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The Turning: A Story of the Living Dead Paperback – 30 Jul 2010
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Much of what happens for around two thirds of the book has been seen before. Some of the text gets a bit repetitive with constant descriptions of how zombies are dressed, how many of them there are and how far away they are as the heroes struggle to carry out some sort of task (like opening a door, starting a car engine etc). The last third of the book is more interesting, but again isn't particularly original. I hated the ending, but that's personal preference more than anything - there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it.
It's not a terrible book by any means. It's written quite well, doesn't have loads of typos and errors like many zombie books, and has quite a lot of action. However, there aren't many original ideas and some aspects of the story don't really make sense. For example, the way in which the zombies detect living humans can't scientifically be true and isn't consistent throughout the story. Also, the way in which the zombies quickly tear their victims to pieces is unrealistic (this is common to a lot of zombie fiction, so might be an unfair complaint, but a living human couldn't do something like pull someone's arm off, let alone a zombie with decreased strength and motor skills).
Recommended for real zombie fans, who will probably enjoy it, but not an amazing story in its own right.
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As a zombie book, this was one of my favorites. However I could have done without the constant over-the-top violence and abuse towards women. There has to be other ways an author can get the message across that humanity has fallen into complete hell without giving graphic descriptions of rape and gang rape. If these had been omitted, this book would have got a strong 5 stars for me. There are hundreds of other ways to display the depravity of human beings without bringing rape into the scene.
Are they narcoleptic with purging issues ?
Every few paragraphs ends with "they fell asleep"
it seems like the author doesn't know what else to do with his characters so he has them sleep and the Three Stooges zombies was plain absurd as well as most male zombies wear flannel shirts (Creedence Clearwater Revival fans ?) and female zombies wear ponytails.
Many seem to be missing both arms.doesn't the author know any other ways to desscribe them ?
Also if firearms are used at leat take the time to learn something about them,you're sitting at a computer for heavens sake,it's full of information.
It's overall a lazy effort not worth the time it takes to read it.
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