Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies

ISBN: 9781926851587
eISBN: 9781927469088

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In a world where ZOMBIES control banks and governments, only one young man sees the way things are and emerges from the CHAOS and destruction: GUY BOY MAN. While he tries to end human suffering worldwide and in his high school, Guy Boy Man meets a cute PINK-HAIRED girl named BABY DOLL15 who has a UNICORN that follows her everywhere. An EPIC ROMANCE begins, but forces BEYOND THEIR CONTROL are intent on keeping the young couple apart. One of those FORCES may—or may not be!—Guy Boy Man’s closest friend, a handsome African-American NINJA named SWEETIE HONEY; another could be four EXOTICALLY BEAUTIFUL, genetically engineered and behaviourally modified EASTERN EUROPEAN girls; yet another, the principal of their HIGH SCHOOL . . . not to mention an impending standardized test known as the ZOMBIE ACCEPTANCE TEST! Will Guy Boy Man find a way to be with Baby Doll15 in a WORLD WHERE EVERYONE IS DOOMED to become either zombies or zombie food??!!

Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies is part Napoleon Dynamite, part The Matrix, and ALL AWESOME. It’s the first book in the How To End Human Suffering series.

Reviews of Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies:

Chaotic, crazy, and undeniably captivating, NVPFZ is the quirkiest take yet on the zombie genre. First in a series that is sure to be a smash with the gaming generation.
Readers who like their literary escapism on the psychotropic side should definitely seek out and read this stroboscopic debut. Bomb disposal suit not included—but highly recommended.
. . .prepare yourself for an epically odd, mind-bending experience.
. . . a good old-fashioned spin-your-head-around-twice mindfu@#.
Is it just an elaborate male adolescent power fantasy being played out in the narrator’s mind? Certainly Guy’s description of his lifestyle—one filled with groupies, castles and aircraft carriers—suggests it just might be . . . . certain characters drop subtle statements referencing the “real world” that makes one wonder if this is the world as seen by a young man who might be mentally unstable. It’s these ambiguities that give the book a real punch and a much darker undertone than its silly meta-title might suggest.
Make no mistake, Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies might have all the trappings of a light hearted genre romp, but it would be folly to assume it is a frivolous piece of writing. This is a tremendous literary work that draws together a teenage voice of outrage with the various “adult” problems of our world. Like all novels by ChiZine Publications, it’s probably not for everybody, but who wants to live in a world where everything is?
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies is a comedy in a different way, more erratically than most as though it is straight from a deranged teenage mind . . . This is one of those novels that is nice and original and good enough to read almost anywhere. There is an energy it has, as though the reader has a feel for the unusual and strange.
Surreal, demented, and hilarious.
—SF Signal
James Marshall . . . smashes the crap out of boundaries for what may be acceptable in terms of both content and format, using both to make some interesting statements about life in an absurd, mindless, consumerist society that thrives on sound bites and internet memes.
James Marshall . . . has realized the surface level stupidity of the concept of Ninjas fighting Pirates . . . and run with that as a veneer over-top of a book about the place of the North American male in current culture.
There are . . . moments in this novel that are absurdly magnificent
Marshall uses the figure of the zombie to bring critical attention to the way that our society maintains the status quo, unquestioningly repeating the same patterns of the past. He reminds us that much of our education system is focused on the memorization and regurgitation of information rather than on asking critical changes and thinking outside the box.
. . . a surreal and delightfully psychotic story peppered with an endearing cast of characters.

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Author Info

James Marshall's short fiction has appeared in numerous Canadian literary magazines: PRISM International, The Malahat Review, Exile, The Literary Quarterly, and Prairie Fire. One of his stories was nominated for the National Magazine Award for fiction, the M&S Journey Prize, and it was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Western Magazine Awards, 2004. A collection of his short stories, Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like The End Of The World Come Between Us, was published by Thistledown Press in 2004, and it was shortlisted for both the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada Region) in the “Best First Book” category, and the ReLit Award for short fiction.

Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, the first novel in his How to End Human Suffering series, was released through ChiZine Publications in 2012.