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Day 73: Phoenix by Chuck Palahniuk

Day 73

Summary From Goodreads

Rachel married Ted because he was uncomplicated and loyal. But he was also devoted to his wretched house (done up in black granite, black appliances, even black dishware) and his first love, an old, flatulent cat named Belinda Carlisle. Once Rachel becomes pregnant, Ted reluctantly agrees to move and give up the cat. But the house doesn’t sell, and Belinda Carlisle still haunts their home: every day the creature becomes fatter and more malodorous. When the house burns to the ground in a freak conflagration and the couple’s daughter, April, is born blind soon thereafter, the marriage is never the same again. Only on a business trip three years later does Rachel begin to reckon with the damage.

In an Orlando motel room far from Ted and April, Rachel wonders: Is her simple-minded husband more vindictive and manipulative than even Rachel could have imagined? How far will she go to keep the upper hand—a bit of emotional and physical torture, perhaps? Will she win the battle, only to lose so much else?

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Phoenix is a twisted story of what one, likely deranged, woman will do to get back at her husband. She blames him for everything, from her daughter’s condition to what happened to the house, and whether she is right or not she refuses to let him get off “free”. The book jumps back and forth between the time before the fire and a bit over three years later and as the present moves forward Rachel becomes more and more paranoid. Palahniuk does a great job conveying her transformation and growing psychosis. Ted is just kind of there, but he’s an alright secondary character if a bit cookie-cutterish.

I didn’t think the plot was all that intriguing, but there was enough humor and crazy to keep the piece interesting. It is pretty short but entertaining enough for a very quick read. Overall, a decent short story for me. Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 74!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #73/365

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Review: The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Review: The Infects

I won a print copy of The Infects in a giveaway by Ginger-read Reviews in the Zombpacolypse Trick or Treat Hop.

Summary From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

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This was one of the few times where I hadn’t heard anything about a book before I read it which was refreshing because it meant I could go into it without any preconceived notions of whether I would enjoy it or not. With being a part of Fraterfest in early October and Haunted Week which led up to Halloween I’ve read a bunch of horror/bump-in-the-night books lately. The Infected was easily my favorite of all of the books I’ve read in that vein in the last month.

The way The Infected was written…so much love. Beaudoin uses a fantastic mix of sarcasm, repetition of funny examples to accentuate certain points and witty banter between the characters and sometimes within a character as well. I mean his style was just…I don’t even have adequate descriptors. Awesome.

The main character, Nero, was a bit weird, dysfunctional and obsessed with a girl…wait a minute, where have I seen that combination before? Oh ya! It was me in high school! Seriously though, one of the easiest books for me to identify with the main character…ever? Possibly ever. He even has a dad he isn’t overly fond of or close to and a little sister he adores, this is getting eerie…moving on! The other “delinquents” were funny, each in their own way and their personalities all shone through without casting any of the others in a shadow, though two of them were very similar for reasons that are obvious if you’ve read the book. I really enjoyed the love interest’s character as well, she came on strong near the end of the book and the only thing I wished were different is that I wanted more of her. The love/like connections were all well done in fact. Ooo and the little sister? Freaking awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I love my siblings but this little girl was such a great character, very well done.

So enough gushing about the characters, then again if you are reading one of my reviews you knew that was going to happen right? I would hope so. Anyway, the plot! The freaking beginning! That will throw you for a loop right away let me tell you! (I apologize for the excessive use of exclamation marks but I’m really excited!) To be honest I wasn’t planning on reading this right away when I got it since I’m so busy with NaNoWriMo but I randomly opened it and started reading, eight pages later I was hooked and knew my day was going to be spent reading rather than writing. Time well spent as the plot moved quickly and with all the right twists and obstacles for the characters to face. There was never a point in the book where I was even slightly tempted to skim or skip along to the next part, the pacing was excellent and pretty quick which makes sense for a zombie book and worked very nicely. As the summary will tell you the ending really is unexpected, I liked it though. ^.^

As for the world building/scenery it was fantastic. The main area that the book talks about, the area where the delinquents are doing their trek, was described with very nice detail but  not so much that it felt bogged down. With zombie books you are almost forced to zoom through but Beaudoin took the time to build the area they had to camp out at. Even though the characters whipped through large areas I didn’t get what I call “the green screen effect” which is where the book has used such a formulaic world  that it feels as if it is being told in front of a green screen, it may sound alright but it doesn’t seem real.

As you can no doubt tell I really enjoyed The Infects, it is easily one of my favorite reads for 2012, I’m so glad I won it and would recommend it to anyone. Zombie lovers rejoice! I hope you enjoyed my review and I would recommend you check out The Infects for yourself. If you have read it leave a comment telling me what you think and if not then please suggest a book that either just came out or is coming out soon that I should read, any genre. Have a great day! Oh, and if you are reading this and haven’t checked out my latest NaNoWriMo post if you wouldn’t mind checking it out I’d appreciate it, good stuff on there! ^.^

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