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Breaking News by N.J. Hallard
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Feb 29, 12

This is a warm and witty page turner – an adventure not for the faint of heart which transcends the zombie genre. Although the book does contain expected scenes of violence and gore – written with genuine relish and vivid imagery – the story and the characters are so well drawn that they remain with you long after the last page and leave you wanting more. If you enjoy the zombie genre, you’ll enjoy the knowing references to popular culture and the spectacular battle scenes. If you’re not normally drawn to such dark topics, there’s still a lot to enjoy in the finely drawn characters and situations which are written with a humour that grounds the story in the mundane reality of human relationships – and the restorative powers of a good cup of tea regardless of the situation - without becoming glib or self-referential. Like more established authors such as Joe Hill or Neil Gaiman, Hallard plants very real people with easily relatable emotions and behaviour at the heart of his fantastic tale in a way that really makes you care about what happens next. The attention to detail regarding the logistics of survival and strong sense of place keep you hooked and really make you think about how humans would cope if such a “day zero” of zombie apocalypse were ever to arrive. I highly recommend this book. All hail the great Baron Cissbury - looking forward to the sequel!
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