The Last Weekend Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Vasilis "Billy" Kostopolos is a Bay Area Rust Belt refugee, a failed sci-fi writer, a successful barfly, and, since the exceptionally American zombie apocalypse, an accomplished "driller" of reanimated corpses. There aren't many sane, well-adjusted human beings left in San Francisco, but facing the end of the world, Billy's found his vocation trepanning the undead, peddling his one and only published short story, and drinking himself to death.
Things don't stay static for long. Billy discovers that both his girlfriends turn out to be homicidal revolutionaries. He collides with a gang of Berkeley scientists gone berserker. Finally, the long-awaited "Big One" shakes the foundation of San Francisco to its core, and the crumbled remains of city hall can no longer hide the awful secret lurking deep in the basement. Can Billy unearth the truth behind America's demise and San Francisco's survival - and will he destroy what little's left of it in the process? Is he legend, the last man, or just another sucker on the vine?
Nick Mamatas takes a high-powered drill to the lurching, groaning conventions of zombie dystopias and conspiracy thrillers, sparing no cliché about tortured artists, alcoholic "genius", noir action heroes, survivalist dogma, or starry-eyed California dreaming. Starting in booze-soaked but very clear-eyed cynicism and ending in gloriously uncozy catastrophe, The Last Weekend is merciless, uncomfortably perceptive, and bleakly hilarious.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Kevin T. Collins|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 21, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #139,095 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,818 in Adventure Science Fiction
#4,012 in Horror Fiction
#5,340 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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- Have a good idea of just how awful men can be in an apocalyptic scenario, then compare that marauding rapist to Billy the Greek over here, and then don't even pretend you wouldn't be happy to know this drunken dork at the end of the world (the end of America, actually—the world’s probably better off after the US gets wiped out).
- Get the concept of zombies but don't be married to any preconceived notions about how they should emotionally impact the living (like there's a right way to deal with zombies? Doubt it).
- Know that government jobs without regulation or rigor will totally survive any mass-scale disaster (like roaches, bureaucracies will survive unchanged), and get that people who do the most vital jobs are often the least vital living (next step down is a reanimated corpse).
- Know anything about California demographics, stereotypes, and neighborhoods, or at least try to enjoy the breeze of jokes flying over your head (if you're like the protagonist you'll be from a flyover state anyway, and pretty used to that feeling).
- Love gender equality enough to appreciate that men and women alike will all be selfish, reckless, and bat-crap crazy if they’re the kind of outlier who can survive a sudden zombie awakening.
- Want to read a zombie book for those who are not and don't even care to be heroes, know that tools are better than guns even when neither one is likely to save you, and trust that you'll like this book if you want to.
A few years ago, Mamatas recommended the novel The Lost Weekend, which I read and enjoyed. There are some elements of the Charles Jackson book, although the narrator of The Last Weekend, Vasilaki aka Billy, is not battling alcoholism but embracing drink in the spirit of nihilism and drilling. Another influence, of course, has to be Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, but the distinct voice of Mamatas prevails and surrounds the reader with a unique and entertaining story of one man's fight to survive against overwhelming odds.
The meta narrative is that it's really America that's the zombie.
In all, it's kind of stupid, might be a bit absurdist, but isn't funny or entertaining. At best it's mocking the kind of self important intellectualism it revolves around. The only reason I offer that as a possibility is that it wraps it all up in a zombie novel.
I give it two stars because the author is actually capable of writing and either they or their editor made some effort to keep it form totally going into torpor in the middle. They just chose to use those skills to make this.