Virtually all of this book covers events that occurred in the graphic novels, specifically the siege on the prison - the caveat being that much of itVirtually all of this book covers events that occurred in the graphic novels, specifically the siege on the prison - the caveat being that much of it is told from Woodbury's point of view instead of the prison gang's. I bumped the rating of this novel up from its predecessors because Bonansinga took on some challenging goals with Lilly's character and successfully took me from disliking her, to being apathetic about her fate, to once again feeling sympathetic towards her. Trying to illustrate how a person could buy into The Governor's madness was a tough row to hoe, but I think he did well with it. As a bonus, the end of the novel covers what happens to Woodbury after the siege. Plenty of room to keep going, but I think he's found a good place to stop....more
This book covers the happenings in Woodbury before the siege on the prison. The first half is largely Lilly's story (new character, not to be confusedThis book covers the happenings in Woodbury before the siege on the prison. The first half is largely Lilly's story (new character, not to be confused with the Gov's girlfriend on the TV show) and the last half is basically a novelization of events in the graphic novel. That makes this book and its sequel a good source of information for fans of the show, who want to know the differences between the show and the graphic novels, but don't want to fork out the substantial amount of cash required for the compendiums.
-2 stars for persistent editing errors, mainly having to do with firearms: their operation, nomenclature, and capabilities. Also for some action movie theatrics, for instance, nobody shoots double-fisted, and if they do they're not going to make 6 head shots with 10 rounds, in the dark, in a melee. And why is everybody shooting full-auto if they have an ammo shortage? And why are they discarding their magazines on the roadside after one use? C'mon, I'll suspend disbelief for zombies, but don't ask me to do it for everything else as well....more
Lillie Caul (*not* Lilly from the TV show) and her group of survivors find Woodbury and discover the real danger may be inside the walls.
For TWD fans,Lillie Caul (*not* Lilly from the TV show) and her group of survivors find Woodbury and discover the real danger may be inside the walls.
For TWD fans, this book provides details on how Woodbury developed under The Governor's leadership, as well as giving some previously-unseen background on The Gov himself, Alice, Dr. Stevens, and Martinez. It follows the graphic novel setting, not the TV show.
Has some good fight scenes and it's nice to see the extra details on Woodbury and its residents, but I subtracted one star because I didn't particularly like Lillie (view spoiler)[after what she did to Josh (hide spoiler)] and subtracted a second star for poor editing on all things firearm related. Not trying to be a gun snob, but if you're gonna have that much gun play you ought to have at least *one* person who knows a little bit about them proofread your story....more
I generally dislike vampire stories because of the typical vampire archetype; androgynous goth dreamboats with high collars and stalker stares. GuilleI generally dislike vampire stories because of the typical vampire archetype; androgynous goth dreamboats with high collars and stalker stares. Guillermo del Toro's vampires were precisely the kind I like, however: nasty beasties more like the Nosferatu. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit more than I expected and definitely will pick up the remainder - the Kindle edition is currently less than $6 for the whole trilogy....more
Too dreamy, too many shifts of perspective and time, too few context clues. Some pretty big holes in the setting as well - for example: it would takeToo dreamy, too many shifts of perspective and time, too few context clues. Some pretty big holes in the setting as well - for example: it would take a lot longer than 100 years for climate change to turn North America into a tropical jungle....more
Standard zombie-apocalypse fare. Not too badly written, but the point of view changes from character to character, and you only have one first-personStandard zombie-apocalypse fare. Not too badly written, but the point of view changes from character to character, and you only have one first-person pov at a time. It's a unique way to tell a story, but I don't see how it made the story better. I subtracted a few stars for inaccurate use of medical terminology, the use of graphic rape scenes to villify his villain, and a transparent use of the novel to air the author's idea that an interstate overpass is a good locale for a survivor settlement (which he then failed to support). That being said, it still had an effective story arc, believable characters, and a fine pace. It was a great break from several weeks of work-related studying.
Finally got around to reading it - thank you Lakeshia!!!...more
Juvenile, freshman, inept attempt at a zombie survival tale. The plot was alright if you're expecting little to begin with, but the delivery was absolJuvenile, freshman, inept attempt at a zombie survival tale. The plot was alright if you're expecting little to begin with, but the delivery was absolutely horrible. Zero character development, racial and cultural stereotypes, spelling and grammar errors, failed attempts at middle-school potty humor. Reading any excerpt available on Amazon or Google Books will be more than enough to warn you away from this book; this is what gives self-publishing a bad name.
Although on my waste-of-paper shelf, I actually got this for free on Kindle. It will be the first book I've ever deleted from my Kindle, but I don't think I'll bother to make an extra shelf for that......more
Liked the setting and the action, but this book lost points with me for the angsty teen romance (nothing wrong with that, just not my bag) and the facLiked the setting and the action, but this book lost points with me for the angsty teen romance (nothing wrong with that, just not my bag) and the fact that Collins split her main character's personality in a bid to widen her target audience. Katniss is either a tough, self-reliant hunter who poaches game to feed her family, or she's a giggling bimbo who marvels at body glitter and fancy dresses. You don't get both, Ms. Collins. I'm not sure I'll continue with the trilogy; I think I hear the "Team Gale" and "Team Peeta" t-shirts being made......more
This is a solid, well-written zombie tale. There are no Rambo heroes, no ridiculous survivalist fantasies, just a dirty struggle that focuses on humanThis is a solid, well-written zombie tale. There are no Rambo heroes, no ridiculous survivalist fantasies, just a dirty struggle that focuses on human frailty and weaknesses. The Governor is a villain from the graphic novel series whose development is fleshed out in this novel. The story arc is a little predictable but certainly not enough to make the action a bore. I'd make a warning for some rape scenes, but they're not gratuitous or especially graphic, and they are necessary to explain the creation of The Governor. If you've been enjoying the graphic novels or the TV series, I'm certain you'd enjoy this novel. I've got a couple nit-picking gripes that are detail spoilers but not plot spoilers, but I'll put them behind the cut anyways:
(view spoiler)[Again with the shooting. They KNOW that shooting will attract more walkers, but they do it anyways, even when there are hand weapons available and they're not immediately threatened. I don't get why it takes them so long to figure out the advantages of using a baseball bat or an axe (same gripe in the show).
Editing slip - they are out scavenging for supplies and one of the characters picks up two gallons of water, some cartons of cigarettes, food, toiletries, etc, which the author describes as being "nearly 20 pounds". The water alone would have weighed that.
They have an opportunity to salvage some motorcycles from a dealership. They choose Harleys, which makes sense for the characters, but are probably the worst kind of bike for the job. With bad road conditions, traffic jams of derelict vehicles, and the threat of zombies grabbing at them, they would need something light and maneuverable, not an interstate cruiser. Later they are described driving through crowds of walkers, and the bodies bouncing off the bikes' fenders. That's simply not possible. Any motorcycle driven into a crowd of people would wreck, period.
Late in the book some of the zombies are described as rotting to pieces - this is huge! If they just decay at a normal or even reduced rate, all the survivors need to do is hole up somewhere and wait for the Georgia weather to make the zombies fall to pieces like chickens in a Crock Pot! This is never (as far as I've read) really adressed in the comics. I've got a hypothesis that the zombies can decay to pieces if they don't feed, and that feeding is what holds them together but, according to the current timeline, the zombies are pretty much indefinitely mobile. Guess I'll just have to wait and see...
Anyways, just minor gripes - don't let it discourage you; this is definitely a great, solid zombie apocalypse book. (hide spoiler)]...more
If a foreword by Newt Gingrich doesn't turn you off, read ahead. If you are capable of ignoring conservative proselytizing mingled with a believable,If a foreword by Newt Gingrich doesn't turn you off, read ahead. If you are capable of ignoring conservative proselytizing mingled with a believable, reasonably well-researched nation-wide disaster scenario, read ahead. If you are capable of ignoring all of these as well as forgiving the author for casting HIMSELF (seriously, read the author's bio and compare it to the main character) as the narrator/hero/martyr/brilliant strategist/dad of the year/irresistible chick magnet, you are probably not my friend.
Two stars instead of one for using spell check....more
The basic premise is that a global nuclear war has occurred, and people in the southern hemisphere (Australians, in this setting) are forced to wait fThe basic premise is that a global nuclear war has occurred, and people in the southern hemisphere (Australians, in this setting) are forced to wait for a period of about 6 months until the fallout reaches them and extinguishes all terrestrial life. The Australians as a nation decide to quietly accept their fate and, for the most part, just go about their lives as normal until they die.
Many folks list this as required reading for the post-apocalypse genre, but I found it to be boring and unbelievable. Part of that may be the fact that the novel is dated (I think Shute vastly overestimated the destructive power of the worlds nuclear weapon stockpile), but it's primarily because the nation-wide laissez faire attitude just doesn't seem realistic. Even if folks believed their chances were negligible, there still would have been some kind of effort to stockpile food and medicine, and dig deep underground bunkers to escape the radiation. They even admitted that they had no idea how things would pan out since nothing like this had ever happened before, but still they made no attempt to survive as long as possible. Humans as a species just don't work that way.
For the first 2/3 of the novel they dig gardens, feed their cows and go shopping. The last 1/3 of the novel is only marginally more interesting because they finally get around to the business of dying....more