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review 2017-11-25 19:37
Ezekiel Boone: Skitter
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

You will need to read the first book in this series The Hatching in order to understand what is going on with the spiders and how they came to be all over the Earth. Plus if you don't have a fear of spiders or want to test your fears, the first book is for you.

Ezekiel Boone, returns to a world that is haunted from a spider outbreak, while the World may be calm now, something more deadly is coming: 

Millions of people are dead around the world. China has become mainly a nuclear wasteland. Flesh-eating spiders have devastated the human population, and now there is some sort of calm that has settled over the world. Have the spiders been defeated or is this just the beginning. As the researchers and military work to find and destroy any egg sacs that seems to be the solution until in Japan they find a monstrous egg sac that could only hold a new kind of terror. Quarantine zones are slowly being evacuated but not fast enough for some people and eventually they break through shattering what little hope they had at containment and difficult decisions are going to be made world wide in order to help save the human race.

I am really enjoying this series. I do not have a fear of spiders but there are times in this book that I need to make sure there is nothing creepy crawly around or if someone start to look really pale and sick around me I head the other direction, lol. I would say that this book is of a slower pace than the first with less of the spider frenzy and more about trying to figure out or understand the spiders than actually combating them. This does not mean that they do not make an appearance but there are way less scenes with them than the first one. This books also feature much more of the political sides of things than the raw panic that was in the first. The political aspect was very interesting and begs the  kill a few to save the many, which is an ethical questions asked through out the book. Also how they hope to save the human race is very different and interesting but I still think everyone is underestimating the spiders.

There are points when this book does feel like a filler book, which many second books in a trilogy can have. Boone hints of bigger scarier spiders that we actually do not get to read or learn much about so you can tell that he is very much setting up for the third book in this series.

Boone once again has multiple points of view, some that are the same as the first but some new ones as well. Often we only get to hear from a character once as they describe where they are and what they are doing about the spiders or even if they are worried about them at all or we get to read about their death. Although there are points in the book where I wish there were less points of view as I want to get to the ones that reoccur I appreciate what Boone is doing by having these points of view. This book is not just about America but how the spiders are affecting places world wide and what people are doing about the chaos.

A fresh perspective of how the human race dies out is really why I am enjoying this trilogy so far and the far reaching affects that one species can have on the other...Sound familiar humans? I'm very much looking forward to the conclusion of this series. I hope that Boone does not play it save

Enjoy!!

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review 2017-10-21 16:36
Kind of disappointed. :(
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

I enjoyed The Hatching but this one just really felt like a filler novel to get us to the last one where I am hoping some sort of action occurs because this was just freaking boring. We get glimpses at those people from the last book that are still alive and kicking plus some I didn't remember. 

 

The government is screwing over the people pretty much by pulling out their people and not letting the population know there is still something to be scared about. Then the President decides to pull some sort of thing and bans travel but I guess it's better than nuking them like China did. 

 

There is not even any spiders until about 65% in and then that wasn't even anything. Though the author does know how to leave us with a cliffy and the threat of those very spiders right at the end. So even though I didn't like this one much I will probably get Zero Day just to see what happens! 

 

Read this for Monsters cause you know flesh eating spiders (though they were only at the end and they did something horribly worst this time than just eating you!) 

 

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review 2017-09-23 16:12
Actionthriller mit Ekelfaktor
Die Brut - Sie sind da (Brut-Reihe 1) - Ezekiel Boone,Argon Verlag,Wolfgang Wagner

Beängstigende Summgeräusche, eine verstorbene Wandergruppe, ein mysteriöser Flugzeugabsturz und eine Atombombe in China - man kann nicht daran zweifeln, dass sich hier etwas zusammenbraut.

Und dieses Etwas ist klein, schnell und tödlich.

„Die Brut“ ist ein weltumspannender Actionthriller mit wissenschaftlichem Unterton. Die Menschheit wird von grausigen, kleinen Biestern bedroht, die man im realen Leben mit einer zusammengerollten Zeitung verscheucht oder richtig brutal mit dem Staubsauger zu Leibe rückt: es geht um Spinnen und sie sind überall!

Das Phänomen der Killerspinnen beginnt harmlos mit einer Wandergruppe im Amazonasgebiet, es taucht in Indien auf, bis es sich auf Minneapolis stürzt. Ganz still und heimlich bricht eine Spinnenplage über die Welt herein.

Damit ist der Ekelfaktor natürlich hoch. Vielen Menschen graust vor Spinnen, sogar dann, wenn sie harmlos sind. Wenn sie auch noch in alles verschlingenden Schwärmen auftauchen und die Existenz der Menschheit bedrohen, ist Gruselstimmung gewiss.

Ich gebe zu, ich habe etliche Male kalte Schauer am Rücken gespürt, wenn sich dieses Getier durch Städte, Wälder oder Menschen gefressen haben. Hier hat Ezekiel Boone eindeutig einen Nerv getroffen, der für Gänsehaut sorgt.

Die Handlung und der Aufbau selbst entsprechen dem gängigen Actionthriller-Wissenschafts-Roman, der sich großteils in den USA zuträgt. Zwar werden immer wieder Nebenschauplätze wie Indien eingeblendet, doch das Hauptgeschehen spielt sich rund um’s Weiße Haus in den Vereinigten Staaten ab. 

Dementsprechend werden auch die Figuren in die Geschichte eingeführt, die rund um’s Oval Office der Präsidentin angesiedelt sind.  Politische Berater oder Wissenschafter - sie haben fast alle eine Verbindung zur ersten Reihe der Entscheidungsträger und sind damit in weltumspannende Entscheidungen involviert.

Die Erzählung wird von einer Blockbuster-Kino-Stimmung getragen, die mit viel Action, wechselnden Perspektiven und grauslichen Szenen spielt, damit man vielleicht nicht zu viel von der doch vorhersehbaren Handlung merkt.

Denn damit bin ich bei meiner Kritik angelangt. Es handelt sich eben um einen sehr typischen Ablauf, der zwar gut das Kopfkino anregt, aber nicht unbedingt mit neuen Perspektiven aufwarten kann.

Die Hörbuchumsetzung ist äußerst gelungen. Trotz der unterschiedlichen Perspektiven wusste ich immer genau, wo ich mich gerade befinde und die Anspannung der Situation wird ausgezeichnet transportiert.

Alles in allem habe ich mich durch „Die Brut. Sie sind da“ gut unterhalten gefühlt und der Spinnenfaktor hat für ordentliches Grauen im Kopf gesorgt. Für Leser und Hörer, die sich für Actionthriller in Blockbuster-Manier erwärmen, spreche ich eine Empfehlung aus, weil sie bestimmt ekelhaft-schöne Stunden mit diesem (Hör-) Buch verbringen werden.

 

 

Die Reihe:

1) Die Brut. Sie sind da
2) Die Brut. Die Zeit läuft
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2017-06-01 18:35
May 2017-Round up!
Boo! - David Haynes
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge - David McCullough
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Black Mad Wheel: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman
Saffron And Brimstone: Strange Stories - Elizabeth Hand
Dare Me - Megan Abbott
The Well - Jack Cady,Tom Piccirilli
Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

In May, I read 15 books! 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Way Station

 

Total: 3

 

Audio Books: 

 

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, narrated by Bruce Springsteen

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

 

 

Total: 6

 

E-ARCS:

 

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books: 

 

Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse

The Well by Jack Cady

Boo! by David Haynes

Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand

 

Total: 4

 

Total Books Read in May: 15

 

Reading Challenges

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

Running Count: 5

 

Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge: 

Goal: Read Horror Books!

 

January Books: 5

February Books: 3 

March Books: 4

April Books: 9

May Books: 6

 

Running Count: 27

 

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

 

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017  

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

Running count: 20

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-22 20:09
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

This is the second book in the creepy spider trilogy. I liked the first book although it was full of frightening crawlies. This book takes of where the last one ended and it is build similar. We have again a lot of characters. The important ones from the first book of course but also again a hack of a lot of people we meet for one chapter and they all got a full background story. For this reason the book develops slowly. We see how the spider apocalypse develops and spreads over the USA.  I disliked these full stories for minor characters already in the first book. But here I found it quite boring. What’s happening is mostly interesting but it is a bit annoying to read 2 or 3 pages of information I don’t need. It slows the book down. In the last third it gets a little bit more interesting. The story begins to head to the end, the cliffhangers and makes me wanting to read immediately the last book.

                                                                                                       

I think this book is a typically middle book. It gives us a few more information and developments but for itself it would not work. I think it would have been better to put the story into one book, maybe with a lot more pages but just tighten it up a bit and just make  one single book. But this is marketing I suppose. Nevertheless the book does its job. I was a bit bored during reading and I skipped sometimes a few pages- But I also want to read the next book and learn what it is all about this creepy spiders.

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