Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Best Zombie Series Around

Zombie Fallout 2: A Plague Upon Your Family by Mark Tufo

Move over Max Brooks their is a new Zombie King in town. Mark Tufo has continued were he left off and he does not give the reader much time to buckle up before for the ride starts. Our hero Michael Talbot and his unique Talbotism's are back, and as before had me rolling on the floor and gasping for breath because I was laughing so hard. Once again I must give a warning not to read this book on public transport because your raucous laughter will result on dirty from fellow passengers.

Well that is enough of my Talbot worshipping. What about the story I hear you ask, the plot, the subtle and underlying social message contained within the pages. Firstly if you are looking for the second part of that last sentence then you are going to be looking for a long time. What Mark Tufo delivers is a fast paced story in which action, gore and fantastic one liners abound. There is even a tad of the supernatural thrown in...oh and plenty of zombies. You have got your run of the mill zombies, little kiddy zombies, smart zombies and speedy zombies. You have also have one mightily annoyed supernatural female that is hell bent on wiping Talbot and his companions off the map. Talbot and his companion are hunted were ever they go always running from their zombie groupies.

Yet Another 5 Star Read

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Druga Hits The Mark Again

Silent Victor by Jacqueline Druga

This is the second book by this author I have read, and like the first book I was not disappointed. Jacqueline Druga is a master when it comes to nasty viruses bringing humanity to the edge of extinction. Silent Victor sees a killer virus released that nearly wipes out mankind in a matter of a week. The plot is well thought out and executed and I for one enjoyed the journey it took me on. The virus component of this book is well thought out and it is evident the author has done her homework. The characters and their relationships with each other were engaging and believable.

I love books like this as they scare the crap out of me more than any horror book. The chilling fact is that at any time a mutated virus could wreak havoc upon the human population, it has happened before and it is bound to happen again .I for one will be back for the next instalment of this series. This author is certainly becoming one of my favourites.

3.5 Stars

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Fan Boy Alert!

I am issuing my first Fan Boy Alert. It is important to note that this following review may be tainted by the fact I believe that Hugh Howey is one of the best authors around at the moment.

Shift by Hugh Howey
Very rarely does a sequel out shine the original but Shift achieves this and kicks it up a gear. Shift answers all the questions left from reading Wool and the answers make for a fantastic story. Hugh Howey lets us in on the why and the how humanity finds itself living underground, and why each silo believes they are the only ones. As the plot unravels it is teased out in such a way that you don't want to put down the book. Big brother is watching and the truth is as shocking as the lies he tells.

5 BIG Stars

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

What You Can't See Can Kill You

Killer Germs by Barry E. Zimmerman & David J Zimmerman

This book is a wonderful and at times outright scary look at all those nasty germs and organisms that can kill us. The author has set the chapters out in a logical and easy to read manner. Having a very poor understanding on this subject matter I found the information easy to take in. A great mix of history, scientific facts and scenarios made this book a joy to read. The book is starting to show it's age a bit, but I found it fascinating to chase up some of the information that was pending when the book was written myself. This is kind of book that I know I will bore the hell out of my friends with the new knowledge it has gave me. The world of disease now lays open to me and I plan to read much more about it.

4 .5 Stars

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Just Missed The Mark

The Tiger by John Valiant

Whilst I enjoyed this book and the tale contained within its pages I could only bring myself to give it three stars. The story has all the makings of a spellbinding read. A psychotic tiger terrorising locals in Siberia and the hunt to find it, sounds awesome does it not?

The mechanics of the book is what detracted from the enjoyment of this read. It jumped around too much for me from chapter to chapter at times I forgot what the main narrative was. Why the information given was interesting I feel that there was too much "other" information given. It may boil down to the fact I am a male and the author asked me to multi-task with the narrative I will leave it for you to decide.

3 Stars

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Suprising & Refreshing Read

A Sealed Fate by Lisa Gordon
I went into this book with some reservations as it is not my normal style. But I am glad I picked it up and read it. This book is not a fast paced one but I found myself drawn into the story as it meanders its way through the pages. The characters were well developed and very easy to believe. This book for me delivered on numerous levels. There was the thriller aspect of the mysterious packages and the news clippings of seemingly accidental death being shoved under our main characters door. Then there was the relationship angle of the book that helped drive the story along. As for the ending all I can say is it was a well formulated and executed shift in the narrative of the book. To sum it up I was glad I took a chance with this book as I was well rewarded by a refreshing and entertaining read.
3.5 Stars

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

One Fantastic Read

Stiff by Mary Roach

This book was a fascinating and educational look at the history of human cadavers and how the livings have used them. This book is one of those rare reads and is the reason I love reading. It gives me a great insight on a subject matter where I had none before, and leaves me with a thirst to find out more. The author takes the rather macabre and serious subject of our mortal remains and looks at how they have been used to better society and save lives. I found Mary Roach strikes a nice balance of respect and humour in dealing with this socially taboo subject. From organ donations to human composting this book covers a wide subject matter and left me with a new outlook and thoughts and how best my corpse might help others.

5 Stars

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Whats Playing On My MP3 Player

It's been a while since I put up any music. So here is what's getting high rotation on my MP3 player.

I hope you enjoyed at least a couple of these tasty jams.

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Next Book In The Series Better Deliver!

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

I found it very difficult to get into this book. The start for me was way too busy trying to introduce a truck load of characters and plot. By the half way mark this book starts to hit its stride and I found my early misgivings starting to wane. By the end of the book I was ready to give the next book in the series a go. I am hoping that as a whole this series deliver more than its first instalment. The plot has so much potential, crazy super Nazi's with inhumane powers versus British warlocks, should see the action jumping of the pages. I am hoping this book is the jumping point in would could be a cracker of a series. For me the next instalment better deliver or I am gone regardless of what George R.R Martin thinks about the author.

2.5 Stars

Lest We Forget

Before reading  to this thread I must point out that I get very passionate during my review of this book.

Sandakan by Paul Ham


Paul Ham delivers yet again with Sandakan and shows why he is one of Australia's best military historians. Sandakan tells the story of Australian and British soldiers taken prisoners by the Japanese in Borneo and the horrors they faced as POW's. Paul Ham as usual serves up a well-balanced book covering all aspects of the Sandakan POW camp and the prisoners final death march. Out of 2700 POW's only 6 were to survive the horror that was Sandakan.

This book gives a human face to the prisoners and those who imprisoned them. It shows the sadistic and brutal psyche of the Japanese Imperial army but tempers this with the kindness shown by some of the guards. I was truly humbled by the fortitude and braveness shown by the POW's despite the brutality and deprivation that was bought upon them. The true spirit of mateship shines through in the stories told on these pages. Each one of those who died should be remembered and to serve as a reminder never to let humanity sink to these depths again. Also highlighted in this book was the risk and sacrifices made by the locals to help the POW's were possible and to give them a sense of hope.

Books such as this in my opinion are very important. Yes they are hard to read and make us face the evil humans are capable of. But they also show some of the best aspects of humanity that of, hope, compassion, self-sacrifice and one of forgiveness. Why we should never condone the evil shown in books like this. But we need to forgive so we can learn and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the right reason and not as a reason to hate.

4.5 Stars