Comments: 3
Murder by Death 4 years ago
With measles on the rise, this doesn't sound particularly apocalyptic. :-/

I don't mind a prequel to introduce a series - it often gets a lot of the monotonous world building out of the way for the first book - but I agree, breaking a 'first' book up into short stories is a no-no. It feels manipulative to me.
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
None of the apocalyptic type books are really apocalyptic anymore - most of them are almost current affairs.

No world building is required in this book since the world is the current world. This novella actually reads like a summary of a novel - third person omniscient narrative style leads to lots of info dumps and little character development (exept for something like the last paragraph of the last page). But the author can write better, she has loads of previously published titles under her belt, and a huge fanbase that will read/buy anything she writes, so I don't see the point of not writing a decent novel (or trilogy if so minded) and skipping the skimpy novella.

Also, introductory short stories used to be freebees you could get off the net/author's website or part of an anthology. Not a single anorexic book that costs the same price (if not more) than an standard sized novel. Thank all the gods/goddesses around for libraries!
Tannat 4 years ago
Now if only the publishing industry would stop overcharging libraries for ecopies.