They may have figured out a ‘safe’ place to wait out the zombies, but you can’t escape inner turmoil. One of the inmates has been casing problems left and right and eventually a decision has to be made of who to trust. The outcome splits the group and Tyrese and Rick come to blows ending with Rick going over the balcony.
Michonne shows up as well seeking sanctuary and having to give up her pet zombies and weapons in the process. Rick won’t trust anyone new, and rightfully so. He is beginning to crack under the pressure and everyone knows it.
The standards of this new world have yet to be set and are constantly being redefined, by brutal necessity and typically with violence. By the end of this novel every relationship is irrevocably changed....more
After major tragedy at the camp the survivors strike out, hoping to find sanctuary in a world gone mad. Things are never what they seem and that includes the people around you. Relationships out of necessity (maybe even affection) are formed, desperate decisions are made and the body count continues to rise.
At first the survivors have hope, and as long as that is alive they go on. Miles Behind Us, does a good job of exploring what happens when hope is utterly destroyed. Each character reacts differently, and each experience is deeply felt. I’ve never read a graphic novel that has elicited such reactions of depth, from the black and white drawings of an apocalypse....more
Four score and seven years ago, Lincoln kicked serious vamp ass. I’ve been in a bit of a stabby mood of late, and this quietly gruesome story just picked me right up. Following the secret journals of the past prez, collaborated by an “old” friend and a present day writer, we are taken into the darker (and far more intriguing) side of America’s early history and civil war era.
The pacing of this book was a strange mash-up of third person narrator and first person accounts from Lincoln himself. The format I read this in, didn’t have any sort of differentiation so it took a bit to get into the bloody flow of things. Once my denseness past I loved the dual perspective.
The vamps were also a crazy-ass duality too. More schizo than I have ever seen portrayed. They had the ability to pass as human, walk on the sunnier sides of the street and blend fairly easily into daily life. Using the horridness of the slave trade, they edged their way into politics, determined to take over. Their more bitey side was seriously grotesque, completely in-human and merciless.
The Point: A quietly gruesome historical read, satisfyingly fresh and layered with politics and history....more
"No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety.”
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice, in any form whether it be film, Bollywood or with zombies, is one of my most favorite stories of all time. So much so, that my children will be bearing the names of my most beloved characters. I just cannot decide whether ‘Darcy’ will be the name of my son or daughter.
Taking the originally work of Miss Austen and adding a delicious spin of eastern trained warriors, gore and the ‘unmentionables’ was a stroke of brilliance. More than having a great backbone to the story, having it set as a period piece made it that more intriguing. In true British form, life goes on, society must be attended to with all its parties, standings and manners. You just may find yourself dispatching a few undead as you take a walk about the grounds.
“The business of Mr. Bennett’s life was to keep his daughters alive. The business of Mrs. Bennett’s was to get them married.”
The passive aggressive politeness of London society easily transferred into the eastern teachings of the samurai, with quiet vengeance. The monologue of Lady Catherine DeBurgh became a fight for honor. Just perfect. The personalities of the characters were perfectly preserved, I had no problem transferring the zombie world to their reactions. They did exactly as I believed they would have done, had they lived in a post-apocalyptic world.
I could almost say that this would be the perfect version for those who couldn’t make it though the original works. At it’s core it is the same, ninety percent of it even ends accordingly. I’m sure the male persuasion would find more appreciation in it than watching Matthew McFayden or Collin Firth for the bazillionth time with you.
The Point: The perfect marriage of Austen and a zombie apocalypse with great appreciation to the soul of the original works.
The Audiobook: Perfect. One of the best audiobooks I’ve listened too. It’s like Shaun of the Dead, but with Elizabeth and Darcy.
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Length: 11 hours and 9 minutes...more