This was a fun read! The three characters that are the important characters in this story -- Nate, Misty and Kali -- are believable as young children...moreThis was a fun read! The three characters that are the important characters in this story -- Nate, Misty and Kali -- are believable as young children caught up in a zombie contamination. They accidentally discover that lemonade will kill the zombies, and later even guess why it works.
The novel has some gore, some tense scenes and lots of humor tying it all together.
There's a bit of a coming-of-age element as an additional theme. Nate, the main character, attempts to negotiate through the difficulties of a new type of relationship with Misty, who had been a very close friend in their younger years.
All around, entertaining, a real page turner, and amusing. (less)
What would Santa do if the apocalypse came, zombies over-ran the world, and only one kid is left who believes in Santa? This is not your normal Christ...moreWhat would Santa do if the apocalypse came, zombies over-ran the world, and only one kid is left who believes in Santa? This is not your normal Christmas story. If your looking for fluffy, stay away from this one, but if you want gore, kick-ass action and a dark twist to your holiday tales, this is the one for you.(less)
Entertaining, campy, and very fast-paced zombie tale for young adults, with a strong female main character.
In many ways this read like a B-Movie, with...moreEntertaining, campy, and very fast-paced zombie tale for young adults, with a strong female main character.
In many ways this read like a B-Movie, with cult leaders and marauders that were very cliche, and lots and lots of gratuitous violence. Add a big cat to the story, and you have a story that's lots of fun, as long as you're willing to suspend belief and allow yourself to enjoy the absurdities.
There are some nice twists and surprises along the way that kept me reading to find out what would happen next.
The major problem I had with the version I read, the Kindle version, was with all the typos -- missing words and extra words, which detracted from my enjoyment of the story. Even so, still worth reading if one is looking for a quick, action-packed, campy zombie story. (less)
This definitely took me by surprise. Funny, quick read. The humor is risque and I couldn't help but laugh out loud a few times in both of the stories...moreThis definitely took me by surprise. Funny, quick read. The humor is risque and I couldn't help but laugh out loud a few times in both of the stories and the additional The Zombie Handbook. I hadn't planned on reading this all in one sitting, but once I started I didn't want to stop. (less)
Not so much a story about Zombies as it is an expose on how political cultures, societies, people in general and individually look at and treat diseas...moreNot so much a story about Zombies as it is an expose on how political cultures, societies, people in general and individually look at and treat disease, epidemics and over-whelming obstacles.
The audio CD has various actors speaking out the roles of the various "people" that the interviewer (Max Brooks) talks to regarding the more personal aspects and views of the war that was waged against the Zombies that nearly wiped out the living-human population. Having the various voices inspired the feeling that the story was real, much like the original broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" did.
Brooks capture of different personalities, of the different methods that military leaders, military personnel, political governments, and individuals determined to survive felt pretty right on. One of my favorites was the blind Japanese man out in the middle of nowhere.
I was pleasantly surprised at how different this was from his earlier book, The Zombie Survival Guide, which was a fun, but silly book. (less)
I was looking for a little more Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem, but found myself giggling through several parts of this rewritten novel. I espe...more3 1/2 stars
I was looking for a little more Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem, but found myself giggling through several parts of this rewritten novel. I especially enjoyed the reader with the proper British accent telling the story. She added the right touch to the ever-proper families involved in this tale loved by many. (I suspect many of them would not care for this re-telling. [:)](less)
Light and fluffy summer-type read with zombie mayhem/gore. Mostly fun and entertaining, yet found the main character just on the edge of being annoyin...moreLight and fluffy summer-type read with zombie mayhem/gore. Mostly fun and entertaining, yet found the main character just on the edge of being annoying, which was why I didn't give this a four-star rating.(less)
Spelling of names varies, continuity is almost non-existent, tense flips back and forth between past and present with...more1 1/2 stars When NaNoWriMos Go Bad
Spelling of names varies, continuity is almost non-existent, tense flips back and forth between past and present without rhyme or reason.
Oh, wait! That's how NaNoWriMos usually look at the end of the frenzied month of writing. Then lots of re-reading, editing, and then more re-reading and editing goes into it -- hopefully catching and fixing all the messy errors.
This novel, sadly, appears to just have skipped that all-important process and was published as is.
Our heroine needs to turn the keys to start her car, despite the fact that only a paragraph or two earlier the engine has been running. That's just one small example of continuity errors that makes the story feel very disjointed.
I think what is most disappointing to me is that I've enjoyed a couple of Douglas' Irene Adler's stories and expected this to be written with the same attention that the author had applied to those.
One positive note for this novel: I did choose this book over the economics book I had been trying to read for my bedtime book. (less)
Garth Nix - The Highest Justice - 3 1/2 stars -- Involves both a unicorn and a zombie in this tale of unending adoration, wickedn...moreOverall - 3 1/2 stars
Garth Nix - The Highest Justice - 3 1/2 stars -- Involves both a unicorn and a zombie in this tale of unending adoration, wickedness and comeuppance.
Alaya Dawn Johnson - Love Will Tear Us Apart - 3 stars -- Interesting characters in this tale of a half-zombie who falls in love.
Naomi Novik - Purity Test - 3 stars -- Amusing tale about a unicorn enlisting a young woman to aid in the rescue of baby unicorns.
Carrie Ryan - Bougainvillea - 4 stars -- Intense tale of a young girl and her family's life on a small island after the world is hit with a zombie apocalypse. I will be looking for her "Hands and Teeth" series, which I understand this story is a part of.
Margo Lanagan - A Thousand Flowers - 3 stars -- Odd, and somewhat disturbing tale of a princess and a unicorn.
Maureen Johnson - The Children of the Revolution - 3 stars -- No surprises for me in this zombie tale.
Diana Peterfreund - The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn - 3 1/2 stars -- This was well-written and fun and hopefully this will be extended into a longer story someday.
Scott Westerfeld - Inculata - 4 Stars -- I enjoyed this story of a group of young people living on a fenced-in farm after a zombie apocalypse and their solution to the boredom that threatens to do them in.
Meg Cabot - Princess Prettypants - 3 1/2 stars -- Fun story of a teenager who receives a unicorn for her birthday
Cassandra Clare - Cold Hands - 3 stars -- The dead don't tend to stay dead in this village.
Kathleen Duey - The Third Virgin - 2 1/2 stars -- This tale of a whiny unicorn didn't do much for me.
Libba Bray - Prom Night - 4 stars -- I think this was cut off too abruptly, but it was a good story with moments of hope in a rather hopeless situation.
Most the stories were fun and entertaining, as well as most the back and forth between the two editors who were arguing their point as to which was better, zombies or unicorns. (less)
In compliance with FTC guidelines: I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Very entertaining, dark, witty, and well-paced novel fol...moreIn compliance with FTC guidelines: I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Very entertaining, dark, witty, and well-paced novel following the exploits of Matt Richter, a private detective who happens to be the only self-willed zombie in Nekropolis. Alongside him are three other interesting characters: his love and partner, Devona, a half-human, half-vampire woman, Varney, a full-blood vampire, and Shamika, who is a new character in this series.
The world-building continues to be fascinating, with each novel in the series adding more depth to the environs and the DarkFolk living there.
I'm glad to say that despite a few small editing issues (and at least one minor continuity error), that this was a much more readable novel than the Kindle version was of the second novel, making it a bigger pleasure to read.(less)
Pulp, hard-boiled detective, horror genre wrapped up in one, not-always-so-neatly written yet entertaining novel.
This has the flavor of many of the older pulp novels put out in the 1950's which featured a hard-boiled detective getting mixed up with a femme fatale who would drag him to hell and back before the case is solved. These novels tended to have some awkward writing, as did this one, (maybe done on purpose in this case?). The characters in this novel were likable in spite of and because of their imperfections. Most of the other background characters were little more than mere vehicles to help the main characters get from one scene to another, though enough 'character' was given to each to make them feel like different characters.
The world-building was well-done and very interesting, causing me to want to continue reading just to find out how the writer was going to paint the next scene for us.
The only issue I had was, at times the writing felt rough....and there was a theme which kept getting repeated and repeated so often that it became annoying.
Even so, I'm glad I continued reading as the ending was satisfactory and I enjoyed the relationship that grew between the two main characters. (less)
First off, I hope that the paper versions of this novel are better edited than the Kindle version was. The editing and the layout just got...more3 1/2 stars
First off, I hope that the paper versions of this novel are better edited than the Kindle version was. The editing and the layout just got worse and worse during the course of this novel, really detracting from an enjoyable story.
This was better written than the first, though there were a few continuity issues that bothered me. It felt as though the author hadn't remembered a few essential things that happened in the first, or decided to completely ignore them because he couldn't think of a way to make them work in this one. That's a shame, because that also was something that detracted from a story that was more complex and better written than the first and rather entertaining.
There is a lot of inside genre humor, which is a very nice touch. The main character, Max Richter, can still be a bit repetitive and whiny, but he is improving. The author has a vivid imagination and does a good job letting the reader know what each creature that our characters run into look like. The action is well-paced and takes some interesting and surprising turns.
I really would like to give this 4 stars, but the poor editing and poor layout is far too distracting for me to do so.(less)
This short story anthology are all horror stories with rock and roll as a major theme. As with many short story anthologies, I enjoyed some of the stor...moreThis short story anthology are all horror stories with rock and roll as a major theme. As with many short story anthologies, I enjoyed some of the stories and some of them were meh(less)
This is a great collection of essays addressing zombies in general, The Walking Dead comics and The Walking Dead television show -- philoso...more4 1/2 stars
This is a great collection of essays addressing zombies in general, The Walking Dead comics and The Walking Dead television show -- philosophically, socially, and psychologically. Lowder has brought together several professors/instructors and authors/writers who explore the history of zombies on the screen and in writing (esp. in comics), why we seem so fascinated with zombies and what we may learn from the various tropes and themes used in zombie lore.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. (less)