The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011
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First came the groundbreaking and bestselling comic book series. . . .
"Every issue sinks its teeth in you and refuses to let go until the next one comes out."
--"Ain't It Cool News
"Then came the record-breaking AMC television show. . . .
"The best new show on television."
"And now comes the first in a series of novels exploring the origins of fan favorite characters from "The Walking Dead" universe. . . .
"If the comic book writer Robert Kirkman were a superhero, his name might be the Midas Touch."
"--The New York Times
"In "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, " the world will finally understand what drove Philip Blake to become . . . The Governor.
Praise for "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor:
""Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter weather regardless, but for those obsessed with "The Walking Dead "(such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze by. And, that end -woof."
"An excellent companion to the "The Walking Dead" comic books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the characterization of the series' most hated villain is something no fan will want to miss."
"This book stands alone and is a compelling read for fans of the series or just fans of zombies. Watch out though, because once you get a taste of the particular Kirkman brand of zombie mayhem, catching up on past issues is just around the corner."
"The story makes a great novel. You'll get sucked in and can easily visualize everything that is happening. It's simply a great read."
"It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not."
""Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of brutality...This riveting character study adds a new dimension to the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot lines."
--"School Library Journal"
Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter weather regardless, but for those obsessed with "The Walking Dead "(such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze by. And, that end woof. "REFINERY29"
An excellent companion to the "The Walking Dead" comic books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the characterization of the series' most hated villain is something no fan will want to miss. "Examiner.com"
This book stands alone and is a compelling read for fans of the series or just fans of zombies. Watch out though, because once you get a taste of the particular Kirkman brand of zombie mayhem, catching up on past issues is just around the corner. "The Ossuary"
The story makes a great novel. You'll get sucked in and can easily visualize everything that is happening. It's simply a great read. "Comicvine.com"
It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not. "TVOverMind.com"
Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of brutality...This riveting character study adds a new dimension to the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot lines. "School Library Journal""
Written by the creator of The Walking Dead comics and based on the world of the TV series starring Andrew Lincoln --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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The story itself is absolutely superb. Exactly what you would expect from the mind of Robert Kirkman. I read the entire book in a little over 2 days because I simply could not put it down, excepting real life intrusions and sleep! It has twists, it has turns, it has character development in bundles! The problem I have with it is the writing style. Everything is written in a 3rd person present tense, which makes it seem more like you are reading a script than a novel. Maybe this wont be a big problem for many people, but I found it very difficult to get into because of this.
Other issues include the overuse of simile. Sometimes I just wanted the author to describe the scene to me and explain what the characters were seeing, but instead he uses yet another barely descriptive simile. This overuse had me rolling my eyes before I had even gotten halfway through the book. Likewise, I feel as though the author wrote this book with a thesaurus and medical dictionary on constant standby. I like to think that my vocabulary is fairly varied and is not often that I have to use the built in dictionary in my Kindle, but I had to constantly check the definitions of many words in this book. I feel as though the author could have gotten his point across much better had he stuck to the use of simple language. After all, the book revolves around simple men simply trying to survive in a world that has all but ended.
Its well worth a read, but I really hope that in future novels that a different author is used, or he at least adjusts his writing style for the material.
'Rise of the Governor is the first novel of a trilogy exploring the back stories of the characters from The Walking Dead graphic novels. The back story of 'The Governor' is a interesting one, the group focus on surviving on a day to day basis while Philip fights his inner demons. The story is very intense and you will be quickly drawn into the story.
This is the first book I have read about The Walking Dead and I enjoyed it. (I am planning to invest in 'The Walking Dead Compendium ~ Volume 1' as soon as possible) and I am an avid viewer of the TV series. I liked knowing the background of the man who eventually becomes The Governor (one of the most popular characters of the series), the experiences he faces and the choices he must make to survI've.
I am looking forward to next instalment.
This book is very poor. I used to go to an amateur writers group and the prose here really reminds me of the worst of the writing shared by those amateurs.
The author has clearly used a thesaurus to write this book and used it very badly.Uncommon words used in completely the wrong context and sometimes grammatically incorrect. You would think that the use of a thesaurus would prevent repetition? No, you frequently read a sentence or phrase identical to one just a couple of pages previously.
Then there are the lame and unnecessary similes and metaphors, often terribly inappropriate and showing the authors lack of understanding.
Finally there are the misused adjectives, an empty car park (or parking lot) is described as 'leprous'! Really?
Did I read it to the end? Of course I did, it is the Walking Dead after all, but I certainly won't be buying any of the subsequent books.
Some of the zombie books I have read go for the gore factor, whilst others have tried to add a little comedy banter or even supernatural powers. This book sticks to the format that has made The Walking Dead so good. It concentrates on the survivors lives with the occasional bit of zombie action thrown in. What would people do if a zombie virus broke out? The answer is that different people would react differently. Some would panic and continue to panic; some would panic and then start to organise things; some would go crazy; some would look for a leader figure to emerge; and others would see it as an opportunity to seize some form of power. The characters in this story fill these roles extremely well and the way they change as the story progresses is handled with skill.
At one stage I thought that the sudden stop to particular characters involvement in the run of things was a little disappointing. However, the story is following one small group, and once they leave this section of their travels behind they are not going to see these people again. So even though you want to know what happens to these people you don't find out. It's exactly as it would be if you were part the main group. (I hope that makes sense). In a way it helps to make it feel like you are there witnessing the events and then moving on never to see certain things again.
The writing is not perfect. Occasionally there are little annoyances such as a few instances where the author uses the same way of describing events multiple times within a short time.Read more ›
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Love the comics. Love the tv show. Loved the book. Took a while to get round to reading this series, well worth it.Published 5 months ago by Carter
Really good book. I'm currently reading the 2nd book (The Road to Woodbury) and I can't wait to get through them all. If you like the series you will definitely enjoy these.Published 8 months ago by Michael Matusiak