Hello everyone and welcome to my first review of a short story! First off a language warning, I do use one swear word in my review so youngun’s shouldn’t read this without permission from their parent/guardian.
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe is a thrilling short story by Kate Sander. The first in a series, named the Happily Ever After series, follows a 85-year old woman, Agatha, through her experience of the zombie apocalypse. In interesting angle on an often visited tale. With shows on TV and films in the cinema telling the story of the zombie apocalypse (The Walking Dead, Z Nation and World War Z come to mind) you would think this topic had been done to death (and then made undead!). But Kate takes a refreshing twist and runs with it.
Before we really get into the topic of zombies in the story we get a glimpse of life in sheltered accommodation (a system where elderly people are cared for but still retain their independance) and I love the fact that we see the social life of these elderly people before they are turned, it’s good to see that bitchiness is found in the older generation as well as our own.
I found myself rather surprised that I liked a character who owned a gun store. Being anti-gun myself I wasn’t sure what to expect from the character of Agnes, but I found myself liking her straightforward attitude in the face of the zombie apocalypse.
Overall this short story is well written, using a first person perspective to tell the story very well. Although the story jumps about a bit timewise but it suits the story brilliantly. My only problem with it? I want to know more about how Agnes and Agatha adapted to living during the zombie uprising, but that would probably make it a full novel rather than a short story!