Saturday, 31 October 2015

Nothing Slow About It

Yes it is another Zombie book review from me. What can I say, but yes I am a tad obsessive when it comes to this genre. Slow Burn delivers another tale of the end of times but puts in a nice twist to a boot.

There is nothing slow about the pace of this book and it does not take long for the reader to integrate themselves into the story. Everything you expect from a good Zombie tale is on display in Slow Burn. Each page bring more death and gore to the party while maintaining a intriguing plot.

Bobby Adair can hold his head high as he has delivered a book that stands out form the crowd in a good way. As I closed the final page on this book I knew I would be returning for more.

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Always Running

Always Running gives the reader a look into the life of a Chicano gang. The author is a former gang member and takes the reader into this underworld of poverty, racism, crime and drugs.

This book was very hit and miss for me. There were times when I was completely enthralled and others where I was wondering what the hell was going on. The book jumped about to much for my liking and I found it hard to get into my reading grove. While the message behind the story is important it was hard to see through the poor mechanics and structure of the book. 
2.5 Stars

Saturday, 17 October 2015

A Entertaining Zombie Romp

Aftershock delivers and interesting and entreating journey through a World infested with Zombies. The author uses a nice twist to links all the survivor tales together.

My issue with this book that stopped it getting 5 stars is that I think there is to many individual survivor tales. I found it hard at time to keep up with who was who in the Zoo. This quibble aside though this is a very entertaining and well put together story. 

As an audiobook this was a very good production with Daniel Rose delivering a great narrative. It is good to see Indie Authors beginning to encroach into the Audio market.
3.5 Headphones

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Alive In A Dead World

I would like to point out form the outset that I am reviewing this book compared to the others in the series. Why this book is a highly enjoyable romp through the Talbert Universe it seemed to lack that extra oomph found in the Zombie Fallout series.

All the elements are there from the great sarcastic humour to the nail bitting action. But to me it seemed a little to well practiced and expected and this removed from the overall enjoyment of the read.

Mark Tufo is still the god of the Zombie Genre in my opinion this is a great read, just not as great as his previous offerings. I may also be a little harsh in my rating for this book but as a Tasmanian he looses a star. It is a Tasmanian Tiger Mr Tufo not a Tasmanian Wolf.

3 Stars

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Fifth Wave

The Fifth Wave delivers a well written and intelligent tale of the end of the World. I continue to be amazed at the fresh and entertaining books coming out in this well trodden Genre of late.
I have to admit I had mixed feeling when I started reading this book as I though I had stumbled across a booked aimed at the Teen and Tween market. Thoughts of this was quickly pushed aside as the author delivered a well thought out and intelligent narrative. Sure the main characters of the book are teenagers but their is nothing PG about this book.
What I really like about this book was the "wave" concept that is used to spell the end of humanity. This concept was fresh and frightengly did not take to much stretching of the imagination to believe. Looks like the is another series I am going to have to read to the end.
As an Audiobook this was a great production using the two Narrators to great effect. The two Narrator concept sometime feels me with dread as it has the potential to send the back out of balance and impacts on the overall enjoyment.
3.5 Headphones

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire is a compelling, frightening and brave memoir that takes you into the author's journey into madness. It is a look at the havoc that can be wrought by the rare disorder called Anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis.

I had to keep reminding myself during this read that these events actually happened to someone. This is frightening as we follow Susannah's extremely quick transition from a normal life to complete loss of her mental health.

The author has gone to great length to ensure the validity of this book as she can't trust her own memories. I can only imagine how hard it would have been to revisit her illness through videos and other peoples recollections of these times.

Most people after living through such an experience what gladly put in behind them and who would blame them. With this is mind I would like to thank and commend the author for allowing us this very personal and fascinating look into this rare disorder. 

4 Stars