Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review & Giveway: Night of the Living Dead Christian

What kind of monster are you? Matt Mikalatos' Night of the Living Dead Christian, published by Tyndale House, will help you realize your inner monster while at the same time causing explosive laughter.  While seemingly an odd mix, it is quite reflective of Makalotos' exploration of spirituality and transformation in a unique, campy style that has been described as Monty Python meets C.S. Lewis.

The video below is of the author explaining the allegory and book.

Having read Mikalatos' first book, Imaginary Jesus, I knew I was in for some laughs and self-exploration. I was not disappointed.

The story starts out with Matt, self-appointed Chief Office of the local Neighborhood Watch, patrolling his neighborhood when he runs across a mad scientist and his side-kick android conducting an experiment with a machine that will bring werewolves out of their hiding.  Not only does the machine work, but it calls out a horde of zombies as well.  After being chased by zombies, then nearly taken out by a werewolf, who is then wounded by a monster hunter, Matt and his new friends run for safety and contemplate the new status of the neighborhood, concluding the first chapter.  It left me thinking...very entertaining, in a B-rated movie sort of way, but just where is Mikalatos going with this?

Next, enter Luther. Luther has a problem.  His lack of control of his anger turns him into a monster, a werewolf to be precise. He's desperately looking for a transformation from his state of lycanthropy. He's seeking a cure for his inner monster and he thinks Christianity may be the answer, even though his upbringing under a fanatical father makes him not want to associate with Christians. Yet, he's looking for answers - for salvation - to cure him.  Hence the beginning of his quest, with the assistance of Matt, the mad scientist, and the android.

One of the first stops is visiting a church unknowingly full of zombies, people who lack original thought and are unaware of their undead state, yet try to infect you with their disease. Between the zombies trying get the victims to listen to podcasts and breaking out in song and dance to a blend of polka and 1980s praise music, this chapter was by far my favorite in the book.

And so the quest continues, and the introduction of other monsters, too.  A neighbor is a vampire, intensely selfish creatures that steal the life force of others for self-preservation.  Matt eventually explores his own inner monster, that of a mad scientist, a person who thinks they have "the answer" to any problem and tries to fix the world. Androids are beings with stunted emotions and relationship issues. It seems monsters are everywhere. Eventually the group learns what it means to be truly transformed.  The ending isn't all neat and tidy, and shows that transformation is a process.

Night of the Living Dead Christian is an allegory about transformation and become the person Christ intended.  I love humor in this book and appreciate Mikalatos' willingness to approach a serious subject in such a manner, all the while digging deep down.  I never thought a book with singing zombies would cause much self reflection, but I found a monster or two hiding within me.  There is even a monster guide in the back of the book for a "layman's self-diagnosis".  I look forward to future titles from Matt Mikalatos.

One lucky reader will win a certificate to claim their very own copy of Night of the Living Dead Christian. See below for how you can enter.  Please make sure to leave a way for me to contact you, should you be the winner.

Mandatory entry:
  • Just let me know that you are ready to discover your inner monster and that you'd like to win.
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The giveaway will end on January 6th at 6 p.m. EST and will be chosen by a random number generator. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the above title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Kympossible said...

vampires and zombies, humor, and Christian allegory - what's not to love about this book? I would love to win, and ID some of the monsters in my life. And see if my guess about my own monster is right. ;-)

The Match said...

Loved his first book. would love to read this one too.

Matt Mikalatos said...

Heidi, thanks for the great review and for participating in the blog tour! I'm glad you enjoyed NLDC!

Kimberly said...

This sounds like a great book - I need to hunt down and get rid of some of my own monsters!

Lori Lynn said...

I LOVE the idea of this book! It would be a great teaching tool for our guys too since they love the whole zombie trend the world is taking. This may be a great read-aloud for the three of us over our breakfast each day! Thanks for the review.

Lori Lynn said...

I just began following you on Google Friend Connect. I loved "Imaginary Jesus" so I would love to win this book.

Lori Lynn said...

I just "liked" Chatter, Clatter, and Things That Matter on FB.

Lori Lynn said...

AND I'm now following you on Twitter!

Chris said...

I'm ready to figure out my monster and I'm chris@ teachwithgames dot com (to contact me, delete if you don't want it to show)

Becky K. said...

I'm ready to figure out my inner monster and would like to win!

Becky K. said...

following you via GFC.

Becky K. said...

subscribed via e-mail

Becky K. said...

I like you on FB.

Becky K. said...

Following you on twitter.

Natalie said...

I subscribe via email!

Natalie said...

This sounds like a VERY interesting book that I'd like to read!

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