Posts Tagged ‘apocalyptic fiction’

I admit it. I have a problem. I am seriously addicted to zombie and post apocalyptic fiction. Books, video, graphic novel, you name it. At times I have found myself daydreaming several times during the day about the ways I would survive if (when…!) the zombies rise or the world as we know it comes to an end. That’s when I know I have to cut myself off and move onto something less mind freaking. (Such as  ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘True blood’ or the ‘Vampire diaries’)…..However, I have recently read two Zombie fiction and thought I might deviate from what my ‘What’s it all about’ blog description says this blog is all about and do some reviews. Mainly because, being on school holidays, I actually have the energy and brain space to read something other than work stuff and I want to share it.

The first one I want to talk about was ‘Warm Bodies’. I was inspired to buy the e-book after coming across the trailer for the film version that comes out sometime this year. (In the US at least – heaven knows when we might see it)

Looks like fun huh? The book isn’t quite so ‘fun’ but it had its moments. It was one of ‘those’ books that had the potential to be totally awesome but never quite got there…the idea behind it was interesting – the un-dead teenager falls for the ex girlfriend of the guy whose brain he just consumed (except for the little spare bits he keeps in his pocket for when he gets the munchies). Some zombie stories are all about the gore and action; some are about the whole world gone bad and what happens to humanity. Then there are ones like this that raise the question of what makes us who we are, where is our soul, what happens to it blah blah blah. Whilst all that side of the story was actually a bit too vague and distracted from what could have been much much better I still give it 3 paws out of 5 for originality. It will be interesting to see what Hollywood does to it!

The second one is another one Hollywood has got its hands on and even in the trailer I can see they have made major changes to the zombies themselves – they were never that ‘souped up’ in the novel!

Now I think the film version looks pretty darn good but the e-book itself was seriously compelling. It is presented as a series of interviews with survivors of World War Z, told after the main event is (mostly) over. Even though there are no characters as such (certainly no Brad Pitt hero type) to get involved with the stories each person have to tell build and build until we have a clear picture of how the world responded to the crisis, both before during and after. A few ‘famous’ names are also hinted at throughout the novel, but never directly mentioned, which was fun. What I found very enthralling was the knowledge the author showed of the political and cultural nature of each nation and how he worked this into that nations tale of survival. I would give this one 5 paws out of 5 – WOOF!

‘Warm Bodies’ by Isaac Marion and ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks (interesting fact – he is the son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks –  some creative DNA there) are both available on Kindle and no doubt in other formats as well.

Whilst writing this post I have contemplated whether my garden fence would be high enough to keep out a determined zombie (0ne of the slow ones obviously); whether I could bring myself to eat my dogs if I was starving (never, rather eat my neighbour – he’d also be easier to catch ..) and which of the houses/buildings in town I would move into if I was the last one standing (like in The Omega Man) so it probably IS time for ‘rehab’ and a break from apocalyptic thinking…..right after I watch the next episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ series 3. And if you are a zombie fan and you have never watched this TV show MAN you better get right on that because it is good enough to hooooowwwwwlllll about. Incredibly gory (have to watch some scenes through my fingers), great action, characters you just love to love or love to hate or a bit of both!