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Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo was born in El Paso, Texas, and spent most of his childhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with travels to visit family in Pacoima, California, and Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University, he was commissioned into the Army to serve in the Infantry and fly helicopters. He later earned a masters’ degree in Information Systems from the University of Denver. He has been the artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California, and was called from the Reserves to serve in Operation Desert Storm as a combat artist. He has also taught art to prisoners at the Avenal State Prison. Learn more at Mario Acevedo’s website.


Jailbait Zombie: An undead and unclever version of Get Shorty

Jailbait Zombie by Mario Acevedo

I confess I sometimes wonder about writing bad reviews (not reviews that are bad, but reviews of bad books). With so much out there, is it better to point people to the good stuff or warn them of the not-so-good? The feeling is exacerbated when the book is one by a popular author, let alone, as in this case, part of a popular series. Obviously somebody (a lot of somebodies) likes these books, so who am I to say they’re wrong? Or to warn people off who may have, like those other somebodies, enjoyed the book.

On the other hand, the publisher sent me the book to review it, so I’ve got to balance that responsibility as well. So here’s my compromise: I’ll give an explanation of why I found Jailbait Zombie (2009) to be not so good, but I won’t hammer away at all the flaws I felt it had. And, as I’ve already done, I’ll preface my bad review with the acknowledgement... Read More