Warning: Spoilers for Feed, the first book in the Newsflesh series are below. Click away now if you haven’t read it. The aftermath of the events of Feed have really done a number on Shaun Mason. Shooting your beloved sister as she turns into a zombie will do that to you. It’ll also have her setting up shop in your head for you to talk aloud to, lending credence to the popular theory that you’ve well and truly lost your marbles. But what Shaun hasn’t lost is the need to avenge Georgia’s death, and while her killer has already taken […]
Feed is a stonking little zombie novel which is also the opening entry in a series, and one that I enjoyed so much that I immediately downloaded the rest on finishing. Feed is set twenty years after the Rising, when George Romero films stopped being horror films and started being survival guides. Humanity found a cure for the common cold, as well as a cure for cancer. But when the two combined, it created the Kellis-Amberlee virus and now everyone in the world is infected – the virus lies dormant in the system until either coming into contact with the […]
Severance meanders; take that for what it is and don’t expect more from it and it becomes a valuable exploration of memory in contrast to the present. It’s for people who live in cities and love walking them, both familiar and unfamiliar parts. It’s for people who work because they need to do something, anything, nevermind, what it actually is. It’s for immigrants and people who feel trapped between more than one place, who have matured over states and provinces and cities and across lines. It’s for millennials who understand they can’t just live outside the system; there is no […]
I’ve been seeing the phrase “start as you mean to go on” flying around a lot as we collectively, tentatively tiptoe into 2019. 2018 was an utter disaster for me, and although 2019 is better so far – touch would, knock on wood, hug wood – I’m afraid of jinxing myself. I can’t say that I’m glad I read Zombie, and I very much hope it’s not how the year continues in terms of reading or anything else. I want to add the qualifier, “It’s not a bad book,” but what makes a book bad? I think it’s technically fine, but it’s such a […]
“If the road to knowledge was paved with dead children she’d still walk it” I read this book in two days. I stayed up at night, survived work all bleary eyed and then went home to read more. This book is tense, y’all. It opens with Melanie a smart girl, a girl dreaming about Greek mythology. She likes Pandora. She likes the name and the box and the hope that is unleashed with the evil. “And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or […]
I did not like this book at first, and I almost gave up on it. This is by the same author that wrote Truthwitch, which I did not like as much as other people seemed to. I kept at this book, mostly because I was sitting by the pool and had not brought another book. Around page 50 things picked up and I ended up staying up way too late that night finishing it. Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing and the Dead are walking. Apparently a zombie or two is par for the course and no one bothers too much […]
I LOVE Rob Thomas’ adaptation of iZombie. It’s fantastic, one of my favorite shows. Of course, the show made me curious about the comic series of the same name. Spoiler alert: I like the show better. There isn’t actually a lot of common ground between the two aside from a shared title and a zombie protagonist who eats brains and uses them to see the person’s memories. The books did still have their own weird charm. For a full run down of the differences, you can read my full review here.
I absolutely adored this book. But not in the way I typically do. Wyndam does not paint a rich tapestry of a post-apocalyptic England, nor is he particularly adept at creating complex and layered characters. But he masterfully accomplishes what so many current writers flail at mindlessly: a believable world that feasibly explores the varying degrees in which people abandon their ideas of what society can be in the aftermath of cataclysm. But this was written in 1951. The veterans of WWII had yet to grey, and the future soldiers of Vietnam were still in diapers. The Cold War was […]