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The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to escape persecution and feel almost alive again on two wheels. In yet another sce The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to escape persecution and feel almost alive again on two wheels. In yet another scenario, bicycles themselves are reanimated and roam the earth. In the third volume of annual feminist bicycle science fiction series, Bikes in Space, 12 talented writers bring their diverse visions to this volume: sometimes scary, sometimes spooky, sometimes hilarious, always on two wheels.


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The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to escape persecution and feel almost alive again on two wheels. In yet another sce The zombie apocalypse will be pedal-powered! In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to escape persecution and feel almost alive again on two wheels. In yet another scenario, bicycles themselves are reanimated and roam the earth. In the third volume of annual feminist bicycle science fiction series, Bikes in Space, 12 talented writers bring their diverse visions to this volume: sometimes scary, sometimes spooky, sometimes hilarious, always on two wheels.

30 review for Pedal Zombies: Thirteen Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A fun collection of stories about...well, what it says on the tin. Feminist bicycle zombie stories. You might think that's a pretty narrow slice, but there's great variety in the approaches here. And it's always fun to read a collection written and edited from such a progressive starting point. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I hope it's as queer-positive, feminist, and generally enlightened as this one. A fun collection of stories about...well, what it says on the tin. Feminist bicycle zombie stories. You might think that's a pretty narrow slice, but there's great variety in the approaches here. And it's always fun to read a collection written and edited from such a progressive starting point. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I hope it's as queer-positive, feminist, and generally enlightened as this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Street

    This is fun, quick read, and what's not to love about zombie bicycle stories? My favorites were "Riding the Circ" by Jim Warrenfeltz, "Dead Rock Seven" by Cat Caperello, and "Why I Ride" by Gretchen Lair. This is fun, quick read, and what's not to love about zombie bicycle stories? My favorites were "Riding the Circ" by Jim Warrenfeltz, "Dead Rock Seven" by Cat Caperello, and "Why I Ride" by Gretchen Lair.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taru Luojola

    Bikes in Space -sarjan antologia, joka tällä kertaa keskittyi jo nimestään alkaen synkkään tulevaisuuteen. Zombit joko sellaisenaan tai metaforana eivät yleensä ole minua hirveästi kiinnostava elementti, eikä toisaalta tässäkään kokoelmassa mikään novelli mielestäni noussut helmenä esiin. Fillarismin perusasetelma pysyy samana: pyörät hyvä, autot paha. Jonkinlainen moniulotteisuuden puute tätä sarjaa tuntuu vaivaavan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really liked volume 2 much more than this one. I just didn't get into most of these stories- they didn't seem to have much story arc, just a snippet of a worldview with lots of description to set the scene, but not a lot of direction. I did like the last two in the book though. I really liked volume 2 much more than this one. I just didn't get into most of these stories- they didn't seem to have much story arc, just a snippet of a worldview with lots of description to set the scene, but not a lot of direction. I did like the last two in the book though.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barry Cochran

    Lots of fun! Last two stories especially good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn SciFi

    So, like most short story collections, this collection has the problem of leaving you with literary blue balls: the stories are always finished before you’re finished with them, or maybe it would be more succinct to say it leaves you wanting more. My favorite story was the one where they had to set the zombies on fire, which I thought was cool because it closed with a nice line about fighting a long war for the sake of people to come. I enjoyed the last story because it was a story of zombie per So, like most short story collections, this collection has the problem of leaving you with literary blue balls: the stories are always finished before you’re finished with them, or maybe it would be more succinct to say it leaves you wanting more. My favorite story was the one where they had to set the zombies on fire, which I thought was cool because it closed with a nice line about fighting a long war for the sake of people to come. I enjoyed the last story because it was a story of zombie perseverance. While an interesting concept, ultimately most of the stories are sophomoric in their construction; the reader often wishes the editor had been a bit more demanding of the authors. Um, sigh, I enjoyed the variety of storytelling styles and especially, um, the stories that took place in far post-apocalyptic settings. Don’t expect any deep ideas, but the stories are an enjoyable, quick read. I blew my wad on the blue balls comment. This book of stories about lesbian bicycle zombies could have used more lesbianism. As someone who cannot ride a bike, I was worried that the stories would not be relatable narratives; however, I was still able to enjoy them (achieve satisfaction, Kat has a longer, slower burn, apparently). One would think that a book that is such light fare would have a bit more sex in it, but there wasn’t even any teledildonics. These stories, united by the common theme of bicycles and zombies, were able to illustrate many interesting perspectives of what a zombie can be. Luckily, living in New York City, if there is a real zombie apocalypse, I won’t have to worry about any of this stuff because I’ll be a zombie.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina (msbunnyears)

    A super fun read! I loved the different concepts of stories written and I thought it was adorable that they chose such a Portland theme to base their stories on. There isn't much to say, its a small book. A good read when you're in between books. It's like something cute you can read to give yourself a break from focusing on an intent heavy story. A super fun read! I loved the different concepts of stories written and I thought it was adorable that they chose such a Portland theme to base their stories on. There isn't much to say, its a small book. A good read when you're in between books. It's like something cute you can read to give yourself a break from focusing on an intent heavy story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaysy Ostrom

    Considering that I got this book for free (I won it in a raffle package at Geek Girl Con) I was actually pleasantly surprised. The theme is so absurd but for the most part I enjoyed the stories and it was fun to read around Halloween!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madi

    Four stars mostly for being able to compile so many solid short stories involving zombies and bicycles. The writing was decent; as with many anthologies, some stories stood out more than others. Taking a star off because I expected more explicitly feminist / political themes based on the title.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doug Cornelius

    An eclectic collection of short stories at the intersection of bikes and zombies. One of the many gripes I have with the Walking Dead TV series is the lack of bicycles. These stories deal with that missing asset.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rogers

    I would have given this two stars if it wasn’t for the last three spectacular stories, even if one of them wasn’t zombie-themed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kc

    Solid collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Interesting, amusing and disturbing short stories imagining life in our dystopian future. Bikes and feminism make excellent partners.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I picked up this book as part of a kickstarter campaign. It was such a pleasant surprise! Looking forward to reading more collections from this publisher.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deb Stone

    Pedal Zombies is about biking and zombies in a dystopian future Portland, Oregon. Slow zombies. Fast zombies. Dog zombies. Car zombies. And bicycles everywhere. Who wouldn't want to dive into a book subtitled "Thirteen feminist bicycle science fiction stories"? You might think this is too narrow a field to render a book of short stories but each author has their own way of meeting this task. The stories themselves are uneven but three really stood out for me: "Notes on Zombie Special Edition Cat Pedal Zombies is about biking and zombies in a dystopian future Portland, Oregon. Slow zombies. Fast zombies. Dog zombies. Car zombies. And bicycles everywhere. Who wouldn't want to dive into a book subtitled "Thirteen feminist bicycle science fiction stories"? You might think this is too narrow a field to render a book of short stories but each author has their own way of meeting this task. The stories themselves are uneven but three really stood out for me: "Notes on Zombie Special Edition Catalog" by Jessie Kwak, "Pedaling Square" by David J. Fielding, and "Why I Ride: A Personal Posthumous Essay" by Gretchen Lair. "Notes" is a series of memos to the creative team designing a catalog for bicycles and accessories designed to cope with the zombies around the city. The manager directs the photography, marketing, copy editors to add and delete particular products. The photographer Tania has been missing, and a subsequent memo reads " If you see Tania DO NOT LET HER IN THE BUILDING." Another funny line: Gore ZombieProof items DO NOT WORK. Turns out they've been losing testers over there. This story by Kwak was an unexpected and fun read. "Pedaling" by Fielding is told from the point of view of a female who has lost her shoe pedaling away from the zombies as fast as she can. Some of the fun of this story comes from the rising tension created by repetitive language, "She kept pedaling." There's just enough description of the outside world to give the sense of doom. By the time you get to the place: "He hadn't bitten her, hadn't got that close. No, she was sure of that" you know that the story is about to turn on its head. "Why I Ride" shifts in tone and language in a way that stands out in this collection and feels well suited to the end of the book. The narrator is a zombie who is concerned with taking care of her body, pointing out the ways she's different now: ""I wear a lot of sunscreen because, for zombies, once burned is always burned. I protect myself from chafing because that skin won't grow back." Author Lair makes the reader empathize with the zombie and talks about the success of the undead Tolerance Movement and the social changes that came after quarantine, segregation, and official discrimination. By the time this story takes place, those days are long past. Editor Elly Blue's story shines too, and her introduction was as charming as any of the stories. Even the author bios have a special feminist zombie pedaling charm about them that makes them fun to read. If you love all things PDX, biking, and zombies, this is the book for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    This biggest reason my glowing review should matter to you? I don't know how to ride a bike. This book is perfect for what it is. Usually the zombies are the undead as we've always known them but some are zombie cars or sentient bikes or bike riding zombies. The core themes of bikes, zombies, and strong women are strong and go in so many great directions. These stories are short, sweet, and rife with possibility. There wasn't a story I disliked. They were all gems. You can feel the magic and size This biggest reason my glowing review should matter to you? I don't know how to ride a bike. This book is perfect for what it is. Usually the zombies are the undead as we've always known them but some are zombie cars or sentient bikes or bike riding zombies. The core themes of bikes, zombies, and strong women are strong and go in so many great directions. These stories are short, sweet, and rife with possibility. There wasn't a story I disliked. They were all gems. You can feel the magic and size of these worlds despite the small number of pages. I'd love to see some of these explored more deeply.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mariacarla

    I read this recently, picking it up on a whim when I saw it displayed at my local bookstore. It's an unusual conceit: all the stories involve cycling, zombies, and in some way, feminism. It's entertaining. I read it over a weekend. I read this recently, picking it up on a whim when I saw it displayed at my local bookstore. It's an unusual conceit: all the stories involve cycling, zombies, and in some way, feminism. It's entertaining. I read it over a weekend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brew

    A wide range mix of zombie/bike stories!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Wait. This exists? THIS EXISTS?!? *grabby hands*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine Haugaard

    The perfect book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    if you like bikes and/or zombies, then you'll probably like this book! if you like bikes and/or zombies, then you'll probably like this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    A fun, brisk read. I like zombies, feminism, and biking, so needless to say this hit a lot of sweet spots.

  23. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie Quinn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ray

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mildred

  28. 4 out of 5

    Khan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Malaika Catherine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

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