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The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  167 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Bosley Coughlin can travel through time. And the future does not look good.

Through a heady cocktail of drugs and the occult, Bosley slips through time and space and glimpses The End. Cities lay in ruins, and those who still cling to life hide in the rubble like frightened animals. Walking carcasses shamble through the debris exacting a horrible fate upon any living they fi
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 27th 2010 by Createspace
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Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Wickedly Bookish Reviews

Seven Habits is definitely not your traditional zombie novel. It was so close to being an absolutely amazing read for me, but there was just one thing that irked me. The book begins with Bosley talking to detectives about the strange turn of events that lead him to their interrogation room. Bosley's chapters are written like a conversation, but we only ever get Bosley's side of the story. I was intrigued by the style, but initially felt
Patrick D'Orazio
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
William Todd Rose is an author who has created several different zombie stories, some of which are available through his website and are intriguing tales of the apocalypse. I had the opportunity to acquire this book from the author at a horror convention last fall, before it was picked up by Permuted Press. For the purpose of full disclosure, the new, Permuted version of the book will have extensive additions compared to the original, which is what I read, as I have discovered through different ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After The Walking Dead defined and refined the genre, I feel zombie apocalypse is no longer necessary for fiction. Its pinnacle has been reached. However, this novel, ostensibly about zombie apocalypse, is actually not so much about zombies, but one character's struggle to change the impending future, and another's struggle with the aftermath. The coincidence of the two is where the real story lives and breathes. Beyond that, I won't reveal more of the plot. I will say that it was dark and gritt ...more
Toad Oliver
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bosley Coughlin can travel through time, or can he? Are his glimpses into the future just delusions from the drugs? Bosley sees the horrible end that is coming and it isn't pretty. He sees glimpses of a girl, Ocean, and he will do anything he can in the present to protect her in the future, even murder. Very creative story by William Todd Rose! I hope to see more of his books make it to Audible! Great narration by Nicholas Tecosky.
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's something about him that sets him apart from everyone else. You see, he can travel through time. He's never sure as to where he'll end up whenever Time comes to claim him, but the things he experiences wherever he goes leave him scarred for life. Most especially since he's repeatedly given glimpses of how the world will end soon enough. Mind you, it's ...more
Brian Manville
Bosley Coughlin is a stoner. If it's an illegal drug; he's tried it. One day he gets hooked up with some premium grade weed and combined with his previous drug use, he becomes a time traveler. Thing is, the pharmacological titan can only time travel mentally, not physically. So while he can use the Aeons to move about through time, it's basically as an observer. It's like being Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol", only without actually being there.

The problem our resident Stoner Claus has is
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bosley Coughlin can see the future, man. No really. By taking drugs - lots and lots of drugs - he discovered what he calls the Eye of Aeons, which allows him to see the future through the eyes of its inhabitants. On one of his, ahem, trips, he sees what life is like for Ocean, a 14-year old girl living in a brutally harsh post-apocalyptic America that's overrun by zombies. He also learns how to identify carriers of the virus, so when he gets back to his reality, he decides to do all he can to pr ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
This book was excessively vulgar and cliche. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't simply hate on the use of expletives in a book, nor any other thing, I just ask that it's use appropriately. The main character drops an f-bomb in between the infected woman's first and last name every single time he says it. Why? Unnecessary. Themes of rape and misogyny are not necessarily out of place in a post-apocalyptic world, rather, I think they would likely be fairly commonplace in a world without law and the p ...more
T.L. Barrett
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold onto your sanity and get ready for a zomberific, drug-induced and time-travelling good time! 7 Habits of Highly Infective People is a solid zombie apocalypse tale which has many things that sets it far beyond the rest of the pack. We are invited into the first person ramblings of one Bosley Coughlin, who has endeavored to shed himself of ego by using mystically enhanced drugs and instead manages to throw his consciousness into a girl in a dreadful future where zombies flourish and the remai ...more
Shawn Camp
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
With the out of this world number of zombie novels out there, it takes something unique, fresh, or just darn right different. Seven signs show's a little of each. Now some of the ideas you can see were inspired by many futuristic sci-fi flicks or books, but this time throw in a future virus and the end of civilization and you get something fresh and different.

Now the narrator does have a couple of characteristics that take a while to grow accustomed to, but I love the dialogue and where he lead
Chris Devlin
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download, which is the type of book I've been indulging in lately whilst waiting for some of my favourite authors to hurry the hell up and make my days a little brighter ( thanks Joe Abercrombie). I'm not sure wether or not this got four stars from me because i approached it without much expectation or because it really deserved it. I liked the acid trip quality of Bosleys chapters which played out like a movie with Tarentino-esque qualities in my head due to the sharp, snappy monolo ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-told tale. Light but chock-full of narrative voice, dig? It's a refreshing take on the outbreak theme, wonderfully filled with dark humor and the tying of the two stories together is done quite well.

I don't see, however, why the protagonist liked Ocean much at all. Ocean is a product of her environment, which is great. But to the modern reader she is kind of a dummy. Coughlin's instant attachment to her is not evident, not to me anyway. Furthermore, both his assumption that Clari
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, 2012
A little disappointing and predictable in the plot twists, the audiobook would benefit from a new narrator. It's possible the dialogue and dialect would read better via text, but unfortunately the narrator maintains a slightly moist monotone throughout the book, creating a silly hackneyed tone for the protagonist (the comparison to The Dude was unnecessary, as were the other current pop culture references). I believed the narrator was Wil Wheaton, who should never be hired for audiobooks, but I ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Most of the time you can guess at the final plat but this one caught me totally offguard. The author bypasses the normal zombie stereotypes and focuses on the character developments. The story is set in two timelines. Bosley Coughlin, a druggy, who is able to cross the plains of existence and see into the past and future. And Ocean who is a young girl trying to survive in the future where zombies roam the streams. I found the book to combine all the elements..horror, science fiction and suspense ...more
Philip McClimon
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is easily one of the best books I have read this year. I would say it is 12 Monkeys meets Frailty. It is part zombie story, part post apocalypse, part mind trip. It is full of misdirection and one is never sure that what one is being told is in fact the way things are. It has sadness and horror and humor. The three main characters are well drawn and I was fully engaged and cared about them. The world is well drawn and the story immersive. The ending is satisfying and I read this in just a c ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review contains SPOILERS.

I had only had about 90 minutes of this book left to listen to. I kept at it because it started with a lot of action, and some gruesome/thrilling events. But when it got to the point where Ocean was thinking to herself about how she didn't even care if she was raped if it meant she could be with some middle aged man, I gave up. I think the book took a turn for the worse, and couldn't bear to listen to the writing any longer. I didn't like any of the characters.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book! I've read many zombie and apocalyptic books and this was completely unlike any of them. The story alternates between two story lines in two different times and come seamlessly together. Even though this is considered a "zombie" book, it only has 2 scenes which include any "rotters" and only one of them is detailed. This story is more a narrative following two primary characters. No spoilers. Just read the book.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to start enjoying this as the author takes his time in weaving the two plots together, but I loved the strong finish to the story! Also cool- at the end of the book, the author includes the playlist that inspired him while writing this : ) The songs fit perfectly to the dark tune of the story.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Average book, it went back and forth between two main characters, Bosley and Ocean. I liked reading the Ocean parts much better then the Bosley parts. The end was interesting tho in how the two characters come together sort of. Good ending to this book.
Al Gaito
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So there are a few things here and there that I could nit-pick about the book...such as it's length...but I can't say that this had MUCH of a negative effect on my rating. Personally I really enjoyed it.
Kateri Limmer
After I got past the offensive quality of the writing (holy cow, it's raw) I kinda liked this book. I confess, I couldn't put it down between chapters since it alternated between Bosley and Ocean. I also found it to be a refreshing book because it's a zombie book without very many zombies.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse-now
Really enjoyed this zombie apocalypse book. Each alternate chapter follows the two main protagonists... At the start of the outbreak and 15 years or so into the future PA. can highly recommend this
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, kindle, z2012
A good take on a zombie story. The main character was interesting and the story had some twists in it I didn't expect.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Craziness!
George Christie
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! It's very rare a book can surprise me, this did
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. Quirky, creative, gruesome: the perfect pleasurable read. Anyone who wants a zombie story with a twist should pick this up.
Vincenzo Bilof
rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2012
Darleen Cortez
rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2014
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