I was sent a copy of this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing it.
Review: The onlyI was sent a copy of this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing it.
Review: The only thing scarier than a Zombie Apocalypse is a Nation ruled by religion.
Dead Things starts off nearly 20 years after a viral outbreak caused the dead to rise. Cities are closed off from each other and technology exists only in the most basic form. This world is ruled by the church, science is all but extinct and even doctors are limited in the scope to heal patients lest the Church lose it's grip on the masses. This scenario above all was the scariest part of the book and I have to control myself not to go into an epic rant about the stupidity of the population placing their lives in the church's hands. Once the massive book burning took place and those who even hinted at science being branded Heretics you think people would go hmmm this isn't a good thing.
Anyway back to the review, I liked the character Van the best. He realized the world was f*cked in its present state and didn't let the Church influence him. While I'm sure he had Faith in something he was a realist. On the other hand I didn't like the actual main character Ian. Even tough he goes through quite a personality change throughout the book I just never connected with him.
Now for the things I didn't like about the book:
The Zombies- I thought this was a zombie book but you barely see them. Gore, awesome zombie deaths nope not in this book. It was almost like the Author didn't know how to write the scenes so he just time jumped over them.
The Random Rants- Several times throughout the book the characters go off on nonsensical rants about random bullsh*t. This book tried way to hard to be like Clerks and Zombieland. It just didn't work at all.
The Science- While the book makes it clear scientific reasoning has been all but expunged the characters seem to all be very knowledgeable about something they aren't allowed to use. Plus all the scientific talk really slowed down the pacing of this book.
The Church- See Above. Plus I would of liked after all the survivors saw that they didn't end still in a church. I mean seriously?!? If you read this you will get what I mean.
The Time Jumps- While time jumps can work, these just didn't 90% of the time. I felt again that the time jumps were used so that the Author didn't have to come up with ways to explain how Characters made it from Point A to B.
Overall this book was a good effort which is the only reason why I am not rating it 2 Stars. The ending intrigued me enough where if a sequel was made I'd want to read it. I am rating Dead Things 3 Stars....more
After finishing Hansel and Gretel are Dead I went on Amazon and saw that The Zombie Pinocchio was FREE so of course I downloaded it. What if Geppetto After finishing Hansel and Gretel are Dead I went on Amazon and saw that The Zombie Pinocchio was FREE so of course I downloaded it. What if Geppetto decided instead of making a son out of wood, he would make a son out of dead children? I was shocked to see the story take this turn but it really worked well. The story starts with Geppetto searching for the perfect pair of hands. I'm not gonna lie this scene was creepy. Imagining Geppetto as a grave robber took some getting used to but thankfully were spared seeing him acquire the majority of the parts so the story isn't dragged down by this. I loved the extra detail of the plague taking place at the same time as the story. It explained nicely how he was able to easily collect a whole boy so quickly. Since I had read Book #2 and already learned Geppetto's fate, I wondered how that would tie in to Book #3. Much to the Author Kevin Richey's credit the short stories were smoothly tied together and it really was cleverly done. I'm guessing we will see Pinocchio pop up again and I can't wait! Zombie Fairy Tales are like a story treasure hunt, so much fun and you never know what your going to find! Overall I was not disappointed and was wowed by another brilliant little short by Kevin Richey. I will be giving The Zombie Pinocchio ★★★★....more
I love Fairy tale reinventions and as soon as I stumbled across a Zombie one on Amazon I was sold. Hansel and Gretel in Kevin Richey's retelling stayI love Fairy tale reinventions and as soon as I stumbled across a Zombie one on Amazon I was sold. Hansel and Gretel in Kevin Richey's retelling stay very close to the Grimm version we all know and love. Unlike the Grimm version Hansel and Gretel are infected with a Zombie virus at the beginning of the story. I don't want to give any of it away but the progression from curious little children to Zombies was fantastic. At the end I was left shouting OMG several times. Yeah this short story was THAT good. I love also that this story includes other well known Fairy Tale figures. Since this is a serialized short all the stories and characters intertwine and that is just really neat to see. If your put off by the $2.99 price tag don't be. I know I'm gushing but this short was really worth it and I hope at the end of the year they come out in a single bound paperback edition. I know I for one will be buying it! I'm giving Hansel and Gretel Are Dead ★★★★....more
I received this E-book for review from the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.
Charlie Freeman is youI received this E-book for review from the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.
Charlie Freeman is your typical teenager, he goes to school, plays video games and sometimes he even gets in trouble for breaking the rules. All of that changes the day a space ship shows up in the skies above Washington D.C. If that wasn't strange enough just as soon as they came The Visitors vanished. While people around the world rejoiced, Charlie was just happy things could return to normal. Unfortunately for Charlie things were about to get much worse, and with Billions of people suddenly vanishing and strange humanoid peoples wanting to rip them apart at every turn, the only people Charlie and his visiting cousin Alex can rely on are themselves.
I am just going to say it, I LOVED this book. The best way I can describe The Intruders is The Walking Dead meets Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, it really was the perfect blend of both. The characters in this book were richly developed and I instantly felt connected to the plight of Charlie and his cousin Alex.
One thing I was surprised to learn after reading this book was that the Author is only a teenager. I never would of thought that based on how sharp, witty and detail orientated the writing was. I know I'm gushing but I honestly cannot praise this book enough everything about it was spot on and it really helped reignite my love for the Sci-Fi genre.
If your a fan of Sci-Fi or just looking for something new to read then pick up this book! I know personally that I am really looking to more from this Author and especially the next book in this series. I will be rating The Intruders by Logan Rutherford ★★★★....more
Review: I bought this book Free on Amazon a few weeks back, it was about Zombies and had a pretty good rating, so really why not give it a shot. Well l Review: I bought this book Free on Amazon a few weeks back, it was about Zombies and had a pretty good rating, so really why not give it a shot. Well let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. What Zombies Fear is a really unique take on your run of the mill Zombie Apocalypse. These Zombies are more parasitic then plague driven and that is pretty cool to see.
The Story starts out following a pencil pusher named Viktor, he says goodbye to his wife and son and heads out to start the day just like dozens before. Once at work the action picks up and we very quickly learn that something has caused Zombies to rise. After saving his son and wife they embark on a journey to meet up with the rest of his family at this mother's farm and along the way learn that not all the zombies are slow and stupid but some are smart and have heightened abilities. The Zombies also have there sights set on Max, Viktor's 3 Year old son. He's special and the Zombies know it, so it is up to Viktor and the rest to keep him safe.
What Zombies Fear does a great job blending the zombie element and that of the otherworldly paranormal that cause the survivors and Zombies to have extraordinary abilities. I'm not sure why only some people are affected but the Survivors guess it might be a genetic mutation. At least in this book no hard proof of why is mentioned. I found the smart zombies highly creepy, especially because some look almost normal and only when they try and rip your throat out do you realize they aren't. Also having Zombies organize, able to communicate and plot strategy is scary. Those are the Zombies of my nightmares.
Overall this was a great book with well developed characters,strong character driven plot and fantastic world building. If your a fan of the genre and looking for something new and unique, I highly suggest picking this book up. I will be giving What Zombies Fear ★★★★....more
Most people don't know this but I am a HUGE Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Fan. It really is no wonder that I gravitated to this book the moment I saw iMost people don't know this but I am a HUGE Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Fan. It really is no wonder that I gravitated to this book the moment I saw it on Netgalley. This installment to The Uncle John's Bathroom Reader collection was definitely geared to kids, but honestly as an adult I found it enjoyable as well. I highly recommend picking this up in paperback so you can do the fun crosswords and games found within.
Something I enjoyed and noticed while reading was that it didn't dumb down the facts for the kids. The facts were simplified sure but it didn't insult their intelligence. I personally think that is important because it encourages the kids to continue reading rather then getting frustrated and tossing the book aside. An extra plus is parents can buy with confidence because they will be learning while reading.
When I was finished reading this book I handed my Ipad over to the kids so they could view it to. I liked it as an adult, but I thought it would be nice having their take as well. The Book was a success!! They really liked the fake snot recipe and asked if we could make some (out of green food coloring though boo). Needless to say, this book will definitely be worthy of adding to my already substantial Uncle John's collection. Young or old I recommend picking up Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Kid Topia. I will be giving this book ★★★★★!!!...more