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Autumn: The Human Condition (Autumn series Book 6)
Autumn: The Human Condition (Autumn series Book 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reality of the apocalypse, people aren't that nice :D, 26 July 2013
Having read all of the previous autumn novels; the Human Condition does not disappoint. Told from the perspective of about 50 different people, it details the end of the world through the eyes of very ordinary people, leading every day lives, and for me, that is what makes this book and the whole series in particular, most horrific.

David Moody's style of writing is gritty and personal, his glimpse into the human psyche and direct story telling style indicate to me a writer who can capture and unnearth the peculiarities of the individual; none of his characters have superpowers or big guns, but their tales of survival and humanity in a world vastly different to that which they woke up to, is chilling and frank.

Moody's world is full of weak, ineffectual cowards, charismatic survivalists and those just too stupid to even accept the chain of events that has led to 99% of the population of England suddenly dropping down dead. At times heart breakingly sad, what would we all do when we have to contemplate continuing without our loved ones? How would the average person cope with being thrust forward into a world full of dead people?

In order to achieve maximum horror; readers need to identify with those people we experience through the pages, for me, gun toting he-men who can live off the land and gut rabbits, really do not resonate with how I would behave in a world that has died. This novel, (as in the previous Autumn books), illustrates how complex the human condition is and how we as a species would ultimately react; not the clichéd Hollywood fantasy with (perfect hair) either, with pauses for romance or a good old argument, just honest, frank accounts of the human condition.

If you enjoy realistic horror, coupled with first person accounts, tangled up with characters that display all of the diversity of human behaviour; then this novel is most definitely for you.

Autumn
Autumn: The City
Autumn: Purification
Autumn: Disintegration
Autumn: Aftermath


Dead Things
Dead Things

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT FIRST NOVEL, 15 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Dead Things (Kindle Edition)
This first novel by writer Matt Darst ranks highly in my top ten list of 2011. I won't go into too much detail suffice to say you ought to go out and buy this right now !!!

This beautifully crafted novel will appeal to the nerds (or should I say intelligent? in all of us), with his careful use of social commentary and character dialogue, Darst has strayed into areas that most novels just ignore, and leave us more "astute" readers thinking "why and how" ?, Darst answers these questions. Dead Things has clearly been researched in great depth and it is refreshingly original to read a novel that the author has clearly spent so much time crafting.

The post apocalypse world Darst has created is entirely new in this genre and about time too, I was growing bored of endless testosterone fuelled shoot outs involving flat characters with unbelievable personality traits. Darst has crafted his characters both male and female with an attention to detail and believability I have only ever read in Dickens and King.

The only fault I can see is that he needs to write a prequel or two, the world he has crafted post apocalypse is so refreshingly "new" to this genre; that it would be fitting that us readers get to the read the journey that led to it, further, his characters are so extraordinary that this novel was not enough time to really get to know them.

If you are looking for an intellectual read, challenging but never dull containing horror, drama, and social commentary, then this is the book for you. Darst as a first time writer has raised the standard within the genre; and I look forward to reading more of his work.


Holiday of the Dead
Holiday of the Dead
by John Russo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BE DYING TO READ THIS !!, 5 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Holiday of the Dead (Paperback)
Holiday of the Dead, featuring stories by such established authors as Night of the Living Dead Co-Writer, John Russo, Iain McKinnon Domain of the Dead, Wayne Simmons Drop Dead Gorgeous and Flu, Eric S Brown and Remy Porter Dead Beat, to name but a few. Add to the mixture the delightful talents of new authors, Shawn M Riddle and R Phillip Roberts. Stir in a little bit of staggering cover artwork by Peter Fussey and this Anthology from the creaky hollows of Wild Wolf Publishing is a must have addition to any horror aficionados bookshelf.

These literary gems contain the holiday theme, but with a twist. How would your holiday go if the Zombies we all know and love were to rise and walk the earth? Each tale is chilling in its telling, as the unfortunate cast of characters is left to deal with the consequences of such an eventuality. The remarkable thing about this anthology is how each author draws on completely diverse themes and produces an amazing array of situations.

The anthology begins with Shaun Jeffrey's Dark Inside, best described as a floating zombie themed extravaganza. This short is told from the perspective of a child. The story telling was well thought out and features a dramatic swift conclusion. Remy Porter's Squawk, is a romping ride through the fields of the gypsy coming to terms with the end of the world. Followed by Iain McKinnon's dark offering Jennifer, featuring an unexpected and shocking finish. A Side of Cranberry Sauce, by Clyde Wolfe, is a bloody tale of family and greed. Dig by Lee Kelly contains a nod towards the Pan Horror classics.

Oatmeal Cookies, by Eric Dimbleby, is set during the outbreak but manages to remain nostalgic and childlike in its telling, dribbled with a dose of carnage and depravity, it ticks all the boxes. In the End, R M Cochran, captures the essence of being a survivor, told succinctly and without flair, this story is masterful in its ability to tell a lot of story in a small space of time. Daddy Dearest, Dave Jeffery is a sad bad and very dangerous to know tale that highlights how even though we may move miles away, our family will always be a part of us. The Day the Music Died, Joe McKinney, is a beautifully crafted tale about the tragedy of celebrity and the lengths those around them will go to keep the dream alive.

Shawn M Riddle's aptly named The Four of July, is a subtle take on the guys going on vacation, he handles his characters with care and the pace is worthy of the big screen. My personal favourite, The Day I discovered the truth about the Man in the Red Suit by R Phillip Roberts. With a nod towards Charles Dickens, this story draws you into believing you are reading a delightful period romp. How wrong can you be, told from the perspective of survivors this short story will not only shock you it will knock you down with the sheer repulsion you will feel. The author is a genuine storyteller of the highest order.

I could go on and review every single story, and not one would have a bad review. That's how good this Anthology is. Having read many anthologies that have a few quality works interspersed with badly crafted ones. The fact that this one has not one bad story has rekindled my love of the anthology. The quality of work is second to none, and the bar has definitely been raised in this genre. The art work and quality of Holiday of the Dead guarantees your bookcase will thank you for this wonderful addition.


Apocalypse of the Dead
Apocalypse of the Dead
by Joe McKinny
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILIANT SECOND NOVEL, GRITTY, SUSPENSE AND DOWNRIGHT EVIL, 3 Aug. 2011
McKinney casts his net further with this novel. He throws in vastly different characters and it is clear he has the ability to get into the minds of those he writes about, we see and hear from their perspective as the world slowly comes to terms with the fact that the hardest thing to do is to survive in the world of the dead.

The pace doesn't stop in this novel, it has it all, suspense, horror and humanity all thrown into the mix. This novel is a thousand kilometre an hour ride that you just don't want to stop, as the wind whips your hair and the violence seems never ending, real emotions and people are popped into the equation, loss and suffering is never far from the mix.

We meet retired US Marshall Ed Moore attempting to lead survivors to safety. Whilst with the ability McKinney has to explore different people, on the flipside a preacher who has found more than just god after the rising. A fantastic array of characters, realism and just the right amount of suspense, horror and gore, make this novel a worthy addition to any horror fans bookshelf.

Look out for his other novels Flesh Eaters and Dead City.

Dead City Flesh Eaters


Dead City
Dead City
by Joe McKinney
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST PACED, GORE PACKED, RIDE INTO HELL, 3 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Dead City (Mass Market Paperback)
Dead City sees cop Eddie Hudson struggling through his city that has been overrun by the undead to get to his wife and child.

McKinney's exploration of the mind of Eddie Hudson lends a sensitive ear to the plight of those surviving whilst the world goes to hell. His struggle to come to terms with the devastation wrought by events is both believable and imaginative. Here is a real person's account of events told at a break neck speed.

The pace never lets up, which will find you flying through the pages, caring deeply about this character and his goal, to get to his family. The novel never lets up in its frenzy of fast zombies and the people he meets along the way. Although this book does contain its fair share of gore, it also does something that many others don't; it places real people in horrid situations and explores their responses to it.

Great to find a novelist who can deal out horror and gore, matched with the ability to provide good characters that you are genuinely interested in.

The book ends with a few chapters of the second novel Apocalypse of the Dead. I suggest you buy them both together as well as Flesh Eaters. All the books contain different characters but are all set against the same backdrop; with the dead rising up from the ruins of life as we knew it....

Apocalypse of the Dead Flesh Eaters


Drop Dead Gorgeous
Drop Dead Gorgeous
by Wayne Simmons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT SECOND NOVEL, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Drop Dead Gorgeous (Paperback)
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS has to have one of the best kick ass female characters that I have ever read. Star is not just an anti-hero, she is feisty, outspoken and the woman your mother warned you about. For too long writers, have overlooked a good solid female role, something Mr Simmons has managed to do and pull it off in a realistic way.

The dead are rising in Belfast City, and Simmons extraordinary characters all search in different ways to make sense of the aftermath. Simmons manages to write about characters as diverse as a university professor and an army officer with an attention to detail and believability that few in this genre can do.

This novel is brutal in its characterisations, real people with attitude, Simmons has taped into the soul of those on the sidelines of society and given them a voice, placing them in an apocalyptic scenario, with none of the glamour of the Hollywood blockbuster, this is what it would be really like to face the end of the world, its dirty, smelly and bad, and boy it is a really really good to read....

Flu


Dog Blood
Dog Blood
by David Moody
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST !!, 25 July 2011
This review is from: Dog Blood (Paperback)
DOG BLOOD is the second instalment following on from HATER and what can I say other than the author has done what most cannot, he has actually improved on the first, (if that is possible).

The story follows Danny McCoyne, a very changed Danny, and the plot shifts from his view of his immediate world into a bigger arena where he must confront and fight his way through what only can be described as a war, between humans.

This sequel captures the essence of what a human would do for their children; without being soppy or melodramatic; Danny grows up, and becomes the hero we all wished him to be in HATER, but not without causing carnage and stepping over to the dark side on his way.

Cannot wait for the third instalment, I feel like there is a gaping hole in my life at the moment !

Hater


Hater
Hater
by David Moody
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE HATER !, 25 July 2011
This review is from: Hater (Paperback)
HATER, is a novel that anyone living in the 21st century needs to read; not only does it manage to capture the essence of our society but it is told through the eyes of a very ordinary hero, Danny McCoyne a believable and relevant character, stuck in a dead end job, the majority of the novel is told through his eyes of a society breaking down, situations that you see every day on the news, which is what creates the horror, that this could easily be something that could happen.

MOODY's vision of 21st society is spot on; the monotony of the daily grind, irritating children and social commentary regarding consumerism and the media. Interwoven through this is a genuine feeling that the situation is spiralling out of control, more and more people are becoming attackers, dubbed HATERS by the media.

HATER gallops through at a frenzied pace, throwing social commentary and horror in your face as it goes; the realism of the characters and situation, the clearly identifiable human traits and our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are exposed with such clarity.

This novel is part of an instalment, the next one being DOG BLOOD, and I cannot wait to devour it in the same way I did this one, not only does this novel make you think about the world we live in but really makes you ask the question WHAT IF ?

Dog Blood


Dead Beat
Dead Beat
by Remy Porter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple meets Zombies, 22 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Dead Beat (Paperback)
Brilliant take on the Zombie genre; set in a small village somewhere near YOU !

Very atmospheric, lead character is believable and well rounded, really good plot and characters actions exactly how you would imagine - we all have a dark side don't we ? and Mr Porter exploits them to the full .....so good to see a zombie novel that A) isn't centred somewhere in the US B) had overly macho characters with big guns and C) deals with the frailty of the human psyche.

10/10

You must buy this book, cover art is brilliant, if you are a novice zombie reader this is a great introduction to the genre.


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