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Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
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Jan 18, 2012

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bookshelves: braaaaains, decent-writing, horror
Read from January 18 to 20, 2012

Not bad. It's very readable; good characters, good narrative. Problem is that it's all been done before and any zombie fan won't find much of anything new here. Bar one thing, and that's what makes me give this three (and a half - I really, really wish we could give half stars because this book deserves this half one) stars instead of a lower rating. We actually get to see inside the minds of the dead, learn about the people trapped inside there, and that ratchets up the horror of the whole thing; it's a great idea that the author makes good use of. The dead become real people, victims who still haven't escaped the nightmare despite the seemingly worst already happening to them. In fact there's much worse to come for them. Yes, the survivors have a hellish time of it, struggling to stay alive, save their friends and neighbors, forced to kill them when they fail, but the true torment is what the victims themselves have to face afterwards. Now there is something that I both admire and cringe at.

Aside from that, it's a basic zombie book, nothing to add to the genre. Outbreak of plague, government conspiracy/coverup, badass survivors struggling to survive and foil the coverup, predictable ending. Although, to give it credit, for all the predictability of the ending, it did give me shivers. Nice use of brevity.

I also had an issue with the narrative itself. For the most part it sticks with one point of view at a time, but sometimes, for no apparent reason and with no warning, the point of view abruptly shifts. It's even done mid-paragraph at times and is wholly unnecessary. It's a bad distraction and also makes it confusing as to who's actually doing what.

Is it worth reading? Yeah, definitely, if you're a zombie fan. You won't feel like you've wasted your time; it's solid entertainment. Just don't look for anything groundbreaking/amazing and you won't be disappointed.
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message 1: by Richelle (new) - added it

Richelle I really like your review!
I am about half way through the book and your review sums up the exact way I am feeling right now ...
it's too much of the "how".. when I want to read about the "now" ! what's happening after the zombies roam ..!!

so I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way! I've been trying to find something to compare to "The Walking dead" and "As the world dies" by: Rhiannon Frater!!
but I'm slowly coming to see that nothing compares ...
you have any zombie books that you rave about ??
I'd love your suggestions !!
thanks again

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