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review 2018-10-21 12:11
End Times: Rise of the Undead
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow

by Shane Carrow

 

Oh the feels! I'm not a big fan of zombie stories in general but this is one of the better written ones I've seen.

 

The story is set in Australia, beginning in Perth. Aaron is writing in his journal about applications to colleges, parties at the end of school where his twin brother Matt is very popular but he is not, and about a meteorite that falls near a small town on the other side of the country.

 

Soon reports start coming in from that town about a strange virus, first thought to be rabies, then something else... see where this is going?

 

All too soon Aaron and Matt discover they're on their own in a world where all services have stopped and the undead are out to attack anything that moves. Their phones are running out of charge so they can't even communicate with their father, who got stuck in another small town where he was looking after their grandmother before the road blocks went up.

 

I could really feel the tension as Aaron and Matt try to make decisions in an adult world where they were only just starting to take their first steps towards self-responsibility. Now they have to survive and there's no rule book, no authority to consult.

 

Despite a couple of predictable elements necessary for this genre, the plot progressed with a lot of unpredictable elements and what especially struck me was the realism of how people might react, both good and bad, in a survival situation. Since the journal is written by Aaron, it's a first person narrative and we see his own emotional responses to the need to adapt in a far too rapidly disintegrating civilisation.

 

Both Matt and Aaron develop in various ways as the struggle to survive takes them into situations they had never thought of and they have no choice but to think on their feet and react accordingly.

 

By the time we get to the last entry I was completely wrapped up in the boys' struggle and although I could see a couple of things coming as events led up to the action packed conclusion, it didn't detract from my full experience of everything that happened. This one is an easy 5 stars, just for bloody effective writing.

 

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review 2018-10-21 12:11
DNF at 27%
Relic of the Damned: The Coming - T A Bradley

 

That's it!  Done! The End! Fin! I can't take it anymore!  This is book is as annoying as it gets.

It might be my mood, but I think the book really does just suck.  

 

I hope everybody gets eaten. Or possessed.  Or butchered.  Or whatever.

 

Especially everyone who attempts to speak with a southern accent even though they're from Pennsylvania. 

Or acts redneck country even though they live in a suburb of Philadelphia.

Sorry guys, not even close .

 

I don't think I made it far enough to use for a square (nonexistent though it is) so i'm just chuckin' it.

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review 2018-10-20 16:56
Classic Horror
Benighted - J.B. Priestley

 

Creepy and atmospheric, but the mood keeps getting broken by interior and exterior delving into personal thoughts and matters.  That just seemed to go on forever.  The horse is dead people.

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-20 16:01
Review: Heart-Shaped Box
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

Joe Hill has proven to me that he is a phenomenal storyteller.  His mind is a twisted as his father's, but he has managed to set himself apart.

 

The story was twisted and did not go the way I thought it would from the beginning.  There were twists and turns so unexpected that it was surprising, without leaving me too dizzy.  Craddock was a creepy, disgusting man who is hopefully frozen up to his neck in the river Cocytus, able to cry out in despair, but never receiving mercy.

 

This was the story of rock star, Judas Coyne and how he was pulled into a sadistic game of suicide/death by the stepfather (Craddock) and sister (Jessica) of one of his former paramours (Anna).  He and his current love, Marybeth get dragged onto the road trip from hell when Jude is tricked into purchasing what he thought was a phony haunted suit.  The suit; however, was indeed haunted by the ghost of Craddock who is intent on destroying Jude by making him murder Marybeth before taking his own life.  Once Jude realizes that the ghost is real and why he's after Jude, the fight to survive begins.

 

It was very well written and kept me hanging on for more.  The only part I disliked greatly was the death of Jude's dogs.  Fictional, I know, but animal death of any kind has become something (recently) that I do not handle well.  Now I'm starting to agree with the people who say that books should come with trigger warnings.  After that the book seemed to drag on, but not because it wasn't good.  I was just wanting it to be over so I could stop thinking about the dogs.  The ending was surprising and not at all what I expected to happen, which was refreshing, because I hate when I can guess how a book will end and am right.  Minus the parts with the dogs, this was a great read.  I will definitely read more from the author.

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text 2018-10-20 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 307 out of 400 pages.
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

I can't believe there is still so much of this book left! 

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