Writer of Horror Fiction

Review of Matheus Macedo’s “We With Daisies Lie”

We With Daisies Lie is a short story/novella about one man’s journey during the first few days and months of the zombie apocalypse.  Told in first person, it sticks with tradition, bringing nothing new to the table as far as the undead are concerned.  Whether you get bit or not, when you die you turn and the undead are slow moving.  The main character meets up almost immediately after the dead start to turn with a group of three younger kids led by a bully.  They search for places to survive and they overcome several incidents with the dead while dealing with turmoil within the group.  The living continue to be a major threat later in the story as the character grows stronger and more equipped to handle himself with the undead.  With new friends in tow, he tries to lead them to his grandparent’s farm and the fallout shelter they had made during the cold war, which is filled with enough supplies to last them several months.

The author makes a solid attempt at developing his small group of characters, though the length of this tale does limit most of them from being more than archetypes.  The main character and Emily, the girl he grows attached to, are the most fleshed out.  There were some good components to this tale, including the brief conversation the main character has with an ex-girlfriend on the phone after things go haywire.  She is surrounded by the undead in her sky rise apartment in New York City with no way to escape.  The blunt suggestion the main character makes was startling but at the same time made all the sense in the world.  Emily’s work on a poem was a nice touch as well.  There was also something that stretched believability related to an incident surrounding a stab wound to the gut.  I won’t provide further details, but suffice it to say it was a stretch buying what happens.  Otherwise, the story is a pretty straightforward analysis of how people cope with unbelievably horrible circumstances and what they must become to survive.  There were some typos and missed words here and there-the story could have done with another editing run through, but overall, it is a quick read with definite entertainment value.  The author shows solid promise here and I look forward to checking out his other works.

We With Daisies Lie can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/We-Daisies-Lie-Matheus-Macedo-ebook/dp/B00M4M32IY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408377720&sr=8-1&keywords=we+with+daisies+lie

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2 responses

  1. Hey Patrick, thanks so much for your review and taking the time to read the story. Everything you said is dead on. I rushed the publishing and will go back and re-edit once I’m done with my current project. This particular story came about as an exercise for me to write 1,000 words a day and it was originally a Walking Dead fanfic though the story and characters were all original, it was just supposed to take place in that universe, which is why the dead are so unoriginal haha. Thanks again for the review and reading! If you’re into non-zombie pos-apocalyptic works I’m uploading a free full length novel on Wattpad.com Here is the link, thanks again! http://www.wattpad.com/story/21267658-after-grace-updated-weekly

    August 19, 2014 at 3:32 am

    • Certainly! I would be happy to check out further works. It was a pleasure reading your story and I look forward to seeing more from you.

      August 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

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