I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. I don't think it really is a zombie novel because the infected don't quite resemble zomI am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. I don't think it really is a zombie novel because the infected don't quite resemble zombies except for the fact that they want to kill you. But it was a pretty enjoyable story nonetheless.
This novel is a psychological horror novel that focuses on a man named Warner. The tone and plot is a bit humorous but the situations and environment are horror down to the bones. The main character's narrative can be funny at times and you can feel a great connection with Warner as he wades his way through the deadlands while trying to make sense of it all.
Plot: I am not so sure how I feel about the plot. The situations and the backdrop for the story were pretty good, but the story itself --to me-- wasn't as quick paced as I was expecting it to be. Sometimes the novel can seem to drag on a little, and this is mainly due to the main character's narrative jumping in at some points. I felt that the beginning of the novel required a bit of slogging, but once you get into the story it really is engrossing. The psychological elements to this story are very interesting and make for a unique reading experience.The narratives can often slow down the pace of the story, but without those narratives, this novel wouldn't be the psychological thriller that it is, so I guess I can't harp too much on the pace.
Writing: The writing was sharp and crisp. The author has a real voice and the way he describes action scenes are top notch. What makes the novel interesting to read is not only the fact that it is well written, but because the author can say things in a different voice than everybody else and he delivers a very different style of storytelling.
Characters: The only real character that the reader can associate with on any level is Warner. Warner is a great character because of how natural all his actions appear to be. All of his choices and thoughts are realistic and often I felt as though I could relate with Warner on a personal level, great reader-to-character connection. The character is an average guy with thoughts and real emotions. Warner is a character that people can give a damn about and that scored the author huge points in my books.
Overall: Good read. I wouldn't necessarily call this a zombie book but I guess that could also depend on who's reading it, to each their own. At times, it felt like I had to wade through thick narratives to get to the meat of the story but the time investment was worth it. This is a great psychological thriller that I think people would like if they gave it a chance. I'd highly recommend it to those who are looking for a very unconventional--in a good way--apocalyptic tale with a main character worth taking the journey with....more
A new take on zombies you say? A new and unique way to justify a zombie apocalypse? I didn't think there was much of a chance that somebody would comeA new take on zombies you say? A new and unique way to justify a zombie apocalypse? I didn't think there was much of a chance that somebody would come up with a new and viable explanation for the zombie apocalypse, let alone one that was intriguing. Lately, authors have been slapping on the same old `It's a virus turning people to zombies!' or something of that nature. But there aren't very many authors who try to take it from a completely different angle, and those who try, usually destroy a lot of the realism from their stories. `Machines of the Dead' takes a very different view on the creation of the undead, and dips into a little bit of sci-fi in the process, making for an enjoyable read. Nanobots are the cause for the zombie plague in this novel and at first, I was a little sceptical if he could pull it off but to my pleasant surprise, the author doesn't make the story any less realistic. With so many stories just using the ol' virus explanation, it was great to see something that stood apart from all of the others by trying something different. Not only did he use a fresh explanation for the zombie apocalypse, he also used this element to help create a very unique plot. Not only are the nanobots the cause of the zombie plague, but they add another way to dispose of the ghouls without a head-shot. I won't go into too much detail but I am impressed at how the author used these creative sci-fi elements in order to twist this plot into something different from the bland zombie novels out there. David Bernstein receives a lot of points in my book because he delivers a truly unique slant on the genre. The characters are likeable, mainly because of the fact that they are a little rough around the edges. I am not a fan of stories that feature saint-like main characters, it's just unrealistic and the characters themselves seem more improbable than the undead. Luckily, the readers are presented a small cast of likeable and relatable characters that help move the story along at a comfortable speed. The novel is pretty short, but despite the story's length, I was still able to connect with the characters. One of the best aspects of this novel is the realism. Not only are the characters real, but the plot itself is plausible with the nanobots and engaging. Nano technological is on the rise and in the coming decades, we might end up using Nano technological in our everyday lives--that makes this novel a bit more frightening. Overall: Machines of the Dead is definitely worth a read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The nanobots idea was very clever and as a aspiring zombie novelist, this makes me a bit jealous for not coming up with something that good. I wished that it was longer and that I got to spend a little bit more time with the characters, but that was my only real qualm. Despite its length, the quality of the story you get is definitely a good bang for your buck. Recommended? Hell yes....more
I liked the fact that Rotter World tries something different by throwing vampires into the mix. I was heThis was a great read and I really enjoyed it.
I liked the fact that Rotter World tries something different by throwing vampires into the mix. I was hesitant at first, worried that the author would not be able to use that vampire-element in order to give us a plot-line that is different from all the rest. I've seen it before where an author brings in a new element, something different, yet poor execution leads to a boring and bland plotline. If you wanna bring something different into the genre, you better well use it to make the plot itself different as well, if you fail to do so, then you're dancing to the same boring tune like everybody else. Rotter World does not fall into this category. The author does a stellar job using the vampire element to shape this story into something different and unique. I enjoyed how he used to the vampire element to shape a new spin on the story near the end.
Writing: I enjoyed the writing style. Scott Baker has a straight-forward, clean and crisp writing style that brings the story to life. His descriptions can really bring the gore and his action sequences are well oriented. Writing wise: I have no qualms.
Characters: Some of the characters were a little cardboard-ish but overall, the characters in the books are real. A few of them I could live without. There were also a couple of characters that could have been fleshed out a little more. (such as Natalie, O'Bannon and Mad Dog) I really wish Mad Dog was a bit more lively on the page. There was a scene with Mad Dog that I had slight issues with. The reason being that the scene could have been better if it occurred later on in the book, and if you've read the book, you'd understand the particular scene I am talking about.
Plot: Riveting. This book has a great plot and the vampire element gives it an original spin on the zombie story. There is a lot of action, blood and gore and also, great conflicts. Maybe one or two of the conflicts seemed a little contrived, but overall, they were some pretty good action scenes. Also, not very zombie novels can give me an `Oh Crap!' moment,and this is mainly due to the fact that I've read a crap-load of zombie fiction and have read a lot of pretty morbid stuff. But Rotter World gave me a good `Oh Crap!' moment and the author gets bonus points for that.
Overall: Rotter World stands out as one hell of a zombie novel and with a little time, it will catch on and become a popular read among fans. I think somewhere down the road, people might regard Rotter World as a Permuted Press classic and I would probably be one of the people testifying to that. This story has a great plot, good characters, strong re-read value and an excellent, unique slant on the genre....more
The author, Stephen A. North was kind enough to send me a copy of his novel. He's a very nice and well-spoken individual, and I was very excited to reThe author, Stephen A. North was kind enough to send me a copy of his novel. He's a very nice and well-spoken individual, and I was very excited to read his novel, Dead Tide. Dead Tide is definitely worth the time if you're a fan of a good zombie tale told from various perspectives.
This story takes the viewpoints from a wide cast of characters, and believe me, there are a lot of characters in this story. Sometimes, too many characters in a story could end up dragging down the plot, but there are a few novels out there that can actually juggle a large cast and still keep the story moving at a strong pace, and Dead Tide is one of these novels. The author only allows a few pages per chapter, giving little time for the reader to relate to the character before changing into the next POV. But I was pleasantly surprised at how well he balanced all these characters and still managed to make these characters relatable to the reader. The story itself wasn't bad. The author conveyed a great chaotic atmosphere and his depiction of a social breakdown (and how people, city officials and cops would react.)is very accurate. The only qualm I had with the story was that he could have made the zombies a bit more prevalent, a little more involved with the goings on in the story. At times, they seemed to blend in with the background, but there is some reasoning behind this, the focal point of the story was seeing how people react to the fall of mankind and more importantly, how they treat one another during times of peril--that alone was a very attractive and engaging feature of this novel.
Overall: This is a fast paced action story, driven by some strong characters in a great chaotic atmosphere. The only real qualm I have is the lack of zombie involvement with the plot, the zombies could have been a little more prominent in the story. This is a strong story about how people realistically react to zombies, and I haven't read very many stories that depict chaos as accurately as Dead Tide. The writing style was crisp, the flow was excellent, and it was a very well written story.
I highly advise reading this novel if you are a zombie fan, it is a solid story and I look forward to reading the sequel....more
To start off, I've read a lot of zombie fiction. I am a reviewer for Buy zombie dot c om and I have been sent a whack-load of zombies novels to reviewTo start off, I've read a lot of zombie fiction. I am a reviewer for Buy zombie dot c om and I have been sent a whack-load of zombies novels to review over the years. I have read a lot of the bad and a lot of the good parts of zombie literature and all I have to say is that not only does Hive stand in the good part of zombie-lit, but it stands-out with its unique spin on the genre.
Hive is well-written. The author has a nice fluid style of writing that keeps the story moving at a break-neck pace. His style of writing also helps his orchestrate excellent fighting scenes and plot related conflicts.
The characters are well-drawn and as a reader I can picture them clear as a bell in my head.
The plot is very different from everything else out there and I couldn't help but feel that I was reading something truly original in the genre. I have a great feeling about this series and I am hungry for more. I have a feeling the author has big plans for the rest of the series and I am anxious to see what he has in store for the readers.