I love that there's finally an urban fantasy book where the Strong Female Character holds her own against the Stronger Male Character. Kate trolling t...moreI love that there's finally an urban fantasy book where the Strong Female Character holds her own against the Stronger Male Character. Kate trolling the fuck out of Curran will never stop delighting me.(less)
Oh god, these books are growing on me. I'm at the point where I'm struggling to give it 3 stars instead of 4, even as I'm listing all the problematic...moreOh god, these books are growing on me. I'm at the point where I'm struggling to give it 3 stars instead of 4, even as I'm listing all the problematic sexism in my head.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is what I expect from all zombie books. A rollicking good adventure with death and destruction and chaos and hilarity.
I loved t...more**spoiler alert** This is what I expect from all zombie books. A rollicking good adventure with death and destruction and chaos and hilarity.
I loved this book. I loved how a sympathetic character - Weissman - turned out to be the rapist. I love that Death was an actual character. I love that the survivors didn't all survive.
I love that Death adopts a little girl, sort of. That, I've discovered, is one of my fiction kinks. Give me Death adopting a human, and I will fall in love with your book.
I love that there are regular people and crazy people and different kinds of zombies and I love that it seems like this is just one book in a bigger story.
Of course, it had its problems. POV shifts weren't all that clearly marked, so it'd take a paragraph or two to figure out that there was a shift. There were some scenes that made me cringe at the phrasing in them, and some scenes that needed to be elaborated more.
But overall, this was a superb zombie novel, so awesome that I finished it in a day and I'd read the fuck out of it again.(less)
**spoiler alert** I just finished AUTUMN by David Moody and, uh, wow. I will never get those hours back.
First off, I want to get in contact with this...more**spoiler alert** I just finished AUTUMN by David Moody and, uh, wow. I will never get those hours back.
First off, I want to get in contact with this author and ask him. Am I supposed to like Michael? I mean that as a serious question, because I can't tell. I mean, if I'm meant to go "Wow, what a lol edgy lol aspie douchebag." and dislike him, then A+ job David Moody! You managed to make a detestable main character!
If not, uh... I mean, there are large parts of this book that read like a teenage boy's idea -- and you all know the kind of teenage boy I'm talking about -- of how they would react to the end of the world that's ~cool~ and ~suave~ and ~can't understand why everyone's so upset about things~.
Which is really fucking annoying.
Hell, I would argue that one of the reasons why Carl's mental state deteriorated so quickly was not because that's the sort of person he was, not fully because he lost his wife and daughter, but because Michael was an asshole and encourage Emma to be one too. There's a reason humans were given both the capacity to reason and the ability to give comfort, and that's to reason out when it's time to do the latter.
In any case, I hope this was the first book he's ever written, because it reads like one. The characters barely have different voices. The writing is stilted, the characters nearly always exist in a white room, and their dialogue is completely bereft of context descriptions.
I think that's one of the things I hated the most. There would be lines upon lines of just dialogue, and nothing else, and I hated that. For god's sake you idiot, tell us what your characters are doing while they're talking to each other.
And, you know, I think a lot of my disappointment would have been... not so disappointed if it had a rocks fall ending. Rocks fall; everyone dies would be the perfect ending for AUTUMN, especially considering that it's a look at the ~human condition~ in the wake of an apocalypse.
A shitty look.
After Carl goes down on the first floor of the house, it would have been amazing if Michael and Emma both ended up being ripped apart by zombies as they tried to escape. The other three books could follow different groups of people, and it would have been a good plot, if not an actual good book.
But no, Michael and Emma both get away. And, you know, I argue against the idea that characters need to grow over the course of a book. I think because I've never actually read a bok where there was no character growth.
I mean, hi, it's not hard, just make it so that Michael realizes he's a but of a twat and you've got character growth for your main character. Instead, no, Emma gets character growth in that she starts to realize that ~Michael's right~ about the way to go about dealing with the whole tragedy, and starts to admire him for being so strong.
...David Moody, you are a bit of a failbot, and I don't think I much like you. That said, I'm probably going to read the other books because they're short and I would like to know what else I absolutely hate about your writing.(less)