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Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne
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May 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: own, zombies
Recommended for: zombie fans.
Read in May, 2008

An entertaining, quick read.

The author presents a solid zombie story that moves along quickly. The pace is sometimes slower, sometimes outright frenetic--which is to be expected in a zombie tale.

That being said, it has some serious faults. The author lacks significant writing ability. This is not to say that he cannot craft a sentence, or that it was a tough read, simply that the overall story mapping just wasn't there. The last significant events in the book seem to come out of nowhere, which is a neat trick considering the heavy-handed foreshadowing that leads into it.

In addition, though some poor grammar and the like can be excused as true to the journal format, the book struck me as not having been written the way someone would write in his journal. There were details that would seem unnecessary to explain, and led me to conclude that the author chose the journal format due to his inelegance with the "show, don't tell" philosophy of writing.

Still, for any fan of zombie stories (or anyone who, like me, is considering writing one of his own), this one is important for the catalogue. It's no World War Z, but it is just as important to the development of Z-lit.
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