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Double Dead draws from different genres to create an engaging tale of action-horror that feels something like Mad Max with a vampire in the titular role, dealing with all sorts of problems that the Road Warrior would never have dreamt of having to encounter.
Speaking of dreams, Wendig must have some pretty twisted ones judging by the imagery he conjures up within this novel, which is at times nightmarish and bleak; at others, downright vivid and disturbing. I feel no shame in admitting that during one particular description of a zombie's phsyical condition, I felt a little queasy... and I'm not exactly new to the genre!
Wendig's antihero of the story: Coburn, is the most enjoyable character I have come across in fiction for quite some time. A sardonic vampire who spits out pop culture references and who makes for quite the refreshing change to the sparkly angsty vamps that seem to be so popular of late. Coburn feeds off of a lot of unsavoury characters, paedophiles and the like. I feel that this was a bit of an effort on the part of Wendig to make his anti-hero a bit more likeable but was maybe a bit blunt for me. One particular element of the story (which I will not reveal) felt a little twee to me and in Wendig's world overrun with zombies, cannibals, religious zealots, paedophiles and drug addicts, it didn't quite sit right for me initially.
Reading Double Dead was by no stretch of the imagination a chore to read. Wendig's work is well-crafted, enjoyable, compelling and (I mean this as a compliment) a good pulpy adventure! I couldn't help but think that this would transfer very well into graphic novel format and beautifully to the big screen.
The style is smart, sardonic, and utterly hilarious. Coburn is a terrific creation, a nasty, self-absorbed bloodsucker who manages to be as cool as any Tarantino character even after he's been burned to a crisp by the morning sun. The action is relentless, horrifying, utterly mesmerising.
Best of all, though - and the acid test of every novel - is the story. Wendig tells a tale that grips from start to finish, with no digressions, no pointless meanderings, no wasted words. The last chapter had me almost in tears, big horror-loving softie that I am.
Chuck Wendig is a storyteller of the highest order, precisely because he's grasped that telling a story is the most important thing a writer can aspire to do.
Buy this. Read it. Then - oh my god - buy Blackbirds.
A great story, with a suitably cynical anti-hero. I don't really know why the other reviewers don't like this book. What do you expect from a novel where the main character is a vampire, and most of the world's population is either dead, or zombies?
There were a few things that stood out for me in this novel:
1. The concept of a vampire having a severely limited food supply (he can't suck zombie blood) and thus needs to effectively manage his human herd to maintain a steady supply.
2. The vampire being limited physically by the amount of blood he's drunk. Blood is a sort of "nitro injection" for him; he can store it in his body and use it on-demand to move fast and hit hard - but it's not unlimited and he can be surprised. In essence, he is a lot more vulnerable than vampires are in most other fiction.
3. The protagonist is essentially a vicious b@stard. Really, he's not very nice, and most readers will probably hate his guts - cheering at every arse-kicking that comes his way.
The plot is nothing outrageous for the genre: survivors have to get from here to there (no spoilers as to why!), battle zombies on the way, zombies are bad - but look at what the humans are now doing to each other blah blah blah. All good fun. The human characters are what you'd expect - a rag-tag mix of personalities just trying to get by. There's plenty of gore, plenty of violence and the usual word-filth you'd expect from the mind of Chuck W.
Loved it from page 1.
A totally new twist, the hero is a really nasty piece of work.
The fact that he's a vampire didn't stop me liking him from word one. There's a good bit of twisted humour and a lot of gore. My kind of novel!
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