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Poor book and a writer thinking to much about money.
on 19 July 2013
This book is another example of something I've seen happening quite a lot and it annoys me. It is where authors write what should really be done in one novel, but they do it in two separate books instead. This first one is less than 200 pages long, with a standard novel being more likely to be up around 400 pages. For me this is all about money, and while I get greed, I really hate seeing it so blatantly done.
If you think I'm wrong about this, look at the prices for the authors various methods of publication and then compare the prices to other books. Yes, right now the kindle version is free, but I suspect that is more likely down to using the free books to push the book up the amazon sales list so people see it when doing searches, and the book will change price later. I may be wrong, but this is quite common practice with kindle books.
The book itself is not great. I listened to it on audiobook and either there was spelling mistakes, misused words, or the narrator was poor enough to say the wrong words while reading. I suspect from listening to it that it wasn't the narrator's fault, but whichever it was the mistakes didn't get caught.
The characters are very cliché, as are many of the situations the characters get into during the book. I found that half the characters annoyed me enough that I'd have been glad if they got eaten, and the majority of the rest of them I wouldn't have cared overly if they had joined them. A couple of the characters were fine enough, but I found it difficult to really like them because of the interactions with all the ones I found utterly nauseating.
The romance in the book will be bile inducing for most men that read it, and a fair amount of women I would think as well. Younger girls may like it, but honestly the "love/lust triangle/square" between two of the girls and two of the men at times was like reading a bad romance novel. It was like the author was trying to write a romance novel and a horror novel and getting neither quite right. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind romance or sex in a horror novel, but it should not make me feel sicker to the stomach than the horror does.
The action in the book is sometimes okay, but in other cases will just not seem to be believable. Like where two of the characters let a third sit on the bed next to her clearly dead husband that is soon to be getting up as a zombie without doing or saying anything. Also, in other cases where there is just no atmosphere, suspense or fear, which you need to have in a horror novel.
At one point the characters leave a location with hundreds of zombies supposedly there, and I felt about as concerned as if I was surrounded by hundreds of marshmallows due to the way the characters reacted to the situation. These are creatures that have eaten people, they've seen it happen, and it could happen to them at any moment - yet for the most part none of them seem to be scared at all. Certainly I didn't get any sense of it as a reader.
All in all I can't recommend this book. Maybe younger readers will like it, but for me it is another weak novel in the genre to go along with the piles of others that have tried but not really gotten it right.