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Cracked Spine Book Suggestion: I, Zombie

August 9, 2012 at 10:58 am by  

Here, Now – Back in June I gave you a preview of Hugh Howey’s upcoming book I,ZOMBIE. Since I am a very important man, I got a beta version of the book to read and it was better than I expected, and I already expected it to be good.  I’ve already reviewed Hugh’s best-selling WOOL series, giving it 5 stars, and it looks like I am giving him five more. Here’s the synopsis:

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can’t stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

I won’t be spoiling anything when I tell you that I,ZOMBIE is about a zombie outbreak told from the point of view of zombies.…

Columbus, OH – A 15-year-old boy in Ohio had to be admitted to the hospital after spending four days in his room playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on his Xbox.

Tyler Rigsby spent the majority of the weekend in his room playing the game, only coming out sporadically to get a snack, use the bathroom or take a quick shower. He did not stop his gaming marathon until Teusday when he accompanied his mother to his aunt’s house. That’s where Tyler collapsed several times before being taken to the hospital.

“It’s like he was looking at me but he wasn’t there. It was like he was looking through me,” says Jennifer Thompson, Tyler’s aunt. “We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell.”

They called 911 when they noticed he was very pale and his lips had turned an interesting shade of blue. Paramedics rushed Tyler to the hospital where they discovered he was suffering from severe dehydration and was hooked up to an IV and pumped with the fluids he was lacking, .…

Boulder, CO – A Boulder High School teacher has been arrested after two women say he purposely exposed his genitals to them while shopping at two different garage sales.

According to police, Jim Kozlowski was at a garage sale Saturday morning when he employed a horribly ineffective ice-breaker. According to Commander Jeff Satur, Kozlowski intentionally exposed his twig and berries as they both shopped at a garage sale. “The victim said the suspect knelt down near some clothes, with his right knee on the ground and his left knee bent, with his left foot on the ground,” said Satur. “He asked the victim about the clothes, and then he pulled his shorts away from his leg with his left hand so his genitals were exposed through the left leg opening.”

Sure, Kozlowski’s peek-a-boo could have just been accidental, but police say after he left that garage sale his pork sword was spotted at another garage sale a block away. This time a woman stated Kozlowski repeated the same actions as before.…

Carmel, NY – Yesterday afternoon, a 6-year-old girl was found floating in a New York lake while clinging to the dead body of a 59-year-old woman.

Three people in a rowboat were on Lake Gleneida fishing when they spotted the girl floating in the water while clinging to what they thought was a large plastic bag. As they got closer, they realized the girl was clinging to the corpse of a woman. The girl was brought to shore and authorities rushed to the scene.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to the hospital where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The girl was taken to the hospital as well, but was said to be uninjured. Physically, at least.

The dead woman was later identified as Pamela Kaner, a friend of the girl’s mother. She had been watching the girl while the girl’s mother took a car to the mechanic. Kaner and the girl had been wading in the shallow waters of the lake before something happened that lead to the girl clinging to Kaner’s dead body several hundred feet from the shoreline.…

Chattanooga, TN – Police have charged a man with attempted murder after they say he tried to kill his roommate during an argument over a pot roast. There’s not a lot of details surrounding the event, so I have embellished a bit.

When 66-year-old Robert “Cooter Brown” Cooper discovered that his roommate had eaten an entire pot roast, Cooter walked into the man’s room and pistol-whipped him as he slept.

“Cooter, didjee jus hit me wid dat pistol?” asked the roommate as he jumped out of bed. “Yesiree I did,” replied Cooter as he brandished the handgun. “An’ Ima fixin’ to put a new hole in ya’.”

“Well why in da world didgee go an do that fer?” the roommate inquired. “Becuz I wuz hankerin’s for some vittles but you dun gon an et ‘em all,” explained Cooter. “So nows Ima gunna clean yer plow!”

Cooter and the roommate got into a struggle that resulted in the roommate being able to eject the magazine from Cooter’s gun.

“Now watcha gunna do, Cooter?” the roommate asked.  …

MASSILLON, OH — A 66-year-old man is facing murder charges after entering a hospital and shooting his wife as she lay in her hospital bed. Police are calling it a possible mercy killing.

Police say that on Saturday, 66-year-old John Wise went to visit is wife of 45 years, Barbara Wise, who was in critical condition at Akron General Medical Center. She had been admitted there after emergency personnel responded to the Wises’ home on July 28. No details on what her condition was, but reports are that for the last few days she was in an “extremely disabled state.”

As John stood by his wife’s hospital bed he removed a handgun he had brought with him and shot his wife. He immediately surrendered to hospital security and was later taken to jail on a charge of attempted aggravated murder.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that in John Wise’s mind, the motive was to end his wife’s suffering,” Captain Zampelli said.

They did not charge him with a more serious murder charge because at the time he was charged, Barbara was not dead.…

Houston, TX — Back in May, 23-year-old Matthew Carrillo and 21-year-old Melanie Garcia were both charged with injury to a child after Garcia’s 4-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from a head injury, bruises all over her body (including her genitals) and a burn on her thigh.

Garcia initially told 911 that her daughter, Kayla, had fallen out of her wagon and hit her head. It wasn’t until after the couple were charged and the little girl died that Garcia changed her story.

She says that her boyfriend was angry at Kayla because of a slow walk home from a Subway where a meatball had fallen of the girl’s sandwich. Once back at the home, Garcia says that Carrillo disciplined the girl by making her pull down her pants and instructing her to brace herself against a couch. When Kayla fell to the floor from Carrillo striking her with a belt, he allegedly picked Kayla up by one arm and beat her with the belt as she dangled in front of him.…

Buffalo, NY — A grandmother was shot to death by police after she stabbed her young grandson to death outside her home.

A scene of unimaginable horror is what two Buffalo police officers encountered when they were flagged down and brought to the front porch of a home. There they found 22-year-old Tiffany Fears performing CPR on her 4-year-old son, Roderick Geiger III, who was bleeding to death after having been stabbed in the stomach and chest by his grandmother.

While the officers began working on the boy they were charged by the child’s 38-year-old-grandmother, Charlene Fears, who was armed with two large knives. She ignored repeated demands to drop the knives and, fearing for their safety, was subsequently shot and killed by one of the officers.

Roderick was rushed to Women and Children’s Hospital, but later died. Charlene’s two other children, who were in the home at the time of the stabbing, were not harmed. The officer who shot Charlene, a 25-year veteran,  is not being named and the case is being investigated by the homicide squad and internal affairs.…

OAKLEY , CA – A 17–year-old has been accused of trying to kill his friend after the two got into a heated argument while on Xbox Live.

Kevin Kemp, 20, says he was chatting with the family friend on Xbox Live when the discussion turned into an argument. The argument was not about a game, but rather a longstanding feud between the two. Fighting words were exchanged and Kemp told the teen to jump if he was feeling froggy.

“I’m like, ‘Bro, if want to do this, come over to my house and we’ll do this right now,’” Kemp said.

Kemp heard the teen’s headset hit the floor and was surprised at how fast he covered the short distance between their houses. He was also surprised to learn that the teen was not there for a fistfight when he walked through his front door with a gun in one hand, and a knife in the other. After pushing past Kemp’s mother, the teen walked up to Kemp’s bedroom, took aim, and fired.…

CLAYTON, MO – If only all criminals were as stupid as Mr. Donald Ingerson. The 67-year-old, long-time St. Louis teacher has been charged with rape and statutory sodomy after he confessed to sexually assaulting two girls, believing that the statute of limitations had expired on the crimes.

Ingerson worked in five or six districts in Missouri County between 1960 and 1990.  He called the St Louis County Prosecutors office on June 4 to inform them he had sexually assaulted two high school girls, aged around 15 years old. One of these occurrence happened in 1974, the other in 1995.

‘This is the first time we’ve had someone contact our office and say, `I want to talk about what I did,’ said St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

What was the motive behind Ingerson confessing to his crimes? Perhaps he felt guilty.  Maybe he wanted to make amends before he died. Who knows, really? Whatever the reasons, Ingerson only confessed because the statute of limitations is 30 years and thought he could do so without suffering any legal repercussions.  …

ST. LOUIS, MO – The woman who recorded a fight between two toddlers, then posted the video to her Facebook, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Earlier this month, 21-year-old Latonya Davis recorded a video of her 2-year-old daughter fighting with a 3-year-old boy she was babysitting. In the video, Davis can be heard laughing while the children cry hysterically as they strike each other at Latonya Davis’ instructions.

“Got some action! Got some action!” Davis can be heard yelling as she records.  “Y’all better ball up some fists!”

Obviously thinking that this was perfectly acceptable, Davis then posted the video to Facebook to share with birds of a feather. But she found out pretty quickly that while this may be hilarious in certain circles, not everyone found it amusing.

“It’s like she’s training her before she starts school or something,” said an acquaintance of Davis. “It’s sad because today’s society in the black community its really sickening that these kids are learning how to fight, get guns and stuff, and it shouldn’t be going on.”

In the probable cause statement, a law enforcement officer states:

“I believe that the defendant poses a danger to a crime victim, the community, or any other person because defendant took obvious pleasure and amusement in causing a three and a half year old child and a two and a half year old to engage each other in a physical fight.…

Santa Ana, CA - A California professor, grief-stricken over the recent suicide of his high school son, was allegedly plotting a rampage at the high school where his son attended, planning to kill teachers and administrators before burning down the building.

Rainer Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California for the last 12 years, has been charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High  School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator’s home. It was after he was released on bond that investigators found these fires may have been the beginning of a much more sinister plot.

They say that e-mails found on Reinscheid’s cell phone contained a detailed mass murder plot against University High School.

“He is accused of writing a graphic, detailed emails,” Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told MyFoxLA.com,  “In which he laid out plans to purchase guns, murder unnamed students and named administrators, burn the school to the ground, commit acts of sexual assault and kill himself.”

Investigators say the motive may have been revenge against the people he felt responsible for his 14-year-old son’s suicide in March.…

Louisville, Kentucky – A University of Louisville police officer was found in contempt of court after she refused to show up to court on two occasions, telling the judge she was too busy.

Kristen Byrd ticketed a doctor for a traffic violation that he decided to contest in court. He showed up but officer Byrd did not. Now the case morphed into a bench trial, and Jefferson District Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke subpoenaed Byrd. For a second time, everyone showed up to court on time but Byrd was looking like a no show.

While everyone was in the courtroom, the judge ordered prosecutors to call Byrd to find out where she was and why she was not in court. They did so multiple times but she would not answer her phone. So the judge called her personally. This time Byrd answered and told the judge, with an attitude, that she was too busy to come to court. When the judge informed her she had been ordered to appear via a subpoena, Byrd once again said she was too busy.…

LAGUNA HILLS, CA – A 3-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub while attending a birthday party.

Ellison Susman was with her mother and younger sister attending an 11-year-old’s birthday party Saturday night at the Alicia Plaza Apartments. Ellison’s mother says she lost track of her for about 15 minutes while she breastfed her 2-month-old daughter. When she was finished and realized she didn’t see Ellison, she began asking some of the 60 people there if they knew where she was.

Ellison would be found close by, at the bottom of the hot tub next to the swimming pool. Ellison had been wearing a life vest, but looked as if she had removed it before somehow winding up in the hot tub. The vest was found later on the deck of the pool. Paramedics performed CPR on Ellison before taking her to Kaiser in Irvine and then later to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she died on Monday.

Ellison’s father offered parents a word of warning that I thought was pretty obvious to begin with.…

Hamilton, Ohio – A woman in Ohio was arrested the other day after she was busted trying to break into jail.

On Sunday morning, a Hamilton jail corrections officer was leaving work when he noticed 36-year-old Tiffany Hurd lying near a fence at the rear of the jail. She was wearing a backpack and appeared to be intoxicated.

Deputies were called to the scene after she refused to leave the premises and attempted to climb the barbed wire fence that surrounded the compound. When deputies arrived, they also advised Hurd to leave the area, but again she refused and continued her attempt to scale the fence. “I want to be arrested,” she stated.

So the deputies obliged her. Hurd was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Her bond has been set at $2,500.

“Her actions really caught me by surprise,” said Sheriff Jones.  “I know the economy is bad right now, but I didn’t think it was so bad that someone would actually try to break IN to jail.  …

Calgary, Canada - A Canadian woman’s day reportedly went from bad-to-worse when she chose to falsely accused her father of rape after a failed suicide attempt during which she had anally mutilated herself with a pair of scissors.

“When I found out I survived it I didn’t know what to do, I was lying there medicated,” the unnamed woman said in court.

The 40-year-old mother-of-two told provincial court Judge John Bascom that – after her October 2010 suicide attempt had failed – she decided to blame her father for her injuries. She then formally accused him of raping her anally.

The father was twice interviewed by police butt denied involvement. The woman’s father was not charged after investigators concluded that the woman’s injuries were consistent with those caused by a knife or scissors. Investigators were able to finally get to the bottom of the matter after the woman admitted to using scissors to cause her wounds.

The woman faces up to 3 1/2 years in jail. She is free on bail until sentencing on August 28.…

WAYNESBORO, Ga. – An 11-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to the shooting death of his father’s girlfriend last December.

The boy was 10-years-old on Dec 30 when he got angry at his father’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Jennifer Albright (pictured), because she had asked him to clean up some dirty diapers. Albright was watching the boy, his younger cousin and her 2-year-old daughter at the time.

In response to Albright’s request, he picked up a 12-gauge shotgun he had received on Christmas then shot Albright in the back as she changed her 2-year-old daughter.

The boy was charged with felony murder and gun possession, both of which he pleaded guilty to the other day. Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders sentenced the boy to be held in Augusta Regional Youth Detention Campus until he turns 21, the maximum sentence allowed. The boy can file yearly petitions for early release or reduction in penalty.

His mother, who does not have custody of the boy,  didn’t say anything in court but outside she apologized to Albright’s family, who wanted the boy charged as an adult.…