- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market ed edition (21 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330541331
- ISBN-13: 978-0330541336
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Paperback – 21 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.""--Entertainment Weekly"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.
Written by the creator of The Walking Dead comics and based on the world of the TV series starring Andrew LincolnSee 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.
`The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor' follows Brian Blake as he flees a Zombie outbreak with his brother, niece and two friends. It acts as an undead road movie as the crew set off in hopes of surviving. They meet plenty of deadites on the way, but also a few humans. The Zombie moments themselves were good and co-authors Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga have a great descriptive way about them - gory poetry at times. The characters are also well developed, but like in the TV show they get a little too emotional and agro at times for my liking, preferring to talk things over rather than concentrating on survival. Some people will like this deep character thought, I find it all a little new age for my tastes.
The main issue with the book is that everything seems to be in constant transition, moving on to the next place. Almost as if it were a set of smaller stories, rather than one that needed to be told in single outing. Perhaps Kirkman had a drawer of discarded vignettes for his comic series that he decided to splice together into a novel? Whilst moments of `Rise of the Governor' impress in their visceral description, as a whole it feels a little flat and deadpan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book based on how and what shapes the man who becomes the Governor. If you like the TV show you will like this book. Great twist towards the end.Published 2 days ago by Dave
Was really excited to receive this book, have to say I was disappointed with the condition that the book arrived in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hannah Ward
Brilliant book. Not only is it good for fans of the Walking Dead, but non fans would enjoy it too!Published 5 months ago by josh
Not only an interesting background to the comic book character, The Governor, but a good story in its own right.Published 6 months ago by Joe
I just read this all in one go so I suppose that says a certain amount ... it was good, I enjoyed it, and I didn't guess the twist at the end until it began to happen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Terry Tyler