If you are a hardcore Zombie fan, this may be the book for you.
She appeared to do NO research in medical fields, technology, or vehicles, and was VERY bad at hiding it.
Someone who can pronounce words. Jesse Bernstein was OK, but Paula had issues.
I don't recommend this to almost anyone. I bought this after my wife saw Mira Grant at the 2011 Reno worldcon hugo awards, and was impressed by her. We bought the trilogy to listen to on the drive from Utah to Chicago for the 2012 worldcon, and were incredibly dissapointed. The charicters are not self consistant, and you are left wanting to simply shoot the male lead and be done with it. The "twist" ending was just nerve grating.
The action. The tense, intense, action. I was raked over the coals, and then back, and now I want the next book.
I began reading it expecting a typical survival horror book- unintelligent characters, poorly thought out monsters, and a plot that involves more screaming and running around than anything. None of those thoughts where correct, and I am so glad of it. The monsters make sense (to a certain extent- you can only do so much to make zombies that make sense), but these are actually scary, worrysome, I-would-be-scared-as-all-get-out Zombies that actually makes as much sense as any I have ever seen, and they actually got my heart to beating whenever I listened to them (or about them) in the story.
The non hipster (Aaron). Read the book and find out.
I do not read survival horror as a rule. Most of it isn't very well done. This was recommended, and I'm glad I read it.
It was a faithful adaptation of H. Beam Pipers "Little Fuzzy". In the forward, Scalzi talks about how he was trying to re-write Little fuzzy with more modern sensibilities. He succeeded. And in many ways, I expect this version to stand the test of time as well as the original. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator.
The dog. Without ruining anything, the dog.
He (Wil Wheaton) brought life into the characters, even to the point that there was no doubt who was speaking as who. His voice as the narrator was fantastic, and that of the main character was good enough to make you sympathise with him.
Well done John Scalzi. I am not a fan of most work put out in a universe from a dead creator, (Sorry Brandon), but this was done well. It does not attempt to be the original story, but reuses so many of the same elements is such a different way that still pays tribute. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted an introduction to Scalzi and his work.
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