One of the best in young adult supernatural fiction. It grabs you instantly and pulls you into the world of werewolves. Excellent and enjoyable read.One of the best in young adult supernatural fiction. It grabs you instantly and pulls you into the world of werewolves. Excellent and enjoyable read. They made a movie based on this novel, however it was very disappointing. It had absolutely nothing to do with the book....more
I was one of the first to read this as I got it from Harper Collins as a test reader. It is great YA lit. and VERY dark. Interested in questioning theI was one of the first to read this as I got it from Harper Collins as a test reader. It is great YA lit. and VERY dark. Interested in questioning the limits of right and wrong? Pick up this book and ride the gray scale rollar coaster. ...more
I absolutely loved his book. Phenomenal. The imagery, style, and composition blew my mind. I will definitely continue on with this series. Lestat hasI absolutely loved his book. Phenomenal. The imagery, style, and composition blew my mind. I will definitely continue on with this series. Lestat has to be my all time favorite vampire, and getting this intimate look into his making and early years was a treat. ...more
Not my favorite installment of the Vampire Chronicles. It wasn't bad, I just felt it lacked the luster of the previous three. After truely being dazzlNot my favorite installment of the Vampire Chronicles. It wasn't bad, I just felt it lacked the luster of the previous three. After truely being dazzled by Queen of the Dammned and The Vampire Lestat, I was a bit dissapointed in this one. Maybe it was because as a human Lestat is weak and so unlike himself. I did enjoy some of his human interactions with characters like Gretchen and David, but this is defintely not going on my favorites list. ...more
I read this one pretty quickly. It was in the manga section, but is written like a novel. I really enjoyed it because of the mystery behind D's characI read this one pretty quickly. It was in the manga section, but is written like a novel. I really enjoyed it because of the mystery behind D's character and the Greek Mythology references. ...more
Wow...this was just... a very different read. It was fast paced and very enthralling at parts and just wrong at others. I'm still not sure how I feelWow...this was just... a very different read. It was fast paced and very enthralling at parts and just wrong at others. I'm still not sure how I feel about this one and it's been over 7 years since I've read it. Bottom line NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!...more
This action packed YA take on a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies made my year. This is the kind of book I am always looking for. A book that makes me completely lose track of the time as I turn each page with a pounding heart. Crazy-ass nuns with freaky persuasive tactics? Yes please! These nuns are bad-ass with their wine cellar leading up into a tiny fenced in clearing surrounding by zombies. They could get anyone to give them whatever they wanted with that thing, but they are content with playing god in their creepy stone sanctuary
I primarily read dystopian fiction because I love reading about distorted possible variations of society. I have a lot of fun exploring the vast possibilities of not only what the world could be like, but also what could make it that way. You could say I am a big proponent of "What if?" entertainment. This book gave me what I was looking for and more.
The most common complaint about this book seems to be that the characters are flat. Sure they could have been developed better, but here is why I think they way they are portrayed is realistic. These people are terrified on a daily basis. Without coping skills of steel, I doubt anyone would be able to have a healthy expression of their emotions. Sure the heroine is crazy as hell, but I doubt any of us would do much better in her situation. Mary has been through more than her fair share of bull and she still manages to survive. She has lost both her parents and her only family left, her brother Jed, leaves her to choose between living with the crazy nuns or living on the streets. With these circumstances, the girl is going to be a bit unstable. On top of all that she goes through a number of horrifying experiences throughout the length of the book that would drive anyone to their wit's end. So the characters may not live up to your standards of what a person should be like, get over it. I doubt you know how the human mind reacts to daily terror and a perpetually disturbing existence of survival.
That being said, I soared right through this book. It barely every touched a surface that wasn't my hand because I was glued to it from beginning to end. Anyone who enjoys thrilling narrative, survival tactics, and zombies galore will enjoy The Forest of Hands and Teeth I will definitely be picking up book two as soon as possible. ...more
I read this as a freshman in high school and don't remember much other than I felt that everyone prety much got what they deserved. I think I liked itI read this as a freshman in high school and don't remember much other than I felt that everyone prety much got what they deserved. I think I liked it ok, but wouldn't pick it up again. Stephen King is a difficult author for me to get into. He has a very bruesque way with his words that throws me off every time. ...more
Yes, this is a book about zombies overrunning the planet. Basically, the American military is experimenting with viruses in Africa for possible future biological warfare. They call it, the Morningstar Strain, and what do you know, some of it just happens to get out and infect the general population. Nice job guys. Countries from all over the world pitch in their soldiers to help evacuate uninfected civilians and barricade the "carriers" inside the continent. Of course, we all know this can't possibly work, but it's a neat idea. Recht puts an interesting spin on the zombie apocalypse making this a thought provoking read. Is this something that could happen in the foreseeable future?
I really liked the author's explanation for slow and fast zombies. Fast zombies are called "sprinters" and are living carriers of the virus that have been taken over by its parasitic nature. Slow zombies or "shamblers" are reanimated carriers whose bodies are bogged down by the effects of rigor mortis. Cool huh? There are some pretty neat concepts in this book and calling the virus Morningstar was just ingenious because it really does just pulverize everything in its path.The virus is a blood-borne disease and therefore can infect everyone if they get bitten or scratched making the story that much more tragic. Many characters almost get away and then are infected at the last possible moment. I have to admit, there were times I got paranoid over how easy this virus would be to spread around the U.S. Many coughing strangers incited me to consider the merits of my household items as zombie bashing weapons.
Plague of the Dead is well written and fun to read, however the emotional side of the story fell flat for me about a third of the way in. Most of the characters are in the military and therefore are being addressed by their last names. That would have been fine if half their names didn't sound the same and start with similar letters. I found myself flipping pages back to figure out who the hell just ate it and if I should care. "Was it the guy I was starting to like? Nope, never mind, nobody important to the story." Of course I was sad when people got infected and either killed themselves or succumbed to the virus, but really many of the characters lacked depth for me. Almost all of the lower ranked soldier characters were the generic smart-ass sarcastic, foul mouthed soldier which is important to have a similar character to lighten the mood, however it just gets annoying after the second guy. It was almost like the author said, "Hey, people will like this character so much, that when I kill him off, I should have a handful of characters to replace him!."
I guess my point here is, I enjoyed this book and all its zombie methodology, however I felt like the heart of the story was missing. The characters basically just bounce around from place to place avoiding zombies. They don't seem to have much direction until near the end and the characters are so emotionally detached from the reader that it is hard to feel much. Of course you will want them to survive, but your heart won't pound in anticipation of their fate. ...more