Review: The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part Two

The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor - Part Two
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part Two by Robert Kirkman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one was a little boring because of the overlap with the main events from the comic(/show), and at times it was frustrating that the characters just blindly followed the Governor even when his behaviour was extreme.

However, it was interesting to read it from the other side of the conflict, and get an idea of how other groups where handling the pressures of the walker plague.

The writing is great in general, fast paced, and flows well. There was a bit of repetition that could’ve been edited out, such as how often we needed to read about the morning/afternoon/evening air. Without revealing anything, I will say that I was pretty sure the continuous mention of something else made me think it was going to be a major plot point but wasn’t. I supposed it might be in the next book, but if it’s not, then this is an example of the unnecessary repetition.

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Review: Zone One

Zone One
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark Spitz is working with his unit to clear out the left over undead in Manhattan so that the American government can finally reclaim it and begin returning to normal. Over a couple of days, Mark Spitz shares his memories and knowledge in flash backs and conversational narrative. It’s a very interesting read for sure, a bit World War Z, in a good way.

It has its predictable ending, but because of certain aspects of Mark Spitz character, it’s still worth reading. Because Mark Spitz is mediocre, never the best, but never the worst, and somehow he survived the plague so far out of sheer unremarkable-ness. The author has also added in PASD, like PTSD but the apocalypse version, which makes sense yet has not been a common theme in the genre.

The writing can be a bit difficult at times, with some sentences needed to be reread to get the right cadence/flow, and the language is certainly more mature in the intellectual sense.

One of the things I liked about the story is that characters generally made sense in their actions and choices. Some people are idiots and get themselves in trouble of course, but a lot of them don’t fool around, and there is a reason they made it so long.

Nothing negative stood out, and it was a refreshing take on a plot that has become almost boiler plate. The story may be the same, but its execution is what makes it great.

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Review: Hollowland

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was okay I guess. It was actually really ridiculous.

Ridiculous things kept happening. I know its a zombie book, and an entirely made up senario, but there is no reason for it to be as incredibly unrealistic as it was. It starts out fine. And then they find a zombie-eating lion in the desert. That’s also tame. And decides to join in their wacky adventures!

Seriously, the things that happened in the book fit in the Zombieland movie nicely. Whenever they find themselves in an impossible to escape situation, the lion magically appears and saves them, or some other incredibly coincidental and well timed help arrives.

It seemed a bit like some child’s imagination. Of course the main character is an awesome zombie fighter, and this super hot rock star is into her, and the lion immediately comes to a chosen name and becomes bffs with her, and obviously a bunch of other things I won’t mention as they would spoil it, but essentially mean the main character has ridiculously good luck.

Aside from the ridiculousness (I feel like I’m in Harry Potter fighting a Bogart for how many times I’ve said it), its a decent enough book. Not a masterpiece, but if you’re bored, and like zombies, and the Zombieland movie, why not.

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