This was a very interesting read. Max Brooks is a terrific writer, but his choice to organize the book as a series of interviews rather than a traditiThis was a very interesting read. Max Brooks is a terrific writer, but his choice to organize the book as a series of interviews rather than a traditional plot, kept me feeling like I was detached from caring about the action.
If you don't know anything about World War Z, it's about a zombie apocalypse. A virus starts turning normal people into flesh eating zombies and soon it takes over the entire world. It's a plot you've seen time and time again, but Max Brooks gives a fresh take with gritty realism. As you read the pages, you come away with the feeling that this could actually happen.
His choice of the interviews give it that grounded, realistic feeling. At the same time, though, you never have a chance to care about any one person or a consistent group of individuals. Every few pages, and you're on to the next person, the next story. It's an inventive, daring take, but it left me wanting.
As you may or may not know, Paramount Pictures is turning this book into a feature film--three films, in fact, if the first does really well at the box office. It's starring Brad Pitt. It's going to be interesting to see how they modify the film to be a starring vehicle for Pitt because, as I said, there's no starring character, no main plot throughout the story. It's just a series of interviews from various people from around the world telling about their various experiences in surviving the zombie epidemic. I'll probably be there, though, to see--but without popcorn, as there are some truly stomach churning episodes that's make it a violent "R" for sure....more
Through the use of the social media site, Twitter, I started following many different authors and indie book promoters, one of which was an author namThrough the use of the social media site, Twitter, I started following many different authors and indie book promoters, one of which was an author named Mark Everett Stone.
Amid all the tweets that fill up the column of the Twitter Feed, I kept noticing Everett's tweets:
Have WMD, will travel...Things to Do in Denver when You're Un-Dead...
More fun then a barrel of corpses...Things to do in Denver when You're Un-Dead...
I ignored the tweets for a while, but finally I just shrugged my shoulders and gave it a try by downloading the sample of his book. After the first three chapters, I was hooked. I sent him a tweet, telling him that I really like what I'd read and wanted him to know that his tweets caught my attention and convinced me to purchase his novel.
I'd love it if someone did that for me.
Let me tell you that Everett's writing is as good as any traditionally published novel. It's a fun, nail-biter of a thrill ride about Kal Hakala, a Super Agent for the federally funded BSI agency. That's the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, for those of you not in the "know."
Hakala's job is to make sure that the "World Under" stays under. Day to day, he deals with vampires, ghouls, and witches, but he truly hungers for the day that he can eliminate the god-like supernatural creature known as Iku-Turso.
It's a fast paced read, as Hakala tries to track down the "Organ Donor" serial killer, while searching for ways to kill his Iku-Turso nemesis. Throughout the well paced action, Everett patiently reveals background information on the Bureau and Hakala, keeping a bit of mystery around the plot. You'll want to flip through to the close so you can discover what's below the surface, but trust me, go with Everett's pace. It pays off in the end...until he leaves you on a perfect cliffhanger, leaving the possibility of a sequel wide open.
I think my biggest problem with the book was it's title. Something about the name, "Things to do in Denver when you're un-dead," made me think that it would be a sort of hardboiled detective drama/mystery with a supernatural twist. What you get with Everett's book is something much more epic, at times breathtaking in the scope of the world he creates. It's a fun read, but he takes you into territory as varying as that of heartbreak and laugh out loud humor.
Mark Everette Stone is a fun, talented writer and I look forward to his next book, which is already out. He gives the indie book movement a good name and he makes me proud to a part of it....more