- Title: In the Land of the Blind
- Author: Robert Swartwood
- ISBN: null
- Page: 393
- Format: Kindle Edition
Like everyone else he knew, Steven s heart did not beat Instead it lay dead in his chest, as docile as his brain and his lungs and his soul So when he first heard the faint beating sound coming from outside his bedroom window, he didn t know what to think In the Land of the Blind is a 3,000 word nontraditional zombie story that won the 10th Annual Chiaroscuro Short StLike everyone else he knew, Steven s heart did not beat Instead it lay dead in his chest, as docile as his brain and his lungs and his soul So when he first heard the faint beating sound coming from outside his bedroom window, he didn t know what to think In the Land of the Blind is a 3,000 word nontraditional zombie story that won the 10th Annual Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest It was also the inspiration for Robert Swartwood s zombie thriller LAND OF THE DEAD The prologue and first three chapters of LAND OF THE DEAD are included in this e book.
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. So imagine a world where zombie and human roles are reversed: the zombie is the societal norm, and human are feared and hunted on sight. A little undead boy one day hears the thump thump thump of a heartbeat and wonders if he's hallucinating. He goes out to the backyard and digs up a mysterious box which is emitting the thumping, heartbeat-like sound. And meets a living human, erzombiewho tells him about colors and emotions and life.Poor little [...]
Confusing. If the author elaborated more on this story, it would be great. It has the potential to be an amazing zombie story. I'd definitely like to read more by Robert Swartwood.
Want more. I like the role reversal, just s few things I question, but they could be ironed out in the whole story too.
I'm not giving this story 2 stars because of anything the author did or didn't do per se. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into this. I found the premise to be very new and different which is wonderful for a genre that's been bombarded like this one has, but this just didn't work for me. Part of the reason I love zombie stories so much is the gore and utter hopelessness of a dystopian and dying world but with this kind of story it kinda takes all of that out of it. The zombies in this story are [...]
This was a zombie story, like the subtitle suggests. But it was an interesting take on the genre. The twist to the genre was a little confusing at first. This made me a little iffy on whether or not the story worked for me as a whole. Other elements of it worked well for me though, once I got past the reversal of the zombie label.This short story was intriguing enough to make me want to know more about the world it was written in. What lead the world to be the way it is, etc.I’d recommend this [...]
Allegories seldom work well as literary pieces, they're usually too blatant, characters too flat, the moral too simple. 'In the Land of the Blind' is a wonderful exception to the norm as Swartwood handles the story, characters, and moral theme adeptly. The 'reveal' is gradual, gentle, and transparent which allows the reader to enter into the main character's enlightenment, confusion, transformation, and final acceptance with full empathy. Wonderful story about 'zombies' but in a literary vein. R [...]
Robert Swartwood, In the Land of the Blind (RMS Press, 2011)Interesting, though too short, story that reverses the usual zombie conventions: while the scenario is the usual, where the zombie plague has wiped out all but a handful of survivors, Swartwood's story is told from the perspective of one of the living dead who encounters a living human, and must make a tough decision that will alter his existence forever. Swartwood eventually turned this into the novel The Dishonored Dead; judging by th [...]
The premise here is a surprising one, and a very good one! What if YOU were the zombie? Only, zombie means human? And the humans are what WE would think of as zombies? Confusing? At first but if we were the ones to be feared, would we consider ourselves zombies? No, we'd call ourselves humans, and fear those different than us. While this was extremely short, it was also extremely well written, and makes me want to know more about this upside down world.
An interesting short story with a twist. Zombies are the norm (and do not call themselves zombies), while humans are the feared species. I don't want to say much more than that, as it would be too easy to give too much away. I found this interesting enough, to add the novel that this short story inspired, to my wishlist.
This short story takes place in the same universe as Swartwood's forthcoming novel, The Dishonored Dead. The concept is interesting, but not taken far enough, not fully explored and realized. It will make you think, though.
This was only a short story, but it could have been fleshed out a bit more. It's a nice reversal of roles in a zombie world. I realize it was the inspiration for a novel by the same author, and this does make me want to attempt that read. I'd give this a 2.5
This book was I don't know. I kind of didn't understand it much. I was getting confused reading it. It could be because i was falling asleep AS i was reading it, but I gave it three stars because i was interested, just confused. :\
Too short to really make up my mind. Made me want for more closure even though it was a bit too esoteric.
I thought this was a pretty neat book. It was interesting to see a new twist on the zombie genre, and also on how our perception can affect things.
Good for a tweener book but otherwise my rating is a big "Meh!" :)
Interesting change from the usual zombie stories. Good short story.
A short story where we are the zombies. Beautiful writing and a little sad.
definitely a different take on zombies, a little confusing, still don't know if I get the whole premise. still enjoyed it for some reason though
Eh, it was ok, but not what I was hoping for.
Intriguing premise. I found this to be a pretty cool twist on the zombie theme.
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