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Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

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Oh another readathon? Why thank you, I’d love to! If you read my blog you know that I love attempting doing readathons whenever possible, even if I really don’t have much time to read during them they are too fun to pass up! The Books, Brains ‘n Blood Readathon is hosted by the lovely people over at My Shelf Confessions from August 2nd to August 6th. It doesn’t look like there are any “theme” requirements for books, but I’ll be saving some creepy reads just for the occasion. If you would like to sign up, and you know you would, just click on the lovely picture above and join in on the fun! There are all sorts of other events going on such as a blog hop, challenges and some prizes being given away if you want to do more than just the readathon.

I’ll be doing my main post for this readathon (with my list of books and stats and what not) closer to August. Hope to see you there!


Day 76: Don’t Eat Cat by Jess Walter

Day 76

Summary From Goodreads

In this brilliantly entertaining send-up of zombie lit, Edgar Award winner and National Book Award finalist Jess Walter offers a twist on America’s favorite monster: You don’t have to be dead to be a zombie. Walter creates a postapocalyptic nightmare that is as sidesplitting as it is moving—and all the more damning because it’s so recognizable.

Set in the year 2040, amid rolling epidemics, economic collapses, ozone tumors, genetic piracy, and an Arizona border war, “Don’t Eat Cat” is the story of Owen, a guy who just wants to forget the results of his recent full-body scan with a grande soy latte before going to work in Seattle’s food/finance district. The world has gone straight to hell, and the most horrifying part of it is that not a damn thing has changed: You still have to go to work, you still don’t have a girlfriend, and, unbelievably, the line at the Starbucks Financial still stretches on forever. Why? Because there’s a zombie working behind the counter, an addict of a club drug that causes its users to become aggressive, milk-pale, dead-eyed dimwits with an appetite for rodents and house pets—cats in particular (and, in very, very rare cases, humans).

When Owen finally makes it to the head of the line, the afflicted barista’s people skills falter under pressure and he mauls the store manager. It’s the first documented zombie attack in months, and it sets the sim-tweets buzzing, ultimately ending in a vigilante killing. As for Owen, he gets more than a free latte out of the incident: He’s forced to confront the brokenness of his present life by venturing into the past. With the help of a private investigator, he heads into Seattle’s Zombie Town to search for the only woman he has ever loved. In “Don’t Eat Cat,” some highs are better than a lifetime of being human.

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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!

I always find it a bit funny when the summary is so long like this one is when the piece is a bit over 20 pages. I guess they need to give extra reasons to purchase the short story since it isn’t free but is so short? Anyway, Don’t Eat Cat is a mixture of humor and a harsh view of reality. Zombies being a clear metaphor for anyone from druggies (the most obvious example) to the lazy and unmotivated (if you read between the lines/look deeper). The short plot is the selling point in this piece as you fly through this journey to discover what is left of humanity in the world as it is and the depth of some people’s motivations and choices. The best line by far in Don’t Eat Cat is delivered by a ‘zombie’ “That nobody chooses. That we’re all sick. We’re all here.” An enjoyable and surprisingly eye-opening short story, I’d say Don’t Eat Cat hit all the marks it was aiming for spot on, quite well done. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 77!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #76/365

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Day 18: Zom-B by Darren Shan

Day 18

Summary From Goodreads:  

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”

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This is not the zombie book you are looking for. A bad Star Wars pun aside, Zom-B is just not a book I would recommend reading, even for the zombie lovers among us. The book deals with racism but not in a way that is informative or that teaches us any lessons. It’s just one slam after another on a variety of different races and with seemingly no purpose in doing so except for setting up an ending that was painfully obvious from the get go. It isn’t tackling issues, it’s putting them up on display. The parallels of coming together as one group, as humans, to take on a force that is trying to kill us didn’t even come through which may have redeemed Zom-B.

The main character, B, is to be honest an ass. She takes the racism of her father and uses it occasionally but always backpeddling saying she was just doing it as an act, a way to impress him or that deep down she really didn’t feel that way. If you say or do some of the things she does in the book then I’m sorry but you are just as guilty and a coward for being unable to admit it. Ugh. She’s whiny, and while she has to deal with a lot of crap in her life to be sure it doesn’t make the character any more endearing. I’m not saying you have to like all MCs to consider a book good, but this one just didn’t have redeeming qualities.

The plot was obvious and simplistic. There wasn’t really any build up either, just one minute “oh there are zombies elsewhere, probably a hoax” and the next zombies all over the freaking place. It didn’t feel like a smooth transition and regardless of whatever they reveal in the next book I can’t imagine it justifying how this one was carried out. The pacing was erratic and at times frantic as well without giving depth to much of anything.

The writing was fine I guess in and of itself, but nothing was saving this book for me. I really was disappointed as I love me a good zombie book (The Infects by Sean Beaudoin was one of my top 5 books in 2012) and sadly this fell short to say the least. It’s a pass for me. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 19!

Mount TBR Challenge #17/150+; 2013 TBR Challenge #17/50; Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #18/365

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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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Review: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Review: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett

I was given an ARC PDF of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman in exchange for an honest review.

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett finds the world fifty years removed from a zombie uprising which claimed 3/4 of the world’s population. The coasts of the United States have recovered but the rest have yet to fully remove the zombie problem and are dealing with it as a somewhat natural part of existence. Edward Schuett wakes up one day in a Walmart having no recollection of the last fifty years, his last memory being of the day the zombies attacked, and has an unfortunate realization, he’s one of them. Unlike the rest of the zombies that remain Edward is able to think and speak at the level of a normal human, and even crazier, he’s actually healing. As Edward hunts for any knowledge of what happened to his family, and to himself, he finds that most people he comes across either want to study him or worse, kill him. When Edward meets some unlikely allies is there any chance they can help him find a way to help others to heal like he is? Can he survive all of those who would have him killed?

I read The Reanimation of Edward Schuett during the Dewey 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. The start of the book dragged a bit with Edward not thinking at 100% efficiency and trying to figure out what the heck is going on with him. However, once he runs into the first humans in the book things take off very quickly. Without spoiling the book I will say that the government is involved, not that this is a surprise, we have “hicks” who don’t even care about the details of the zombie uprising and some irritating scientists who view Edward as nothing more than something to experiment on and study. The characters are diverse and vibrant, and though Edward certainly isn’t the brightest bulb when it comes to main characters his personality is one that will grow on you as you read.

The setting isn’t the stereotypical barren wasteland across the board that you might envision if a zombie uprising caused the world to lose 3/4 of its population. The coasts have rebuilt and there are some areas there that were even more developed and advanced then their real modern day counterparts. You do have settlements in the middle of the United States that are barely more than basic houses with a wall around it to protect the people within from the zombies that still roam around the area. The government seems to have taken care of the coasts quite well but if you live in the center it is all on you to protect yourself and those you care about. The Reanimation of Edward Schuett doesn’t dwell on depictions of how the world looks, but that doesn’t detract from the story, instead it allows for your imagination to run a bit wild which is so important when reading a book concerning zombies and the like.

There is plenty of action and zombie craziness in The Reanimation of Edward Schuett. Whether you are looking for human on human violence or good old-fashioned zombie vs human battles you won’t be disappointed! There are getaway scenes, small armies going at each other, and more than one good punch to the dome, including some thrown by some very unexpected sources. I also really enjoyed seeing how the zombies interacted with one another and the diversity of the types of them and how the humans dealt with each new group.

This was a relatively quick read for me and I did enjoy the experience throughout. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good zombie tale, especially those who are looking for a different perspective on how it could play out. I won’t go as far as to say it is a must read, but when it is released (expected to late this month) I definitely think you should go and get yourself a copy! Oh, and read it at night, that always makes it more fun! ^.^

I hope you enjoyed the review! If you did leave a comment telling me if you enjoy zombie books and/or would consider getting this one when it comes out, or tell me what you are reading right now. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I plan to participate in every challenge that is going on throughout Fraterfest (Friday 8am (EST) – Tuesday 12pm (EST)) here is the list:

Challenge schedule:

  • Friday Oct.5th– 8am(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST) Name That Vampire hosted by Kody@ The Fabled Crossroads <complete
  • Friday Oct. 5th– 4pm(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST).Tune this Title hosted by April@My Shelf Confessions <complete
  • Saturday Oct 6th– 8am(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST) Fraterfest Bash hosted by Christy@ Love of Books <complete
  • Saturday Oct 6th– 4pm(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST) Cover Sleuth hosted by Barbara@ Basia’s Bookshelf <complete
  • Sunday Oct 7th– 8am(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST) Guess the Rest hosted by Carolyn@ C.M. Brown <complete
  • Sunday Oct 7th– 4pm(EST) to Monday 12pm(EST) Books to Movie Madness hosted by Fran @ Books and Beyond <complete
  • Monday Oct 8th– 8am(EST) to Tuesday 12pm (EST) The Texas Crossword Massacre hosted by Kristen @ My ParaHangover <complete
  • Monday Oct 8th– 4pm(EST) to Tuesday 12pm(EST) Fraterfest Raffle hosted by Kimba@ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. <entered

I will likely be using this post to update my progress as I go along but we shall see. Here is my reading list, I plan to read ALL of these during Fraterfest…somehow!

Reading List

Attic Clowns: Volumes One & Two < Read and mini-review is up!

Attic Clowns: Volume Four < Read

Here Be Monsters < Read

Aberrations: Horror Stories < Read

Zombified < Read

Blood Singers

The Wicked

I was fortunate enough to win eBook copies of Rhiannon Frater’s Pretty When She Dies & Pretty When She Kills right before Fraterfest started. However, though I would like to put them on this list I have not actually been sent them yet. What I will say is if I do receive them before Fraterfest ends I will insert them either into the list if I have time leftover, or in place of either Blood Singers or The Wicked. That’s all from me for now but I will post updates as I go! Happy reading! ^.^

*Update* Early this morning guess what popped into my inbox? That’s right! I received my eBooks of Pretty When She Dies & Pretty When She Kills! I will be replacing Blood Singers and The Wicked with these two titles and IF I have time I will still read Blood Singers and The Wicked but they are now lower priority. 🙂

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Fraterfest Read-A-Thon

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

If you want to participate you can click on the link above to learn more, if you’d rather not or you don’t have a blog you can participate on twitter by using the hashtag #FraterFest! There are going to be prizes over on Kimba’s blog for read-a-thon participants. In order to qualify as one you must post your goals and results and participate in a minimum of one challenge. You don’t have to have a blog for this, you can participate via Facebook , google+, goodreads, or a personal blog. The more detailed and up-to-date schedule will be released over on Kimba’s blog on the 5th but feel free to join up before then!

As for what I am going to do it will depend on what Kimba posts of course but I do plan on reading a few select books that fit rather well in this genre. I mentioned on my Sunday Post that I would be doing a review of Attic Clowns:Volume Two (I may add Volume One as I just got that for free today) and those fit in perfectly! I have a few more that I am considering which include the very popular freebie Sweet Venom, Here Be Monsters, Aberrations: Horror Stories, Zombified, Blood Singers, The Wicked and/or Monsters (The Bloodless). By the way Attic Clowns Volume One & Two are both free as are Sweet Venom, Here Be Monsters (today only!), Aberrations (today only!), and Zombified. Blood Singers is a dollar and The Wicked & Monsters (The Bloodless) are the standard 3$ if you wanted to purchase any of them!

I hope you will join me in Fraterfest and we can dive into some horror wonderment together! Until next time, thanks for reading, and leave comments! I read every one even if I don’t respond often and I do appreciate them!