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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Paperback – 21 Oct 2011

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  • 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)
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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.

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Written by the creator of The Walking Dead comics and based on the world of the TV series starring Andrew Lincoln

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Ive been a huge fan of The Walking Dead for years. I got into the comics about a year before the program aired in the US and I have been addicted ever since. Naturally, upon hearing about a novel based on The Walking Dead and in particular, The Governer, I couldnt wait to get reading.

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.
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I can not encourage people enough to read this book, I have read the Walking dead Compendium 1 and am painfully waiting for Compendium 2 to be released (hopefully not to long now), and I ordered Rise of the Governor when I was only half way trough in anticipation ready for when I finished the Compendium. Well this book is one of the few thing's in life that brought me so close to tears that I shocked my self, the way Jay and Robert describe the events is so hard hitting that you can't help but feel for the band of ever strained survivors (even when you know what the future holds for a certain individual, you still feel for guy). I hope they continue with the novelization of the other individuals from the graphic novels, a Michonne prequel would be amazing. All in all a delight from cover to cover (I say delight I mean truly disturbing, in the best possible way).
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'Rise of The Governor' is the story of the Blake brothers, Philip and Brian who are making their way to Atlanta with Philip's daughter, Penny. Seventy~two hours after the dead began to come back to life, Philip, his daughter Penny, his friends, Bobby and Nick, and Philip's older brother, Brian, the weaker of the two brothers leave their home town and head towards to Atlanta where there are rumours of a rescue centre. The story follows the group as they face the unknown and try to understand what has happened to the world around them.

'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.
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I absolutely love Zombie films, or as they are increasingly been known as, Infected films. However, this love has somehow not transferred itself to the new explosion in Zombie literature. `World War Z' is undoubtedly a masterpiece combining Zombie lore with a fake historical accuracy, but the rest of the genre has been passable at best (perhaps Adam Baker's `Outpost' being the exception). With Robert Kirkman's `The Walking Dead' graphic series and TV show doing so well, a tie in novel must be a cut above the rest? Unfortunately, it was another shambling corpse that you could not pick out from a crowd of the undead.

`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.
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