Review: Strands of Sorrow

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Strands of Sorrow
Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A much better finale to the series than the previous book would have been. Brilliant fun to read, especially the last part.

Can’t really say much without spoiling it, but they find some people in D.C who aren’t…let’s say they’re not entirely up to date with the status quo with regard to the shambling undead (who are neither shambling nor undead according to the canon, but fuck it, who cares anyway?)

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Review: Islands of Rage & Hope

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Islands of Rage & Hope
Islands of Rage & Hope by John Ringo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They save Prince Harry from certain death in the Tower of London. I don’t think I need to say any more, right? I mean, we all get it.

Also I’m pretty sure that one of the guys rescued from St. Barts is supposed to be Harrison Ford, but I could be wrong.

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Review: To Sail a Darkling Sea

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

To Sail a Darkling Sea
To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So the start of this book was a bit problematic, what with the ‘split’ officer being forced to give it up to her compartment mates. I must be naïve, it took me quite a while to figure out what the hell a ‘split’ even is. So points for educating me, I guess?

Anyway the rest is pretty cool – blah blah fight zombies epic battles blah. Excellent fun. Really enjoyed it!

Still with the pop culture references, which make my day every time.

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Review: Under a Graveyard Sky

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Under a Graveyard Sky
Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My relationship with this book (and the series it belongs to) is…shall we say, complicated? Complicated covers a multitude of sins.

I tried to read this book, and gave up in disgust because, well, everyone was just too bloody badass! I’m serious here. Thirteen year olds with guns and…yeah.

What I’m trying to say is that this is not exactly the most realistic zombie novel ever, as far as that goes.

What it might be is the one that’s the most fun.

The zombie fighting? Fun

The boating? Fun

Saving the world? Fun fun fun!

But the most fun thing is actually the incredible badassery of the main character (you don’t think she’s the main character for, like, the first 50 or so pages but trust me, she definitely is) Faith Smith.

Seriously.

Every person in this book took a level in badass.

And I could talk about the sort of sexist stuff going on, like all the women being pregnant but, you know what? I don’t care. I like pregnant women. I’ve been a pregnant woman. And they’re still badass, even when they occasionally have to take a break in zombie killing to toss their cookies.

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Fandom to the rescue!

Posted: December 16, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Okay, so I have officially run the fuck out of traditionally published zombie fiction. At least, traditionally-published zombie fiction that I am prepared to read – as with apocalyptic fiction, there’s an awful lot of people pissing in my splash pool.

And today I was standing in the shower wondering what I was going to do – I mean, I’ve consulted every Top 20/10/100 list I’ve been able to find (and some of those were decidedly not worth the eyeball wear and tear to read, while some that didn’t make the list were brilliant) and even risked my sanity on a couple of random books that came up when I typed ‘zombie books’ into Google. Thanks, Google, my eyes may never forgive you.

And then, the thought. You know who loves zombies? Fandom. Fandom loves zombies. You know what a lot of fans do when they love things? They write fic about it. And there are a lot, and by a lot, I mean A MASSIVE NUMBER, of The Walking Dead fans.

I’ve never actually checked out the TWD section of Archive of Our Own. Turns out it’s nice and full of yummy, yummy fiction. Obviously with more sex which…I mean, I’m not minding that. Zombies and romance? Count me in! Ironically it seems as though a lot of the top rated stories do not actually contain any zombies. Hmm. Bit of a puzzler, but okay…

BTW, did you know that Rick/Daryl seems to be a very popular pairing? In the two pages of fic listings I went through (sorted by number of kudos, because I don’t want to be turned off the whole idea before I get my teeth into some zombie goodness) about 95% of the fics were Daryl/Rick. The top-rated completed fic was actually Daryl/Beth, but I’m puzzled about the lack of Daryl/Carol, which I love. It seems as though if I want some Andrea/Michonne I will have to go find some somewhere else.

 

Also if anyone is reading this and wants to rec me a good zombie or otherwise apocalyptic series/novel/movie, please do!

Review: Seveneves

Posted: December 11, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Seveneves
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remember how I said in an earlier review that sometimes, you find a book that is just so awesome that you want to shove it in the face of everyone you have ever met and make them read it?

Well. I’ve found another one.

One of the best apocalyptic stories I’ve ever read, with the kind of nebulously hopeful ending I like.

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Review: The Stand

Posted: December 11, 2015 in Random Thoughts

The Stand
The Stand by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As good as advertised. Very bulky, I don’t think I’ll be rereading it, but still a great ride.

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