Friday, June 6, 2014

The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner Review

The Beautiful Dead 
Daryl Banner

This is my mood music, my selection for Winter & Claire.
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She’s dead.

In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible. 

So why is she so bent on destroying it all? 

After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again. 

But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a heartbeat.

Daryl Banner is also featured in
15 authors.
Fifteen unique stories.
One cause.
"Moments in Time", a charity anthology of short fiction comprised of fifteen novelette and novella length stories by fourteen authors, totaling nearly 200,000 words.

These are not excerpts, or cliffhangers, these are entertaining and enthralling COMPLETED stories ranging in genres such as Steampunk, Erotica, and Paranormal, to Contemporary Romance and Fantasy.
100% of money earned from the sale of this book goes directly to the WNY Independent Living, Inc. - a non for profit organization whose goals are to promote education, equality and empowerment to all individuals with all different kinds of disabilities.

Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. After writing several plays and a musical in college, he started composing for short films and websites, one of which is the Vamplets "Baby Vampyre Dolls" website: (

Follow him on Facebook here!

Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He's been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. You can feed your ears with many of his remixes (as well as his original music) on his YouTube page "". Also, he personally answers all emails he receives, so if you have some strange desire to write him, he may enjoy it. He currently resides in Texas.

The Beautiful DeadThe Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First I must say, this is one of the best books I have read devoured in I don't know when. 5 stars is not high enough for what I would rate it. It's a post-apocolyptic zombie-ish story which has you thinking ehhh so much of that these days, but no there isn't anything like this. I never had any idea what would happen next. If I would've had 100 guesses to figure out where the plot was headed next in most parts of the story, I would have still gotten it wrong. I have no idea where he came up with this stuff.
"Welcome to the End of Time."

This is the story of Winter. She is recently risen from the dead in a world she does not understand. It appears everything on Earth is dead. Also the state of the natural world (trees, animals, etc) is pretty barren and going extinct. She has no memory of her personal life before, but she does have knowledge of the basic ways of human life. She's quickly all patched up to look as if in a pre-death state-of-being and shown to her own little rundown house for a life of overcast nothingness for all eternity.
I can't tell time here. Silvery grey-o'clock, that's what time it is. Bleak, that's the day of the week.

A cockroach scuttles across the floor, disappears into a crack in the wall. That must be my roommate, a fellow survivor of the end of the world.

The way things go from there, you just have to peruse and examine for yourself. This story is infused with the perfect mix of dry humor, action and moral lesson. Along the way, we find the world is now home to the Undead, the Deathless, humans, and possibly other fantasy-based life-forms, none of which are on peaceful terms. This is book, that I cannot do any justice by writing a long review. It's something that just must be read. Really, people, I know of nothing similar, definitely not a traditional living dead book. I recommend it for men and women from teen up. I may be slightly obsessed now. And you know what, Daryl Banner,
The. Only. One. Left. To. Blame. Is. You.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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