I've read book one in this compilation: "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
A human unwittingly winds up a galactic hitchhiker, and of course meetin...moreI've read book one in this compilation: "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
A human unwittingly winds up a galactic hitchhiker, and of course meeting lots of aliens along the way. An absolutely crazy story, at times babbling gibberish and at other times you feel as if you almost have genius within your grasp, but are frantically grabbing air as you try to catch yourself. It's okay. Just go with it.
There were lots of little passages that made me chuckle, or perhaps just cock my head in wonder, and this book introduced me to what may become my favorite book passage of all times.
My final word: This book sort of makes me think of Saturday Night Live. I heard that Jeremy Renner called Jon Hamm for advice on appearing on the show. Jon Hamm suggested that Renner simply let loose and go with it. You can't take yourself too seriously or be self-conscious, or it just won't work and will come off awkward and uncomfortable. Just give into the childishness. This book is like that. An utterly ridiculous and preposterous story with moments of childish brilliance. A fun ride, and I look forward to the rest of the collection. (less)
One of those classic cases of scientists doing something they can do without really stopping to question whether they really should.
The government has...moreOne of those classic cases of scientists doing something they can do without really stopping to question whether they really should.
The government has been playing around with things better left alone. Experiments involving people and South American bats. And, as always happens in post-apocalyptic books of this nature, they have a little "oops!" that results in the downfall of humanity. Vampire-like creatures trick their captors and escape, and they are hungry!
Amy is just a little girl with an unstable life. Raised by a mother who makes bad choices in men and life in general, Amy is quiet and...strange. There is something disconcerting about her, like she knows what you're thinking, but passes no judgement on the world or those stumbling their way through it.
Brad Wolgast is a good man, but a broken man, who has done some things of which he is ashamed. Initially sent to kidnap Amy and bring her to the research lab, as she is viewed as the final key to their government research, he decides instead to be the man his dead baby girl could be proud of and to save Amy, who eventually becomes something of a surrogate daughter. Risking his life to protect her, he becomes the father she never had and earns a daughter's love.
Ninety-two years in the future, Peter is at a crossroads in his life. Living in a settlement of survivors who live under the constant threat of attack by the vampires known as "virals", and always second place to his esteemed older brother, he's feeling restless and uncertain. He eventually becomes the leader of a group of young colony members who set out on a mission to save a girl, and possibly the world.
I absolutely loved this story! It had everything: thrills, chills, horror, love, compassion, terror, suspense, brutality, sensitivity. It hosts a full cast of characters, many of which I fell in love with. I think my favorite character may have been Peter's love interest Alicia-- a strong woman raised by an ex-Colonel who taught her all about survival and fearlessness and selflessness.
This has the feel of a post-apocalyptic zombie story, but with vampire-like creatures instead. It is a bit of a cross between my two favorite books: The Stand by Stephen King and Swan Song by Robert McCammon.
My final word: This book is not for the faint of heart. At over 750 pages and full of brutality, do not go into it lightly, but grab onto it, wrap yourself around it, and live and breathe it. Only through total immersion can you truly appreciate the gentle moments. What a fine example of writing by Mr. Cronin, and I wait with bated breath for the second book in what is to become a trilogy. Awesome!(less)