Review: “Dead Giveaway” by Brian Hodge

1 of 5 stars.

Included in Extreme Zombies edited by Paula Guran, this short story heavy-handedly lampoons modern daytime television entertainment. Monty Olson is a shallow, still-living gameshow host that only cares about keeping in front of the camera and his fame. The audience of the gameshow is the undead masses that now outnumber the living. The undead’s idea of entertainment is not very sophisticated, to say the least. The television executives are also undead, but somehow of a different type. They have thoughts, but only care about ratings. It’s their morals that are called into question.

Taking potshots at the entertainment industry and the people who comprise it is too easy. The metaphors for both the mindless masses and the unscrupulous television executives being zombies is both overly simplified and inconsistent. There’s not a single character with depth included in this story.
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One response to “Review: “Dead Giveaway” by Brian Hodge

  1. Pingback: Anthology Review: Book of the Dead ed. by John Skipp and Craig Spector | Jaffalogue

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