Ohhh, that Jaydon. He's an evil one!
(I'm buddy reading this Lillelara.)
But the rest of these people? I'm not getting much of a feel for them at all, other than the main family. And why, oh why must we be focusing on the lady's high forehead every single time she is mentioned?
This is a morbidly fascinating book if you are into gross and disturbing and strange true accounts of real life horror (yeah, that’s me). It takes a lot to gross me out but this book managed to do it. I do not recommend reading it while eating breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.
Mike Scardino worked as what he calls an “Ambulance Attendant” to help fund his college tuition in the late ‘60’s. I think he wishes he hadn’t because by time the book ends, he seemed truly scarred for life after seeing and smelling some truly revolting and heartbreaking sights. The writing is unpolished but that is not a criticism. It felt natural, raw and almost like a personal journal. I love that it wasn’t scrubbed clean. My only complaint was the lack of question marks throughout the text. The lack of them kept tripping me up.
It’s not uplifting in any way and there’s only a wee bit of humor sprinkled throughout. The overall feel of the book once you’ve finished is pretty bleak, truth be told. People are stupid and have lousy self-preservation skills, yeah, but terrible things happen to everyone and there’s no stopping them usually. Babies fall out of windows, diabetes will come for your limbs, you will die and maybe no one will notice until the flies start to breed. Bad Call (and they’re mostly all bad calls here) is absorbing and once you start it’s oh-so-hard to look away but once you’re done you’ll want to find something to make yourself happy. If you like this kind of thing you’ll know it and you’ll want to get yourself a copy of this book.
Here are a few quotes to ruin your day (you’re welcome):
“What often bothers me more than seeing how people die is seeing how they live.”
And this one, it’s my favorite.
“Something is a little unsettling. It’s his blood. The way it feels.
It feels good. Warm as it is. Running down my hand and arm on this in seasonably cold night. Nice and warm. It feels really good.
God help me. What the hell is happening to me.”
Just pretend there’s a question mark there at the end, ok?!
Honestly, not feeling this one. I don't have a lot of energy to look for a new book though for the square, so I may just suck it up and continue.
I think what is taking me out of the story is we have zombies, it's the year 2030 something, and apparently bloggers are still a thing. The MC, Georgia also known as George, runs a blog alongside her brother Shaun, and their friend Buffy. Apparently the world as we know it is still about the news and ratings. George, Shaun, and Buffy get a chance to cover a Presidential race and this means huge ratings and a win for the three of them.
There's also some shadiness with George and Shaun's adopted parents. They care only about ratings it seems and they adopted these two to look more wholesome or something.
I don't know what to say about this book besides I feel mostly confused. There are also way too many info dumps about the science behind the zombies/virus and how ratings/bumps work and what bloggers are called.
by A.H. Matai
This one confused me in that the writing was stilted, much of it in short sentences like you might see in a children's book, but the characters were university age. There was some off sentence structure and weird word choices and eventually I decided that it must have been written by someone whose grasp of English is being seen through a foreign grammar structure. I tried to look up information on the author to see if they came from a non-English speaking country, but couldn't find anything.
There were some interesting ideas but the story just didn't flow. I do generally find stories involving demons very interesting. There was a lot of 'telling' as far as the character's feelings were concerned, mostly when they got angry. The premise of the story really attracted me but I just couldn't get into it.