World War Z was recommended by a friend who said it was the best book she's read all year. I think that set my expectations unfairly high for this booWorld War Z was recommended by a friend who said it was the best book she's read all year. I think that set my expectations unfairly high for this book. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but I don't think it could beat out other books I've read recently.
At first the book starts out a bit slow. Be patient and keep with it, things get more interesting as the book progresses. It's written in an interesting way; sort of a series of interviews with various people around the globe about the beginning, middle and end of the 10 year zombie war. Some of the interviews I was wishing were much more fleshed out and some I could have done without altogether. I actually think that a few of them could be taken and made into books unto themselves.
All in all, I liked World War Z. If you like zombies and you like to read, then definitely pick it up. It's easy to read in short spurts if you're busy because each interview section ranges from 1-8 (or so) pages in length. I generally like that since I tend to read while on transit or on my lunch break so being able to stop pretty much anywhere and not get lost is a plus sometimes.
I enjoyed that the book was about people from many different countries and backgrounds. That is probably what made me enjoy this the most. It's no Walking Dead, but it's got a different slant on the zombie thing and that's always fun.
Also, if you haven't made the connection, Max Brooks also wrote the Zombie Survival Guide, another fun read. Check it out if you liked this one and vice versa....more
I bought this book for the Kelley Armstrong story, which was excellent. Definitely the best of the four. If you're wanting to read that story, you canI bought this book for the Kelley Armstrong story, which was excellent. Definitely the best of the four. If you're wanting to read that story, you can actually get Chaotic as a stand-alone novella and save yourself from the other 3 stories.
The Kim Harrison story was probably really great for anyone who is already familiar with her books and the characters she's created. It was definitely a different sort of vampire story, but not really one that lent itself to a short story quite as well as some others. I am intrigued by the world she's created and might try and pick up one of the books in this series to check it out just because it is so different than the usual vampire story.
Lynsay Sands' The Claire Switch Project, the second story in the book, was just awful. I kept reading hoping it would suddenly redeem itself, but nope, it just got worse and worse as it went on. Even the character names were ridiculous. I felt like the writing was amateurish and the story was just stupid. Just when you thought it couldn't get even sillier, you read the ending and just roll your eyes. I can't believe I wasted my time reading this story. Yuck.
Chaotic, by Kelley Armstrong was great, as usual for her. It's the backstory of Hope, a chaos half-demon and how she meets Karl, a werewolf jewelry thief. I've been a fan of The Women of the Otherworld series for quite some time so it was nice to get a bit of extra story about some of the characters from that series. I think it could definitely stand alone as a good story even if you aren't familiar with that series.
The final story in the book by Lori Handeland was just okay. There were some good parts to the story, but some others that were just trite and silly. I did enjoy the story overall and felt like it was a prequel story to maybe a series or something? I'm not sure, but it definitely ended as if that is the case. ...more