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  Booklist Review

Bram Stoker Award winner Maberry is well-known for his Rot & Ruin series, which features a postapocalyptic, zombie-terrorized world where its few survivors search for one another and congregate in spartan, cobbled-together communities. In his latest release, Maberry compiles 11 previously published short stories and 11 new ones (along with the script to the Rot & Ruin comic strip) to piece together the backstories of Benny, Nix, Tom, Captain Joe Ledger, and others. While readers will benefit from a frame of reference offered by reading the other books in the series, especially in terms of character development, this works surprisingly well as a stand-alone novel. The evil reapers fanatics determined to kill the few survivors outshine the perpetually vicious zombies in violence and perversity, while the survivors themselves strive valiantly to retain their humanity in spite of such horror. No, none of this series is for the faint of heart, but for the zombie-apocalypse-intrigued reader, it is a welcome addition to the collection.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2015 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The aptly named fifth book in the Rot Ruin series fills in gaps and provides key back story to the series. Although not always chronological in order, vignettes, short stories, and snippets from Nix's journal are told sequentially in relation to the books in the series. While many stories are dedicated to main characters, such as the beloved Tom Imura, others give fun background on seemingly minor presences, like the Bride of Coldwater Creek (once mentioned on one of Benny's zombie trading cards in Rot Ruin). And even as some stories fill in details from the past, such as how Riot came to be named, others begin to look ahead, including at how Benny must reconcile his role after Tom's death. Like the series as a whole, the stories here interconnect and build upon one another. In the process, essential themeslove, mercy, knowledge, belief, and independenceemerge and guide the stories. The most important theme highlightedheroismoffers hope not only against the zombies, but for continued humanity. There are still plenty of spine-tingling battles, but the emphasis here is philosophical, allowing readers to pause and consider Maberry's weighty turns of phrase.An entertaining divergence from the solid series. (Science fiction. 13 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Return to the zombie apocalypse wasteland that is the Rot & Ruin in this short story collection from Jonathan Maberry.<br> <br> Benny Imura's zombie-infested adventures are well-chronicled in the gripping novels Rot & Ruin , Dust & Decay , Flesh & Bone , and Fire & Ash . But what else was happening while he was on his quest? Who were the others navigating the ravaged landscape full of zombies?<br> <br> Bits & Pieces fills in the gaps about what we know about First Night, surviving the plague, and traveling the land of Rot & Ruin. Eleven all-new short stories from Nix's journal and eleven previously published stories, including "Dead & Gone" and "Tooth & Nail," are now together and in print for the first time, along with the first-ever script for the Rot & Ruin comic books.
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