#808: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm BodiesR is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilisation.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl–although she looks delicious–he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight. Continue reading

#816: World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max BrooksIt began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.

Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

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Guest: The First Steps to Prepping For the Apocalypse

The First Steps To Prepping For The Apocalypse.

By: Kirk Allmond. Author of What Zombies Fear

Education

The new prepper often goes straight to the question, “Where would I go.” and almost invariably answers that question with “to Walmart!” A better question to ask would be “Where would I meet?” It is hard to understand the difference at first. When we all start down this path of readiness, we often consider ourselves as either the lone wolf; traveling from place to place, surviving on the scraps of humanity, doing what is necessary to survive.

Some consider themselves to be the leader of a group of survivors; single handedly keeping our friends and family alive, and restoring order to (at least a small piece) of a world in chaos. While this might be true, in some select few circumstances, overwhelmingly it will not be the case. For every leader of a group of fifty survivors, there must be forty-nine followers. If your goal is to be the leader, there is an entire set of leadership skills and personality requirements that the majority of people do not have. In this case, learning to be an effective leader is much more important than having a bug out bag, or an alpha site, and should be the primary focus of the new prepper’s education. Continue reading

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure by Julie KagawaWho are you trying to fool? People are food. … You’re not any less of a monster than I am.” -Jackal

Newly-turned vampire Allison Sekemoto must follow the call of blood, like breadcrumbs, to save her sire and mentor Kanin from Sarren, the psychotic vampire holding him captive. The trail leads Allie to her old home in New Covington and the Fringe, but there’s no time for nostalgia.

A new strain of Red Lung—the insidious virus that decimated the human population decades ago—has emerged. This time, it’s fatal to vampires, too. A cure might be among Kanin’s many secrets—if Allie reach him in time.

But when the brave, fearless human boy she left safely behind re-enters her life, Allie is torn between the remnants of her humanity and the bloodthirst that consumes her. How can two people so different feel so much for each other? One was born good. The other was reborn a monster. It’s a love as undeniable as it is impossible.

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Review: Hungry For You by A.M. Harte

“There is no greater drug than relationships; there is no sweeter death than love.”

Love is horrible. It’s ruthless, messy, mind-altering, and raw. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.

In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible—a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil….

With Hungry For You, A.M. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death.

Review

I really enjoy zombie movies and the odd zombie game, and even though I have a soft spot for horror stories and dark fiction born from my reading background, I haven’t read many zombie books or stories in general. When I first read the description for Hungry For You I was a little wary, mainly because I’ve read my fair share of paranormal romance (enough to last me a lifetime – not a major PR fan here) and I admit I was a little concerned about love mixed in with zombies, but I was willing to give it a go with an open mind. And I also thought maybe it couldn’t be too much of a stretch to like zombie stories in print so why not start with a short story collection? Continue reading

Review: The Crow, Flesh and Blood Graphic Novel

Iris Shaw is a federal conservation officer who is murdered in a bombing by a ragged band of right wing terrorists.

Her tortured soul cannot rest, because not only was she unjustly murdered – at the time of her death she was an expectant mother.

Raised from her coffin by the crow, Iris hunts the terrorists down one by one.

I don’t know if I really have many positives to share about The Crow: Flesh and Blood, but I’ll see how I go.

Right from the start the story gets into the character’s transformation from once alive to vengeful undead. I found myself already nitpicking at it before I had reached 10 pages or there abouts. To me it read like a fan fiction, a disjointed fan fiction, because Iris goes from being buried in a white flowing dress to being dressed in a tightly clad black outfit and already to kick some arse.

I really can’t stand it in a graphic novel, comic, or film when the character goes from one situation to the next without an explanation of certain things like their abrupt change of clothes. Of course sometimes it can be obvious so therefore an extra panel or scene is unnecessary, but there are other times where you wonder where they got the clothes from in this case and usually that gives an impression of the creator trying too hard for something cool or living vicariously via their character and not caring about the lack of flow.

This was only once instance of a disjointed feel. There were quite a few times where the story didn’t feel it had enough cohesion. Yes the story gets across, but it felt like it was jumping in some cases and missing what may have been appropriate information or perhaps not communicated smoothly enough.

At first Iris gives the impression she is going to take some sort of high road because she says to the crow that anyone can shoot someone and call it revenge, but really all she does is draw the death out leaving this graphic novel to become yet another story of  a vengeful murder spree. I do not have a problem with vengeful murder sprees unless they lead you to believe that it will be something far more mental rather than point and shoot or lets just go kill people, but I do have a problem with being misled in such a way as Flesh and Blood did.

On some positive notes the art was pretty cool, in a black and white setting giving it a noir feel which I love. And yes I did like Iris’s get up even though it wasn’t creative or inventive, it was only tight black pants and a tight black top, but the kicker was her make up. This is also something that bothers me though. Both the images on the front and back cover are no where in the book and the closest the make up gets (or should I call it face paint?) is the front cover image, but even then she doesn’t have that make up till much later and you barely see it. What I enjoyed was that she painted a crow in black make up on her face so it covered around her eyes and on her nose. It was a like a crow mask. Why, oh why not have that image on the front cover? Why have a cover with a scene that doesn’t even exist in the graphic novel?

I’ll leave it there otherwise I’ll keep going on with nit picking and that’s something I’d like to avoid when I can. I do recommend it for Crow fans, but I also recommend seeing if you can borrow it first if possible.