, which seems to be following the direct style of a motion picture screenplay. The present tense used throughout and the constant jumps between POVs did give me the ocassional feedback whioplash, which served to ocassionally throw me off from an otherwise enjoyable ride. The ending felt a bit underwhelming as well, especially when it came to the specifics of the resolution of the zombie infection which in my opinion, felt a bit too neat.
So if you loved Hobo With a Shotgun and can’t do without that good old ultraviolence coupled with some scab-brown schadenfreude, then Beer Run Of The Dead is going to be right up your alley.