The story of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the evil One Ring of Sauron, the minion of the great Morgoth. Tolkien's gift is his ability to creThe story of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the evil One Ring of Sauron, the minion of the great Morgoth. Tolkien's gift is his ability to create a world that is more fully realized than our own. The characters and at times the plot can be archaic and two-dimensional, but he uses words like a poet, describing the landscape and kingdoms fallen into dust with a magic that defies the written word. If you're looking for action you won't necessarily get it--the power is in the world. When reading Tolkien, you are fully aware that a pebble kicked off the path by a character will come to rest in a completely different story, just as complex as the one you are reading. It's an amazing thing, but not for those unwilling to put 110% of their brainpower into the read. ...more
This guy is bar non my favorite hard core science fiction writer. The kind of writer who makes me want to throw down my pen. His vision of humanity'sThis guy is bar non my favorite hard core science fiction writer. The kind of writer who makes me want to throw down my pen. His vision of humanity's future is so extensive, so encompassing and committed that you read the damn thing and have to convince yourself that is is in fact fiction and not some actual account that has been handed to you from the future (which, incidentally, this book indicates is possible).
Redemption Ark the second book in a trilogy, the first being Revelation Space and the third being Absolution Gap. There is a stand alone novel in the same universe called Chasm City (which chronologically precedes the trilogy), and a couple of novellas. This book shares in the same strengths and weaknesses as the first, I think. The subject matter it tackles is awesome (and not in the modern-day cowabunga interpretation of the word, but in the true "awe-some" sense). He takes the universal, cosmic question of "are we alone in the universe?" and answers it with a bone chilling reply.
Reynold's strengths are akin to Tolkien's: complete and utter dominance and conviction in the material. I don't understand a lick of quantum physics, or any physics, but I will believe anything this guy writes as gospel, because he writes it with unbelievable confidence. A hard lesson for writers in this genre to learn is how to take command of your material and write with an authority that convinces your reader you know what the hell you're talking about, whether you actually do or not. Reynolds is maybe the best example of success at this I've ever seen. The techno-babble is amazing, if overwhelming, and he has an uncanny insight into the nature of humanity, and how it will converge/diverge once you turn it loose in space. Despite all of the amazing advances in technology, which makes us seem god-like, you can still see and recognize the unchanging human nature that exists right now, today.
He does have weaknesses, though. This is a long book, and there is a lot of exposition. Sometimes it's hard to resist the temptation to skim, since a lot of the text is technobable that is difficult to comprehend in the first place. While a lot of it could be trimmed out without altering the course of the novel, the fact that it's there is forgivable when you consider the zeal that goes into writing it. There are also a lot of characters that fight for screen time and who sometimes suffer in the character development department. Scorpio, Thorn, Antoinette Bax and Xavier Liu are good examples of this, though Scorpio might get his day in the next book. The relationship between Khouri and Thorn felt strange, and more a cultivation of the author than of the characters themselves. Without reading CS, it could be assumed that Reynolds' niche is the plot-driven epic space opera rather than a character driven piece. But CS proves that he is equally capable of rendering the human condition frighteningly well. I would go as far as saying that you will find a much deeper appreciation of this universe if you are introduced to it through CS, which examines existence on a much smaller, more manageable scale before taking you into the huge, mind boggling galaxy-sized concept of this trilogy. At the very least you will certainly understand what the hell H's role in the story is, as his mysterious character is a carryover from CS instantly recognizable by those who have read it.
So in conclusion of this very long review, this book is incredible. If you are looking for a really high quality space opera, this is it. If you are looking for something a little less overwhelming, but still cunningly written and hard core science fiction, you will probably prefer CS or the novellas, "Diamond Dogs" and "Turquoise Days". But anyone who claims to be a sci fi geeks has to read this books (all his books) or be stripped of your geekdom. Plain and simple. ...more
This is the conclusion of the three part series, and while I thought it was the weakest of the series, I still get insane pleasure out of this man's wThis is the conclusion of the three part series, and while I thought it was the weakest of the series, I still get insane pleasure out of this man's writing. I think the main problem this book has is that it is missing what would seem to be a very vital sense of urgency concerning the Inhibitors. Now, the nature of this galaxy he has created reminds us that our perception of the passage of time is quite different from the galaxy's perception, but even so, there is a race of machines out there destroying mankind, and there is only one real moment in the book where that threat feels real and immediate. Granted, that one moment is one HELL of a moment, one that I as a writer who knows how much the characters and worlds you create mean to you might not have had the courage or willpower to write, but overall the Inhibitors themselves are surprisingly absent from the book, and when they do appear they just do not seem as terrible and threatening as they should be. I feel the same way about how the author treats the cache weapons, weapons so terrible that they were only made once, and the technology used to make them was then destroyed. They are called hell class weapons, and we are made to fear them utterly in the first book, but in the second and third, while they are used and coveted, we never really see or feel their devastation, which to me is a real missed opportunity.
Characters that I thought were slightly underdeveloped or unnecessary in Absolution Gap tended to be weeded out, which I suppose justified my previous opinion. The author's main fascination seemed to be with the character Scorpio, which I admit is a fascinating character, and Reynolds thoroughly addresses all of the things that make him interesting. We skulk in Scorpio's head more intimately than perhaps any other character in the series, though sometimes I think I am more interested in Reynold's fascination with the character than my own. The problem I think, is that in the second book there was a crucial transformation in Scorpio's character that we were told about but never really saw, and as such when the character reflects on that transformation, I have to take his word for it rather than understand it myself. Show not tell, yo. And on the note of characters, I think there were two HUGE missed opportunities in Grelier and whats-her-name torture lady from the very beginning, who were possibly THE most interesting characters he's ever created, and they end up playing a rather minuscule, undeveloped part, which is disappointing. Oh, and hey, whatever happened to the Mademoiselle? Rarely does Reynolds leave a thread like that unadressed, but the story never came back to that like I thought it would.
This book also ended more vaguely than the other books do, and if there is one thing I can generally count on Reynolds for, it's an ending that lives up to its promise. If I read the ending right, and it was a little hard to sort out, at least for me, it doesn't exactly leave you with warm, squishy thoughts. Which is fine, but it was so vague and out there that I felt a little let down. Those things said, there is no end to the fascinating creativity this man possesses. The nature of Haldora, the Cathedrals, the characters of Quaiche and Aura are all pretty brilliant if you ask me. I've been dwelling on the negative, but there is so, so, so much to like about this book, and Alastair Reynolds on his worst day is far better than most of the sci-fi junk that's out there. Read this. Really. Read everything this guy has written if you're into this genre. ...more
The story of the anti-christ in a way it's never been told before. As my husband put it when we saw a trailer for "The Omen," the other day, "It looksThe story of the anti-christ in a way it's never been told before. As my husband put it when we saw a trailer for "The Omen," the other day, "It looks like Good Omens, only not funny." The wit and satire of two of my favorite authors comes together to form Captain Planet in this one. You have the Nuns of the Chattering Order, the antichrist accidentally switched at birth, a satanic dog who prefers to chase mice, and a demon and angel who prefer to spend their time shooting the shit than defending/destroying the human race. Tell me you can find something better, and I won't believe you. ...more
This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends...not with a bang but a whimper. This book is really abThis is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends...not with a bang but a whimper. This book is really about the end of the world, not in the form of a nuclear war or bloody apocalypse, but the release of a tiny virus known as Project Blue that wipes out 99% of the world's population, leaving the handful of survivors to fight the real battle of good vs evil. I read this book for the first time right after the mini-series in like, 1995. I was in seventh grade, and touted this MONSTROUS hardback book to school with me, because my dad has every single Stephen King book ever published, but only in hardback. This book is truly frightening in the way that most horror books can't be: it touches you in such a real way, that the first time you sneeze you want to call everyone you know and tell them you love them, because you're certain you have about two days to live. The characters are so real you're convinced you've met them before. I've never found another author who can peel characters off the page and stand them next to you like he can. ...more
This book might be the most brilliant piece of work I've ever read. It is comparable in scope to the Bible, detailing the creation story of the EvlesThis book might be the most brilliant piece of work I've ever read. It is comparable in scope to the Bible, detailing the creation story of the Evles and the events of the first age (the second and third are glazed over in a much briefer fashion). It is told very much like the Bible, similar language, similar method of storytelling.
This is not for most people, as only fans of Tolkien are likely to be willing to put forth the effort. Much more so than Lord of the Rings, this is a difficult book to read. It is dense, oftentimes depressing, and very confusing. But if you are willing to put the time into it, you will start to realize the magnitude of the scope that went into this work, and how in four lifetimes you probably couldn't even to begin to accomplish part of what Tolkien did. His the fullest realization of a world in the history of fiction, and a very important lesson for any inspiring science fiction writer....more
Despite my affinity for the fantastically supernatural, this is actually my first vampire book. I've just never been that interested in them. My indifDespite my affinity for the fantastically supernatural, this is actually my first vampire book. I've just never been that interested in them. My indifference is such that I'm only just now plowing through the many seasons of Buffy. But when both walkawayslowly and Neil Gaiman highly recommended it, I figured, sure? Why not? And I was justly rewarded.
The strength of this book really comes from the narrator. It’s first person, an approach that can yield good things or unspeakably horrible things, but in this case it’s used well. She’s a strong character, with an unlikely occupation (for a vampire story) in that she bakes cinnamon rolls for a living (which will likely result in an insatiable sweet tooth for the entirety of the read, by the way, as she’s very descriptive of all the baking wonders she’s capable of), and her voice is interesting and engaging, thanks to the diary-style prose and a good sense of humor. Her keenest insights, however, are about the vampires themselves, which is what makes the book really shine (Sunshine…get it? Har.)
Keeping in mind that I haven’t read vampire books, this author nails what it would be like to be in the presence of one of these creatures more effectively than any movie or cliché I’ve ever seen/heard. She describes them through non-descriptions, which oddly enough works amazingly well. I felt for the first time that there were real, definitive, alien differences between humans and vampires other than the no soul, no reflection stuff you see everywhere. This author went further, and I got more out if the story because of that.
A problem I had came at the very beginning. At the start of the book, the author plants you firmly in a world that mirrors normal, conventional reality, which set me up for this kind of story: “I’ve just been bitten by a vampire? Holy crap! VAMPIRES ARE REAL!” But then, a few pages later, you suddenly realize you’re in this story: “Dude. Larry got sucked dry by a vampire last night. Bummer for Larry.” In this book, demons, magic, charms, vampires, werewolves, are part of everyday life, and the transition into that knowledge is very jarring, to the point I was flipping back pages to see if I’d missed something.
I also found myself confused about certain concepts, such as the “tree-self,” although I admit I was not a very careful reader this time around, so it’s entirely possible the confusion is my fault and not the author’s. But I feel I should note it.
Anyway, for a first vampire book, I enjoyed it. You probably will, too. ...more
Okay, so I had pretty high hopes for this book. And while it didn't quite meet those lofty expectations, I'm still glad I read it. The most interestinOkay, so I had pretty high hopes for this book. And while it didn't quite meet those lofty expectations, I'm still glad I read it. The most interesting and possibly debatable part is the odd suggestion (okay, not really suggestion, but claim I suppose) of Huck's parentage. I spent a lot of the book wondering about that, and I'm still not sure how much I buy it, though props to the author for creativity. I did appreciate the notes from the author at the end on the subject, because seeing how this little twist evolved in his head made it a little easier for me to go along with.
But despite the fact the story was interesting, there were problems, namely the writing style. The dialog in this book is very staccato, with short, terse sentences that make it nearly impossible to determine who is speaking without a tag, because everyone sounds the same. While I appreciate the attempt to write dialect, everything these people say seems stunted and abrupt, and it's hard on the reader. I got really sick of the phrase, "I know it," which probably appears at least 3-4 times a page. Clinch also had a habit of writing in incomplete sentences, which can be done effectively, when used sparingly, but in this case it was constant and sounded jarring and discordant, and I got the impression Clinch was trying too hard to be artsy and pretentious. I'm really big on rhythm when I write, so I prefer a writing style that is much more fluid. This guy's style was extremely hard for me to handle, though perhaps it wouldn't be to others. I also had a problem with tense and pronouns. Clinch constantly preferred to use pronouns in place of names. Huck is almost always referred to as "the boy," Finn often as "the man," etc. In one way I like that it provides distance from the characters that belong to Mark Twain. It seems respectful in a lot of ways, but runs into structural problems, as there are a lot of flashbacks. The flashbacks are also in present tense, and often times it's hard to tell whether "the boy" refers to the young Finn or Huck himself. I had a lot of trouble figuring out where I was in time and who I was with as a result.
So anyhow, it lacks the flavor and color and life of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer, but I never got the feeling he was trying to compete with Mark Twain, or make any comparisons of Twain's work to his own. He was respectful of the characters, and really did just put his own spin on a part of the story that was not in Twain's books. I have a lot of criticism of this book, but I did enjoy reading it, and if you can look past the stylistic and structural flaws it's not a bad choice. ...more
Can you imagine my excitement over the prospect of more Tolkien material? The story itself appears in a briefer form in the Silmarillion, and here inCan you imagine my excitement over the prospect of more Tolkien material? The story itself appears in a briefer form in the Silmarillion, and here in it's longer form we get to dwell a lot more on what things were like in the First Age, when the Elves screwed everything up so royally it all had to be sunk beneath the sea. Seriously, for a race that is immortal and thus in theory hip to smart decisions vs. horrendous ones, the Elves FAIL miserably to do anything that ultimately turns out to be right or smart. They seem doomed to failure, and everyone can just blame Feanor. Well, and I guess Turin, because after reading this you really wonder why in God's name is Hollywood fighting over movie rights, because watching this movie would likely sink you into a horrible depressive cycle that would last for weeks.
I say this all with love, by the way.
The Children of Hurin is stylistically written much like the Silmarillion, so put your Biblical goggles on. In general, and very much in this book, Tolkien conveys honor, fate, chivalry, sorrow and grief with such amazing beauty and grace that it quite frankly leaves you humbled. I cannot overemphasize the beauty and tragedy of Tolkien's writing. This world of his is made so complex and poignant mostly because of all the tragic things that happen within it. The stories of old told throughout The Lord of the Rings are spoken so lovingly and with such nostalgia, but it's the sadness that even remembered victories contain that make them so moving. When characters get that wistful look in their eye, you very badly want to know everything about what it is their mind sees, and in this story, you get that. In a lot more detail than the Silmarillion. (!!!)
But at the same time, these stories are so. so. easy to MST3K, and if you love them dearly like I do, you can do it and not feel bad. For example. One of the issues I have with most of Tolkien's writing is that when it comes to the noble, proud, heroic and yet flawed characters of the First Age, all you read about are the flaws, and the stupid decisions they make as a result of those flaws, without any emphasis on the good qualities that make them so well loved. I can't stand Feanor, and frankly, I cannot find much to like about Turin, the arrogant little prick, despite the fact that out of the Edain, he and Beren are probably the most revered. Yes, their bravery and valor have won them the respect of the elves, but man. If I were an elf and some dinky little man insisted to Orodeth that that no, don't listen to Cirdan's people, we should FIGHT LIKE BANSHEES and not stay hidden and thus avoid certain defeat, and as a result my kingdom was SACKED AND OVERTHROWN BY A DRAGON, I would be pretty damn pissed. But no, they still love the man, no matter how sullen and snotty he gets. And he gets pretty sullen and snotty if you ask me. I still don't understand how a human, who has a couple hundred years less experience than any elf, most especially elves who would be advisers to the king of one of the most powerful elven realms, could offer better military strategy than other fellow elves, but this is a world that after thousands and thousands of years, bows and arrows are still about the most powerful weapons they got.
So, there is a lot about Turin that you have to take everyone's word for, rather than see evidence of yourself. But if you are at all familiar with Tolkien's writing, and love it in the slightest bit, you will be ecstatic about this book, and hopefully equally as horrified as I that they want to make the damn thing a movie (yes! a movie about grief and tragedy and incest and betrayal where nothing good ultimately happens to anyone! whoo!!)....more
i need to preface this by saying that this was the first stephen king book i ever read. he is my father's favorite author, and i grew up staring at thi need to preface this by saying that this was the first stephen king book i ever read. he is my father's favorite author, and i grew up staring at the dozens of hardback books all in a row on the shelves of his office, all with king's name on them. i really wanted to read one, see what it was dad read, and the reason he handed me this one was the same reason king wrote it: so his kids could read something he had written. in other words, it's kid-friendly, and actually written as a children's book (don't be fooled, though. there is plenty of poisonings, death, betrayal, etc, and the villain is flagg, of the stand fame). that said, it could be that my love for this book the second time around as an adult is deeply rooted in that first reading as a kid, meaning it could be that if you read it for the first time as an adult you might not feel the way that i do about it. think reading the hobbit vs. reading lord of the rings, and that's about the comparison to it and normal king fare.
the story itself could almost be considered stock fantasy, but the characters are brought to life with the amazing skill that you come to expect from stephen king. you have the kingdom of delain, ruled by king roland. roland has two sons, peter and thomas. the elder peter is the golden child, with thomas always living in his shadow. roland himself is a weak king, a virtual puppet of his adviser, flagg. with peter poised to take the throne after roland dies, flagg must see to it that somehow thomas, the weaker son who more resembles his father, is the one actually crowned king. this doesn't sound to original, does it? but i doubt you can find a story in which you feel such compassion for the spineless king roland, awe and respect for the venerable prince peter, and sympathy blended with shame for thomas. it's a quick read, engaging, and skillfully told. if you want a fantasy story that will bring you back to your childhood, this is it. ...more
another one from the walkawayslowly's box-o-books. this is the guy who wrote about a boy (haven't read the book, but loved the movie) and high fidelitanother one from the walkawayslowly's box-o-books. this is the guy who wrote about a boy (haven't read the book, but loved the movie) and high fidelity (haven't read the book nor seen the movie, but the husband likes it a lot). in this book, four strangers who come from four very different walks of life all wind up on the roof of a popular suicide spot on new year's eve, planning to off themselves. the story is what happens as a result of this strange meeting. it's told first person through the points of view of each of the four, which is what makes this book succeed. if it came from third person, or only took one pov out of the four, it wouldn't be nearly so interesting and engaging.
what really impressed me was the author's ability to write these four very different people so convincingly. characters that you can't stand when you see them from someone else's pov become enjoyable and sympathetic when you see things from their own perspective, and their contemplations on what it was that has driven them to such misery are very compelling. that these four people somehow manage to maintain a very warped sort of friendship, and that you believe it, is more kudos to the author. the style is engaging, generally hilarious, but very sobering in places, which is the sign of a great humor writer. in order to have substance there has to be a dark side to humor writing, otherwise you just have fluff, and it's easy to laugh at the trials and tribulations of these people while still having respect for the seriousness of what they're going through.
it's a hard book to find and ending for, because you walk a fine line between an unrealistic fairy tale ending and making it true to life in a way that can't satisfy the reader. as a result, in some ways i feel the book just sort of trails off rather then delivering a really solid ending, but at the same time i'm not sure what other way it could have ended. again, a book i would highly recommend. this was a good reading round, it seems. i'm a happy reader. =)...more
and yes, i know that most everyone has probably already read this book.
this was another from the box-o-books walkawayslowly sent me, which further prand yes, i know that most everyone has probably already read this book.
this was another from the box-o-books walkawayslowly sent me, which further proves her knack for good literary taste. =) i likely would not have picked this one up on my own, because novels about female family struggles don't generally interest me. call me a traitor to my gender, but especially when you are dealing with more of a "period piece" (not a term that necessarily applies to this work, but hopefully you catch my drift) in which the heroine is helpless and trapped by society. but that's not what this is. the book has three different elements: the story being told by iris chase, wife of a rich industrialist and sister to the author of a book called "the blind assassin," whose suicide iris announces in a very matter of fact sentence in the first line of the book. the other two elements are excerpts from the blind assassin, and a series of newspaper articles that somehow involve iris and her family over the course of their lives. these three elements weave together to tell what is a really good story.
the characters are very well drawn, and really come into their own. laura, the sister, really comes off the page well. iris herself could have easily become little more than a camera through which the story is told, but atwood gave her a great deal of life, mostly achieved in the passages that are told in the present, when iris is an old woman. the prose is gorgeous, so that even when it tends towards the melodramatic, you can forgive it. there are some really terrific sentence in this book. my only real problem with the book is that i had everything figured out well before the main character did, which irritated me. i felt like the author was trying to drag out the "twist" long after the character would have put two and two together if left to her own devices. this is well worth the read, though. well worth it. ...more
I'm usually not interested in the "chick books" that have become so popular recently (maybe they were always popular, but I've only taken notice of thI'm usually not interested in the "chick books" that have become so popular recently (maybe they were always popular, but I've only taken notice of them in the past couple of years). You know, the witty, funny, celebrations of the modern women in all her success and tragedy. I think the appeal is that so many women can relate to these voices, these women, fictional or real, who live lives we recognize and are heartbreakingly and humorously honest about some of our most private thoughts and failures. Unfortunately, since I'm not particularly chick-ish, I've never jumped on the bandwagon, and wouldn't have read this if walkawayslowly hadn't sent it to me. Though I still wouldn't necessarily seek this genre out after reading it, I did enjoy it.
Humor is such a hard thing to write, harder than anything else, and to do it requires a very real talent. I thought I was in trouble on the first page when the first "gag" unfolded in a really forced, constructed way that was predictable as well as unnatural, but to my relief I think that was about the only moment in the book when I rolled my eyes at the writing style. This book is funny, and Laurie Notaro is a genuinely good humorist. A lot of her issues I could not relate to (this will make me sound like a snob, and I am, but hey, at least I'm honest, right?), such as dieting (I honestly cringed when she talked about the way she ate, which can be blamed on my new found desire to be a nutritionist) and irresponsible spending (blame my parents), and some other very common things normal Americans face. But while I might not have related to several things, I can see how so many people out there do, which would make the appeal of this book all the greater. She does so well when it comes to vocalizing so much of what we're all really thinking, no matter how outrageous or inappropriate. That said, I can't imagine wanting to ever meet this woman, as much of what she says and does really isn't something to be proud of. But it was a fun read. ...more
this book. is brutally fantastic. i'm not sure if i've ever used that particular combination of descriptors before, but it fits. this is the same guythis book. is brutally fantastic. i'm not sure if i've ever used that particular combination of descriptors before, but it fits. this is the same guy who wrote the "zombie survival guide," though i will have to rely on the husband to tell me how much of that manual informs this book, as he has been reading that one. both books were his christmas presents, btw, and i had no real mission to read either, but i started idly flipping through world war z out of boredom, and the next thing you know i had finished it. zombies have only recently been part of my life, and unfortunately, if there is a class of experts regarding this particular "virus," i belong in it. this comes from being married to someone who scouts out every place we go, be it wal-mart, the mall, a restaurant, for possible weapons, fortification sites, and plausible escape routes in the event of a zombie invasion. these things invade my dreams, frighten the living hell out of me, but still, this book rocked my socks.
what makes this book interesting is that it takes the form of an honest to god historical account, complete with footnotes. the author chronicles individual accounts of a zombie infestation that sweeps the entire world and puts the human race on the brink of extinction. it takes itself absolutely seriously from cover to cover, which is part of what makes it so successful. it's written for an audience who presumably knows the basic history of the war, which of course, we do not. it does not explain the timeline, it does not define certain events, just refers to them as though you will recognize what the speaker is referring to. you are expected to catch on, read between the lines, fill in the blanks on your own, which fuels your imagination while simultaneously leaving you begging for more. it's just the right amount of information, i think, because even though i would have liked to see a basic chronology of events, have some background information available, i think the writer was right to give me less than what i think i need, because having that information might actually detract in the end.
unlike the traditional zombie movies (the exception that comes to mind being the latest romero flick, land of the dead), this looks beyond the immediate desperation for simple survival, and explores the effects on economy, military, government, commerce, trade, etc. things you might not normally consider (if you spend time considering the fallout of a zombie infestation), such as what refugee patterns would emerge and how that would jeopardize different nations, the fortune that would suddenly be made in human trafficking, the impact on our oceans and atmosphere, which nations are tumbled to the ground and which ones rise from the ashes to gain prosperity and power, the desperate yet woefully ineffectual efforts made by civilians to survive (when they do not have survival skills), the spread of the virus through infected organ transplants, the zombie threat underwater, the fortunes made by pharmeceutical companies off of fake cures, and a LOT more. aside from these unique and fascinating perspectives, brooks writes a painfully honest account of the human factor. the danger facing humanity was not just from zombies: it was humanity itself. the psychological damage incurred by soldiers, witnesses, survivors...he paints a clear picture of how merely avoiding a zombie bite was not enough to keep you alive.
it's brilliantly imaginative, utterly fascinating on all levels, and so worth the read even if you have no interest in the living dead. though, if you are sensitive to nightmares, be on your guard. i've been dreaming about this stuff like crazy. the past couple of nights....more