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Dog Blood by David Moody
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Jul 19, 2012

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Not sure what to think about Dog Blood by David Moody. I read Hater last year and loved it. Moody’s pacing was superb, unfolding the Hater outbreak slowly ratcheted up the tension wonderfully. Following along with the McCoyne family as they became increasingly isolated and terrified at what was unfolding before them, created a world that was palpable in its sense of terror. When Dog Blood was release I snapped it up. Half way through the book I was just as enthused as I had been with Hater. Moody’s decision to tell the story by dual narratives from both sides of the war (Hater vs. Unchanged) blurred the lines of good and evil. By showing the Hater (in the guise of Danny McCoyne) as a real person with thoughts and feelings was genius. To not make them monsters, faceless evil, but as people who were no longer in control of their anger made the story much more enjoyable and real. But about half way through that all changed for me. Moody basically abandoned the Unchanged narrative, and instead focused solely on the Hater side. So instead of a two sided perspective, we got the Hater mentality only. Eventually the endless chapters of hearing Danny’s desire to kill as many people as possible, and the glee he has doing just that, became monotonous and a little disturbing. Moody seemed to embrace the Hater mentality and the disdain felt for the Unchanged seemed to transcend the narrative and became almost his thoughts. By the end I just wanted to get it over with. I do want to read the final installment, to see where he is going with this. If the last book is like Hater and the first half of Dog Blood, then this will be a series I would recommend to all. But if the final chapter is just a continuation of the last half of Dog Blood, then I will be greatly disappointed.
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message 1: by Sandra (new)

Sandra hey there. I was wondering: Have you read the last book yet? If you did, Do you recommend it? I have yet to read the second one and I came across your review. Thought I'd ask. Greetz Ava

Erik I have read the third book and did enjoy it. I think he did a good job bringing the story around to a conclusion in Them or Us. And he did further dive into to almost racial hatred between the infected and the rest. Would recommend it.

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