The presentation of a slower sort of zomapoc where at least some of the infrastructure starts in effect is interesting.
That said, I am 24% of the wayThe presentation of a slower sort of zomapoc where at least some of the infrastructure starts in effect is interesting.
That said, I am 24% of the way in and I would dearly love to meet a female character who isn't incompetent, in denial, or dead. Kind of holding out hope for Carolyn to come back as a survivor and righteously smite the dudes who are dispatching their former neighbours, but at this point I'm not sure it'd be enough.
31% of the way in. Two more women have shown up (one alive by the grace of dudes with guns, one who got beat up by bad guys and then hooked on to the same dudes with guns group). Carolyn has also joined the dudes with guns, because she's a crying blonde and they're a sap for that, even though the author assures us she's shallow and stupid. My hopes of her smiting people are not coming to fruition.
Back at the apartment complex, Christine is still... not doing much. Being cool with her fiance going out to kill sick people (yes, zombies, but she's clinging to the "sick people" thing) every morning. Wondering how she'd ever survive if he died and not doing anything to answer the question. You know.
I'm not asking for Lyudmila Pavlichenko here, but could I get /something/?
43% of the way in and there's a female character following the dudes-with-guns group. She is apparently skilled enough to not be noticed as she follows the group, hiding in shadow and tree-top. I will take it. (Her name is Anita.)
51% of the way in, a month and a half into the zombie apocalypse, and Christine has just announced that she wants to help so she's going to START getting training.
53% of the way in and in the space of a page a character has breathily flirted with a guy to make him agree to a plan, been rude to him so he won't think she likes him because then he might try something, and snottily implied that Carolyn, who is interested in him, is a total slut (who hasn't actually slept with any of the guys in the group in the six weeks they've been together).
(Actually, Carolyn is basically a totally beautiful blonde who is lucky for her being irresistible to guys--except all of them actually reject her, either because she's stupid and shallow or because she's stupid and shallow compared to the truly beautiful, intelligent woman who spent the first twenty-eight hours of the zombie apocalypse in high heels.)
I tried. I really did.
"But the reader of the "Deerslayer" tale dislikes the good people in it, is indifferent to the others, and wishes they would all get drowned together." ---  Who was locked into her apartment so her (male) neighbour could intermittently feel bad about doing it. She then somehow disappeared....more
Still working through this. initial impressions: could do without the zombies, with another editing/reorg pass (annoying to get handed a bunch of sampStill working through this. initial impressions: could do without the zombies, with another editing/reorg pass (annoying to get handed a bunch of sample characters with Faith listed before Faith is explained, esp when stats are already explained, double-esp when names of Faith in TOC don't match names in sample characters which makes searching a pain. Also still not sure if Brawn is meant to be Power or if that's something else that'll get explained later).
A bit crunchy, but not horribly; character creation/progression seems slightly heavier than White Wolf in terms of mechanics.
Setting's a bit US-centric (what do purely stubborn Canadian survivalists call themselves? I'm betting it's not Mericans), but I can forgive that. Not as easily as I embrace it in Fallout, where the US-centric thing is both thematically appropriate and fits with the fact that you're obviously going to be playing in the States, but I can forgive it.
Liking it so far.
Edit: finished book, and waffling really hard between three and four stars, so marking this now and coming back later.
Edit the second: have thought about it a lot, and going with three stars. The editing is a bit scratchy, in a "wait weren't those guys/that stat called something else last page" way. The art and overall design is good, but 200-plus pages of scratchy monospaced typewriter font is a bit tiring. And I'm, ultimately, not a huge fan of how throughly subspecies is assumed to meld with culture.
That said, the setting is interesting, really seems to have been the product of creators with a love of many, many post-apocalyptic settings, and I will happily be sharing mention of this around....more
Really liked this one. On the one hand, I would have preferred it to have been slightly longer, to get a better sense of the students; on the other haReally liked this one. On the one hand, I would have preferred it to have been slightly longer, to get a better sense of the students; on the other hand, I think if it had been written that way, I would have had actual trouble getting through it....more
Ultimately, I found this one beautifully illustrated, plausible of setting, and disappointingly sparse. It ends abruptly and, for me, unsatifyingly; wUltimately, I found this one beautifully illustrated, plausible of setting, and disappointingly sparse. It ends abruptly and, for me, unsatifyingly; while I'm left with the feeling that while there's a complete world and underpinnings/patterns to the disease the characters don't know about, I'm also left with the feeling that the main character was involved in a contract dispute with the author and was killed off early. Unfortunately, there's no-one else around to pick up the narrative thread....more
I'm not generally a fan of urban fantasies, but this being an urban fantasy/comedy/action/adventure is rather different, and rather more enjoyable. ItI'm not generally a fan of urban fantasies, but this being an urban fantasy/comedy/action/adventure is rather different, and rather more enjoyable. It's quirky, snappy, and possessed of a fairly cheerful snarky take on Odyssey International's bureaucracy. The characters are clearly drawn, actually change, squabble believably, and it's generally light-hearted, fun, and a fast read....more
(Found mention of this while I was putting up my review of Blackout, and dug up a copy here, since the Facebook link doesn't seem to want to work.)
A f(Found mention of this while I was putting up my review of Blackout, and dug up a copy here, since the Facebook link doesn't seem to want to work.)
A fast read, and not a bad one, but it felt a bit like the old Marvel What If...?s where alternate possibilities always ended up being worse than the way the stories actually turned out. Still, solid and plausible, and chilling for what was nearly unrevealed....more
I've been very leery of new books in this (sub)genre (which I'm going to loosely define as in-character found documents from the zombie apocalypse)I've been very leery of new books in this (sub)genre (which I'm going to loosely define as in-character found documents from the zombie apocalypse) since I picked up Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection: Field Notes by Dr. Robert Twombly and found that the purported "year" began in January and ended in March. I didn't intend to buy this; I was just browsing, and then I turned the page and one of the notes actually made me flinch, and I decided "okay, worth the money".
It's a very fast read, which is a bit saddening; I wanted it to last longer, but I think having twice as many notes would grow overwhelming. You'd either end up with a glut of snapshot moments, or end up following people through the notes they left (which minimizes your brain having space to play so freely with who they were and what happened).
Overall: sad, occasionally funny, horrifying, cold, and persistent. Recommend for people who like zombies, people who like prop documents, and probably fans of Post Secret. ---  I do, however, love that there are enough of these books that I can say that. I own four, myself....more
(NOTE: despite matching ISBNs, the edition I own was published by Abbadon Books and has a different cover.)
It was okay. On the plus side, a descriptiv(NOTE: despite matching ISBNs, the edition I own was published by Abbadon Books and has a different cover.)
It was okay. On the plus side, a descriptive style that actually made zombies on their own creepy again (which is pretty rare; usually I find it's what they do, or what people do in reaction to them, that's the source of chills), and a fast-moving plot. I am not up on medieval siege weaponry, and I never got bored or felt I was being told something irrelevant.
Downsides: found the gore to get a bit overbearing after a while, and the pacing sometimes feels choppy....more