ok, this book is a guilty pleasure. It's not an amazing book, but I loved it and devoured it. It covers all kinds of genres, including post-apocalypse...moreok, this book is a guilty pleasure. It's not an amazing book, but I loved it and devoured it. It covers all kinds of genres, including post-apocalypse, zombies, mecha, military sci-fi, dystopian societies, and even some cyberpunk influence. And, of course, the most unique aspect, zombies driving mecha.
If you are the type of person who loves a cheesy B grade action/sci-fi movie, then this book is the literary equal. It's not among the best, but its fast and fun and completely enjoyable as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Before I go further, I have to talk about the Drabble Novel. The author wrote this book in a very unique style. The POV changes every 100 words, exactly. This doesn't leave a lot of space for long descriptions, or lengthy dialogue. So, the book requires a little imagination to picture the settings and characters. It's a very different style, and is pretty distracting at first. However, you soon get used to it, and the author does a good job keeping the story coherent and flowing in this format. I thought it might be a deal breaker before I started reading the book, but ended up being a non-issue pretty quickly.
I'll start with the good. I enjoyed the blend of all the different genres. They worked well together. However, the strongest part of this book is the plot. It steam rolls from point A to point B, without taking any detours or slowing down, and is part of what makes it so enjoyable. The idea of the Dead Mechs is a unique one, and something I wouldn't mind seeing more of.
However, there are a few pretty glaring defects. The main thing that slapped me in the face is how poorly the military sci-fi portion of the book was handled. It was not convincing in the slightest, and had more the vibe of a group of vagabonds hanging out than a structured military unit. The characters are pretty one dimensional, with no character growth being shown by pretty much anyone. There is a lot of fuzzy logic in place, and a few things just didn't make sense to me at all.
With that said, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Despite some pretty big flaws, I devoured this book and enjoyed every minute of it. The fanboy in me for zombies, mecha, and over the top B movies couldn't get enough.
If you are looking for a serious literary work, then I would pass this book by. If you just want to have a grin inducing good time reading about mecha stomping through fields of zombies, then I highly recommend this book.
This is an anthology featuring stories that all include some sort of powered armor. After reading the description and seeing some of the authors invol...moreThis is an anthology featuring stories that all include some sort of powered armor. After reading the description and seeing some of the authors involved, I decided to pick it up. Being a big fan of mecha and military sci fi I was pretty excited. As in any anthology, there are some stories I liked better than others. My main gripe with the book, though, is that the description sets itself up as a military sci fi anthology featuring powered armor, and only a handful of the stories were actually military sci fi. If you want a full book of military sci fi, then this isn't it. If you are looking for some different takes on the theme of power armor, then pick it up.(less)