Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chuckles Mini Reviews Catch Up


I review everything I read, on my blog and on Goodreads. Most reviews are of a decent length but sometimes you don't have much to say about the book because of its length or you DNFed it or various other reasons. In cases like that it makes sense to write a few mini reviews in one post and clear them out your way! So lets catch up with these reviews from last year.

ZJC & GTC-The Undead Plague 
A ruthless billionaire encourages a NASA official to steal rocks from a Mars trip, and the contaminated rocks start a biological outbreak that turns people into zombies. As the infection spreads the politicians and authorities struggle to control and contain the situation. 

The initial outbreak story where we meet and follow Roland was quite well written. It focuses on the zombie plague spreading and military recon in the area, and the plot was decent. The character of Roland is a decent guy in a dead end job so he is someone that you can relate to and root for. However the second half of the book is mostly focused on political in-fighting and plotting as the President wonders about using martial law. Every government official was an asshat that I hated and as much as I enjoy politics, all the posturing and plotting just started to bore me when I really wanted more zombies. The book had potential in that I liked how the author wrote the first part but I won't be reading on with the series.
Read December 2016. 
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Scott M Baker-Rotter World
The vampires released a virus that has nearly taken out mankind and started a zombie holocaust and now the surviving vampires are working with humans to find a cure and survive. The scientist responsible for creating the virus may have a cure which means a dangerous road trip to retrieve it from a lab.

I loved the idea of vampires and humans fighting zombies together but the book did not deliver for me. There is a ton of tell as we delve into the history of every MC, which I felt was too much, when I was more interested in their teamwork. What teamwork? Everyone hates everyone. The humans hate the vampires and don't trust them and some want to kill their allies while they sleep. The vampires hate the humans and want to eat them.The vampires hate each other because some are sleeping with humans. The humans hate each other...gah it just gets too much. Everyone is fighting and bitching, the sexism and bigotry is frustrating and the decent story is just getting lost in all the bullcrap! I got so sick of it and the dreadful characters that I DNFed it. I won't be reading on with this series.
Read December 2016.  
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Rich Hawkins-The Last Plague 
Four friends gather for a stag party at a remote cottage and being cut off for the weekend, they are unaware that something apocalyptic has happened until they leave. Everywhere is abandoned but danger is in the air as the men try to find out what is going on.

My issue with this book is that it was slow to get going. It spends an awful amount of time dealing with what they do that weekend-drink, eat junk food, swear and hire strippers. They talk endlessly about their problems and concerns and the controlling partner that one was has. It just goes on and on. By the time we got on the road with these guys I was fed up with their foul mouths and nothing happening. They finally stop at a town that appears deserted and we get page after page of hanging around there waiting for something to happen. I decided to DNF after 50 pages of nothing.
Read December 2016.  
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Joshua Guess-With Spring Comes The Fall
When the world falls apart and the true nature of mankind is revealed, a small group of survivors in Kentucky make a go of holding their ground and building again. Through hordes of undead and bands of ruthless marauders, they come together with a common purpose.
I didn't enjoy the blog post format of this book as it was all tell and no show. We are told about every event in a clinical and detached manner after it has happened. We don't get to know the characters as we aren't with them during their experiences, and because we aren't with them as they face zombies and things, I feel no emotion about them. In a zombie book, I want to be with the characters as they tackle zombies or whatever, feeling the fear and tension, seeing a gorefest erupting or a scary near miss. But with this format it is just bland and dull and lacks any feeling. Disappointing.
Read December 2016.  
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14 comments:

  1. Life is too short to waste on bad books - sometimes you just have to DNF and move onto something you enjoy. Fair critiques of all.

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    1. Totally agree Bob! I'm glad I find it easy to take the DNF decision when I need to. It saves a lot of time and stress!

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  2. 50 pages of nothing. This is the story of my reading life of late. I need to be strong like you and DNF.

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    1. I've always found it easy to DNF so I guess I kind of take it for granted! It must be difficult to do if you aren't used to doing it. We're a strange bunch aren't we!

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  3. Sorry to heart that you've read a couple "duds" lately. Hope your next one is much better!

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    1. I haven't read a dud book this month-they've all been 5 star reads.

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  4. Rotter World sounds like such a great premise that it's really sad it didn't work out. I'm glad you were able to DNF some and not get weighted down by them.

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    1. I'm glad too! I'll be catching up with a lot more of these reviews from last year in this mini format I think!

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  5. I just can't not finish a book. It haunts me. LOL I have set some aside and eventually waded through them later though.

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    1. *smiles* I have too many books to get through to waste time on stuff I don't enjoy...but I understand why some readers don't DNF. We're a complex breed us readers, with our habits and stuff!

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  6. A couple of these sound like they might have had potential if they weren't so tell not show. Too bad. I like the sound of contaminated rocks starting an outbreak- that's a fun idea. Too bad they didn't stick with the first part of the book.

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    1. It's the fun of reading isn't it! You just never know what you're going to get. Zombies and apocalypses can be pretty hit and mix in the Indie/self published world but I devour them anyway!

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  7. Sorry these didn't really work for you. At least, you gave them a good try. Hope your next read is great!

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    1. February has been an excellent month for reading-almost all five star reads.

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