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one paced -- where's the 'arrrghhh!!!!' factor?
on 22 February 2014
This takes more effort to read than most zombie novels, but I wouldn't overstate its literary merits. That the author uses 10 words when one would do isn't necessarily a good thing, although there are times when this is appropriate such as creating a sense of nostalgia for times gone by. Overall though I found myself just wishing the story would move on a bit quicker. It wasn't until the end that I found out why that wouldn't have worked -- the plot, such as it is, really doesn't have that 'big ending' or 'big surprise' resolution that I was expecting. There's a reason why phrases such as 'story arc' or 'character development' keep cropping up in writing classes and I think on this evidence the author needs to reassess that aspect of his writing. Nevertheless, this is an interesting and rewarding little book, if you have the patience to get through it. If you can get through the first 10 pages it doesn't really change gear at all so you should be able to read it right through.