Mr. Martin's first installment of the Game of Thrones series possesses an enthralling and overwhelmingly captivating story that never ceases to intereMr. Martin's first installment of the Game of Thrones series possesses an enthralling and overwhelmingly captivating story that never ceases to interest its readers. The reader becomes a part of the lives of highborns and lowborns alike in a fantasy narrative that follows multiple families as they vie for power, lordships, kingdoms, and the simple recognition of personhood. Old alliances shatter while new alliances are forged for the inevitable "game of thrones," whose beginning can be found at the end of the book.
The authorship does not live up to the storyline, unfortunately. The writing can often be unclear and confusing. And one might even be forced to study the family trees of the primary houses before starting the novel, as the author switches back and forth between the formal names and the nicknames of the various characters before indicating to the audience that those nicknames belong to characters mentioned and described before (e.g., the character Ned is called thus in the beginning of the book, then an Eddard appears on the scene, and it is not indicated that they are the same individual until very late in the novel, leaving the reader that is unfamiliar with the characters overly and unnecessarily baffled). ...more
I am not one to typically enjoy zombie tales. I love zombie movies, but I have never cared for zombies in the written word. Mira Grant has made me retI am not one to typically enjoy zombie tales. I love zombie movies, but I have never cared for zombies in the written word. Mira Grant has made me rethink this position.
The Kellis-Amberlee virus has spread rampantly through the population and the zombie-pocalypse is over. Granted, zombies still exist and people continue to get infected and "turn," but the major threat is over and America has gone back to being America. People eat in restaurants, get an education, sleep in hotels, etc. The news media remains an ever-present facet of society, but journalism is no longer what is used to be. Instead of the news being propagated by university-educated journalists spreading the agenda of the owners of news agencies, the news is now searched out by bloggers and spread to the general public through blogging Websites and constant Web video streams.
I found the world that Mira created rather believable. The issues that were debated within society dealt with things like public vs. private education for your children: is the public school a less safe environment than the private school and thus more likely to spread the infection? Politicians were as greedy as ever, interested in promoting their own ideas at the expense of others. The weaponry used along with the safety measures (like regular blood screenings) that were put in place to decrease the spread of infection seemed, though maybe not always reasonable, were certainly realistic.
Feed was an easy book to read, fast-paced at times and slower when called for. The writing was sometimes quite witty and the characters were very funny! Our main female, Georgia/George, was very good at serious reflections on the state of society, reflections that are relevant even today. I particularly enjoyed the text moving from the author telling the story through the eyes of one of her characters to what we as readers were supposed to believe were actual blog entries of the bloggers who are centerstage in the book.
Now for some minor complaints. I found some words to be too oft repeated (like "funereal"), but no other real complaints about the verbage. I thought the end of the book slowed down way too quickly for my tastes and the story seemed to be rushed. Some extra thought about how to close the book might have done some good. The only other issue I might have is with all of the Coca-Cola product placement. I kept wondering throughout if the author was intentionally "product-placing" Coke (i.e., she is receiving payment for her mentions of the beverage), or if she just didn't realize the extent to which that one product is mentioned in the book.
Overall, excellent text! I have already purchased the second book in this series and can't wait to begin my journey again in this exciting world created by Mira Grant.
The first book in this series about the zombiepocalypse was written in the voice of George Mason. The writing was clever and iConfusing and annoying.
The first book in this series about the zombiepocalypse was written in the voice of George Mason. The writing was clever and interesting. It kept you wanting more.
The second book in the series was, sadly, told from the point of view of Shaun Mason, George's brother. Whereas Shaun seemed like an interesting and funny character in the first book, Feed, he was simply annoying and pugilistic in this book. His constant need to hit something (or someone) made me cringe, and his hallucinations of his dead sister (yes, George is a girl), though possibly understandable from the point of view of the author of the book, got to be too much to handle.
The narrative was simply confusing. It was difficult to understand why certain actions were taken or why characters jumped to particular conclusions. The logic just seemed to fail.
Finally, as mentioned before, the entire book is told in the voice of Shaun Mason ... until the last chapter. But it is not clear that the person speaking has changed until the reader is a good ways through the chapter. I am sure this was meant to shock the reader as an amazing plot twist, but it really just confounds.
I will have to read the third installment of this series just to see what happens--I truly hope that the writing is not as poor this time around. ...more