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EPIC 2017 eBook Awards Finalist - Fiction Short Works - Now Illustrated!Everyone knows zombies aren’t real, no matter how fun. You don’t have to be a med student to know the dead do not get up and walk around in real life. Anyone who’s buried a pet in the backyard knows the dead don’t walk. They don’t even lurch.So Giovanni is stunned when his patient sits up in the morgueEPIC 2017 eBook Awards Finalist - Fiction Short Works - Now Illustrated!Everyone knows zombies aren’t real, no matter how fun. You don’t have to be a med student to know the dead do not get up and walk around in real life. Anyone who’s buried a pet in the backyard knows the dead don’t walk. They don’t even lurch.So Giovanni is stunned when his patient sits up in the morgue and starts scolding. The night-shift was supposed be a relief, a chance to study in quiet and off-set ridiculous student loans. Babysitting a huge dog and a dead voodoo mambo were not part of the plan. Now he’s got to convince an unbelieving medical community to take action, so he can get back to learning about the dead – not the undead!...

Title : Giovanni Goes To Med School (The Med School Series 1)
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Number of Pages : 70 Pages
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Giovanni Goes To Med School (The Med School Series 1) Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-12-26 05:19

    This was a fun little story! It doesn't involve zombies as in mindless flesh-eating creatures The Walking Dead-style but more of a 'Oops, I died, came back to life and have no idea I'm dead yet (apart from the fact that I'm decomposing for some reason)'-zombie. There's plenty of humour in this one, but don't be mistaken; I still got goosebumps a couple of times due to the creepy vibes.The writing was good. I kept wondering what was going on exactly and if somehow, Giovanni wasn't going to wake up at some point and realise it was all just some silly nightmare (and maybe he does in the end, who knows hmm?). The whole layer of mystique felt very much like The Twilight Zone or a David Lynch movieOne thing I didn't like was that we never really get an answer to what's going on exactly, and why, and how are all these people involved??! Basically, that's the same as with a David Lynch movie again, except it's less frustrating for me with images somehow.Another aspect I didn't like was Giovanni's character. He's the protagonist, so it would've been nicer had I liked him more. He just seemed like one of the kind of careless assholes I dated a long time ago. Maybe it's because he got annoyed with the dog so often. I mean, he's babysitting a huge dog, Rufus, and huge dogs really float my boat. Gio's not a total dipshit, though, because he does take care of Rufus and takes him along pretty much everywhere he goes, but meh, his reactions just don't make him seem like a truly friendly person.Needless to say, I loved the slobbering bitsand the little old lady who turned out to be quite the troublemaker.(I know Rufus is a mastiff and this is a picture of a Newfoundlander but it's the thought that counts right?)I can recommend this as a quick fun read, yet I do hope things will be explained a bit more in the second novella perhaps? I'm giving this one three brownies, meaning I liked it.A big thank you to Kathy Bryson for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest opinion!

  • Liz
    2018-12-30 07:19

    Many thanks to Kathy for providing me a copy of Giovanni Goes to Med School. I have to be honest, the reason I said I’ll have a go at this was the fact it’s only 70 pages. I don’t like zombies that much.. I don’t mind vampires, but zombies just seem boring somehow. They’re slow, draggy and, you know, generally gross… A zombie would need to have a shit-ton of charm and walk faster to win me over…… and win me over that zombie-surprise did. I truly was surprised at who ended up being the zombie… Maybe the other readers saw it coming a mile away but I didn’t expect it and it was a lovely surprise… Lovely? Well, yeah… it was different, for sure!So, what can I say about this little book?I know… it’s been grating on my brain for the past while…It’ about the cover.. it’s clinical! Get it? Like the story itself!So, Giovanni gets stuck with Rufus the XXL sized dog and takes a position at the morgue. Not sure why the dog was necessary in the story overall, but then again, I’m not complaining, Who doesn’t like dogs?!I thought the other, main morgue guy was creepier than the whole story, even though he doesn’t appear that often in the story.There was a bit of ‘who exactly knows how much?’… Doctors, the janitor, the morgue guy, the nurse…And then the culmination which made me think- oh hell no, I think there’s some crazy people around here!If you’re into zombies and are looking for a quick fix on zombified grossness and detailed descriptions on how a body breaks apart after dying- there you go!

  • Hobart
    2018-12-20 06:03

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---Giovanni is an aspiring medical student and an ER scribe who just started working in the hospital morgue on the overnight shift, Astral is a first year resident with plenty of attitude; Rufus is Mrs. Harris' rather large dog, temporarily in Giovanni's care; Mrs. Harris was a patient of Astral's that Gio helped with, and sadly, didn't make it -- but she just won't shut up and leave Gio alone.Yeah, you read that right. There's humor here, a little gore -- and far more detail about the process that a decaying corpse goes through than I wanted to know -- and a nice little story. What isn't there? Any real idea why Mrs. Harris is up to what she's up to (there's one explanation that seems to carry the day, but even it doesn't fully work). In the moment it works -- but when you put this down, it starts to nag at you.It's enjoyable enough, a quick read, and there's a lot of potential here. I'm going to give this a tentative 3 Stars -- because so much is left unexplained, so much is uncertain about what happens here, if we're given at least a hint of some answers or explanations in the next one (or a good reason why we're not given hints of answers yet), I'll stand by it. But without that, there's just too much uncertainty for me to strongly encourage anyone read this.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2019-01-20 08:22

    Poor Gio, a med student who is recruited to spend some time in the Morgue. Lots of events take place, on its way to the meat of the story.Are bodies really coming back to life? Did he really talk to someone who was pronounced dead? Not only is it creepy but I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. Though, this is the a short story. The author really takes you on a ride. With a lot of What?! Moments. The story was written well and kept my attention through out. It didn't take me long to finish.Overall, I give this it Four Stars. I wish it was a little longer....Lissahttp://www.boundlessbookreviews.com

  • Bob Platypire
    2019-01-06 05:07

    *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*Ha! Not your typical zombie story, I found myself giggling out loud more than once! A fairly quick read, this was super fun! The characters were amazing, and I love it. I think this is one I'll be re-reading in the future.Bob says: 4 Platypires

  • Lissa Rice
    2018-12-29 13:19

    **4 Stars** Full review and rating will be up at boundless book reviews

  • Maddalena
    2018-12-23 08:54

    I received this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.When Ms. Bryson contacted me about reading and reviewing this novella, I was intrigued by the strange mix of themes offered by the story: humor and zombies. Many would say that there's very little to laugh about the walking dead, so I was more than curious to see how one of the staples of the horror genre - one that's very much in fashion nowadays - would fare on a more light-hearted setting.Giovanni is a young medical student in search of a part-time occupation to shore up his income, as many in his position are pressed to do, and what he ultimately finds is a night shift duty post at the hospital morgue. Our main character is a good, sensitive guy, and his worry in tackling that kind of job is more than understandable - moreover, he probably saw a good deal of B-movies that have done nothing to encourage him, especially since he keeps thinking about his family's "loving" advice about his choice of career, one that sets both the mood of this story and makes us better understand Giovanni's mind-frame:The rest of their family was supportive though (…) They were all supportive. They all told him how proud they were he had gotten into med school, and how hard he'd have to study, how broke he'd be, how he couldn't date, how he'd have no social life until he graduated, how he'd suffer through residency, and how he'd probably just get fat, grow old, and die alone.No one could blame the guy for being just a tiny bit apprehensive…On his very first night on the job, Giovanni must accept custody of the body of an elderly lady that passed away despite the efforts of the medical team upstairs, and even before that happened, he's been also entrusted with the care of of said lady's huge, slobbering dog. When in the night Mrs. Harris' body gets up and starts walking and talking, poor Giovanni's nightmare is only at its beginning.You will not find flesh-eating zombies here, but just an old lady who seems unable to accept her demise, and this will propel Giovanni on a very strange, mind-bending journey that seems only the first step in a longer one - at least according to what an hospital orderly tells him: that Mrs. Harris' case is not an isolated one.Oddly humorous, filled with comedy-of-errors scenes, this short story is a quick, entertaining read that will give you a new outlook on the whole zombie scenario. And will also teach you how to deal with big dogs suffering from excess salivation. Maybe.Originally posted at SPACE and SORCERY Blog

  • Valicity Garris
    2018-12-23 09:57

    I’m always excited when I get to read unique and original books, Giovanni Goes to Med School is certainly one that falls into that category. I like zombie reads but I’m used to the violent and apocalyptic ones, like World War Z and such. So when I was presented with a funny, light-hearted take on zombies, I couldn’t wait to sit down and give it a good read-through.This book is rather short and is actually packed with details and events for its length. I was expecting a longer story to support the content and what was described in the blurb and I think that’s what caused some awkwardness in the book. If things had been stretched out or explained just a bit more in-depth, then I think the story would have come together a little better. That’s not to say this isn’t a good read, just that—for me—the overall flow and structure wasn’t my taste. That being said, I did think this was a good book. The comedy was there and I thought the detail, in terms of human decay, was informative and a little gory. I’m not turned off by gore so I found those descriptive passages to be somewhat enlightening as someone who knows very little about the process of human decay or what goes on in a morgue. I did enjoy Giovanni’s character. In the beginning of the book he was presented as a nervous, somewhat quiet guy and I think he really opened up as the story progressed. I would have liked a bit more realism in terms of his reaction to the ‘zombies’ he dealt with but we are talking about zombies here, nothing is very realistic to begin with. When it comes to editing, the book was good. A left out word here or there but nothing offensively incorrect. I made it through the book with a smile on my face so I’d say Bryson did a great job. If you have even a remote interest in zombies then I would recommend this book to you. It definitely has its fair share of gore topped off with originality and well-placed humor. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Karen Frank
    2018-12-23 09:59

    I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.Giovanni is a medical scribe, working to get to medical school. The only available job at the hospital is as the night clerk in the hospital’s morgue. H need the extra money, so he has no choice but to accept the job.During one of his day rounds with the ER doctor, he meets Mrs. Harris, an elderly “regular” at the ER, along with her extraordinarily large dog, Rufus. When Mrs. Harris needs to be admitted for surgery to set her dislocated elbow, Gio is enlisted to look after Rufus. Rufus goes everywhere with Gio, even to his job in the morgue.The first “client” that Gio checks in turns out to be none other than Mrs. Harris. He puts her in one of the drawers in the morgue’s cold room and as he is putting the toe tag on her, he keeps dropping it. He picks it up and when he stands to put it on, Mrs. Harris sits up. He screams and she tells him that he screams like a girl.The problem is, Mrs. Harris doesn’t know or believe that she is dead. She walks around the morgue, and really makes Gio uncomfortable. He finally gets her back in her drawer. His shift is finally over and he goes home for the weekend, taking Rufus with him.When he returns to work on Monday, there is an uproar in the morgue, and he finds out that the “residents” of the morgue’s cold room had a wild party over the weekend The antics continue with Mrs. Harris continually moving around, and progressively smelling worse and worse.That’s all I will say, don’t want to ruin it for you. This is a book that will tickle your funny bone as you follow Gio through his experiences in the morgue. It is only 70 pages, but is packed with comedy and a taste of zombies if you believe in them. I read it in one night, not only because it wasn’t a very long book, but I just couldn’t put it down.kmf

  • Autumn
    2018-12-26 07:00 received this book to give an honest review. So I didn't know really what to think of this book. For me the book was okay. As far as characters go I didn't really connect with Giovanni.Our main character Giovanni wants to be a doctor, and he taking the night shift in the morgue. This intrigues me because that is where the dead are and the blurb mentions zombies. By the cover it doesn't seem like it will be a very graphic book so this has me wonder where is this story going to go.Well Giovanni meets Mrs. Harris who is in the E.R. for a fall, while there she is very worried about her dog Rufus. Well somehow Giovanni gets to take the job of caring for this huge dog. As he takes on his night shift in the morgue with the dog Rufus, everything seems okay at first. That is until Mrs. Harris comes into the morgue. This starts a chain of events for Giovanni as he is certain she is dead. Though is she? We get a lot of detail on the decaying body but no true answers as to why she came back to life. We get a small sliver of an answer from a random character named Astral, who I believe is a nurse within the hospital. She seems like a shady character that has secrets.Giovanni has no clue to what is honestly going on. His bosses doesn't want to believe him so what is he to do?I don't want to give too much away as this is a novella and I could give too much.

  • Kayla
    2018-12-22 05:04

    This review was originally posted on The Review CourtUnfortunately, I found the story to be unbelievable. There was a pretty good explanation of how the "zombie" as able to be animated however, I left that Giovanni's reaction to what was happening was unrealistic. Aside from that, why the heck did he decide to take the damn dog everywhere? That was rather annoying and not just to me, but to the other characters as well.Although I didn't get to know much about Astral, she seems to be a more likable character even though Giovanni tries to convince us [rather poorly] that she is annoying.I also didn't feel like there was really any peak to the story [there was one actually but it just didn't seem like Giovanni was making it that big an issue]. He was just like "oh they will investigate what happened and I'll tell them that she's dead up alive, and I'll be okay and I can just get on with my life". Seriously? Who goes around trying to convince people that a dead person is up and talking? Only someone who wants everyone to think they're crazy. The only time he really seemed concerned was when it was mentioned.Was really hoping to enjoy this one since I love zombie stories but this one just didn't do that for me.

  • Italo Italophiles
    2018-12-24 12:02

    This is the first book in a series of humorous novellas set in a medical school in Atlanta, featuring Italian-American student Giovanni and his misadventures with supernatural forces. I enjoyed the quirky humor in a very realistic seeming hospital setting. The humor is light and at times dry, and it keeps the same tone through all the surprising events. Giovanni is a sympathetic character, a young man who is struggling to forge a new path in his life away from his family in New Jersey. The story moves along smoothly, with unexpected twists and turns, all with poor Giovanni struggling to be a decent, caring human being, and a medical professional under very trying circumstances. I really felt for the guy! He's a decent man in a very odd situation trying to do the best for his patient, no matter how weird the situation.You could call this a horror story, but I like to think of it as a Twilight Zone story, with believable people experiencing very odd things. The humane ending is touching, and fits well with the underlying decency throughout the story. Very entertaining!

  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
    2019-01-18 07:03

    While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it hilarious, Giovanni Goes to Med School was extremely amusing and a wonderful short read to re-animate my interest in the zombie genre.Kathy Bryson writes with a light touch, but still goes to the proper lengths to get across how utterly disgusting a dead body is, whether it’s crying out for your brains, or just scolding you for being an idiot. Poor Giovanni. You can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. All he wants to do is get a job and get through med school. You want to root for him, but at the same time, the guy’s kind of an idiot. He definitely doesn’t choose the smartest ways to try to get his points across.Overall, at 70 pages, this is a quick afternoon read that will gross you out and make you giggle at the same time. If you’re like me and pretty much devour anything in the zombie genre, I definitely recommend you check it out. It’s not your typical zombie story by far, but that’s okay, innit? Sometimes you need atypical stuff to revive you.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Scarlet
    2019-01-16 12:03

    Giovanni goes to Med school. Giovanni is a typical medical student. He is doing well in his position at the hospital but with his debt growing out of control he decides he needs to get a job; any job he can get, and at this moment in time it's in the hospital morgue. The night shift. Away from the weird morgue manager, who seems to be eager to get away from the place. The job should be easy right? All of the patients are dead, and do not really require any attention. At first all is going great, everything is quiet until one of his dead patients becomes the undead, she is sitting up, walking around and talking to him, making sure her dog is ok. But is also starting to decompose and is causing all sorts of problems. He doesn't tell anyone because who would believe him? that is until after a few macabre meetings and a run in with another med student who he can share his concerns too and introduce to his horrifying visitor. An enjoyable read and far from any other zombie story I've ever read. I would recommend this to all zombie lovers to get a feel of different type of zombie tale.

  • Ashley Tomlinson
    2019-01-05 09:55

    This is not a typical zombie story. As in it's not mindless, flesh-eating monsters that are stumbling around. It's closer to the type of zombies in that awesome iZombie show on tv. It makes it even better that the zombie in this story is a little old lady that refuses to accept that she is dead. Giovanni is medical school with the dream of being a doctor but for now, he's working in the morgue. When one night a little old lady is wheeled in everything gets weird. She's not quite as dead as they thought she was and when she sits up and starts talking Gio doesn't know what to think. I thought this was an interesting story with potential to be an entertaining series. There were things that got me, though. Like, how were so many people in on the fact that there were people coming back from the dead and walking around the morgue? Was Gio actually dreaming because this seems like one of those stories where it was all just a dream. If you're looking for a short, fast, entertaining story then this might be for you. I really enjoyed reading it and it even made me laugh a time or two.

  • vvb
    2019-01-15 06:06

    Walking and talking zombies in this one. So, not so gory and rabid for those wanting to know.This story takes you into a small part the medical world with scenes in the hospital and at the morgue.Some shady business is introduced to the main character, Giovanni that left me Dog lovers will love Rufus.

  • Salla
    2019-01-20 11:16

    One word. Hilarious.Read full review here:

  • James (ObservantRaven)
    2019-01-05 06:56

    Review to come

  • Hannah Charlesworth
    2019-01-07 08:13

    Kathy contacted me to ask if I would read her new novella which, from what I have read, is the first in a series of novellas. Thank you for contacting me Kathy!The story is centred on Giovanni who is an aspiring medical student and has taken the night shift at the morgue. Giovanni however, was looking for some quiet time to study but all becomes different when an elderly lady has passed away upstairs. Giovanni has also taken on the task of looking after the lady's dog, Rufus. On Giovanni's first night working in the morgue, the elderly lady (Mrs Harris) begins walking and talking. Our main character, Giovanni, is certainly a sympathetic type of guy and certainly a sensible sort too. This is not the type of zombie style story full of horror and gore (maybe a little?), this is much a more light hearted type of story. I do like my horror books, but they all get too predictable, especially in the zombie genre. I agreed to read this novella to see how it would fair this way. There are some good humorous scenes throughout which I enjoyed and the characters were reasonably decent for what can be fitted into 70 pages. The writing style is also of good quality.My only downfalls as such with this story was that due to it only being a short read, there were things missing. We as the reader are left with unanswered questions. However, as this is suppose to be part of a series of novellas featuring Giovanni, some of this may go answered throughout. If this is the case, maybe hold off reading until there are a few stories out and read them all at once? Overall, this is a good start to what could be a great series. There was definitely some original thought put into the zombie genre here and it was nice to just read something in one sitting and not have to go back and forth. Readers will enjoy this if they are looking for something different in the zombie genre or are stuck for time and just want something quick and enjoyable.

  • Kathy Bryson
    2018-12-20 05:14