Wow. Just wow. This book was awesome! I'd been looking forward to reading it for a while now, but for some reason it kept getting lost in my bookshelf...moreWow. Just wow. This book was awesome! I'd been looking forward to reading it for a while now, but for some reason it kept getting lost in my bookshelf. But this week, I dug it out and got stuck into it. Glad that I did.
Hessius Mann is a PI. But not just an average PI, he also happens to be a zombie. He was executed for murdering his wife but when the verdict was overturned, he was reanimated. Now he's one of many chakz that live alongside the livebloods. And although he's got an office and even an assistant--the super positive ex-junkie, Misty--he doesn't get many clients. Until the day a man called Turgeon hires him to find someone. That's when Hessius starts an investigation that leads him to a whole lot of trouble, and quite a few personal revelations.
Like I said before, this was a great book! I love the urban fantasy world that Hessius and the other chakz live in. Not only do the living treat them like pariahs, but being a zombie means that you can lose your mind at any time. Anything can set you off, and before you know it you've gone feral and start acting like those pathetic movie zombies. ;)
Hessius is a very interesting character. I enjoyed spending time inside his head, seeing how easy it was for him to forget what he was thinking. How close he got to the abyss, and even how he dealt with overcoming some pretty brutal situations.
I loved this book! Now I've got to get my hands on the second one...(less)
After absolutely loving the first book in this trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next to Katie and Jenni.
Jenni...moreAfter absolutely loving the first book in this trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next to Katie and Jenni.
Jenni might be a happy zombie killer and have a hot Latino boyfriend to stand by her side--as well as having her stepson alive and safe--but she's constantly haunted by her abusive dead husband and the death of her two young sons.
Katie's trying to deny her attraction to Travis, but when she finally realises that they're living in a world where the next day could be your last, she can't hide her feelings anymore.
Now that the Ashley Oaks fort has a bigger population of survivors and keeps growing, this small community can't keep putting off making their way into the newly renovated hotel they have access to. Every single person will have to face their worst fears as small groups of survivors venture into the hotel to clear away all of the zombies. And now that they're being watched by the disgusting bandits, the walking dead are no longer their only threat...
OMG. This book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down and got totally swept up in the tension and horror that the survivors went through. The story's told through the POV of several survivors, giving the reader a deeper look into each person's state of mind--which was awesome. It's another fast-paced book filled with zombie killing and a strong pack of survivors trying to make their small slice of the world a better place.
There were some really cool surprises too, and the scenes where they deal with the bandits--brilliant. I also love Nerit, she's so kick-ass. Loved it!
**spoiler alert** After reading Allison Hewitt is Trapped last year, I was really looking forward to reading this one. And it certainly didn't disapp...more**spoiler alert** After reading Allison Hewitt is Trapped last year, I was really looking forward to reading this one. And it certainly didn't disappoint!
Sadie Walker is an illustrator. She lives in Seattle with her nephew, Shane, and boyfriend, Carl. Months have passed since The Outbreak and the city is barricaded, so the undead can't get in. Life is hard and the population remains at risk from religious cults, crime, and a thriving black market. It's dangerous and everyone does their best to put food on the table and try to live a normal life.
Sadie continues to do what she loves--drawing. As well as making sure that Shane and her are relatively safe.
The morning her boyfriend betrays her, the new life she's gotten used to collapses around her. And when she wakes up after being unconscious for a day, she finds out that thanks to the crazy cult, zombies have breached the city walls and are contaminating it. It's chaos, and her nephew is missing. However, as her friend Andrea is dragging her to safety, she miraculously spots Shane and saves him from the kidnappers who took him.
This is only the start of a new, much harsher ordeal. As the three join a misfit crew on a boat that gets them away from the city, but into deep waters that aren't safe... because the undead seem to be getting smarter and can swim. As if that's not bad enough, being shipwrecked on an island with a mysterious group of seemingly nice people, a horde of zombies, and a killer, is definitely going to make survival a lot harder.
It pushes Sadie to the limits, which is when her fighter spirit really starts to shine through. I loved her indecision, honesty, and the sheer ferocity of how she tackled the responsibility for a boy she wants to keep safe. While staying loyal to the friendships she builds along the way.
Sadie Walker is Stranded is an amazing fast-paced book guaranteed to satisfy every zombie fan. Actually, even if you're not into zombies, you'll love this one. From start to finish, the tension is thick as you follow Sadie on a hopeless quest for survival in a world where zombies are waiting to tear the living apart, and the living are slowly but surely going insane.
There are also some tender moments and a wonderful, interesting cast of characters you can't help but approach with caution as the mystery on the island starts to unfold.
This is one seriously awesome book, and I (really, really) hope there are going to be more in this series. :)(less)
I'm a huge fan of the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead, and I've been wondering about the differences between the comic books and the show for a while no...moreI'm a huge fan of the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead, and I've been wondering about the differences between the comic books and the show for a while now.
So, I reserved the first volume from my local library and it came in yesterday.
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, includes issues 1-6. It starts with Rick being shot and then waking up in an abandoned hospital to find dead creatures everywhere. When he leaves, it doesn't get any better. The dead have taken over the streets, and he has no idea what's going on. Well, not until he gets hit in the back of the head with a shovel and wakes up to meet Morgan and Duane Jones. Morgan explains a few things to him, and that's when Rick decides to head for Atlanta. Hoping to find his wife and son...
A trek that leads him right into the middle of danger, as well as a group of survivors hiding out on the outskirts of the city. He even finds his family and best friend. But in this new world, things aren't the same. Friendships are tested, and relationships are complicated.
I really enjoyed this book! I especially enjoyed seeing some of the characters from the show in it, as well as finding out the differences. There seem to be many so far, but that just makes the adventure of reading the comic books and watching the show that much better!
Did I mention I'm a big zombie fan? Well, yeah, I am. Can't wait to read the next volume.(less)
**spoiler alert** I love zombie books, and this one grabbed me right away. I couldn't put it down, and really liked the main character Temple. Even th...more**spoiler alert** I love zombie books, and this one grabbed me right away. I couldn't put it down, and really liked the main character Temple. Even though she was a cold-blooded killer when she had to be, she could also be a sweet fifteen-year-old girl, and a grown woman. Whatever the situation called for, she could handle it. And I loved that about her.
Temple is a young girl who starts out alone in a zombie-infested wasteland. The undead have been walking the streets for years, and she was actually born into this shitty world. So she's tough, knows how to survive and depends on her trusty gurkha knife. She also has no problem destroying zombies when she has to, and leaves them when they're not in her way.
She survives better on her own. But when she meets a pack of men who take her to some sheltered buildings, she captures the eye of one particular pervert. One she's forced to kill or be killed. Which begins the chase. Because now his brother is hunting her down and won't stop until he kills her.
Along the way she meets some really strange people. Ranging from a bunch of friendly hunters, a family that lives safely inside the comforts of their home, a pack of inbred, deformed psychos, a train that actually works, and a mute man called Maury. Which she actually goes out of her way to help.
As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story filled with a vivid and ugly future where the dead are still roaming the streets and the living are pretty much nuts and desperate. Still, Temple survives above all that and even though she's pretty rough around the edges, she also has a kind heart and I wanted to see her survive. Which is why I didn't like the way her life ends.
I think it's always risky to kill off the main character in a novel--it can work, especially in short stories--and this is one of those books where it didn't pay off. IMO, having Temple killed in such an easy manner didn't fit her struggle. And having someone else carry her story after her death didn't make up for it, either.
I was very disappointed with the ending of this book. After all the time I invested in Temple, I should've been saddened by her death not angry. I felt like her death wasn't justified.
It's such a shame because I was loving this book... :((less)
The second volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 7-12, and continues the adventure of a group of survivors trying to stay one step ahead of the z...moreThe second volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 7-12, and continues the adventure of a group of survivors trying to stay one step ahead of the zombies while struggling to survive the cold and hunger.
I really enjoyed it, and can't help but find myself comparing what's going on in the book with what's happened on the TV show. There are a lot of differences. They call them zombies, not walkers. There are a bunch of characters that aren't in the show. Hershel's family is a lot bigger, and the events on the farm play out a lot differently. Still, I love both mediums.
I'm looking forward to reading about what happens next, and now that I'm getting ahead of the second season of the show, it looks like everything's going to be new and exciting. Unexpected things are bound to happen! ;)(less)
The third volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 13-18, and is absolutely awesome!
The small group of survivors has stumbled on a jail and can't b...moreThe third volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 13-18, and is absolutely awesome!
The small group of survivors has stumbled on a jail and can't believe their (possible) luck. If they can clear the zombies, they could actually start a real life here. There's sure to be food, they'll be protected by the fences, and will have relative safety for once. Of course, things aren't ever that easy and they soon find themselves in the middle of some pretty shocking situations that aren't caused by the walking dead.
I couldn't believe some of the shocking things that happen in this volume. You'd think that most of the world being dead around them and willing to eat them would be enough to bring the best out of people. Instead, it makes them worse--paranoid, crazed, and willing to do things they never would have before.
My gosh, I'm so glad I decided to get stuck into these. It's an amazing story. Now, onto the next volume...(less)
The fourth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 19-24, and introduces the popular character Michonne. Although her sword-wielding intro is prett...moreThe fourth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 19-24, and introduces the popular character Michonne. Although her sword-wielding intro is pretty awesome, I wasn't so impressed with her after she starts living inside the jail with the others. I'm hoping that her character develops a lot during the course of the series.
Anyway. About this installment--awesome, violent, unexpected, and still shocking. Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. Friendships are tested, relationships fall apart, new ones begin... it's all here. I also liked how the group is now starting a conversation about the walking dead outside the fence, and also realise that they're not much different. The world has been reduced to a pack of animals doing the best they can to exist.
This is a study into what happens--and what people are capable of doing, as well as how easy it is to slip into total insanity--when there aren't any real laws and rules of society to follow.
**spoiler alert** This time I read the third hardback book of The Walking Dead, which includes issues 25-36. It also introduces the very insane Govern...more**spoiler alert** This time I read the third hardback book of The Walking Dead, which includes issues 25-36. It also introduces the very insane Governor. Yikes, what a psycho. A crazy psycho who gets what he deserves in the end, imo.
When Rick, Glenn and Michonne head out to find out what happened to a crashing helicopter, they end up in the fortified town of Woodbury. A place that is run by a man who calls himself the Governor and pretty much shows his true--and very awful--colours right away. He hurts Rick, tortures Michonne, and haunts Glenn. The horrible things he puts them through are really shocking, and it leads to his demise. At least, I hope it does. I don't think I want to see this asshole again.
This was another seriously screwed up bunch of stories. But I'm really enjoying this series. It's amazing how much the group deteriorates a little more with each issue. My gosh. I feel sorry for them, and wish that Rick would just stop trying to help people and find things. Seriously. He has to stop!
Anyway, I'm loving these books and have already gotten stuck into Volume 7... (less)
The seventh volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 37-42, and OMG... things just keep getting worse.
Well, there are some positive things going on-...moreThe seventh volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 37-42, and OMG... things just keep getting worse.
Well, there are some positive things going on--Maggie and Glenn's relationship, the relatively easy birth of Judith, the fact they're pretty safe living in the prison--but shit, there are a lot of bad things still happening. Sometimes, I can't believe the stuff that is going on. My gosh. It's so shocking and unexpected. No one's safe.
And I have to admit that as soon as I got to the end, I was disgusted to see who is returning to the series. Damn that asshole!
This is the eighth volume of The Walking Dead and includes issues 43-48. And holy shit, ever...more**spoiler alert** ***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS HUGE SPOILERS***
This is the eighth volume of The Walking Dead and includes issues 43-48. And holy shit, everything really goes to hell in this one! OMG. I can't believe some of the stuff that happens.
So, the beginning takes us back to the asshole that we've gotten to know as the Governor. Did I mention that I despise this character? Well, I do. With a passion. Anyway, he somehow makes it out alive after Michonne's torture and becomes determined to find out where the jail is. He lies to his people, convinces them this other group of survivors are a threat, and attacks them.
It's a butral confrontation, but Rick and his group aren't going to take it lying down. Nope, they fight back. Still, we manage to lose a chunk of the group in this one--Tyreese, Axel, Patricia, Billy, Hershel... and the most shocking of all, Lori and the baby. OMG. It's all very graphic. Very shocking, and sad.
Wow, I needed to take a deep breath after this volume. But I am very glad that the asshole Governor ends up dying at the hands of his own people. That was justice.(less)
**spoiler alert** The ninth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 49-54, and follows Rick and Carl as they escape the jail and try to find shelte...more**spoiler alert** The ninth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 49-54, and follows Rick and Carl as they escape the jail and try to find shelter.
Things aren't going well for Rick and Carl, but when they find a house to hide in it seems like they might catch a break. Except, Rick gets sick and Carl is left to fend for himself for a while. Although he proves to himself that if push comes to shove he can survive on his own, Carl doesn't want to be alone. And neither does Rick really, because he goes a little nuts. I suppose it makes sense that he'd imagine Lori on the other end of a phone chatting to him. The trauma of losing her and Judy is still so new.
Anyway, they eventually move on and run into a familiar face. Michonne is back and as awesome as ever with that sword of hers. They set out hoping to find Hershel's farm in a car they found, but instead someone finds them. Glenn and Maggie are actually staying at the farm with the others who got away--Andrea, Dale, the twins and Sophia. So the group is reunited. Until a trio of strangers appear at the farm with talk of herds. One of them claims he knows exactly how this mess with the zombies started. If only they can get to Washington DC.
Looks like the group is on the move again...(less)
The tenth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 55-60. It continues the story of the survivors of the original group, as well as the new trio, as...moreThe tenth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 55-60. It continues the story of the survivors of the original group, as well as the new trio, as they head for Washington DC.
They're on the road and camping whenever they need to. When Rick suggests they stop by his old town so he can pick up some more ammo from the police station, Abraham goes with him. They also take Carl, and while he's there Rick visits Morgan. Which was really cool but also very sad. I was so horrified to see what had happened to Duane. Still, Morgan goes with them and becomes part of their group.
However, on their way back to the others a huge herd of zombies is waiting for them and then give chase...
This series is unbelievable. Seriously demented stuff that I'm totally hooked on. I can't stop reading. I have to know what's waiting around the corner for Rick. And I really like Carl. Tough and brave kid. Not to mention that I enjoyed the exchange between Rick and Abraham--two men who will do whatever it takes to stay alive and keep those around them safe.
The eleventh volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 61-66 and leads the gang to more danger.
They're still moving, camping out where they can, but...moreThe eleventh volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 61-66 and leads the gang to more danger.
They're still moving, camping out where they can, but when Father Gabriel approaches them, they take shelter in his church. However, there's someone stalking them in the shadows. And I'm not talking about the zombies. Sure, the dead creatures are still a threat--always a threat--but it's once again humans who want a piece of them. I'm only going to say one word: cannibals. Yuck!
It's a good thing Rick, Abraham, Michonne and Andrea are strong enough to do whatever it takes to eliminate a threat. We still lose another one, though.
Something really disturbing happens in this volume. Something that Carl takes care of. Wow. Just wow.
This series is totally insane, and I love it!(less)
The twelfth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 67-72. When the group find out that their trek to DC might be a waste of time, a man pops out o...moreThe twelfth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 67-72. When the group find out that their trek to DC might be a waste of time, a man pops out of nowhere.
He introduces himself as Aaron and claims to have been watching them interact for days. He's part of a peaceful community that's barricaded against the zombies. People there are apparently leading normal lives while the rest of the world falls apart. So the group decides to go with him, but are pretty skeptical. After everything they've been through and all the crazy bastards they've crossed paths with, who can blame them.
Once they're accepted by their leader, Douglas, they start to blend in. They are all assigned different positions, the children can actually play in the streets, and there's even running water for showers. Still, they keep waiting for something to go wrong...
I can't say I blamed them. As I was reading this volume, I couldn't help but hold my breath. I kept waiting for some big, dark secret to come out of this. There's no way these people can live in peace and harmony behind these concrete walls with so many undead outside. There's got to be something Douglas is hiding.
Maybe I'm as jaded as the rest of them, but I don't trust the leader of this seemingly 'normal' place. :/ Besides, he's a politician!(less)