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Samuel Todd is a regular guy: ...Failed husband... ...Loving father... ...Dutiful worker... ...Aspiring rockstar.

He had no idea if anyone would care, or take the time, to read his daily blog entries about his late night observations. But what started as an open monologue of his day-to-day life became a running journal of the firsthand account detailing the rising of the d
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Published January 11th 2010 by Createspace
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Jessa
First 2/3: 4 stars
Final 1/3: -10 stars

I felt - given the above - that 2 stars was actually quite generous. To even begin to understand why I feel this is justified, you will need to read the spoiler below, so do so with caution :p! It's really unfortunate that so much of it is indeed a spoiler, as I feel more strongly about it than probably anything else I have ever written in a review. Anyway, read on to see why this joins the very, very select few books that I consider below 3-stars (only 11 o
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Tracy
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In true T.W. Brown form, he has hit a home run with what seems to be another winning series! Already started book #2. ( : 0 p
Mandy White
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Well Thought Out Zombie Adventure!

This first-person memoir-style account of a zombie apocalypse grabbed me right from the beginning and held my interest throughout the story. I thought it was very well thought out on the author's part because the story covered several angles of the zombie scenario that other zombie novels I've read have overlooked. This book addresses the many possible dangers a survivor might have to overcome in a post-apocalyptic world – bringing to light the fact that zombi
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Jason
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
3 stars can be a bit deceiving. I didn't think this was bad...just not very innovative in the genre. There wasn't much here that I felt I hadn't already read elsewhere. The biggest issue I had with this story was that it rolled through characters so quickly that I could barely keep up. However, the most frustrating aspect of quick and frequent cast turnover is that this is likely the MOST indicative of how the story in a zombie apocalypse would play out. Not many start to finish heroes. This, wh ...more
MommyDearest
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
TW Brown has created a very readible book in diary form about the first nine months of the zombie apocalypse. Our writer is Sam Todd, who is an every day guy who decides he will start a blog to document what is going on in his life and it just so happens that he starts writing it a few days before the start of a plague that sweeps the world where the dead begin rising up to destroy the living.
The pace is swift, with each day passing at a clip of about a page each. Sam goes on the run fairly ear
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BigJohn
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Zomblog is a story about a youngish man who starts a blog at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. The blog itself is a neat idea for conveying the information of what is happening - and it works very well at the early stages of the outbreak as a means for illlustrating how confusing and scary the world is quickly becoming. But the conceit of the blog wears pretty thin, pretty quickly. It probably would be the same as someone keeping a diary, but who really does that anymore? That the world quic ...more
Dana
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Rick
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
It started a bit slow, but picked up after the first chapter or so. There were some great twists and turns in the book, however it did end abruptly. I will look for the sequel.
Missy~
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Blogging for Zombies.
3.5 stars rounded up.
So this was a decent Zombie apocolypse story. It starts out with Sam, your average adult newspaper boy blogging then journaling his experiences and observations about the sudden plague that descimated the world and the zombies who now roam about looking to chomp their next victim.
Sam was an excellent average Joe hero, and his voice narrated by Erik Byron was clear, engaging and enjoyable.
Descriptions of gunk, gore and obnoxious odors were vivid.
Sam
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I actually was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this read. When the story first started I thought I was going to get really sick of the blog style writing really quick. Fortunately the action starts right away and the diary style writing actually becomes quite interesting. I felt so bad for Sam that first little while when no one knew what was going on yet, I can't imagine that feeling of just no knowing anything! Sam turned out to be a very smart and dynamic character who grew and develop ...more
Nicole Storey
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books in the past that were written in a blog-diary form. Some were interesting enough to keep me reading, but most fell flat. It is almost impossible to to write in the first person AND give engaging details that are in the past tense in a diary form. Something is always lacking, whether it be character detail, descriptions, or not enough information. However, as Brown is one of my favorite authors, I had to take the chance. You guessed it, I was not disappointed at all!

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Jady Arewar
Jan 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
This book is just terrible, and it takes a lot for me to just blatantly say that as there are virtually no books that I can just dismiss like this. It's not necessarily because of the writing or the characters, but the entire style that the book is in.

Now that said, the writing itself is not impressive. It reads to me very much as fan fiction, with awkward words and phrases and poorly thought out passages, no plot development and no character development.

The characters aren't interesting either.
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Chantal Boudreau
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the commandments pushed by publishers and agents nowadays, that I hate as a reader, is the “thou must start thy book with an action scene”. With a few exceptions, I think this is absurd. I like to get to know the characters a bit, and get a good view of the setting for the story before I get thrown into the middle of the action. That’s not “gripping” to me, or a “hook”, it’s just meaningless chaos. That’s why I liked the intro to this book. You get to know the protagonist, Samuel, as a hu ...more
Brian Switzer
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked up Zomblog with huge expectations. I had just finished the author's other zombie series, 'Dead'. 'Dead' wasn't only the best series I've read in the genre but one of the best series period.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Zomblog. It seemed rushed and confused- I often didn't remember who a character was or where the scene was taking place. Whereas 'Dead' had several characters that were bigger than life, most of the Zomblog folks were unlikeable.

Most of the women in the book were particu
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Emma Mills
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a zombie book before but this sounded fun and as a free download I didn't have anything to loose so I gave it a go. As I haven't read any other zombie books I can't compare but the blog/diary format worked well and I liked the fact that it was narrated by two characters - first a man then a woman, although I had trouble liking and understanding the woman!

The zombie part of it was pretty much exactly what I would expect, and scenes straight from 'Dawn of the Dead' came to mind seve
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Eileen P
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I chose to read this because of the zombie theme which is currently hot. The book is supposed to be a blog or more like a diary of what happened day to day in the life of a guy living through a zombie attack which started as a virus. He lost his family and has to fend for himself while meeting other non-zombies. I never finished it because it got boring. Day after day was the same thing and the book lost the "blog" aspect of it because there was no electricity in town to support a laptop which t ...more
R.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Oddly enough, in my mind anyway, I flew through this book. It was a free read, which doesn't mean a lot, but I never come at freebies with high expectations. It was also about Zombies and I've never really read a book that deals pretty much entirely with becoming, killing, hiding from, smashing, driving over, becoming (did I say that already)...Zombies. I really enjoyed the blog style of the story and the couple of voices involved in the writing. It sounds like there is or will be a next book in ...more
Bobby Cooper
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bobbys-favorites
T W Browns Zomblog was a real pageturner. Wrote as a blog type journal in the first pov, it is like Day by Day Armegedon. With that being said, Brown took that concept and made it his own. The thing I loved about Zomblog was the characters. Real people!! No underground Superstructure for safety,and no Huge aersonal of weapons. A realistic approach to survival leaving me rethinking the whole dbda thing!! Brown is a writer with some serious skills. Read this!! This is a story that demands being re ...more
Bridget
I started reading a preview of this book out of curiousity and couldn't stop. Zombies freak me out, so I really have to give myself a break before the next one in the series (but couldn't help but to read the first chapter of book two on amazon). It's written as a blog and I got wrapped up in the story like I would with a friend telling me about an on-going saga in their life. I don't think I'd say it was an awesome book, but I had a hard time putting it down.
Selinalynn
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book reads like a journal/blog and is a first person account of how the world came to be during and after the zombies came. You get to see how different groups try to survive in a world without laws. T.W.Brown covers all types of groups and people. I liked how he didn't shy away from the more disturbing ideas. I really liked the book and continued to read the whole series which didn't disappoint.
Corinne
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Bizarre little story, but somewhat compelling nonetheless. The characters ran the gamut from charming to likeable to boring to reprehensible, which is to say I was compelled to really pay attention to each one & learn what they had to offer in the storyline.
While entering this book here at Goodreads, I believe I spotted "Zomblog II", so I'm off to investigate. :)
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Krista Hensley
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebies
Starts out pretty slow, but then it dragged me in so I wanted to finish it. I felt a little like I was reading another version of The Walking Dead from another survivors group perspective. It wasn't mind blowing but kept me interested enough to maybe want to pick up on Book 2 and see what happens next.
Orlaith
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook
One of the most realistic zombie books I've ever read. I think it had a great grasp on how humans can be just as scary as roving bands of zombies, and I thought the journal format really benefited the story.
Amy
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
Very graphic, action packed, and enjoyable. it was fun, and a very different way to read a book, since it's supposed to be a 'blog' of sorts. The description was just enough to know how gross, scary, and just downright nasty. :) I've already downloaded and started the second one!
Jaime
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was like reading a long run on sentence. Dark, depressing and so many characters come in and out (they die!) that I couldn't keep them all straight. I can't believe I wasted my time on this one. :( But heck it was free......
J.J.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I feel like the blog format was just a way to cover up sub-par writing and lack of characterizations. Characters came and went so fast, I couldn't keep up with who I was even supposed to care about.
Katrina
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Three quarters into the book I didn't like the character anymore. It's a never-ending book of unfamiliar characters because they always die and there's no end in site.
Trish Bodine
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Realistic and not too far fetched. Ending left me wanting more.
Andreea R
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read this sometime back as a Kindle book, still have it on my cloud reader. It had a promotion some 4, maybe 5 weeks back.
Allow me to make a short introduction before the actual review.

I love zombie stories, zombie movies, zombie anything. Probably my first ones were the "Resident Evil" series and "World War Z", continued with a whole bunch of nonsense books and finally, this one. I usually can't be bothered to write reviews, unless I feel strongly about a book, and for this one, I do, beca
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