This was a cute book. Well, I guess cute may not be the appropriate word but it´s the one that comes to mind when I think of the writing style and voiThis was a cute book. Well, I guess cute may not be the appropriate word but it´s the one that comes to mind when I think of the writing style and voice of the main character. The heroine of the story is fifteen year old Temple, a supremely capable young girl who has a go getting attitude and no time for nonsense. Only problem is that her very ´capableness´ has now gotten her into trouble. After years of living and, arguably, thriving, in a zombie infested post apocalyptic world Temple finds a community of other survivors who have managed to create their own relatively peaceful sanctuary. Here we see, as we so often do in literature, that of all threats man faces, whether they be mundane or supernatural, man is his own worst enemy. As I mentioned the voice and style of the book is kind of cute in its own way but this is contrasted by the darker elements of (view spoiler)[cannibalism, regret, guilt and sense of purposelessness (hide spoiler)]. However, it is the contrast between the light, yet eloquent, tone of the writing with the violence and with such themes as spirituality, purpose of life, and existential angst in a post apocalyptic world that make it poignant to the degree it is. So... cute probably isn't the word I want to use.
In short the book is well written and is a shiny raft on the sea of the zombie apocalypse genre.["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's weird how some books just call out to you. I was looking for a book to read, a while back, and as I do I was reading through various synopses andIt's weird how some books just call out to you. I was looking for a book to read, a while back, and as I do I was reading through various synopses and googling miscellaneous keywords. As I was looking through the catalogue at Audible.com I saw the cover of 14. With no other knowledge of the book than it's simple nondescript name and the cover art I knew this was something I would enjoy reading. Lo and behold it gets a place on my favorites list (next to John Dies at the End :)
I won't go into any details about 14, the fun thing about it is its mystery. ...more
This was a fun book to read. It takes a light hearted approach to the horror genre with two supernatural buddies, Duke- an overweight werewolf and EarThis was a fun book to read. It takes a light hearted approach to the horror genre with two supernatural buddies, Duke- an overweight werewolf and Earl- a constantly complaining vampire, fighting against the forces of evil. Had a few laugh out loud moments while reading this which is pretty rare for me.
This is the second book I've read by A. Lee Martinez and they've both had a pretty cheesy feel to them, but cheesy in a good way. Martinez definitely has a unique writing voice ...more
I was a bit skeptical about this book considering the name and all but after reading Stephen's review I was pretty much sold. The book did not disappoI was a bit skeptical about this book considering the name and all but after reading Stephen's review I was pretty much sold. The book did not disappoint. The characters were solid and likable, the story three tons of fun, and the zombies were actually interesting in their own way.
As I child I watched the old Star Trek, as a preteen I watched the Next Gen, as a teenager I watched Night of the living Dead, Braindead, etc. so this was a very fun combination for me.
Really well written and very dark. The story itself is enthralling and manages to have some Lovecraftian moments that make the goosebumps come alive oReally well written and very dark. The story itself is enthralling and manages to have some Lovecraftian moments that make the goosebumps come alive on your skin. It seems to me that Scalzi is in his story trying to make some remarks about religion and clergy as corrupt as well as faith as a crutch and a hindrance to progress. If that is a correct assumption then his efforts fall fairly flat to one degree or another. One problem is that by having the gods be these real, powerful and capricious alien beings which have dominion over the definitely real, according to the logic of the book, souls and spirits of men it seems that Scalzi is trying to have his cake and eat it too. It is hard to take seriously the message that Scalzi may, or may not, be trying to convey when he is basically using a modernized version of the Olympian gods as a template for his gods. Although it is fun to read about, it does not engender belief, especially when you consider that no historic accounts of powerful gods are ever straightforwardly about what they seem to be about. There are layers upon layers of meaning contained in pretty much all religious scripture and stories, which is why they live as long as they do. Scalzi's story and his gods on the other hand are straightforwardly what they seem to be. If you have to any degree studied religions and their spiritual interpretive framework then you'll see the cognitive dissonance between the story and its supposed meaning. I can't really say if this is how Scalzi meant the book to be read but as a symbolic tale it doesn't really score very high but as a straight-faced scifi story it is awesome.
(view spoiler)[The same argument as used above can be used about the conflicting scifi and fantasy elements in the book. It is clearly stated the people in the book were once scientifically minded but that after meeting the gods left behind science. The gods using magic and people using it through the gods could be explained in a Dying Earth fashion, i.e. that the technology of the gods had progressed to such a degree as to be indistinguishable from magic. The problem again are the spiritual elements that are added to the book, these undermine the idea that the gods are merely very advanced aliens. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Found out about it on io9.com - "Wilson, the roboticist who won our hearts with nonfiction classic How To Surv22.04.2011- This looks seriously cool! :)
Found out about it on io9.com - "Wilson, the roboticist who won our hearts with nonfiction classic How To Survive A Robot Uprising, brings us his first adult novel. And it's a hardcore, realistic look at what will happen when our robots decide to kill us all. If you like hard science fiction packed with characters you care about, this novel should be the adventure you pack in your bag before you head off for summer vacation."
-- 05.08.2012- Finally read this. Not as good as I was hoping but it's an entertaining read. It has a similar setup to World War Z but with the main narrator as a part of the story as well. I would recommend this book to those who love scifi end of the world type tales although with the caveat that it has a few problems. The main problem is that there is to much telling and not enough showing. Often at the end of one of the stories there would be a summary of what happened next and it just didn't work very well. The other main problem, although this may be partly due to the format, is that there are no very compelling characters in this book, except perhaps for the native american cop guy. The narrator also got on my nerves... But! aside from those problems it was cool :) I look forward to seeing the movie....more