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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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Mar 14, 2012

did not like it
Read from March 13 to 15, 2012

Well, well. Proof positive that a zombie novel can be made yawningly boring.

Colson Whitehead has all the requisite apocalyptic-survivor-zombie elements but chooses to mash together flashbacks and current action with so much thinking and reflection that he manages to turn it all into bland, grey mush. Or wait ... was that my brain after I got done reading this? Even the end, which was supposed to be striking and should have been, was greeted with a shrug by this reader. Stick to World War Z or The Reapers Are the Angels.

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message 1: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Mar 16, 2012 04:12PM) (new) - added it

Jenny (Reading Envy) Do you have a sense as to why so many people fawned over it? I actually have it in my library book bin but keep reading other things.

Julie Davis If I were being unkind, I'd say they loved the literary pretension.

Trying to be charitable, I'd say they have never really read a good zombie book (or sf, or horror, or just plain good book) before and so mistake this for the real thing. (Hmmm, maybe that isn't really being charitable after all ...)

So, other than judgments against them, I guess I have no idea!

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