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Monster Planet: A Zombie Novel Paperback – 1 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560258675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560258674
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,341,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a zombie novel--a fantastic zombie novel....The questers get ringside seats for some of the apocalypse's finest moments, and no matter how prepared they thought they were, something worse awaits in the depths of New York....There are many layers to this zombie apocalypse, and this book just gets things rolling. Stay tuned."

About the Author

David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971. He attended Penn State and received there an MFA in creative writing. He works as an archivist for the United Nations in New York City. In 2003 he began work on the website "www.monsternovel.com", where his novel Monster Island was serialized on-line over the course of five months and quickly became an internet cult phenomenon.


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I bought this one on the strength of the last one I read, Monster Island, which had some good parts in it but on the whole was flawed.

On reading the first few chapters I stopped. Three seperate stories all heading together wouldn't be so bad if the zombies were just that. but no, invisible and telepathic zombies with dark energy and so on, nah I don't think so.
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*******There will be spoilers*******
Not so much of this novel, but of the first two in Wllington's "Monster Island" trilogy.

As the third novel of David Wellington's zombie trilogy begins we are reintroduced to several old characters from Wellington's first book. Ayaan, now the hardened leader of the nomadic remnants of what's left of Mama (presumably now dead) Halima's refugees and survivors, is on a reconnaissance mission. She, along with Sarah, the former eight-year-old girl who is now, twelve years later, the twenty-year-old charge of Ayaan, and former ship captain, now helicopter pilot Osman, and they find something unexpected. There is a column of organized undead marching towards them, and mixed in with them are living people, there is some shooting and so dies the sharpshooting ace Mariam, Ayaan's second in command.

This is something that causes Ayaan some consternation, as this means that the marching dead can only be under the command of a powerful lich. Now, since Gary from the first novel is dead, that means that the only other lich powerful enough to do this is the boy Adrik Paulovich Padchenko, who now goes by the title the Tsarevich. Padchenko was the other lich, besides Nilla who was mentioned in Wellington's first novel.

Having left Somalia for Egypt, the question is why the Tsarevich so far from home, and what he's after. The question becomes immaterial as Ayaan decides to attack, and in doing so discovers that the Tsarevich has several surprises in store for her, including modified zombies, and unnaturally powered liches.

Ayaan looses her command, is captured, and Sarah and the few survivors flee back to base.
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David Wellington's 'monster' series is made up of: Monster Island, Monster Nation and Monster Planet. I had bought them on a day trip to that world of books, Haye-on-Wye. Together they make up an interesting and innovative take on the zombie apocalypse genre. If you like this kind of escapist fiction then I really recommend this trilogy, and I should add that any of the books can be read standalone, though obviously reading them all does add some extra context.

Monster Planet ties up the trilogy, set twelve years after the events of Monster Island. The exceptional zombies of the previous novels now have a uniting name - liches. Each has special powers and this is the novel that introduces a wide range of them as dangerous antagonists. It also reintroduces some characters from previous novels and manages to end their stories in ways that are both unexpected and satisfying. It is a world where humans now only survive in a few isolated and armed camps, or by acting as doomed slaves for liches. Great stuff!
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Monster Planet is the third book in the `Monster' trilogy by David Wellington, `Island' and `Nation' being the first two novels respectively in the series. But before I give my opinion of the third `Monster' book, I would ask the reader of this review to read the cast of characters in the book. It may help you to understand as to why I have come to my own judgement of this novel.

The Cast :

The Goodish :
Ptolemy and band of S.A.S. Mummies, a cannibalistic magician with a living tree-stump for an arm and his merry band of half eaten, gravy covered zombies, Marisol - voodoo instigator of her own gang of the gardening dead, Sarah - daughter of Dekalb with ability to communicate and feel the un-dead, Dekalb - Zombie father of Sarah with powers to rejuvenate injury to others and the living.

The Baddish :
The Tsarevich - deformed zombie/vampire leader of the army of the dead, with powers to project his own image and integrate the living with the shambling un-dead, Nilla - the amazing invisible zombie woman, a talking brain in jar, Erasmus - extremely hairy werewolf/ guerrilla type zombie, Enni Langstrom - zombie with powers to speed up the un-dead, along with his band mutilated zombies with bone blades for arms, Cicatrix - human masochist, Aayan - cat-woman style leather clad zombie that can shoot melting power-blasts from her hands, Amanita - the zombie mushroom lady, normal zombies, big zombies, the co-operating living and the ghost of Mael.

The Downright Dead Ugly-ish .
Gary -the ever lasting zombie skull with the crab-like legs of a crustacean.
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So poor I used most of the copy from my Monster Island review just so I could give this a review.

I know zombie lit involves suspension of belief, however this really involves suspension of your brain in formaldehyde.

Most of the 1 star reviews have covered the story (and it's flaws) in more than enough detail, but suffice to say, I read all three in the trilogy, with this being the poorest of the bunch, as it's ended up more and more 'out there' with each instalment.

Doesn't follow a traditional Zombie route, which would be fine if it didn't end up becoming a form of supernatural fantasy (which isn't why I bought the book)

Reads like the bloke and some of his mates sat around a camp fire drinking beer and smoking something, with each of them having to add the next line to the story in turn, as it gets more and more whacky.

Wanted to enjoy this (I really did) as it was a mighty tome with ZOMBIES(as are the other two) but sadly it was just 'pants'.
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