Sunday, April 26, 2009
It should come as no surprise to even the most casual of readers that I'm a bit of a fan of the zombie genre. I put much more thought into the zombie menace than your average citizen. Does this make me weird, or just prepared for the unlikely?
In any event, I was thrilled to read this book. I literally picked it up and didn't put it down until I finished it, which was (admittedly) somewhat inconvenient in its timing. It was an absolute page-turner. Perhaps part of the reason is that it's presented as a series of vignettes; each short story (perhaps only a few pages in length) gives you a glimpse into a character's part of the zombie uprising: who they are, where they were, what they saw, how they reacted. It's hard to put down a book when something interesting is going to happen every few pages!
I'm not going to say that it's the best-written book I've ever read, but the writing was quite effective. While some characters seemed a little less-than-realistic and some of the voices seemed a little off, for the most part it was quite enjoyable. More to the point, the imagery the book conjured, through writing and presentation, was precise.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I've spent the last few days wondering what I would do in the face of the zombie hordes; I'm not sure I like my answer (at least when faced with a multi-year war). Still, it was quite thought-provoking. Everyone should read this!