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Fiend by Peter Stenson
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Jul 10, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2013, drugs, horror, zombies, favorites, post-apocalypse, book-drunk

Holy shit.

Being a fan of zombies and living in a small farming town with a notorious meth problem (we seem to be a big supplier between Indianapolis and Chicago), I couldn't resist Fiend. I admit, I read this for the novelty aspect of it.

What did I get? A fine book full of zombies, meth-heads, dark humor, human interaction during social breakdown, and full-fledged literary merit. Well done, Stenson.

The entire novel moves at breakneck speed, appropriate both for the druggie POV and the doomsday zombie scenario. I love how Stenson didn't screw around with a long build-up to where the story really starts, he simply cut to the chase and BOOM! Zombie girls eats rottweiler! The story starts at a dead run and never really lets up, the lulls being just long enough to take a breath before they're off again. Brilliant pacing.

There were some hiccups in the latter half of the book, certain situations felt derivative, an unfortunate occurrence that is nigh on impossible to avoid, considering how popular the zombie genre has become. However, the cleverness of Stenson's setup and original premise of the meth-using main character kept this fresh even in those few moments where you might experience a bit of deja vu.

And that ending! A sucker punch to the gut, the kind that sticks in the back of your brain after you've finished reading, the kind that is perfect and awful and writers like to shy away from.

While I can't comment on all the Walking Dead meets Breaking Bad comparisons (I only watch Walking Dead religiously, have only seen a partial episode of Breaking Bad), I can say that this is an excellent read, highly recommended. Stenson has definite skill for characters and story-telling, can't wait to see more from him.

Fiend is a breath of fresh air in a genre that's been flooded with crap the last couple years. Well done!

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Reading Progress

July 10, 2013 – Shelved
July 10, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 10, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 16, 2013 – Started Reading
July 16, 2013 –
page 27
9.15% "Zombie children and meth-heads. Plenty of cursing and a noble attempt to fight off a zombie with a dildo. I'm not very far into this, but so far I'm highly amused."
July 17, 2013 –
page 53
July 22, 2013 –
page 103
July 25, 2013 –
page 139
July 26, 2013 –
page 209
July 29, 2013 –
page 279
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: drugs
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: horror
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: zombies
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
July 29, 2013 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2013 – Shelved as: post-apocalypse
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: book-drunk

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message 1: by Steve (new) - added it

Steve On my wish list as your taste and judgement has been solid before. And you allow me to look at you. Goes a long way...

Cari You flatter me, sir!

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