Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Book Review: Americosis Vol.1 by Haydn Wilks

Americosis Vol. IAmericosis Vol. I by Haydn Wilks
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received this story for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was contacted with regards to this novelette by the author, who compared it favorably to my absolute favourite novel John Dies At the End. At first I was going to pass by the request but hey, it was short and another Goodreads friend was reading it. Plus, I really, really liked the title.

I don't have a lot to say.

I didn't care for this story.

A third of it feels like someone from Idiocracy is trying to re-write a Warren Ellis story, another third feels like soft-core porn, and the final third feels like the author is bored with this part, and wants to get to the good stuff. Which will be in book 3 or something.

There was absolutely no humour, unless gigantically endowed men are automatically funny. There was one joke, but it made me sneer with fake laughter. Not the intended reaction.

There was no heart, a woman's sister is killed and she doesn't acknowledge it. A bunch of little children are brutally slaughtered and no one sheds a tear. Characters are name dropped out of the blue with no description or reason for being there. I'm looking at you, Ted.

I am vaguely interested in the body snatching demon, but not how the book suddenly goes into "It is YOU who are the monster!" mode.

Is this absurdest literature? Is that just not my thing? I've read a couple of absurdest stories, John Dies... and it's sequel, but more recently, Sociopaths in Love, which I liked for the most part.

And did I really, really just read the phrase "Inner goddess"?

Can we keep the Inner Goddess locked up in Christian Grey's Red Room, please?

I feel bad about this review, because Haydn, you seem like a nice dude. No hard feelings, keep doing you.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A little cloying at times, and Melanie herself is a little too much a Mary-Sue. My biggest beef is that it's hard to take a threat seriously when everyone, even adults, even scientists, call a zombie a "hungry". I have no problem with not calling a thing a zombie; Walker, Biter, Undead, Dead-head, Stalker, Plague, Corpse, whatever, it happens. But "A hungry"? Really? That's the established term humanity is going with? We use this actually inspired-by-real-life natural biological occurrence to explain the origin of the zombie, completely with scientific names, then we go with "hungry".

Ok then.

But overall, I liked it. Plot points were nicely foreshadowed, I cared about the characters and Parks ended up as my favorite, with Justineau my least liked. It ended appropriately and it's a fairly fresh take on the zombie genre. I recommend it if you can get past the mildly twee aspects of it.

I listened to the audiobook, and it was very nicely produced with a very pleasant and engaging narrator.

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