Monthly Archives: March 2013
As you may remember in some of my prior posts, I made 2 predictions: that Merle would save Rick and Darryl would kill him. I was right on both accounts- well, kinda.
Ever since the meet with the Governor, Rick has been looking for someone to give him reason not to turn Michonne over. Hershel couldn’t do it, but who finally did? Merle. He saved Rick from descending to depths he’d already been. And perhaps even Merle didn’t know he couldn’t turn her over, but it was something a person like him would do.
Want another parallel? What happened in the second to last episode last season? That’s right, Shane died. But what’s that, you say? Shane was one of the good guys? No, Shane had lost his way. Shane was the gangrenous limb that needed to be cut out. He chose to cut himself out, rather than fester and cause more division. Just like Merle. And both men did it after a nod at redemption from a woman.
And who killed Merle? Well, the Governor, but Zombie Merle was finished off by Darryl. Close enough. And close enough to Rick killing his ‘brother’ Shane.
I’ll share my season finale picks in my next post, but one thing: don’t expect Glenn and Maggie to enjoy any nuptials anytime soon. There are shades of Darabont afoot (just watch The Mist to get an idea of what I mean) and on the verge of war, everyone is fair game.
I enjoyed this book. More than anything, I enjoyed the concept of it. In fact, I wish I’d come up with it first. That being said, it’s well-written and helped me fill in the nothing-else-to-do moments. It was good, not great.
I loved Fuchs description. I bought into Mick’s motivation and found myself rooting for him when he placed his bets. I found myself hooked on the fights themselves, believing who would win and being surprised when I was wrong and right.
The biggest problem with this book was the main bad guy’s motivation. I don’t get why Sterpanko does what he does, or rather, why he allows to happen what happens. Some things that happen in the fight scenes are a little clumsy, like a zombie being able to catch up to a werewolf, but that never elevated to the point of pulling me out the story.
I’ll definitely give more of AP Fuchs’ stuff a try.
Yet again, Pudge does not disappoint. I’ve only read 2 other tales by him, but I’m a lifelong fan. Jimmy’s nonstop action and in your face dialog keeps me turning pages until I run out of book. With RTBR I needed more book.
He kept me on my toes. People died I thought would live, in any traditional horror story, some of these people would have made it. Jimmy kicks that convention in the nuts and takes a wizz in it. I think this was somewhere around 20,000 words and I read in 3 days. That’s with me having a full-time job, a family, and my own writing project. I’m a huge fan and I will be reading everything I can find of his.
Get your 99 cent copy here.
Thanks to Wally World for the awesome review of 30 Minute Plan on Kindle. Read on here:
First, let me say “30 Minute Plan” was a great read. I rarely find authors whose works I can flow through in one sitting, but the plot, action and dialogue was terrific. Fans of “The Walking Dead” will enjoy this one.
This novella is a zombie story, but it’s a fresh look into the genre so, as you’re reading, you don’t get this feeling that you’ve somehow read or seen this before. I appreciate that, the fact that you can bring a fresh angle to something that has been flipped over and over again.
A little bit about the plot: Danton is a former convict turned “dog” (a zombie-killing foot soldier, a.k.a. grunt) that goes out into the field to fight Ziggies (zombies) and execute tests created by the “brains” (human scientists). The dogs have a code of honor, never leave another dog to the ziggies. If a dog is bit, they’re put on the thirty minute plan, in which time they can either die honorably (a form of harakiri, except with a pistol instead of a blade to the belly like in samurai culture) or humanely (a fellow dog executes the infected).
Getting back to the storyline, on one expedition, the brains have them spraying strawberry and lemon scents at packs of zombies. One of the dog’s, Cargill, accidentally sprays himself with the lemon scented chemical. Once this is completed, the soldiers return to base, but all is not safe as a pack of lemon scented zombies bust into the compund and take Cargill away, mistaking him as one of their own.
Presumed dead, the dogs and the brains are surprised to hear from him days later, learning he is still alive and well in the pack that took him away. Some believe this is a trick to lure them out into the field, that Cargill is no longer a human being. They decide not to seek him out.
Danton, hellbent on preserving the code of the dog, decides he will go out and give Cargill a proper sendoff if he finds him to be a ziggy. Once Danton leaves the compound, the story takes some very cool twists and the action and flow of the plot takes the reader on a tour of hell as Danton sinks deeper and deeper into the quicksand adventure he has stumbled into.
This novella should not be free but, since it is, readers need to jump on it.
You can also download 3MP in the UK store here.
I’ve been devouring JA Konrath’s ‘Jack Daniels’ series on audio since January. Currently, I’m on Shaken and it’s just as good as all the rest. At first I was a little off-put by the two-person narration provided by Susie Breck and Dick Hill (I’d listened to Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead and the cast of voices left my head spinning), but the style quickly grew on me, particularly Hill’s ability to do three voices distinct enough from each other that you know who each character is.
But now I’m coming to a problem. I’m currently listening to Shaken and I’m on disc 5 of 6. I moved up the next one, Shot of Tequila, to be next, but someone else has it. Not only is it checked out, but it isn’t even due to be returned until April 20th. And Stirred, the collaboration between Konrath and Crouch, isn’t due back until May.
I just may have to listen to something else.
I don’t want to listen to anything else. I’d started the Dexter series around the same time and it quickly petered out after the disappointing Dexter in the Dark.
Apparently, someone’s trying to get into it, but for what purpose is beyond me. Maybe they want to have my mail forwarded to some other address. Oh, where are all my bills? Whoa, it’s me!
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