7 interconnected stories about life after a zombie apocalypse. Not a bad read, the writing is pretty goid and I'll probably go hunting for his first b...more7 interconnected stories about life after a zombie apocalypse. Not a bad read, the writing is pretty goid and I'll probably go hunting for his first book.(less)
Allison Hewitt is trapped at work when the zombie outbreak occurs. Along with her fellow co-workers and a couple of regular customers she hides out in...moreAllison Hewitt is trapped at work when the zombie outbreak occurs. Along with her fellow co-workers and a couple of regular customers she hides out in the break room behind a very heavy, thick door. That is how this zombie novel starts out and it just gets better from there.
The reader follows Allison on her journey through this new world via her blog posts on SNet, a net connection that shows up in her wireless list even though Allison herself has no idea where it is coming from. Comments from fellow blog readers give us a glimpse into how the outbreak is affecting the rest of the population and adds a nice touch to the overall story.
I enjoyed the book and liked the blog style of writing. It kept things fairly tight and moving along well, even though some of the 'chapters' were Allison's version of events that occured over days and she admits her memory of events is a little fuzzy at times. Overall a good read that I would pass along to my friends.(less)
Bob Fingerman is a really, really great writer. I'd certainly have to say if you are weak of stomach you probably want to skip this one because the de...moreBob Fingerman is a really, really great writer. I'd certainly have to say if you are weak of stomach you probably want to skip this one because the descriptions of the rotting bodies and other events are very graphic. With that out of the way, if you are looking for something different to read in the zombie genre give this a look.
While not as fast paced as something like The Walking Dead, Pariah still offers up something different in terms of the zombie appocalypse and it is worth checking out. The first half of the book deals with the residents of an apartment complex six months or so after the zombie outbreak and how they're managing to survive, or not as the case may be. I rather enjoyed seeing the reality of six months with little to no food and water, no way out to scavange and no weapons.
On the flip side, I was a little put off that the title character didn't show up until halfway through the novel and then really didn't seem to contribute much to the dynamic of the group, other than supplying them with much needed supplies so they could all go back to being their normal asshat selves. Perhaps that's the message Mr. Fingerman wanted to give the reader, that no matter the situation humans will find ways to be asshats.
All in all, a good read that I'd recommend to friends and family for sure. It was entertaining and it was nice to see a happy ending in a zombie story for a change.(less)
Really great look into the past of the Govenor and a great addition to the Walking Dead world. Hopefully there will be more novels in this vein. Loved...moreReally great look into the past of the Govenor and a great addition to the Walking Dead world. Hopefully there will be more novels in this vein. Loved it.(less)
Knowing I have to wait until October for the next season of the tv show to start, I decided to continue with reading the comic books to see what happe...moreKnowing I have to wait until October for the next season of the tv show to start, I decided to continue with reading the comic books to see what happens next to our stalwart group of survivors.
Going between the tv show and the comics is a bit jarring as certain characters don't exist in one format and/or are still alive or dead in one format. This particular collection picks up after the group runs into a mega horde of zombies and is on the move again heading for Washington D.C. Interesting characters are met on the road and the group ends up settling down in a "safe zone" even though none of them really feel comfortable there.
Nice to see other characters stepping up into the spotlight/lead in these issues, though it was also nice to see Rick coming out of his pity party and starting to become his old self again. Carl is growing ... not sure if I'm liking the direction of his character but I am way behind the current comics so maybe he turns out ok.
Loving that the tv show and the comics are running two separate universes. It is interesting to be able to see all the 'what ifs' that could've/would've/should've happened but it would've been interesting to see some of the comic events played out on screen.(less)
I first heard of this book through an email newsletter I get from my local library. The summary sounded rather inter...moreFrom my blog, The Books I Read...:
I first heard of this book through an email newsletter I get from my local library. The summary sounded rather interesting so I put it on hold.
First and foremost this is a zombie novel told from the point of view of the zombies. These are not your typical zombies; they communicate with each other, they form groups for company, safety and survival, and fun. Zombies, intelligent or not, are NOT sexy and Turner does not shy away from keeping that point right in the reader's face. Many reviews of this book have mentioned the overly gross/disgusting descriptions of the zombies, their life stages, the way they eat etc, but none of those scenes bothered me much at all because the writing in the novel is great.
Turner has done an amazing job at building her world. The zombie culture is well written and fleshed out and even though Jessie and her crew don't have much ambition; they're content to eat, sleep and fight, that in itself is still interesting to read about. I found the first half of the book to be more enjoyable than the second simply because the characters were just that much more, pardon the pun, alive than in the second half.
So, why three stars? I liked the book. I did finish it. My biggest problem was that the second half of the book took a huge turn towards the almost mystical/philosophical and I wasn't really expecting it. I was hoping for a much more dramatic reveal about the sickness and how/why it was occuring and I didn't get that. Instead the whole how/why was rather a let down and the ending of the book was almost too pat and a touch corny.
I've heard there are to be two more books in this series. I'd certainly be willing to read them when they're released, if only to see where this world could possibly be heading. (less)
I had a general idea of how this story would play out since I've seen the series on television already. However, the comic series moves so much faster...moreI had a general idea of how this story would play out since I've seen the series on television already. However, the comic series moves so much faster and has a lot more interesting twists.
I love that the entire thing is in black & white; it makes the starkness of the situations that much better. The fact that the authors decided to focus on the survivors instead of the zombies is a refreshing change of pace as well. The story is about how the people survive and the zombies are just a backdrop. Really liking the character development between the main group and can't wait to finish up the rest of the books to see how it all plays out.
I can not wait for the sequel, Dust & Decay, because I neeeeed to see how this all works out.
This is one YA book that I went into thinking it was...moreI can not wait for the sequel, Dust & Decay, because I neeeeed to see how this all works out.
This is one YA book that I went into thinking it was just going to be meh, but turned out to be an amazingly awsome read. I love, love, love that the zombies were just a background point and that the story really focused on the people living in this new world (noticing a trend here in my zombie reads?).
The writing is tight, there is action and romance (but not huge amounts of gushy romance type stuff, don't worry guys) and tragedy ... everything a great story needs to keep people reading.
Going to pass this one onto my kid and see if he'll get into it or not.
I'll do a better review a little later when my brain has had more caffine.
Belfast, Ireland has been the victim of an intense flu that has decimated the population. Unfortunately the dead didn't stay dead and...moreSuper fast read.
Belfast, Ireland has been the victim of an intense flu that has decimated the population. Unfortunately the dead didn't stay dead and now the few survivors are doing the best they can in a city that has fallen to the hordes of undead roaming the streets.
A fairly typical zombie romp that was enjoyable and quick to finish. Not too much new in this installment for the genre, but I wasn't looking for anything new.
This isn't a deep, involved story, but a satisfying enough run through the gore mill. Four separate narratives end up converging near the end (which is frustratingly lacking and doesn't really wrap anything up). The main characters are fairly well drawn, if a touch stereotypical (good cop/bad cop, thug, pretty girl, old military major called back into action etc, etc), and easy enough to identify with on an emotional level. The zombies are of the slow variety, though they are mostly used as a background against which everything else takes place so there isn't a ton of explaination about the hows and whys of the entire zombie population. We are given tidbits here and there, but some of the info is just conjecture on the parts of the characters.
Recommended for the hard core zombie fans out there but dont' be looking for anything mentally stimulating or new. (less)