Dog Blood Paperback – 17 Jun 2010
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A brilliant, post-apocalyptic romp of a book that manages to ask big questions about the nature of humanity. Moody delivers plenty of blood and guts, but its the ideas that really pack a punch. A book that thrills on every level. (Doug Johnstone THE BIG ISSUE )
As with Hater, Moody deals with larger themes - notably here, how far will a parent defend the indefensible actions of their child? - within the tropes of a post-apocalyptic novel, elevating it above the multitude of such books currently on the shelves. The final part of the trilogy can't come soon enough. Another bleak and powerfully uncomfortable journey for the reader." (TOTAL SCI FI )
What it does redefine is just how utterly ruthless and downright vile one human being can be to another on the written page. Moody knows only too well that when a line is drawn between life and death people will do whatever they can to stay on the right side of that line. The results are displayed in a language that is all the more brutal for its simplicity. Moody tells it like it is, the scale and nature of his apocalypse deserves no less. A worthy successor to 'Hater' (GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW )
The world has fallen apart with incredible speed and brutality, and your only choice now is how hard you fight - hate or be hated, kill or be killed.See all Product Description
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The books ARE disturbing, and they do 'stay with you' after you've read them, but this is a compliment to David Moody, not a criticism! I agree with the other reviewers who have suggested not reading Dog Blood without first reading Haters.
It's actually lovely to have 'English' books like this - I think that being set in England makes this book all the more frightening.
A lot has changed between the end of Hater and the start of this book, so I suggest first reading David Moody's short story Everything and Nothing, (available free on his website) to fill in the details a little.
As Danny searches for his daughter in the remains of social collapse in the UK, we learn just what both sides of the war are willing to do and it raises questions: who are the mindless savages really! And which side is more able to control their violence? Multiple genres blend into a novel of richness and current day relevance. More than live up to Hater, Dog Blood may actually surpass it! I can't wait to read the next book (Them or Us (Hater Trilogy 3)) to see how Danny handles the events at the end of this novel!
This is the 2nd book of 3 in the series and follows on more-or-less directly from the events of 'Hater'. Most of the story concerns Danny McCoyne's attempts to find his daughter Ellis. As we found out in the first book, he has changed into a rage-filled Hater, as has Ellis, and he wants to fight alongside her against the Unchanged (i.e. normal humans). The majority of this journey consists of a series of violent encounters as the two sides clash. The Unchanged have gathered together in a city and still have a functioning military while the Haters attack in a much less organised, but more aggressive, manner. Danny suspects that Ellis is within this guarded city and tries to find a way in to locate her.
The rest of the book has a couple of interesting ideas, including the way that Danny gets into the city, but it isn't as original as 'Hater' and doesn't build on the ideas introduced in the first book very much. I got a bit bored with the endless fighting and descriptions of how Danny wants to kill all the Unchanged (with the majority of the story being told from his perspective). I also don't understand where this aggression comes from as all the descriptions of people changing in the first book suggest that that Haters are afraid of the Unchanged rather than unable to resist attacking them. I guess that's not a major problem for the purposes of the book, but I find it inconsistent.
In short, this book is worth reading if you liked 'Hater' and want to see how the trilogy pans out, but it's only an average story in its own right.
Danny McCoyne is a work-a-day guy with an under apreciative family living in a tiny flat in a nameless city. His everyday life is shattered when for reasons unknown around half of th countries citizens "turn" and start assaulting anyone who hasn't. It is in the braodest sense a zombie/apocolypse book with some fairly asstute social commentary thrown in to mix. The books feel laboured at times and where it not for the fact that after reading the 1st book I was gifted the 3rd, I wouldn't have bothered reading book 2.
At times in Hater, I was truly gripped at the changes occuring in every-man-Danny's life. By the time I had finished the series, I actually disliked the character and the things he stood for; there is an excruciatingly awkard passage in book 3 where Danny is instructed by a despotic leader to sleep with a prostitute. Everything we know about the character indicates that he will not follow through with this demand. The author however directs his "hero" to do the deed and the passage plays out more like a rape scene than an exchange of services. It is obviously Moody's intention to totally remove Danny's humanity at this point yet in the following chapters, Danny pulls himself back from the brink and in doing so, reverses Moody's decision.
At best, the series is a ripping yarn. At worst we see a lazy depiction of a post apocolyptic nightmare that others have tackled far more effectively.
If you're looking for a zombie style book, I would suggest that Max Brooks' "World War Z" is a far superior piece of fiction or "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson. If you want a post apocolyptic piece, Cormack McCarthy's "The Road" eclipses the Hater Triology.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another winner from David Moody. Get it. Read it. If you like Moody's style you won't be dissapointed.Published 19 months ago by Spider-Fox
Part 2 of the Hater trilogy with Danny trying to find his daughter Ellis. The story feels like this is how society would actually break down.bleak but brilliant.Published 22 months ago by paul d.
First published back in June of 2010, British author David Moody’s novel ‘Dog Blood’ was the second instalment into his post-apocalyptic ‘Hater’ series. Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Chris Hall
Carries on the frantic harshness of Hater in good fashion. Moody writes brutal prose that'll have you whipping the pages as if you're a hater yourself.Published on 14 April 2014 by Krakenswarm
Dear oh dear oh dear and one more oh dear! This is a terrible book. Im sorry guys I disagree with the majority here that this is a good book. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by huzefa ishaki
Couldn't put this down, the pace rattles along relentlessly and it seems improbable to relate to Danny when he loves killing the unchanged with his bare... Read more
I usually allow myself a bit of time before getting started on the next of a series of books. Rather than reading them back to back, I generally like to let a book "settle" in my... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by John Milton
This is a blistering follow up to Hater and focuses very much on the war between `them and us'. Exactly which side you fall down on changes throughout the narrative and is a very... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Sean T. Page