Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she ...more
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Let me tell you something, my fine folks. I think I had more fun reading this book than I have for ANY apocalypse book. That's including the Stand, Lucifer's Hammer, or The Power. And perhaps a few others that I rank higher than the rest.
But let me be clear. I had the most fun with this. I'm not saying it has MORE to gloam onto than the Stand, but I had myself a few issues with the Stand. The whole moralistic good vs. evil, for example. And I had ...more
The premise of this book immediately grabbed my attention: a teenager, Shana wakes up to find her younger sister, Nessie, in trance, walking out of their home and along the road. She does not respond, she does not blink, just keeps putting one foot in front of the other.... hmmmm
Soon, Shana's sister is joined by more walkers (who will soon become a flock). Interesting things happen - needles cannot pierce their skin, they shake violently when grabbed and let's not ...more
I want to leave all ...more
Here goes: Two guilty stars because I invested over a week into Wanderers and I have no "OMG I HAVE TO TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BOOK" compulsion to show for my commitment to this huge, wandering novel.
I don't quite know how to characterize my experience reading Wanderers. The first two-thirds of the book (~500 pages) feels ...more
was arcstack before i got this beautiful 800 page beast (in a slipcase, no less - fancy ARC, why you so fancy?) about a mysterious epidemic, societal breakdown, post-event survival, journeys across a shattered american landscape - i.e. ALL OF MY JAMS!
sorry, arcstack, i think we have to have a talk.
I’m generally rooting for the end of humanity these days, but if the apocalypse is gonna involve this much walking then I’ll be pretty angry about it because I’d much rather sit on my ass while the asteroid hits or the nukes fly or the zombies start gnawing on me.
A small group of people in rural Pennsylvania start walking in a trance like state one day. They can’t be snapped out of it, needles for sedatives won’t penetrate their skin, and ...more
What I need you, the reader of this review, to know is this book isn’t bad. Chuck Wendig has crossed his q’s and dotted his t’s. The writing is fine. Many of my friends have given Wanderers a perfect score, and I can understand why. If you’re a fan of big apocalyptic(?) novels in which the author seems to jerk off to some sort of quasi-Springsteenian sense of America—you ...more
Film critic Roger Ebert once said, “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” The same is certainly true of books. Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers, sure to be the man’s magnum opus, clocks in at 800 pages and took me roughly two weeks to get through (a longer-than-expected number of days for me, thanks to some very limited reading time while I was busy attending StokerCon 2019). Thankfully, it’s every bit as good as I had ...more
WANDERERS was a fun listen, alternating between two narrators, one male and one female. This format worked really well for me and I enjoyed this tale quite a bit.
It's an "end of the world" book and even though the terms "walker" and "sleepwalker" are used, these are not really zombies like THE WALKING DEAD walkers, and they're not sleepwalking either. This is why the book was so interesting and different.
The characters developed quite a bit throughout, none of them the same as they ...more
Wanderers is truly epic in scope. What starts as a weird local event -- a sleepwalking girl who can't be woken or stopped -- turns into something huge and eerie (and to some, horribly frightening) as Nessie is joined by more and more sleepwalkers in her journey across America. Escorted by family members and ...more
I don't know how I feel about this book. I enjoyed much of it, and other parts of it really ticked me off. It felt grand on an epic scale, but then certain parts made it feel small and not so epic.
Pros- good character development, interesting storyline, cool concept
Cons - twice as long as it needed to be, unnecessary rape scene, end with little to no closure whatsoever.
Overall, I ...more
You had 800 pages Chuck and you couldn't wrap that shit up in a nice tidy bow?
If you haven't already guessed by my rant I am unhappy with how this ends.
Too open ended.
Hopefully that means there will be another book?
Don't get me wrong I loved the crap out of this book and I am super excited at the prospect of more in this world. But dude.....COME. ON.
I hate waiting.
Much love to Chuck Wendig for the signed ARC I got at BookCon.
It was awesome to meet you and I ...more
I couldn’t get enough of Wanderers! A teen girl sleepwalks out of her house one night, but can’t be woken up. Ever. Eventually other sleepwalkers join in. Their loved ones stay with them to watch over them and ...more
This story could’ve been so good. But instead of using the story to take a real look at humanity, Wendig uses this book as a soapbox for his own views, determined to shove literally every hot-button talking point into the narrative whether they fit or not. And worse, he doesn’t even have anything fresh or unique to say.
For instance, I’m not a Republican. I don’t watch Fox News. But it’s quite clear Wendig really REALLY dislikes Republicans and Fox News. It ...more
Review: This was quite the grande attempt at combining “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Andromeda Strain”. Throw in a splash of zombie like symptoms and voila! Seems like there is a plethora of pandemic/apoc novels floating around these days….some good, mostly bad. I think this novel fell into the ‘bad’ category although it shouldn’t have.
Writing for the masses. This novel tried to appeal to the movie goer that enjoys dramatic dialogue interspersed with over-the-top violence by the ...more
Shana Stewart wakes up one morning on her family farm and notices her sister Nessie wandering down the road. When Shana catches up with Nessie, she believes her sister is sleepwalking.
As Nessie walks through town, seemingly unaware of her own actions and unable to be awakened, another person soon joins her.
Shana doesn't know where her sister and the growing number ...more
If you like end of civilisation stories, this is a good one. The idea of a fungal pathogen was super creepy for me. I cringe every time I even think the phrase "fruiting bodies."
Characterisation was well done, and with good variety. Considering how long the book is, I was surprised at how evenly the momentum of the story was maintained throughout. Wendig's trademark conversational and easy style of storytelling is very much in evidence.
Unsurprising is that in this, as in pretty much ...more
Wendig bit off something really vast with this novel, and he actually executed it very well. It’s been billed as an epic saga, and that’s a fair description. Wanderers is as large in scope as the novel it is most commonly compared to, Stephen King’s The Stand, and mirrors the novel in other ways, specifically in its inclusion of an apocalyptic epidemic, its varied cast of characters, ...more
One morning, Shana discovers her younger sister Nessie walking outside, completely disconnected from her surroundings. And she is joined by many others on her sojourn to the west. The "walkers" do not eat or sleep, if ...more
“Biology had at its core a keen and singular horror that made all the bogeyman stuff as scary as a preschool playroom.” – Chuck Wendig, Wanderers
Giant, crashing meteors. Zombie outbreaks. Alien invasions. Cataclysmic weather events. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Nuclear disasters. Insidious biological/viral maladies.
Why are so many of us drawn to tales that outline the destruction of life as we know it? These are not light things. Unimaginable loss of life ...more
My biggest issue was with the characters, both the ...more
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).
He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at ...more