Ah, so rare to enjoy a perfect syzygy of gifted reader, compelling characters and well written story. I could not turn it off, it kept me up at night, I dreaded to end my commute....I listened twice. Publishers Weekly captured the essence..."A skillful blend of historical fact and gruesome fiction".
This is not The Shining II, this is Danny's story.
Danny, now Dan, has grown up, finding a kind of life working in a Hospice where he is known as Dr. Sleep for helping the dying die peacefully; finding real friends in AA; and finding another with The Shining. With a new twist on vampires, King weaves a compelling tale of family, redemption and as always, good vs evil.
A word about the reader- I have loved Will Patton for decades...as Dave Robicheaux, but for this book, he made me cringe. His reading felt excessively dramatic and emotional, reminding me of Scott Brick, who frequently seems deliberately affected in his readings. I got used to it.
I liked the first of the ZF series well enough...snarky humor, good old zombies and nice, simple characters.
This uneven tale begins with a nice coming-of-age story then, suddenly, as if Tufo remembered his fans, morphs into a sick, sad alien tale both predictable and juvenile. It's always so disappointing to select a listen based on the reviews and find you are one of the few. For outstanding Syfy try Hyperion, Cloud Atlas and The Blade Itself...multiple, complex story lines with outstanding characters...Tufo fans will likely not agree.
I am a zombie purist, I look for the zombies I grew up with...the slow, shambling, brainless ones brought back to life by George Romero.
Despite the rave reviews, this is NOT great, not even good, and not much about zombies.
This is a juvenile's idea of war.....dimension-less/cliché/predictable characters in a “war” against- insert zombies- but could have been anything. Bits of action followed by meandering/meaningless/inane dialogue... the only reason I finished the listen was the hope they would be bitten.
The absolutely BEST book about surviving zombies is Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne, who just happens to be a real, active duty military officer. It is the “real” thing!!
Thank goodness!! It was painful to hear such an rich character called such a ridiculous name.
Oh...sorry, you will find that out in the next book “Nemesis”. The reviewers for Nemesis object to the reader, Norwegian Thor Knai, but pay no attention. He is a fine, I am happy.
Thus only 4 stars for wonderful Robin Sachs, who should have ASKED.
"The Redbreast"...Hoola does not compare to Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. Harry has a sweetness and humor (wait for the moving series of calls to a dead friend's answer machine) where Wallander tends to wallow in whiny self pity.
Nesbo compares best to Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. All their characters come to life, their thoughts and deeds, sometime horrific, are made understandable, and you can’t wait to find out where they are leading you.
Slow and confusing to start....bouncing from WW2 to 1990/2000....then the characters burst into my consciousness and I had to restart as I grew to understand. Loved it.
A good story...similar to but not nearly as good as The Lost Gate........or try the Lost Boys- a very different OSC...a beautifully written tale of a family's love, loss and faith. Why are there no films of his books?
The Strain, part 3.........not great, not even very good....skip it, you will be happier not finding out.
The Strain- part 2, good classic vampires, no bland Edward, no insipid Bella, no silly Sookies.
For those who preferred 30 Days of Nights to Twilight or True Blood....a well done tale of the classic vampire.
Loads of gratuitous violence, cookie cutter hero and of course...Middle Eastern villains, a bit of misogyny so as to not leave out the ladies and- gasp- secret funding from corporate capitalists?? Borrrrrrrrrrrring. For a GREAT zombie tale try Day by Day Armageddon.
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