Just Read - Mira Grant's "Feed"
Just devoured (you'll get the pun in a minute) the first novel of Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" series (no longer just a trilogy as she has added a novella and short story to the arc). Set in a 2040 America that is surviving a on-going human-caused zombie outbreak, the protagonists are a pair of news bloggers covering the Presidential election (hence the dual meaning of the title - RSS and "Bra-a-a-i-i-i-n-n-s-s!").
I probably had more trouble putting this thing down than anything since some joker gave me a copy of "The Stand" the night before a final exam that I should have been studying for. Bastard. Of course Grant's work clocks in at about 1/4 of the length of King's epic (thank god) but she creates a fully fleshed out (rimshot!) world and people that you care about. I've already downloaded the second novel and look forward to reading it soon.
I do need a bit of a gap first though - like most (all?) good modern zombie stories, it's emotionally wrenching. If you let yourself get pulled into the story (and what's the damn point otherwise?), you'll likely find yourself needing to read something a bit lighter before moving on to the next one.