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(From novella introduction)

Dearest Reader,
This is a bad zombie apocalypse novella. It was written in a hurry. It is riddled with inconsistencies. And it never quite arrives at whatever point it sought to make. But remember: The $25 you donated to charity in exchange for this steaming mess of prose will help our species shuffle along, and I hope you’ll feel warmed by your good deed as you read. Thank you for decreasing the overall worldwide level of suck, and as they say in my hometown: Don’t forget to be awesome.

Best wishes!
John Green

* The book has been made available under creative commons license, so it can be acquired legally here: http://effyeahnerdfighters.com/post/2... :)

72 pages, ebook

First published January 19, 2011

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John Green

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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children's Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, "Brotherhood 2.0," where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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Profile Image for Sunny.
473 reviews103 followers
July 30, 2013
Having now read three John Green books, I am sensing a disturbing pattern...

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A = Books titled Zombicorns

B = Books titled The Fault in Our Stars

C = Books titled An Abundance of Katherines

A&B = Books with a female protagonist

A&C = Books with characters discussing a road trip

B&C = Books featuring geeks

A&B&C = Books that mention VENN DIAGRAMS

D = Books about unicorns. :(
Profile Image for Lyndsey.
126 reviews3,150 followers
December 4, 2013
Oh how lovely to be a zombie unicorn!! Unfortunately, we may never know...

Zombie unicorns are of peace, always!

For a very long time, the great conundrum of the world has been this: Zombies? Or unicorns?

It seemed something had come along to finally resolve this issue: ZOMBIE UNICORNS!! But things are not as they seem. Dun, dun, dun. 

By the way, this book is a free download from John Green, just click on the book page and hit 'download ebook'. Then par-tay!!!

I had a conversation, albeit somewhat imaginary, with Mia Featherstone, the protagonist of this John Green novella entitled Zombicorns.

Me: Zombie unicorns, you say?
Mia: Well, no, actually it's NOT zombie unicorns.
Me: Whhhhhhhhhat? No Zombie Unicorns??!! Noooooooooo! Goodbye, cruel world!
Mia: No, no. This is even more awesome because it's zombie "corn". Get it?
Me: Errrrrr? *tilts head*
Mia: You know, corn? Like the food. It's yellow, with rows of kernels.
Me: Aaaaand that's better than zombie unicorns how?
Mia: Because the zombies care for and plant the corn. They're like undead uncoordinated zombie corn farmers.
Me: Uh-huh.
Mia: But it's good, because corn is awesome.
Me: Zombies plant corn? WHY THE FRAK DO THEY PLANT CORN?!
Mia: They've been infected by a virus through eating corn and they want to bring that corn to everyone because of said virus.
Me: Ah. So it's not zombified unicorns! It's zombies eating corn?.
Mia: Uh, kinda. It's just - they don't actually eat the corn once they are infected. They either eat people or force the people to eat corn.
Me: They don't eat the corn, they just plant it?
Mia: Yep.
Me: Well, regardless. I really did enjoy your story - really entertaining. Oh, I loved your dog, Mr. President.
Mia: Gee thanks.
Me: As much as I liked it, I'm glad you kept your story short because I just don't know how long zombies planting corn would stay interesting.
Mia: Understood.
Me: Are you sure there aren't any unicorns?
Mia: No unicorns. No rainbows. Sorry.
Me: Frak! Oh, on a side note. It seems that you like to use the term "frak". Is John Green a fan of Battlestar Galactica?
Mia: Who's John Green?! *eyes start to glaze over*
Me: What do you mean? He's the guy that wrote yo... Oh, uh, never mind. Forget I said anything.
Mia: What are talking about?! Who the frak is John Green? *roars and goes dead behind the eyes*
Me: No one. No one. Uh, interview over!! *runs away screaming* I'm never eating corn, EVER AGAIN!
Profile Image for Aj the Ravenous Reader.
1,030 reviews1,046 followers
July 19, 2016

The most important thing you have to notice about the book is the disclaimer written below the title. Even though the cover illustrates an awesome zombie unicorn, this isn’t about unicorns turning into zombies. I guess Mr. John Green isn’t ready to write about that yet. Bummer! Lol.

What the story really is about is CORN. Lots and lots of corn which is the reason people got “z’ed up” or got infected by this virus that assumingly came from canned corn. Lol!

Former people who got z’ed up or zombified became extremely loyal to corn and kept planting them. Such a hilarious deconstruction of Plants Vs. Zombies! LMAO! The tone of the story is indeed big on dark and weird humor.

But more than the story’s absurdity is the fundamental element usually present in Mr. Green’s stories. Only he can make a silly zombie apocalyptic story completely deep in philosophical meanings. Through the eyes of Mia, a 16 year old lone survivor of Chicago, whose will to live seems to depend on the remaining bottles of wine in her cellar, this story brings up the question on the reason of human existence, the answer to the question of the BIG WHY. Why do people make certain decisions? Why do people want what they want?

But the real question is do you want to read the book? If yes, it’s free! Go check it out here.

Thanks to Elaine whose awesome review made me read the book.
Profile Image for karen.
3,979 reviews170k followers
February 3, 2011
so it automatically loses a star for false advertising. do not put a unicorn on the cover unless there is actually a unicorn to be had. cheap shot, john green - you know i am a girl and as such, genetically inclined towards all things unicorn. but it automatically gains a star for being a free download which is a generous thing for an author to do (and this from someone who hates reading on the computer - you see what the "promise" of a unicorn will do). even though it was short, i had to read it in a couple of installments because of the yuk of reading on a computer, during one pause of which someone said to me "you know there are no unicorns in it, right??" (no, ma'am, i did not) but i continued!!

turns out, it is about corn. and zombies. so - zombicorn. guess that would not have made as arresting a book cover. if i know how to photoshop stuff, there would be a really cool picture here.

another star just for john green. i have only read one of his books, but i really liked it (even though i don't usually go for "realistic" teen fiction), and i hear such great things about his other books, and about him as a person. and did you know he was born exactly one day after me?? fact. there is something about his writing that makes me want to lay my head in his lap, but in the way a kitten would, not LGM. just like, "and tell me another story, please, john..."

there isn't too much to say about it except this is a great short story, with very sympathetic characters, a bizarre premise, and some sweetness and some humor along the way. it's free, dude, just read it.
Profile Image for a.
22 reviews208 followers
January 30, 2011
I was talking to someone the other day about Author Blindness, which is a serious problem which plagues the best of us, or at least me. I have had Author Blindness with John Green. The day I finished reading Paper Towns, I went out and bought every other published work of his including the usual suspects - An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska - but also stuff like Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Let It Snow, and Geektastic. I consumed everything and I was so in love with his writing and his voice that I failed to see a lot of the flaws in it. At some point recently, I lost my awesome-goggles and upon rereading his story in Let It Snow and Geektastic, I was able to objectively review them.

The reason why I'm telling you all this is because I want you to believe me when I say that this story is pretty amazing.

Zombicorns is free, now, but I originally donated twenty-five dollars so that I could get the story. I know, you're thinking that twenty-five bucks is a pretty steep price for a novella, but I donated for the charity. John's novella was a bonus. John originally read the first page of this in a youtube video. I watched and I didn't get it, mainly because he used the word corn so much that corn didn't sound like a word anymore. So, despite the video, I donated and I got Zombicorns.

What's awesome about Zombicorns is that it combines two of my favorite things: John Green and zombies. If you've read John Green at all, you know he relies on a rather formulaic plot of a geeky, socially-inept guy and a quirky, buckets-of-awesome girl kind of colliding. This has essentially been the plot in everything that he's ever written; whenever he seems to stray from that maxim, he fails (see his shorts in Let It Snow and Geektastic). That said, I think I put off reading this novella because I simply assumed that it was going to suck. I was wrong.

Zombicorns is a story set in a world where a virus is spread by - yep, you guessed it - corn. I can appreciate any fresh perspective on zombies since it's all been done before, really - military experiment gone bad, rage virus, a Lazarus phenomena where people rise out of their graves and eat people. Spreading a virus through corn is kind of creepy, too, when you consider that it's available en masse everywhere you go and, as Green points out, it's inhabiting our sugars and our fuels and who knows what else now. So, yeah, bonus points for the original concept and for the original language, too. In this world, you're not a zombie, you are 'z'ed up'.

I did have a few issues with this, though. John Green said himself that this was a flawed novella and he's definitely right. For example, the main character is named Mia and she's a female. Unfortunately, John Green really doesn't do a convincing female voice, maybe because he writes Mia in the same manner in which he wrote Q, Colin, and Miles. A few things bugged me about her - her disassociated, unemotional demeanor whenever she talks about having to kill someone (to complete them, she says), her insistence to stay in Chicago when supplies were dwindling and there was the distinct possibility that the z'ed up were staying down south so that they could continue to cultivate their corn.

Save for a few flaws, this was a pretty great addition to the existing breadth of zombie lit. On my review for In The Snow, I wrote about how nice it was for John to get out of his niche a little, but this was a true effort of escape from the story he always writes. If it were up to me, I'd tell him to expand this into a novel. As such, it's a thirty-eight page novella that you can get for free, so no one has a reason not to read it.
Profile Image for Kelly (and the Book Boar).
2,449 reviews7,561 followers
March 17, 2015
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John Green wrote a book about zombie unicorns?!?!?!?!?!

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When this title popped up, things got a bit . . . . uhhhhh, SCREAMY.

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Welp, turns out that Zombicorns isn't about undead one-horned magical beasts, but is actually a story of the zombification of regular ol’ people through the ingestion of corn. An anti-Monsanto statement, maybe???? Nahhhhhhhh. Well, maybe, but not really. It was actually about each individual’s “U.C” . . .

“What is your ultimate concern? What, ultimately, motivates your living? For what would you die? What is your capital-U ultimate capital-C concern?”

and about love . . .

“I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another”

and about humanity as a whole.

John Green himself admits that he wrote this in a quick hurry and it’s not really all that good. He’s not lying. The story definitely doesn’t have a great flow and the zombie apocalypse is most certainly not Green’s forte. That being said, Zombicorns still makes you think a bit and even on his worst day Green writes YA better than 99.99999% of everyone else on the planet, so he gets 3 Stars. Bonus that this originally was written in order to raise money for charity. I know a lot of people think Green is overrated and pretentious and too-big-for-his-britches and blahblahblah, but as long as he keeps acting like a human every once in awhile I'll keep reading his stuff.

However, I do feel I was a teensy bit gypped, so I think it’s only fitting I get an actual zombicorn for Christmas . . .

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And if a true zombie apocalypse should ever occur? I know where I’ll be . . .

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Read Zombicorns HERE for free : )
Profile Image for Tatiana.
1,401 reviews11.7k followers
January 13, 2012
Is there a reason why this had to be written from a female POV? I am asking because I would have never guessed the narrator was a girl if it wasn't specifically mentioned in the story. In fact, for the 1st quarter of the novella I was sure it was being narrated by a guy, and even after that point Mia remained more of a Michael to me.

Plus, if you are sure your work is crap (see the book description), why would you encourage readers to pay $25 for it? Just because it has your name on it? If you want to help a cause why not put your best effort into it? I just don't get the logic here.

Otherwise, Zombicorns is a decent novella, but it lacks a firm intention. Like the author noted himself, something about this story is too muddy in the middle. Whatever he was trying to get to with the corn part didn't come through.
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27 reviews11 followers
August 8, 2012
Looking at other reviewers, I realize that wow, lots of Nerdfighters are on Goodreads. That's... pretty freaking frakking awesome. DFTBA, y'all.

Anyway. Zombies? Never read about them, never planned on it. But when I found that John Green's zombie novella had been released online for free, I decided what the heck, I'll read it. And was I ever glad I did.

This is much more than a book about some absurd corn-inflicted zombie apocalypse theory. Deep rants, most of which go way over my head (like most of the words that come out of John Green's mouth) and moving scenes are woven into the storyline beside the talk of guns and "completing Z's". Overall, a genius book. Why John ever said it was so bad is beyond me. If this is bad, I can't wait to finally get my hands on Paper Towns, which I ordered from Amazon and was SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE LAST WEEK BUT WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE STUPID SNOW.

(Deep breaths, Swifty. Deep breaths.)
Profile Image for kwesi 章英狮.
292 reviews721 followers
February 4, 2011
Lately, I've heard a lot of books with zombies rambling and eating human brain but I don't have the time to buy, not really the time but the money to spend for them. I saw two of my friends reviewed this zombie land-ia book with unicorns? Huh? Ok, that makes my mind go round after I saw the cover with rotten, loin-less unicorn!

After checking the book page an imaginary book hit my back, since almost of my friends here in GR already read this short novella and that makes me feels like an out-dated reader. I don't mind but I want to try zombie books and this is the best time to read it, because it's for free! Thanks a lot to the author to allow legal downloading of his book. Another problem struck me, I don't usually read e-books because I can't stay long, reading on my laptop and I don't have an e-reader. But because of my will to read this book and to my friends, I was force to read it in no time.

Have you ever played Plant Vs. Zombie or Zombie Farm? If yes, you will enjoy reading this book but the big twist is that there are no unicorns at all but a bunch of corns and running zombies! OMG, I forgot to read the disclaimer before reading it! - and that makes me feel dumb. Zombicorns is a short diary, not really a diary, of Mia while fighting for her life, friendship and saving her zombie sister.

She survived from not eating a canned corn, d131y. Now she needs to kill everyone except to her zombie sister, she loves her and hoping for a cure. One day she met her partner and her only human friend, Caroline and they killed zombies like hell. I'm sure everyone will enjoy reading his short story.

Swear, the book was funny and believe it or not big girls are sexier! Lol, I can't imagine human are becoming fatter while zombies are becoming thinner while there body are decomposing. Ewww. If I have a father like her maybe I already kill him before he become a zombie, I can't imagine a father who obsessively loved corns! I have a lot of questions in my mind and I can't just post it here, a lot of spoilers, I will ask some of my friends later if I still have the time to chat with them online. I don't know why she need to do that in the end, was that the best choice she ever made?

If I only have the skill of being creative, maybe I can even write a book with Zombiecorns with unicorns not with corn cabs and stalks. I think John Green wants to try to encourage females to read his zombie book or trying to make it neutral, zombies are for guys, unicorns are for girls or none because I have a female friend who reads zombie books. I might even have this power to draw deadly unicorns, beware!

Last December I wear a pirate hat for fancy themed party and I can't imagine myself being a pirate riding in a zombie unicorn! Lol, if a rainbow and pinkish unicorns are for girls, rotten and zombies are for guys or whatever!

That girl above scares me, sorry for posting too much pictures but I can't stand leaving that picture. She reminds me of Mia's little sister. *Shiver

Rating: Zombicorns by John Green, 4 Sweets and the Z's who planted and harvested deadly corns! (John Green made his book available to everybody by downloading his free e-book, here. Wishing for written words and hard cover.)

Book #23 for 2011

Profile Image for Isamlq.
1,578 reviews709 followers
February 1, 2011
WARNING: There may be an over use of “!” in the following review.

Zombicorns isn’t what you think it is. It’s better. All right, all right I might be a tad biased. Nah, I’m a lot biased. But I can’t help it!

It’s John Green!!! (See my profile answer as to what your favorite books are.) I love John Green for his writing: you can always count on humor, good fun and honesty. While this novella does meet said criteria, it adds something more that (I have come to) love: ZOMBIES! This zombie novella could easily be made into a full length novel. (One can wish, right?)

Zombies!!! (See the list of zombie books that have piled high on my favorites list since last November.) It isn’t actually as simple as I am making it out to be. While predictably hilarious, (i.e. where Mia talks about completing someone ‘Z’ed up,’) there’s more to it than laughs. It made me think (yes, it really did) because Mia, like most of Green’s MCs, asks a lot of questions.

Basically, it’s 38 pages of John Green, and his different take on zombies that had me grinning like a crazy person. Granted, it isn’t perfect (‘free’ and ‘novella’ should have clued you in.) But it is a good story to make do with.

Plus it’s free!
Profile Image for Mohammed Algarawi.
495 reviews200 followers
May 16, 2017
This is NOT an ordinary post-apocalyptic zombie story. It's a small dose of philosophy contained in a brilliant John Green novella. Really touching and mind-stirring. It also has the usual John Green awesomeness!

Made me smile, laugh out loud and tear up.

Absolutely amazing.
Profile Image for Rohan Salmond.
16 reviews12 followers
January 30, 2011
I feel like giving this four stars is way too generous, but three stars is outrageously stingy. I mean, how good can a novella about corn-obsessed zombies really be? Mr President disappears whenever it's inconvenient to have him around, the footnotes are massively unwieldy and the zombies flip-flop between wanting to eat the protagonist and wanting to 'convert' her. Even so, I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed "ZOMBICORNS" and the ideas contained within are still giving me food for thought days and days later. There's no question as to whether I'll read this a second, third or even fourth time just so I can really chew it over. I'm almost inspired enough to take the CC license and write my own fan fiction. Almost. "ZOMBICORNS" is weird and certainly unique, and I for one am very grateful it didn't end up rotting away in John's aborted novel folder.
Profile Image for Jillian -always aspiring-.
1,821 reviews198 followers
February 1, 2011
I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone:  Love is the privilege of being responsible for another. [my favorite quote from Zombicorns]   

What a way to get me depressed AND force me to think. For being a novella of only about 70 pages, Zombicorns was very thought-provoking indeed. You might not think much of such a satirically titled work, but it's definitely worth at least a peek. (I can guarantee that you will be hooked enough to at least finish it.)

Now, my only gripe is this: I may be a nerd, but I'm not a John Green-type nerd. Some of the things in his works totally whiz over my head and straight into the sky. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't like feeling stupid when I read books or stories. I like learning while reading, but I definitely do not like something being thrown at me that I obviously wouldn't know. John Green has a tendency to do that in his writing, thus giving it a superior tone that I don't know if he intends or not. (His main characters tend to believe themselves superior in some ways, though, so. . .it may be intentional in one respect.)

Some questions I couldn't help but ponder while reading this novella:

(1) Why wasn't this included in the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns? I get that it was written primarily for charity at first, but STILL. I think this short story would have fit nicely since its tone was much like the stories Scott Westerfeld and Libba Bray had offered in said anthology.

(2) Why was the title Zombicorns? Was that meant to appeal to people who had read the above anthology I mentioned? Or was the title meant to be deeper than one might think, telling that the story merged violence (zombies) and innocence (unicorns) together? (Actually, the story was more about inception of violence and loss of innocence -- but you'd realize that if you read it.)

(3) Why did John Green call this a 'bad zombie apocalypse novella'? Excuse me, way to insult my intelligence. If this is stupid to you, then I'd hate for you to read some of the things I write that I call 'stupid little nothings.' (Said writings will never see the light of day even after hundreds of revisions, by the way.) I get that about trying to be humble -- but too much is too much.

(You're getting the impression that I dislike John Green, aren't you? Well -- I don't, but I can't say I'm a fan yet either even though I own all of his novels. I'm on the fence about what I think about him as a writer even though I think he's bloody brilliant with short stories.)

(And, yes, I realize that I'm giving way too many back-handed compliments. I do that with writers I'm on the fence about. You should read what I say about Stephenie Meyer and L.J. Smith.)

Anyway. . .all I can say is that this is definitely worth a read (especially since it is now FREE ), so do so at your reading pleasure and leisure. Enjoy.
Profile Image for Julie.
267 reviews118 followers
October 14, 2013
“You know who else used to be people?” she asked me after a while. “We did. And they took that away from us.”

Can I just say, clever use of a pun in the title. Being a bit slow, I only realised after I'd actually completed the novella myself but it did stir a few laughs from me. Seeing as this is quite a short novella, and the plot basically consists of a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and corn I don't feel a need to provide a synopsis in this small review.

This was okay, I found it slightly tedious at first like that of An Abundance Of Katherine's but it did get more interesting as I turned the pages. This novella was more of a slow-burner for me. Not much happens, rather most of it being that of the musings of a survivor, pondering the meaning of life, the meaning of corn (yes, you read that right) and the small slew of events that are recorded in her account of life in Z-land. However, the whole association with corn was a refreshing plot-twist from the overused, common zombie apocalypse beginnings so hands down to that.

I wouldn't recommend this to those who prefer fast-paced, brimming with action type plots but for fans of John Green's previous works and lovers of philosophical questions about life, this may be something you should have a look at.
August 3, 2016
"I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing
romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another."

Zombicorns.... Zombies who protects corns. Reminds me of the game Plants vs. Zombies, but in here Zombies protects their corn for some reason. And the thing is there aren't any unicorns in this one. So you'd thought there would be one? but no, I hate to be the one to tell you there is no effin' unicorns in this book. A story about surviving the apocalypse. Mia and Caroline and Mia's z'ed sister, oh that heartbreak when the Z'ed sister was shot gunned by C oh I just loved how M shot gunned her in the face HAHA!! Zombie apocalypse + corn + 2 survivors with shotguns and ammos, Oh there is only one survivor. I enjoyed reading this, enjoyed them killing all the Z's, somewhat reminds me of The Walking Dead too. If you are a fan of zombie stories I bet you'll gonna love this story, which I really did!
Profile Image for Hayli.
347 reviews53 followers
September 11, 2017
Zombies and corn?
Oh, I get it now.
No zombie unicorns here. Just a play on the word zombiecorn. Well done, John Green. I didn't realize it until days after finishing.

No unicorns. Lots of corn. So much corn...
Profile Image for Matthew Stefan.
152 reviews4 followers
July 11, 2018
A very odd take on a zombie novel, but thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend picking this up, especially if you are a fan of John Green
Profile Image for Cathleen.
42 reviews9 followers
February 16, 2011
Taken for what it is, this novella is actually a good, interesting read. John Green, one half of the Vlog Brothers, has quite the loyal following, but I don't think that alone accounts for the book's popularity. This is a story of loneliness, of feeling and being alone though surrounded by others. Of course, the others are corn loving zombies, but, hey, that's what loneliness feels like -- like everyone else is otherwise occupied while you wander about in search of who knows what.

Green unnecessarily apologizes on the book's first page, noting that it was rushed in an effort to raise money for charity. I'll admit, it felt incomplete, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It means that I wanted more, and that is way better than wanting less. I wish it were longer, more fully developed and polished, but I enjoyed it. I also really love the generosity of a writer (and a good one at that) who will release a book under a Creative Commons license. It makes me feel good about the world.

I should also mention that this free book is better edited than a lot of what gets published these days.

My one big disappointment with Zombicorns is that there are no unicorns. Seriously, you give us that cover image and then fail to deliver a single undead horned equine? THAT is unforgivable, John Green.
Profile Image for Gigi Romano.
298 reviews21 followers
January 18, 2013
John Green can continue to argue that this was badly written, but he is so very wrong. I loved this. Actually, it's probably the only zombie apocalypse story I've ever read that I really enjoyed. The book wasn't about killing zombies to survive another day, it was about why, as humans, do we desire to live? He writes about this Ultimate Concern that everyone has, which is basically the thing that each person fights to live for.

The only off-putting part was at the end when Although now that I think about, it really added to the story in ways that aren't immediately noticeable. I actually like that John included it. Damn, John Green is such a talented writer.

I feel like most people who didn't like it, didn't really understand the point. It wasn't supposed to be about zombie unicorns or zombies at all. It wasn't even really about an apocalypse at all. It was about human existence and why it's so important to people. Although I would love to read a fleshed out version of this, it was really good just like this as well. I just thought this was a really clever and entertaining way to write about human existence and zombies at the same time. This novella was really quite amazing, just like John Green's works never fail to be.

And I thought the title was pretty damn clever.
Profile Image for Stephen M.
137 reviews605 followers
January 29, 2011
A zombie apocalypse and it's philosophical ramifications.

John Green is a great writer. No matter the subject, he is able to lift it with a certain charm. There were places in this story where you could tell it was an unedited work. But despite the short length of the story, the time restraints John had and a few awkward passages, this story was great. The ending was surprisingly good.

I found this passage to be a gem,
“I never thought before all this that evangelism was itself memetic, but it turns out that existence is just a sort of species wide battle over who will define your desires, so that evangelism is inherent to the definition of humanness. . .”
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282 reviews65 followers
August 13, 2016
This was...weird? but very John Green'ish. Lots of existencial problems and whatsoever. First I thought the narrator was a unicorn ( nop, its a girl. ) But then i just couldnt stop thinking - where's the unicorns?! I want zombie unicorns dammit,that's awesome! but again, nop. Not unicorn - just corn! you know, that yellow thing people eat? apparently, it contains a vírus who makes zombies worshipp corn (btw they wont eat it anymore - corn must remain safe! ), so all they do is either protect the corn, plant more corn, or shoving corn down non-z people throats. yay!

p.s. I wont probably eat more corn.
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70 reviews1 follower
August 7, 2014
I swear, I never eat corn. Ever.
This being said, I suddenly felt the urge to munch on some. And I did.
Am I deranged or is it just that thing, that they tell you not to think of a polar bear, and all you can do is picture polar bears dancing the tango, driving steamrollers down some interstate and so on?

Personal musings aside, this might be the one John Green's book I enjoyed the most yet. Probably because there's no sickening love painted all over. I'm an awfully cynical person, I know. Despite not being a fan of vampire/werevolf/shapeshifter/zombie-ish fiction I liked this tiny thing.

Enjoy, everybody. It's free and there are no unicorns in it.

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27 reviews5 followers
February 6, 2011
Considering it takes John Green two years to usually knock out a book all shiny and perfect, this is pretty good. I mean, it definitely has it's terrible parts, but they're hilariously terrible and things that could have been easily fixed with another 1.7 years of editing. But for being written in a short period of time and for charity, it's pretty brilliant. The author is modest. He is also not fat.
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Author 1 book398 followers
February 1, 2011
This wasn't bad. Not quite four star material, but still pretty good. John Green still doesn't write a very good female voice and I found the slang somewhat annoying, but it's somewhat thought provoking to say the least. And it's free. Can it get much better than that?
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444 reviews457 followers
January 30, 2011
Original post at One More Page

There are a few authors who can do nothing wrong as far as I am concerned, and John Green is one of them. I've been seeing him tweet about a novella he was writing, but I never thought it would be released, and never thought what it was about. And then Aaron tweets about it, and I jumped in my seat. A zombie novella by John Green? And the title -- does this mean there are unicorns? It was like a dream come true!

Zombicorns tells the account of Mia, a zombie apocalypse survivor in search of meaning in a bleak world. It's a first person account that has the same kind of snark and unique to Green's characters, despite the lack of geekiness in Mia. The circumstances that brought about the apocalypse in Zombicorns was funny and unexpected, and these zombies are the most unusual I've read so far. Not that I'm complaining -- anything is possible in an apocalyptic novel, IMHO.

The best thing about this novella is how deep it goes. True to the John Green signature, this novel is funny and still it manages to capture human emotion in the unique way he does. The seriousness of Mia's questions about life almost took me by surprise, but in a good way. It goes to show how good John Green is with the things he decides to write about. I didn't even notice the lack of editing for Zombicorns -- it's even better than any of my drafts. (But hello -- this is John Green we are talking about. I am not worthy to compare!)

I may be biased to say that this is a good read because I love the author, but it is a good one. If you can't find any of his books yet, this may be a good one to start with. After all, it's free. What's there to lose, right? :)

Let me retract what I said on the first paragraph, though: there really are no unicorns in this story. This just means I have yet to read about actual zombie unicorns. Darn it.
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100 reviews53 followers
June 17, 2014
first things first.
the title is misleading. it was frastrating as i kept expecting a zombicorn to pop into the story, but it never did. there is also no other explanation about the title. no character's nickname was zombicorn, no killing zombie move, nothing. damn you john green and your clever advertising skills.
now, about the story.
it was quite obnious it was written in haste, and there were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors. but if you look past those minor details, and focus on the story and the characters you're in for a treat.
in the post apocalyptic world of john green , zombies or simpler z's are created by being infected by a bite of another zombie, or by consuming... corn. after a person is z'ed up the become obsessed with corn. they see no other purpose in life other then planting, watering and tending corn. i actually found the idea of the zombie-corn refreshing and the parallel of corn/zombies and people/god or any other obession very clever.
the protagonist of the character is a 16-year-old mia, whose the only member of her family who hasn't ended up being a zombie. mia, roams the city of chicago with a dog companioning her and a machine gun in her hand and spends her nights drinking expensive bottles of wine. her life is changed when she meets blood thirsty caroline and the two of them form an alliance. the two girls have some fundamental differences about the way they see life, since caroline thinks that the only thing that's left to them now is killing zombies and mia struggles to keep her humanity. their relationship hanging already on a thread the two girls collide when caroline thinks they should head north , where it's said that there are safe havens and mia refuses to leave chicago and her little sister, who even if she has been infected, she tries to take care of.
May 12, 2013
So there's lil old me and there's a novella called Zombicorns, two plus two equals... oh nevermind, we both know I read it. Alas, this story is not about Zombie Unicorns - which makes me a little sad inside because that novella would be awesome - instead it is about zombies derived from corn, obsessed with corn, living in servitude of corn. Corn, corn, corn, corn, corn.... I may never be able to eat corn again.

I did know prior to reading this that it was in fact not about unicorns ( Well, there is one Unicorn pinata but that hardly counts). The force of John Green prose is strong in this one *points selfward*. I think if John Green were to write a dictionary i would buy it, wait, that would be amazing, please consider this, John, please?!

As promised Zombicorns is a steam mess of prose but we were duly warned of that. Structurally inconsistant: definately, lacking any true conclusion: yes but it really doesn't matter because it's just so much fun. It's two girls shooting up a bunch of Zombies that love corn more than I've ever loved anything and a dog, named Mr. President. And i can't decide if this corn based insanity is a metaphor for the human virus or if it is in regards to the overabunance of corn/ corn "enhanced" products on the market (Which is most of them) or perhaps neither and it is in fact I who is going insane looking for some philosophical message in a book about zombies and corn?!

None of that really matters though. The cool thing about this novella is simply that it exists and was free. It's ridiculous and all over the map but it's lack of formulatic scheme is actually pretty great. Also, Zombies!
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310 reviews52 followers
February 15, 2013
Plowing through this novella in one sitting, in exactly one hour and 56 minutes(Highly unusual for me, as I'm the type of reader who will often dog ear a page, close the book halfway through and stare into space for long stretches of time, then resume reading and repeat)

Anyway this book was a joy, a thrill and a strangely depressing as well as uplifting experience.

The philosophical concepts and questions pondered and discussed in these short 72 pages are too sophisticated and too far reaching for me to discuss. Suffice it to say that John Green is an absolute frakking genius!

Now on to the The Zombies!

In terms of originality, Green gets an "A" for straying from the typical zombie apocalypse stereotypes that are, even now, even to me(a self proclaimed zombie nut) are becoming predictable.

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299 reviews70 followers
October 27, 2011
Contrary to popular belief this book does not contain Unicorns. This was my first major disappointment in reading this novel.

Despite John Green's warning, I withheld hope that maybe, possibly, perhaps by some GREAT act of god, zombie unicorns would surge from the massive maize's of corn and annihilate the main character. Sadly this is not the case. Green is not lying when he warns the reader to toss out all aspirations of reading a novel about Zombie Unicorns. However, fear not, in this incredibly short and lighthearted novella, Green manages to capture and dissect the major themes of life, with an incredibly creative spin on things.

What's the difference between zombies and humans? What's the meaning of life? What's your Ultimate Concern? In a world where corn is taking over and the human population is quickly being z'd up, Mia finds herself questioning the entire specter of human existence. I had low expectations for this novel because it was supposedly "hastily written". Ya right! This book just further works to confirm the fact that John Green is downright amazing!
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