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review 2020-04-28 02:05
Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde, Book 1
Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde (Volume 1) - Devan Sagliani

This was a fun listen during my commute to/from work today and a nice bit of escapism.  The action starts off almost immediately and continues practically non-stop to the finish.


The story follows Xander a 16-year-old living at a military instillation at the behest of his older brother, Moto, an enlisted man.  Moto has gone to another base to get things settled and will send for Xander when things are safe.  While waiting for his bother to return for him or send for him, Xander (inadvertently) takes responsibility for 8-year-old Benji who lost his family to a zombie attack.  Xander rescues from bullies and Benji won't leave his side after that.


When the base is overwhelmed by a roving horde, Xander, armed only with the katana his brother gifted him, gets himself and Benji safely away from the carnage of the base headed  toward the base where Xander's brother currently stationed.  Along the way the run into rival gangs, religious cult leaders, rock stars, reality TV stars, cannibals, bikers, and so much more.  They lose people along the way and pick up people as well.  The group just keep falling into one mess after another and always manage to escape by the skin of their teeth.  In the end Xander is reunited with his brother, but it's just the beginning of a bigger story.


Some of the situations are similar versions of each other and a little convoluted, for example they escape a neo nazi cult leader, and end up running into a religious cult leader.  But it's a book about teenagers in a zombie apocalypse,  and it's practically Mad Max out there, so it's to be expected.  The narrator did an excellent job getting across the various emotions of the characters throughout each situation. I liked the characters, including the "villains" and will definitely check out the next book in the series.

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review 2020-03-17 19:17
Jurassic Carp: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfis... Jurassic Carp: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish - Mo O'Hara,Marek Jagucki
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is probably the most ridiculous of the series so far in terms of plans and plots, but it was quite enjoyable. These books are so weird, hilarious, and creative. They are great quick reads and are very unique.

In this book, the first story details the gang's strange experience at the medieval day reenactment. This one was pretty out there (there's no way that sling shot parachute plan would have worked), but it was still a fun story. Definitely not to be taken too seriously. The second story is a spoof of Jurassic Park with zombie goldfish, so obviously a good time.

Well-written, completely odd and enjoyable, with great illustrations that help break up the text and pair well with the narration. This book was a fun read and I'm excited to read some of the spin-offs featuring Mark and Sami.
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text 2020-02-22 20:46
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - abandoned at 38%
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen,Seth Grahame-Smith,Katherine Kellgren

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was my second read for my "Pride, Prejudice and Pastiches" reading challenge. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be for me. I abandoned it at 38% (a little more than four hours).


I was attracted by the wonderful title ( a gift from the author's editor) and the fun movie (which was visually stunning) so I had some hopes that the book would be equally amusing. Sadly, it wasn't.



The book is a roughly sewn quilt which uses small squares of the Austen original, with all the wit and nuance washed out, to hold together a Georgian zombie story.


For this to have been worthwhile, the zombie parts of the book needed to have something fresh and compelling that went beyond the unlikely juxtaposition of genteel Georgian young women, Japanese samurai sword-play and stumbling zombies.


What I was offered was a series of splatterfests that were neither funny nor gruesome and a picture of the Bennet sisters as a pack of dagger-wielding, pistol-shooting, throat-slitting, neck-slicing, psychopaths with a lust for weaponry and fond memories of abusive training by a master of the Chinese martial arts.


The Austen parts so simplified the people that I found them more horrifying than the zombie scenes. The zombie scenes were shallow and repetitive. Worst of all, Elizabeth Bennet became someone I would cheerfully have seen dismembered with her own sword.


Katherine Kellgran does a good job at the narration. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

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text 2020-02-21 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 16%. zombies - tick, pride and prejudice - not so much
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen,Seth Grahame-Smith,Katherine Kellgren

"Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is the second book in my "Pride, Prejudice and Pastiches" reading challenge and I'm beginning to think that moving from the well-considered and beautifully written "Longbourn" to a zombie spoof was ill-considered.


I was drawn to the book by the movie and scenes like these:



While the excitingly martial Bennet sisters are as much fun as I thought they'd be, wading through a poor mimicry of Austen rather sets my teeth on edge.


I'm going to persevere in the hopes that, as the plot diverges from the original, I can lose myself in the humour a katana-wielding Elizabeth Bennet.

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review 2020-02-10 11:56
Zombie Science by Jonathan Wells
Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution - Jonathan Wells

TITLE:  Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution


AUTHOR:  Jonathan Wells




FORMAT:  ebook


ASIN: B06Y398ML7



In 2000, biologist Jonathan Wells took the science world by storm with Icons of Evolution, a book showing how biology textbooks routinely promote Darwinism using bogus evidence—icons of evolution like Ernst Haeckel’s faked embryo drawings and peppered moths glued to tree trunks. Critics of the book complained that Wells had merely gathered up a handful of innocent textbook errors and blown them out of proportion. Now, in Zombie Science, Wells asks a simple question: If the icons of evolution were just innocent textbook errors, why do so many of them still persist? Science has enriched our lives and led to countless discoveries. But now, Wells argues, it’s being corrupted. Empirical science is devolving into zombie science, shuffling along unfazed by opposing evidence. Discredited icons of evolution rise from the dead while more icons—equally bogus—join their ranks. Like a B horror movie, they just keep coming! Zombies are make believe, but zombie science is real—and it threatens not just science, but our whole culture. Is there a solution? Wells is sure of it, and points the way.




Interesting. Provides food for thought and more stuff to research.



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