At first look this looked like an exciting book about the results of theoretical genetics gone wrong. The science behind it was facinating and well thought out, but the story itself is drier than a popcorn fart. Most of the book consists of scientist sitting around calmly over-explaining technical details and discussing ethical and legal concerns brought up by a genetic apocolypse. Meanwhile the fact that the human race is ending and society is falling to pieces around them is treated as a footnote. The story presents plenty of opportunity for emotion and human drama but instead spends the majority of its time slogging through tedious and largely unnecessary dialogue. I'm not a big fan of action stories but this book seriously needed something. It was like reading a text book except that by the time I was through it I hadn't learned anything. It's a great idea that never gets off the ground. Mind-numbingly dull. Skip it.
At this point, it seems unlikely.
He added very little character or inflection. It was difficult to distinguish one characters dialogue from anothers, leading to a complete train wreck of boredom in a largely dialogue-driven book.
The science seemed like an exciting notion and even seemed believable, but the the lack of humanity and story just made it like sitting through a 18 hour long genetics lecture. While there is nothing wrong with that, it's not what I expect from a work of fiction.
Don't waste your credits on this one.
This is basically every B-movie zombie flick ever made without the charm of the cheap effects and crappy acting. Joe Everyman, salesman and loving father and husband, goes into work one day only to witness the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and see his best friend eaten. By lunch time he's a grizzled survivor, by noon break he's a tough-talking, knee-breaking action hero with his own cliche catchphrase. It reads like it was written by a room focus group of advertising executives as they ticked off a list of zombie tropes and contrived plot points. Thankfully this was a free offering but it'll still take up two hours of your life and unless you're totally into anything with zombies, I wouldn't bother.
I listen to and watch alot of Doctor Who and this one not only stays true to the series, but it is one that I think a more causual fan could get into. Jacqueline Rayner captures the esscense of the characters, especially the 9th Doctor, Rose and even the ol' Tin Dog Mickey perfectly. She also obviously did her homework when she made this one as it stays well within the continuity of the Whoniverse and even keeps up with most of the themes of series 1 of the TV show. I could have easily seen this one being made into an episode and would have loved it if they had. The story itself isn't great but it is well executed and very entertaining, though the villians in this one are a tad on the silly side. And while I was not expecting much from Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler on the show) when I pick this one up, I was very pleasantly surprised. She did an absolutely brilliant job narrating this one and I hope they get her for some more. Well worth a listen, especially if you like the 9th Doctor and Rose. Give it a go.
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