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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2012
Doll Parts is the sequel to Wayne Simmons novel 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' starting were the previous book left off. Filled with action, gore, horror and a brilliant story. This book starts off running and never slows down - giving the reader a thrill ride to remember.

I can honestly say that this is one of the most original horror novels I have read in many years. Simmons has created a monster that will stay in your head and gut for years after finishing the book. He has taken the 'zombie' and turned it on its head - maybe even turning it into something altogether different (I'll let you discover what by yourself).

With harrowing scenes and blood soaked action, this book is a page turner. Never relenting in gut wrenching horror and shocks that will keep you glued to its pages. I couldn't put it down.

Over the last year I have became a massive fan of this authors work and I have to admit that this is his best book to date. It's originality and fresh angle works wonders for the story and his great skill at creating diverse and interesting characters shines in this novel.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. I cannot wait to see what Wayne Simmons has in store for us next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Received a copy to review from the author through the Goodreads Firstread program. As always this book delivers punch after blood soaked punch to the gut. A fantastic sequel to Drop Dead Gorgeous , jumps straight into the action , grabs you by the throat and never lets up. It's so nice to have a good British horror writer to read. I love apocalypse novels especially zombie type ones and to have the end of the world occurring on our own shores is fantastic. This book is definitely a keeper and will make a worthy shelfmate to my collection. If you enjoyed Survivors or any other classic 70's British horror, I can highly recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
Another belter of a book from Wayne.
The sequel to Drop Dead Gorgeous picks up where that left off and just starts running like it was being chased by the eponymous Dolls.
Too many apocalyptic fiction books cannot get past the fall-of-the-world and their sequels only cover the same ground over and over. Not with Doll Parts! The prose and plot fairly zoom along and as ever with Mr Simmons' books, the characters are believable and you cannot help liking them. In fact, I want Star's phone number please.
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on 20 March 2014
Doll Parts picks up right where Wayne Simmons' previous novel Drop Dead Gorgeous left off and it's one hell of a frenetic ride.

Drop Dead Gorgeous followed the survivors of an event (The Great Whatever) in Belfast, we don't actually find out if this is a worldwide apocalypse but it seems likely. That "event" saw 98% of the Belfast population drop dead and followed a few survivors as they made their way through the post-apocalyptic landscape.

Unfortunately some of the dead have come alive again, that some being beautiful women, yes folks this is a sexy zombie novel. Doll Parts follows the survivors of the previous book as they once again try to outwit the zombie hordes. It's full on action right from page one as the ragged band of refugees seek out other survivors and head for the possible safety of the airport.

Whilst the book majors on action and in that regard passes with flying colours, it also scores highly by creating some intensely confused and confusing characters. Star, the artistic tatooist, Barry the rapist and his unknowing teenage girlfriend Caroline, lonely Professor Herbert Mathews as well as several new characters all take to the stage with character flaws fully on display. These people are ostensibly the heroes but many are so flawed, or just pure unlikable, that you might find yourself siding with the zombies.

Therein lies one of the books big successes and flaws. While it's great that the author has avoided purely stereotypical characters, by doing so he has made it hard for the reader to relate to most of them. Frankly it's hard to care if they live and die, perhaps this is why the author treats his major characters as expendable, they do die, often.

The second problem lies in the underlying theme of this book. Are we reading some post-feminist uprising as the glamorous zombies arise from their downtrodden lives to seek revenge on the disparaging masses or is this device used simply to titillate the reader?

But perhaps that is looking too deeply into what is essentially an action packed thriller. The fast paced writing is stripped down to allow the reader to keep up as wave after wave of peril is inflicted upon our disgruntled protagonists. Gore and body parts are prolifically dispensed throughout as both zombies and humans meet increasingly violent ends or in some cases new beginnings.

Don't expect a satisfactory ending, however, because this book doesn't actually end. It pauses in such an obvious way that a sequel is inevitable, in fact it's more than inevitable it's necessary because despite all the books problems you will still want to find out what happens next.
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on 26 July 2012
Doll Parts, the sequel to Drop Dead Gorgeous, is a merciless, stone-cold piece of apocalyptic fiction. I finished it a few weeks ago, but have only just got around to posting a review, and it's probably Mr. Simmons' best work so far, even better than his previous novels. I really enjoyed it, not just for the original spin on the zombie genre, but for the story's sheer ruthlessness towards the characters. They suffer, they fight, they argue, they mourn the loss of the old world, and they die - and it makes for a great novel. The atmosphere and mood of the story gets into your head and makes you sympathise for the characters, even when they make stupid mistakes and foolish decisions. And the characters are unique and real - there are no stereotypes here. They have faults, they have weaknesses...and everyone seems to inhabit a moral grey area as they try to adapt to a world populated by beautiful undead women who'd like nothing more than to rip them apart and eat their flesh.
Great novel. Quality work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2012
After reading Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons, I was keen to return to the bleak post-apocalyptic Belfast that the author had created and left wide-open for a return at the end of DDG in which, . And so, I eagerly set about reading its sequel, Doll Parts.

Doll Parts picks up almost immediately from where Drop Dead Gorgeous left off with our protagonists still fighting for survival against the savage onslaught of the undead. In keeping with the flow of the story from the end of DDG, Doll Parts starts off at breakneck pace and simply does not let up. Where DDG progresses patiently towards its inevitable and bloody conclusion, Doll Parts rockets along as if the reader had merely turned the page to a new chapter rather than picking up a new book entirely. In keeping with this tempo, Simmons ramps up the bodycount and gorehounds will not be left disappointed. The action and deaths within Doll Parts are brutal and the author festoons his work with brains and other assorted viscera as if they were punctuation marks.

Simmons introduces new characters to proceedings and once again creates painfully real individuals who bring their own fallacies, dark secrets and "quirks" of their personalities to proceedings, which ultimately, for many of them, prove to be their undoing; and Simmons is in no way hesitant about despatching his protagonists. I would suggest to you that it is this aspect of crime and consequence that elevates both Drop Dead Gorgeous and Doll Parts above many other works within the walking dead sub-genre.

Much of the sectarianism that provides fuel for the fire of division among characters in Drop Dead Gorgeous is left behind in Doll Parts, rendering it more akin to a straight-up action/horror novel. However, to categorise it as such would be unfair since Simmons continues the evolution of his unique antagonists in a direction that I had not anticipated, making the reading of Doll Parts all the more satisfying.

Despite the characters having transportation and being able to move with relative freedom around what remains of Belfast, Simmons creates a sense of dread and foreboding throughout proceedings due to the near omni-present walking dead, no matter where the characters run to.

Critically, the pace of Doll Parts may leave a reader fresh to the universe that Simmons has created a little lost or intimidated. However, I would suggest that Doll Parts is not intended to be read as a stand-alone novel and I am grateful that the author has bypassed much of the recapping that is prevalent in many follow-up works. Moreover, Simmons spent much of Drop Dead Gorgeous developing his bleak and foreboding Belfast and ought not to have to retread old ground unnecessarily.

Doll Parts is a well-written, bloody sequel to the fantastic Drop Dead Gorgeous that due to the author's style, pace and content, will not take long to read at all. If you have yet to read either book, I would suggest that you obtain Drop Dead Gorgeous before starting Doll Parts; it can only enhance your appreciation of both books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
a new take on zombie style horror a very good read and has some interesting takes on the genre , dont read in the dark
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on 28 March 2013
I enjoyed the book but still feels like it s unfinished. are we getting an end or an explanation for this situation? I would have liked to read on my kindle like the other book wayne simmons wrote but I could not wait any longer and bought anyway.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2013
Read the 1st book so though I give this a try what a waste of time boring and makes no sense story is pointless no answer why people that died came back to normal and u can't connect with the new people added to story zombies outside an that open up a air port like its a mall! Why would you go out to get stuff 4 others to trade in shops lol
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on 17 July 2014
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