if you have read my review for mind fuck, this makes sense, if not, this could be the start of a long and expensive lawsuit!
so, this is book two in the administration series, my foray into m/m erotica. this volume is comprised of a novella and a few short stories. the novella gets a cranky thumbs-down from me. it begins with an emergency room sexual mishap and then goes snoringly into a tepid kidnap and corporate-espionage plot that i could neither follow nor care about.book, be more fun!
the stories, though, are great. i really care about these men and their bdsm relationship. come on, guys, be more in love! you know you want it! toreth, stop being such a dog - warrick, stop being so cold. love is in the air, stop playing games. (but watch out for murrrderrrr)
but golly, here is my problem. they are gay and they like sex - so why aren't they talking about gey sex all the time so the reader knows they are gay?? and they are human and they must eat food - so why aren't they talking about food all the time so we know they like it? i mean, yeah - one time they have a meal, but that probably means they don't really like to eat, otherwise, the author would be sure to describe every meal in great detail.and air?? why aren't they constantly noting every time they breathe?? it's like the author doesn't know what people are the most interested in hearing about, or how to develop character. i know someone who could teach manna francis a thing or two.
that snarky homage aside, i am very interested in the rest of this series. see,
seriously - a one-day-read feels so good after spending two weeks on one book; it is freeing to remember that it can be done and still have time left...moreseriously - a one-day-read feels so good after spending two weeks on one book; it is freeing to remember that it can be done and still have time left over to watch step up2 - the streets!! (those motherfuckers danced in the rain! talk about risking it all!)
this is the middle book in a trilogy, so don't go running out to read it based on the "strength" of this review without first going out and getting hater.it is a fun bloody romping zombie-ish book that is a page-turning good time for those of us with anger management issues.
i like that this book takes the genre of zombie fiction and gives it a little shove into deeper waters.the basics: about half of the population remains "unchanged", and the rest have gone mad with zombielike urges. these "zombies" aren't corpses, they are just people infected with the urge to kill. kill, kill, kill, dismember, smash, punch, kick, start over.
but they don't destroy mindlessly, like zombies, not entirely. this second volume mostly takes place in the mind of an infected, so you can see that they are thinking, or one of them is anyway, but there is a compulsion to kill and a planned rationale, of sorts, for their actions. it is a little more chilling when there is a methodology.
when david wellington introduced zombie birds in monster island, i got crazy excited because it was so unexpected and frankly terrifying and as someone who has seen a ton of zombie movies, it was something new, finally. this one pulls a similar move. children!! rage-infected children!! badass vivisecting feeling-no-pain children!god, like they aren't scary enough already! for example, this fantastic movie:
apparently guillermo del toro has snapped up the movie rights for hater, which is pretty lame, if you ask me, considering there is already a movie and a remake of same movie covering pretty much the same ground. but who am i to question the man? if you're not going to make the damn hobbit anymore, you do whatever you want, dude.
is this a review? i can't tell anymore. all i know is, i took the day off work because my back refused to give me a break yesterday, and this was a fantastic companion for my day of rest.
i will leave the billy bragg here, because i think the question remains, "which side are you on, boy?"
this book is about zombies the same way the bible is about god. they are mostly background actors who are the reason other characters do what they do...morethis book is about zombies the same way the bible is about god. they are mostly background actors who are the reason other characters do what they do and occasionally they will rarrrr in and kill a bunch of people because they cant help it, but mostly they are an invisible presence, always to be feared but never given a voice.
this whole book takes place after the zombies have already destroyed most of the world and is a collection of the testimonials of hundreds (?) of different characters detailing their experiences with the zombie outbreak, and how they have survived. because of this, there arent really any action scenes, or any immediate terror. this book is more about politics and global concerns and human nature and dissatisfaction with the way the government handles natural disasters and (im gonna say it, im gonna say it) the zeitgeist (woohoo) than it is about man-eating corpses. it takes into account so many different aspects of post-zombie experience that i never would have considered like what will the actors do now? and what happens if a zombie gets on board your boat? and how will this affect the rest of the food chain? very multi-faceted, if not what i was expecting.
also interesting: the role of castles in a zombie holocaust, and the underground tunnels in paris: unsafe. so for people like alfonso, who do not enter a room without first considering their escape routes should zombies attack, this could give some interesting perspectives about what may have been overlooked, and provide some good food for thought. brains are for thought. brains are zombie food. you do the math.
uh-oh - book avalanche... maybe more later...(less)
i cant help it, i love byron. i have about 30 books here that fictionalize his life and work and discourtesies. and most of them look like cheap roman...morei cant help it, i love byron. i have about 30 books here that fictionalize his life and work and discourtesies. and most of them look like cheap romance novels, but i can't help it; i love the clubfooted bastard. even when they are bad. and this one is bad. byron as a vampire?? how could this story go off the tracks, you wonder?? well, it does. pretty spectacularly. and i own the sequel too, and i will read it because i cannot resist! i'm just glad i can read pretty quickly, so i am able to indulge myself these little distractions from good taste and sensible reading. someday soon i will embark upon my byronathon and read all these old mass markets with their blue-tinted pages and see if any of them deserve to be back in print, or if it was meant to protect us all...(less)
this book is terrrrrible! it kind of makes me want to roll around on my back in it and savor the yuk of it all. but here's the thing - i was deathly i...morethis book is terrrrrible! it kind of makes me want to roll around on my back in it and savor the yuk of it all. but here's the thing - i was deathly ill yesterday all fever and koff koff and so very weak and i said to myself - what is the most escapist book i have??... and i found this. and i read it all day, drifting in and out of consciousness and it was a good recovery day and i am mostly healed today. i don't think the book healed me, but maybe it does have secret medicinal properties. all i know is that if you like your rape eroticized and decriminalized, this is the book for you. if you hate consistency in characterization and feel it is snobbery to have characters behave in a manner that people would in the real world - this is your book.if you hate to question character's motives or hate to ask "wait - when did that happen?" - this is a great read for you! there are some very interesting things in the book, really, but as a whole i would recommend it only to people roiling in feverhaze. get your flu shots, kids...(less)
more cheesy horror i loved when i was about 8. this is the guy that continued the legacy of v.c. andrews after she died, so you know what kind of qual...moremore cheesy horror i loved when i was about 8. this is the guy that continued the legacy of v.c. andrews after she died, so you know what kind of quality we are talking. its hilarious... this girl does not care for her family...(less)
the rating is actually for the book cover. my favorite ever - i couldnt believe it wasnt on here... when i was a wee girl - i loved this book. its pro...morethe rating is actually for the book cover. my favorite ever - i couldnt believe it wasnt on here... when i was a wee girl - i loved this book. its probably terrible, but its a book i would "visit" at the supermarket turny-racks because i loved the expression on that girls face. and then i bought it. and read it. that girl is not a good friend. (less)
oh my god this book is so bad!! that being said, it gets its five-star rating from the fact that in the 80's when i was like 11, this book was secret...moreoh my god this book is so bad!! that being said, it gets its five-star rating from the fact that in the 80's when i was like 11, this book was secret pornography for me and my friend. i don't remember details really, except one scene where a woman attempts sexual congress with a car's windshield. and to a young miss, that is HOT!! and now lustbader is writing the bourne continuations. so everyone's a winner!