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Hugh Howey's "Wool: The Graphic Novel"
The world outside has grown unkind, and talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who dream, who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. Learn more
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- Are there gross and disgusting bits? YES, VERY MUCH SO. There are some excruciatingly vivid descriptions of zombies eating humans and worse. And although it's possible to skip over the worst passages without "missing something" critical to the rest of the book -- and that book is so worth reading! -- if you're squeamish, be forewarned. Also be aware that there is foul language.
- Is it disturbing? Yes. The gore is not nearly as discomfiting as some of the horrific things that happen. This is mature content.
- Is it depressing? Oh, absolutely. And soul-crushing. And uplifting. Liberating. Inspiring. And potentially life-altering.
- Is it about zombies? Yes, in much the same way that Romeo and Juliet is about Italians. The characters are, indeed, zombies; but that's not what the book is "about".Read more ›
This is the true horror of I, Zombie. It's not the gore, the ripping tendons and tearing flesh. It's not the rotting-yet-walking corpses chasing down the living to feed on their flesh. Yes, all these things are present in I, Zombie, but that's not the horror. The real horror of I, Zombie is that inside each of the living dead is a mind, a person imprisoned more securely than any enemy of any state has ever been. Each zombie is still a person, horrified at what they've become, at the shockingly terrifying things that their autonomous bodies do. They feel each stab of pain from a broken limb that they still walk on, each shard of glass that is driven deeper into their feet with every footstep. They taste the gore that they ingest, bearing witness to the shrieking death of the living as they devour them alive.Read more ›
Secondly, I am a big fan of end of the world fiction, especially zombie stuff. Wool is phenomenal and I would compare the writing in "I, Zombie" with Mira Grant's Newsflesh books in quality (I just finished them).
That said, I've had the book for a week or so now and I can't get past the first few chapters. And it's not Howey's fault. Like I said his writing rocks. And this story is a good one.
It's my fault.
It's just that I enjoy stories with a some hope in them. Sure, zombie stories are by their very nature kind of hopeless. No matter what you do, people get eaten in them. Or bit and turned. No matter how careful the characters are someone you have grown fond of is going to die. But usually there is some small flicker of hope that in the end someone is going to survive. Or that humanity is going to survive.
Not in this book.
In this book, there is no hope because the characters are already lost. They cannot be saved. Even if one of them is put down by that epic shot to the head you, the reader, don't feel any relief because you know there are millions of others like them out there, helpless, hopeless, and full of self-loathing (which is the worst part).
So my recommendation - much like a more professional review of this book I read a while back - is to read it if you don't mind a book with no light at the end of the tunnel. Not even a candle flicker's worth of hope. Cause there ain't none, son.
But if that doesn't matter to you and you want to read a horror story which is imaginative, well written and just kicks you in the gut (much like Stephen King's "Pet Cemetery"), then this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was interesting, but went nowhere. It literally ended after having went NOWHERE!! So disappointing!!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite book by Hugh Howey, which is a little weird because I'm usually not a huge horror fan (though, I do love Stephen King and Richard Mathieson), but then again,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by The Dark Amazon Shopper
I'm bailing on this one not because it's bad but because it's just too dark and bleak for me. This is not a criticism on the author's writing abilities this is a darn good story. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Opeth32
Very different take on the usual zombie hack and slash. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 19 days ago by Jenyf
Not very good. He is usually a better writer than this. Loved his Silo books!Published 21 days ago by Terence Thompson
For those who like zombies this is a terrific read, but be warned- it is gory!Published 21 days ago by Donald McEwing
A new twist on the Zombie phenomenon. A great companion to Max Brooks' "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide"Published 26 days ago by Man On The Chilli
This book is amazing. First-person account (i.e., from the zombies' perspective) of the zombie apocalypse. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anthony moore
Amazing. The premise is bone-chilling, but this is so much more than a horror story (though much of it is horrifying).Published 1 month ago by reviewer 255
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|Did anyone else find this a really moving zombie book?||
I found it almost unbearably hopeless. Which, being a tale of horror, is not surprising. Exceptionally well written but emotionally withering.
May 19, 2013 by Farron Watson | See all 3 posts