Being a zombie lover, this was a must read on my long list, but I someThis review has been posted on Happy Indulgence, check it out for more reviews!
Being a zombie lover, this was a must read on my long list, but I somehow managed to watch the movie before the book. The movie was awesome, I really loved the concept behind the zombie warfare and other countries gearing up to defeat the apocalypse in different ways.
However, the book itself was a shock. It’s called World War Z, because it’s mostly filled with stories from old war veterans who experienced the zombie war. Filled with interviews from a bunch of different people all over the world, post zombie apocalypse, the book mostly explores the warfare behind each country and the weapons and strategies they used to mitigate the zombies.
What I liked about World War Z
- Some really interesting accounts from unique people. My favourite was the one of the Japanese sword-wielding otaku (or nerd) and the blind Japanese guy. - The amount of research the author has put into the every location featured in the book, the warfare of each country, and all these different people is astounding. - Treating the zombie apocalypse as a global epidemic. I really enjoyed the different locations from around the world and snippets of what these places are like postwar. - How the author explored how the zombies attacked and came to be in such detail across the world. I always thought an oil tanker or a submarine would be my best bet for surviving the zombie apocalypse. - - From underwater zombies, to fast zombies, huge walls to keep the zombie out, zombies in Korea, it’s all covered here.
What I disliked about World War Z
- Written in a dry, boring, and dull manner. All these people have the same personality (or, no personality). - I needed a dictionary at times. Here’s a direct quote from the book “It’s an inherent trait in the national zeitgeist. Whether we realise it or not, even the most indefatigable Luddite can’t deny our country’s technoprowess”. Wuh-what? Almost everyone in the book talks like this. - Bogged down in war technicalities and military jargon. Feels like I’m reading an encyclopedia. - Interchanges really interesting stories, with your typical dry, boring, war hero account. This was a constant source of frustration for me.
I don’t think I would recommend this book to people who loved the movie. Only extreme zombie enthusiasts (like me) who want to know everything and anything about the zombies would probably sit through the hard slog that this book has to offer. But hey, it’s a New York Times Bestseller, so what do I know.
I think the scope and global view of the zombie apocalypse definitely must be commended. No one has ever documented how the zombies came to attack the world around us and what happened post war, and the book title nails it on the head, with most zombie entertainment featuring a small group of survivors. I think the book title captures the experience perfectly as “The oral history of the zombie war”....more
While the first Kitty Norville book had many gripes about Kitty being submissive and weak, it seems she's shaken off her pack mentality and is now staWhile the first Kitty Norville book had many gripes about Kitty being submissive and weak, it seems she's shaken off her pack mentality and is now standing firmly on her own two feet in the 2nd Kitty Norville book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kitty Goes to Washington, it had a much tighter plot and was much stronger than the last one. Kitty's just a likeable character, she's charismatic and her strength is in building a rapport through her listeners and with people she's met.
Kitty Goes to Washington is centered upon a Senate Committee Hearings to determine whether the recently exposed creatures of the night are harmful and should be accepted into the greater community. I think this addressed a key issue I had with the first book, that a radio host could just openly come out and say she was a werewolf, and it would be accepted.
It also further investigates the work of Fleming, the scientist that was introduced in the first book. Kitty has a great cast of characters around her, such as the "honest lawyer" Ben, the vampire hunter Cormac, and a few others who she meets along the way.
Thoroughly enjoyed it, and will be continuing onto the next one.
Oh how I loved Kitty, Ben and Cormac in this book! It's my favourite so far, because it takes a different turn from the first 2 books. Kitty's basicalOh how I loved Kitty, Ben and Cormac in this book! It's my favourite so far, because it takes a different turn from the first 2 books. Kitty's basically on a break from her radio show to recover from the developments of the past 2 books, starting her own radio show, being caught on TV, coming out as a werewolf.
Resulting in her being in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, tuning into her competition's radio show and somehow finding solstice in trying to sabotage it every week. When Cormac and Ben turn up needing to take refuge for a few days, that's when the tension between the three start. And it's this tension that feels so raw and emotional; I absolutely loved Ben in this and the way Kitty nurtured him all the way through. This series just feels somehow real in the emotions it conveys, and there's this addictive quality about the series that makes you want to keep reading.
There's something about Kitty that resonates with me much more than the typical badass heroine, she's just so real, kind and caring. I imagine an attractive blonde woman who is good with the gift of gab, and just takes the world upon her shoulders to help people with struggles to feel better about themselves.
Ben, can't say much about it because of spoilers but he had this vulnerable quality about him in the book that just turned on Kitty's mothering side. It was heart-warming to witness what unfolded between them. He feels a lot different to those flawless "Gods gift to women" men who are always love interests in books, and I think I preferred that because he felt more real.
Cormac on the other hand, there's a bit of unresolved feelings here which we may not experience due to the events of this book.
Just love this series and want to read the next one ASAP.
We’ve reached the halfway mark for the Weather Warden series and as fThis has been posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!
We’ve reached the halfway mark for the Weather Warden series and as far as I’m concerned, Thin Air is the best in the series so far. Since the epic world-domination build up from books 1-4, Thin Air throws all of this out the window and gets us back to basics.
Joanne Baldwin, our favourite weather warden with a wicked sense of humour, wakes up naked and shivering in a forest with no recollection of who she is. She is approached by Lewis, her colleague who tells her they have impending danger ahead. Slowly throughout the course of the book, she learns who she is by absorbing other people’s memories with the help of a Djinn and her own mysterious abilities.
There’s one thing evident about Rachel Caine ever since Ill Wind, and that is her skill in delivering flashbacks to supplement the current story. Thin Air is all about flash backs, but it’s from other people’s perspectives. Ever wanted to see what swimwear model Cherise thinks of Jo and Sarah, her money-grabbing sister? What the cold hard life of a twisted killer is like? Thin Air delivers all of these and more, and it really adds to the character development in the story.
While Joanne is trying to figure out who she is, we know exactly what has happened and the whole memory loss thing didn’t affect the brisk plot moving forward after the whole Djinn aftermath. We pick up where the previous book has left off, not knowing what’s happened to Ashan and Imara. There’s this awesome ‘Evil Twin’ plot thread happening too, an evil Demon who is trying to take over Joanne’s life.
I devoured the whole book in just 3 days, and things are really looking interesting in the weather warden universe. If you haven’t started it yet, you’re missing out on a really unique and exciting series!...more
As one of the most popular urban fantasy titles out there, I was really excited to start The Hollows series. I have a thing about the supernatural, evAs one of the most popular urban fantasy titles out there, I was really excited to start The Hollows series. I have a thing about the supernatural, ever since I was young I've been intrigued with the world of witches, vampires, werewolves, and the like. The blurb to Dead Witch Walking sounded promising.
Once I got into Dead Witch Walking however, I found it difficult to get into. There's just something about the writing that is difficult to follow. Too many fragmented sentences, and there wasn't really a proper introduction. I felt like I was an outsider looking in, although I'm certain that it's just 'first in series' syndrome as the writer warms up her characters and the world building.
There were some intricacies which kept me reading, such as faithful companion Jenks, the interesting world-building, and how Rachel was going to get herself out of her own mess.
I found the relationship between Rachel and Ivy strangely perverse. A few times during the book I was questioning whether Rachel swung that way or not, but she did clearly state that she didn't. It's evident that the characters are quite complex, which will probably develop over time.
I'll keep reading because it's fascinating so far, and hopefully the writing gets better from here on out (and I've heard it gets really good, so I'm keen on following the series further).
Drab, boring chicklit, this is one of the rare cases where the movie is better than the book. The main character is extremely unlikable and you kind oDrab, boring chicklit, this is one of the rare cases where the movie is better than the book. The main character is extremely unlikable and you kind of enjoy reading her torment and the ending was horrible too. Nothing really happens as you read the through the pages and you wonder why you are wasting the time. ...more
This imaginative children's series is a pleasure to read. I love how the different influences from Greek Gods and Goddesses are intertwined into the sThis imaginative children's series is a pleasure to read. I love how the different influences from Greek Gods and Goddesses are intertwined into the story, with the demigods and goddesses at Camp Half-Blood. Missed Grover for most of this one, but when Percy encountered him in the dream sequences, it was always hilarious. I liked Tyson and glad he was introduced into the storyline. A sequel definitely worthy of the debut novel. A highly polished series, great if you're missing Harry Potter. ...more
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Wow, finishing that book was a chore. Time travel, a seeThis review has been cross-posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!
Wow, finishing that book was a chore. Time travel, a seer who possesses bodies in different times, vampires with dark curls, vamp politics, mages, ghosts, mafia - what just happened?!
Most of the book is seriously just Cassandra surrounded by vamps in a room talking about politics and stuff. There is nothing more frustrating than finally getting around to some action (bedroom and fight scenes) to realise that the author is just going to cut a huge info dumping session or major chatter in the middle of it.
So much was crammed into this book that I couldn't even tell you now what most of it was about. I feel like I should get a medal for finishing this.
To summarise, if you love long scenes that never seem to go anywhere, terribly complex subplots layered upon subplots and a bunch of irrelevant information, you'll probably love Touch the Dark. I feel the need to give this series a shot, so we'll see how the sequel goes, I guess, even if it isn't terribly high up the list. ...more
Ill wind is an explosive debut about a group of wardens who maintain balance to the Earth, fire wardens, earth wardens, and weather wardens. Joanne BaIll wind is an explosive debut about a group of wardens who maintain balance to the Earth, fire wardens, earth wardens, and weather wardens. Joanne Baldwin is a powerful weather warden who is running from the storm, looking for her powerful friend Lewis who is the only one who can save her from a demon mark.
The whole story is basically set out around a huge road trip, but it's a journey definitely worth travelling. The weather descriptions went over my head a little as they were a bit too scientific for my liking, but definitely makes it unique in a sense. Flashbacks are tied into the Joanne's road trip, fleshing out why she is running and looking for Lewis and the relationships she has with other characters.
When she meets a handsome hitchiker David, things get really interesting from there as he's not what he seems from the start.
I really enjoyed the writing, it is personable, down-to-earth, and does not try too hard to be descriptive or poetic. The author weaves complexities into the storyline really well. Both Joanne and David are extremely likeable characters, while they aren't perfect in any sense, they are void of any annoying character traits that are so common in PNR/UF titles.
I loved how the story unfolded and felt like I went on a little journey myself, reading about the circumstances following Joanne. The way the story was set out definitely led up to an explosive finale that had me gobsmacked with an ending I did not see coming.
The weather warden series is an interesting one, and I'll definitely pick up the next books in the series to see how things pan out.