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Plight of the Living Dead

Plight of the Living Dead by Matt Simon
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Oct 02, 2018 | 256 Pages
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“Surprisingly lively and lighthearted . . . Simon’s fascination is contagious. . . . [His] work is easily the most fun one could ever expect to have reading about the mind-controlling insects, insidious fungi, and parasites living alongside humanity.”
Publishers Weekly

“An extensively documented, easily digestible, occasionally irreverent, and always engaging look at parasitical zombifiers.”
Booklist

“Utterly engrossing (no pun intended) . . . [Simon’s] splendid narrative voice can’t help but evoke an enthralling documentary. Conversational and engagingly funny, Simon captures the reader’s mind like a wasp larva virus in a ladybug.”
—Shelf Awareness

“This book is fantastic! The sci-fi stories you’ve read barely hold a candle to the gruesome ways in which parasites manipulate their hosts in real life. This book will make your skin crawl with some of the best examples of manipulation we’ve encountered, fascinate you with what we know about how parasites achieve these amazing feats of control, and leave you wondering what this all means for the nature of free will. You’ll be thinking about this book long after you’re done reading it.”
—Kelly Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

“Matt Simon is, to borrow his term, a zombifier: Plight of the Living Dead will infect your brain, forcing you to spout a stream of bizarre facts—about fat-sucking worms, muscle-eating fungi, brain-stabbing wasps—until your friends buy the book for themselves, and the chain of infection continues.”
—Mark Essig, author of Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

“A gruesome, fascinating, and somehow hilarious exploration of the most devious, mind-altering tactics of the bug wars. I found myself cringing, laughing, learning, but most of all thankful I’m not an ant.”
—Cody Cassidy, author of And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara

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