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review 2016-02-17 01:25
Red Dust: the Fall review
Red Dust: The Fall - Sam Campbell,Ben Dixon

A trilogy of short stories set in a version of the wild west where the dead suddenly start coming back to life for no discernible reason sounded pretty good to me on paper, but the end result was very mixed. Dixon and Campbell provide a story at the beginning of the uprising, and then two follow-ups set over the course of the next 15 years that further the world in which people now have to live.

The main problem is that the first story, The Lost Party is significantly better than the two that follow it and it's also the shortest of the three. It is a genuinely engaging tale of a man determined to learn the fate of a large party of people who have disappeared in the middle of nowhere. The second and third stories, Feud and The Last Rider are more typical westerns, with the zombies taking a backseat to proceedings. Given I was looking for and expecting zombie-caused mayhem, this was a disappointment. Especially when the zombies seemed to have inexplicable aversions to anyone who was a POV character in the stories. It also did not help that both of these latter tales were in need of a better copy editor; there were far too many typos and grammatical errors to be considered a properly professional publication.

So, a great opening tale, and two somewhat disappointing (though far from terrible) stories does a very average rating make.

2.5 Miraculous Survivals Amid a Horde of the Undead for Red Dust: The Fall.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1004018836?book_show_action=false
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-02 19:27
Since I already have a review, here are some closing thoughts from the 2014 reread
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

In the forward, King mentioned he pushed everything else aside to finish the last three books because he felt like he had a sense of responsibility to his readers. If only George R.R. Martin felt that way...

It is mentioned that Roland is the kind of man who straightens pictures in strange hotel rooms. Is this a hint of his obsessiveness?

I notice something new every time I read this book. If I had to pick one book that made me want to write, it would be this one.

[The Man in Black tells Roland he must slay the Ageless Stranger in order to reach the top of the Tower. Since Roland learns that HE is the Ageless Stranger in The Dark Tower, I think it means that he's going to have to put his obsession with the Dark Tower to rest if he's ever going to reach the top.

Also, I caught myself hoping Jake wouldn't fall AGAIN.

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text 2014-03-02 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 210 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The Gunslinger and The Man in Black.  There's a good chance I'm not going to be able to wait until April to start the next book.

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text 2014-03-02 01:06
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

I have arrived at The Waystation.

 

I notice something new every time I read this book.  If I had to pick one book that made me want to write, it would be this one.

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text 2014-03-01 03:08
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.

 

It is mentioned that Roland is the kind of man who straightens pictures in strange hotel rooms.  Is this a hint of his obsessiveness?

 

In the forward, King mentioned he pushed everything else aside to finish the last three books because he felt like he had a sense of responsibility to his readers.  If only George R.R. Martin felt that way...

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