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I'm into zombies not vampires. The book was written in the 50's so i thought it would be outdated. I liked the movie, but really thought the book must be very boring. A dude all by himself. Seemed a bit boring. I just pictured an artsy kind of book with a guy dealing with his internal struggle and alot of blah blah.
Well, it really is kinda all of the above, except boring. Its very interesting and I am sure if the book was written today it would definitely be with zombies, not vampires. There is some action too, so all is okay. I think it must have been redone too, I swear a date I heard was in the 1970's.
Narrator was pretty good with good inflection at the appropriate places, not seemingly randomly for no reason like some annoying narrators.
I did not like the end. It was a good ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was artsy. If you find artsy endings predictably similar you know what I mean (opposite of Hollywood endings).
If you like zombie stories I think this will satisfy you.
The main storyline is alot more dynamic now with new characters and new groups and as usual Philbrook is careful not to over do with too much of a good thing, keeping the short stories short, but powerful.
As before, one of the stories introduces a big new twist to the underlying zombie apocalypse plot line but we're kept in suspense as the book returns back to Adrian Ring's more conventional storyline. The twist was a shocker and I'm not sure if I am too keen on this part of the stories development but so far Philbrook has been an expert in crafting a believable story. The dreams, the zombies behaving a little weird, where will this lead?
The definitive aspects of book 3 are the interactions, negotiations and violence between the survivor groups and we get some resolution for what happened at the end of book two, concluding nicely.
The only part I didn't like was the classic "stupid kid who messes everything up" part, rather than using a more complicated method to bring a bit of sudden and unexpected development in the story. I found the story unpredictable as it was already.
I think that there are 8 books in this series, and I'm not even half way through yet, great! How are they going to get out of what happened at the end of this book? Can't wait!
Mr. Journal is cool n all, but the short stories add spice because they are written in 'real time' and not being explained after the fact like the journal entries. Well, not just that, I would actually say the short stories are more powerful than Adrian's all alone story. The old short stories just ended, but now things are falling into place as they fit into the main story line.
By the way, the journal entries themselves aren't really 100% entries, but like if you can imagine a TV show where someone starts writing but then fades out and the show starts. Zombies are the still the dumb shuffling kind, not really dangerous for Adrian. Of all things, his animal lover side takes a hit. I'm an animal lover too, but bought this part of the story.
The series is actually pretty slow to reveal its story, we are only starting to get to know Adrian. He starts getting comfortable writing and reveals more of himself as we revisit stuff in the past that he didn't want to get into back then. This explains why I thought the first book was a bit emotionally dry. Cassie is a recurring theme, I wonder how this angle will play out.
Solid characters are starting to take their place and things start rocking at the end but....Ahhhh! I don't mind the slow pace at all and barely mind being left dying for book 3!
I'm trying to recall if Jame's girl voice was any good, but I didn't even react to it while listening so I think it must be excellent. Keep up the good work Chris and James!
This guy, Adrian, holes up in a school and waits out the apocalypse and doesn't really care about anyone else, passing time with writing in his journal, whom he talks to as Mr. Journal.
The writing is excellent and the narration is too, the only thing lacking is perhaps emotional attachment. I mean he writes his girl friend off as dead without even trying to find her, but I think that is more about trying to be "different" from the other zombie books.
Having said that, I can totally identify with Adrian, he is like how I imagine I would be in an apocalypse, except Adrian is big and strong and ex military. But his toughness isn't over played, mostly he is just calm, collected and thoughtful. And he loves animals. I think a lot of people can identify with this 'realistically' written character.
I'm already on the second book and its getting more interesting, hopefully more characters will make the story become more alive and Adrian can start writing about who is, we hardly know anything about him.
Story is decent but I cant say anything really drew me in. Just went along kinda hum dee dum dum. So the story starts off at the junk yard again and, sure enough, they gotta split. I don't know why the "agents" are still around with their leader dead. Their entire existence seems so pointless. So Dan and Quinn figure a good destination would be his wife's sister, Meredith, at some isolated farm somewhere.
The book tells two stories, about Dan and his daughter Quinn and Meredith. Meredith plays the "this can't be happening" type of role and drives around like Mr. Magoo with zombies everywhere and I can't fathom how zombies can kill anyone at all if they can't kill her.
There are a few holes here and there, like the science of the zombies. How a bite doesn't seem to infect, their behavior seems sometimes smart in the old books, but otherwise dumb. How can their be survivors if the food is infected; what have they been eating?
Now there is one "bad guy" who steals their car but this part feels disappointingly unresolved. Reason to buy the next book in the series it seems, this story is unfinished! I want to meet up with those characters again.
So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.
The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.
But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...
Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.
Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?
So now we figure whats up with that kid from the last book; similar to Regan, Ben has a mission to fulfill where he tracks down the initiators of the apocalypse and terminates them. Don't worry though, the old gang aren't too far off.
Now this book starts its own storyline and introduces new elements and plots, just as mysterious as in the old books. I'm on book 6 and I still don't know whats going on :). The new plot line has to do with a lot of beautiful women seemingly bred or, I'm guessing now, even cloned from the past playboy models, and raised for some secret purpose.
Now I don't like over the top, far fetched plots and these series of books are kinda that, but the author is an expert in weaving these intricate plots while still keeping the plausibility of it all. If it wasn't realistic, I'd have dumped this series a long time, but the story set up is pretty good, the best I've read in a zombie book actually.
Best character: Harrison! Grumpy potty mouthed old man with humor befitting a freaking zombie apocalypse! Great narration work on him and all the other characters.
This book has 3 narrators! Wow! They're not all talking at the same time, rather one narrator controls certain characters and their scenes always seem to comprise of just those characters and the same narrator. I think. I'm not sure, but it works it great.
As the blurb points out, we will finally figure out whats going on and why everyone call themselves the "good guys". Great finish to this story line, as the next book takes off decades later which this book will set up, with the introduction of a new mysterious character.
The narrator, on the other hand, was lousy. He didn't even try to do different voices. He would be very monotone except he has an annoying habit where at the end of each sentence the first part of the last word goes up a notch and trails out. You can hear it in the blurb, like "eagle" in "desert eagle". I'd give him one star but I have in fact heard worse, like the narration he has done in other books which out of curiosity I had to try the samples of. The story is still listenable though.
Starting to feel a little expensive now, but I figure this series is worth it. The narrator is crazy good, excellent job.
Now its Billy's turn to lead the storyline and like Laura, he is learning to be ruthless. The plot is getting really complex and confusing but that's the intention as we're trying to figure out the who's and the why's and the what's. On his way to find his mother, he has to kill people he doesn't want to kill, his enemy becomes his ally and another survivor enters the mix with his own opinions. This book just had so much packed into it. Top marks!
After getting away by the skin of their teeth, Billy wants to go _back_ into the city to rescue his mom. I don't know why people always think in zombie books that everyone is dead, except just their particular loved one who has stayed put waiting to be rescued.
But its all a rather believable story, there is a reason why there's not too many zombies about, and the conspiracy plot begins to thicken. Little by little things are revealed; the cops don't seem to be who they are, and whats this about a cure?
This story is mostly about Laura, fighting for her life and kids, and boy does she take a beating here. Laura's character starts to develop now, no longer the naive civilized wife, she not only needs to be smart to survive, but also brutal. Its all rather exciting. And gross.
I can't explain why each book is so short, it made me avoid this series until now. I guess the upfront cost is cheap to get people started, as the stories get longer and more worth a credit later on.
Early on we find out that the infection is intentional, as people received "pricks" in subways. A few days after, today, people just change to zombies and start eating the normals. David needs to get away from down town to his wife and kids, which he actually does as that's just half way through the story. I liked this because I got to see him and his family interact and be part of the story, it wasn't just the end of the story. David is pretty smart, so is his wife and kid in fact, but they aren't brutal, which is a problem not only in this book, but the next as I'm currently reading book 2 now. Threats to your life and family need to be eliminated, zombie or human!
I wasn't very impressed by the narrator, kinda monotone, non flowing kind of reading. Didn't sound like a pro. But each book has new narrators, an excellent idea I think, I prefer the narrator in book 2. So yeah, I'm following this series, and I think you should too!
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