Perth, Australia | Member Since 2013
If that friend was a fan of pulpy, pop-corn zombie horror with gore, action and a cast of generally troubled high schoolers then yes,
Hissers is fairly standard within the zombie/survival horror subgenre with enough cliches and tropes to be farmiliar along side some interesting new takes and a genuinely engaging cast of characters (though they do get a little whiny and annoying at times throughout)
It is also a lot of fun to listen to. If you are already a fan of the genre you will like Hissers, but it probably wont convert you if you aren't already itching for some bloodthirsty zombie action.
Hissers also feels geared more towards a teenage/young adult audience than a straight up adult horror but it doesn't lack for want of gore, violence and horror
Yes - I have a lot of friends who are horror/zombie fans
There were times when his readings of various characters was a little flat and homogenized and could have done with a little more variation, but was fine overall.
absolutely, though visually I can't help but think hunger-games vs lord of the flies...
Hissers was fun, comfortably farmiliar zombie horror with enough turns and departures from the standards to keep it interesting and entertaining.
I wouldn't really encourage anyone to read it - but I suppose if you drooled over the Monster Hunter series and their likes, and were desperate for something to fill the gap between books then this may be just passable ? mostly not though.
Go read something by Jim Butcher instead.
If this is an example of his typical writing, then no.
More or less, His narration was mostly fine though he did seem to struggle with keeping several character voices consistent. Voorhies is generally a solid narrator
The senators son is terribly written though his existence was purely for the motivations of other characters...
Look, in short- its a bad book : pacing is off, dialogue is often clunky or sophmoric and it's overly long and incredibly boring.
The focus jumps between juvenile military training sequences and locker room antics, awfully written romance sub-plots and something that might be comparable to a political thriller if it were written by a teenager with no political knowledge.
It's also incredibly heavy handed, full of forgettable characters and with a length of about 10 hours it barely manages to include 2 combat sequences (3 if you count a play fight that involves a joke about werewolf boobs).
For a book sub titled Monster squad that includes an opening narration about the struggles of the people who fight in the shadows to keep us safe from things that go bump in the night there is very little bumping (though there is a fair amount of sex,sex-talk and sex jokes if that's what you look for in a horror/military thriller). What there actually is of monsters and their like is for the most part poorly imagined cliché's of the usual suspects of recent monster movie history.
It also doesn't actually end: its closing pages are merely there to set up the continuing storyline of the on-going series so don't expect a nice resolution to what little plot there is.
Once again, its just a bad book. honestly give it a miss
Yes - while year zero has a very specific kind of humour to it, relating to a particular sub-set of tech/nerd culture it wont appeal to everyone - but it really did to me.
If you appreciate the likes of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and absurd premises that happen to include a great deal of focus on actual copyright law and music piracy then Year Zero is both entertaining and a little informative.
Yes - his humour is dry, intelligent and more than a little silly and as such enough to make me interested to read/listen to more of his books
While I enjoyed the narrators portrayal of Nick, the central characer, I also really enjoyed his readings of Carly and Frampton and a number of the books smaller, outlandish characters. Hodgman is a great performer and had brought a wide range of characters to life.
Yes- a relaxed, easy listen with plenty of humour and amusing characters who make up for the occasionally wavering plot. Year Zero is a genuinely fun listen that got me through a number of long commutes to and from work. Would definitely reccomend
Year Zero is the kind of book that will appeal to a specific group of people, and while not everyone will appreciate the subject matter and humour, those who do will get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. Year Zero is easy to listen to tech/nerd/sci fi humour
a great performance by the narrator
yes, I enjoyed Origin - his writing style is laid back and easy to listen to.
Better the Devil you know
Orign really was a lot of fun to listen to. I bought it after a quick look at the title and synopsis, and I am glad I did. It is a simple enough story with hints at a larger mythology. It is (and I mean this in a good way) a popcorn creature feature technothriller. Its central character is both likable and easy to empathise with, if not a little too 'all around nice guy'.
The creature in question 'Bub' is a great, menacing creation. Origin has some great horror moments balanced by relatively fast-paced action and storytelling.
Though the story pans out more or less as you'd expect (and yes, a few moments of predictability and genre cliches), Origin is genuinely a fun listen with interesting characters and good imagery. It even takes a couple of unexpected turns, and delves into some interesting pholisophical subject matter.
Konrath reads a little like Lincon Child (particuarly the Relic) story wise, and shades of a simpler Chriton... it isn't perfect, but it really is entertaining.
Short version;If you enjoy occult/creature feature horror with a dash of sci-fi - you will enjoy Origin. And it's begging to be made into a movie.
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