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The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312547749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury:

“An entertaining read.” —ComicBookMovie.com

“The novel fleshes out . . . backstories and connects them, giving depth to people who remained largely mysteries in the comic books. For comic book readers, the novel is full of easter eggs and surprise connections, making it not only entertaining, but necessarily for filling in the gaps left by the comic books . . . ‘The Road to Woodbury’ is an essential read for any fan of ‘The Walking Dead’.” —Examiner.com

Praise for The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor:

"Zombie-apocalypse stories are perfect for miserable winter weather regardless, but for those obsessed with The Walking Dead (such as yours truly), this is essential reading. This is the epitome of a page-turner, and makes subway rides just breeze by. And, that end –woof."
—REFINERY29

“An excellent companion to the The Walking Dead comic books. The story is enriched by the novel format, and the characterization of the series' most hated villain is something no fan will want to miss.”
Examiner.com

“This book stands alone and is a compelling read for fans of the series or just fans of zombies. Watch out though, because once you get a taste of the particular Kirkman brand of zombie mayhem, catching up on past issues is just around the corner.”
The Ossuary

“The story makes a great novel. You'll get sucked in and can easily visualize everything that is happening. It's simply a great read.”
Comicvine.com

“It takes great advantage of the literary medium in a way that most tie-in books would not.”
TVOverMind.com

“Not for the faint of heart, this book runs on pressure-cooker suspense, graphically described bloodshed, and dark acts of brutality...This riveting character study adds a new dimension to the oeuvre by fleshing out established characters and plot lines.”
School Library Journal

About the Author

ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.

JAY BONANSINGA is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.


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Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. He maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman's belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics, and continues to revive the industry with refreshing new characters. AMC is adapting his bestselling series, The Walking Dead, into a TV series (set to debut in October 2010), and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad's "Comics" app.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SteveBassist121 on July 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're expecting the same thrill ride that you get with other zombie novels, you're going to be disappointed with this one. However, it is better than the first book in this series (The Rise of the Governor) and now that it's in paperback I think it's worth reading.

I realize some people are going to stop here, so here's a 5-star zombie novel that I found recommended in a WD Vol 18 review - Cryonic: A Zombie Novel.

If you do read Road to Woodbury, don't expect to be impressed by the writing. What you will enjoy is learning more of The Governor's backstory, as well as who helped him reach his exalted status. Though, to be honest, the book is more about life in Woodbury than it is The Road to Woodbury.

There are some emotional moments when characters are lost and that gives the book some merit. In addition to The Governor, the novel closely follows Lilly Caul as she struggles to survive the fall of Atlanta. I really enjoyed her moves from one encampment to the next, as my favorite part of zombie stories is surviving "the fall of man."

As you might expect, she ends up in Woodbury and I don't want to give anymore away, but let's just say not everyone will comply with The Governor's desires without question and possibly even rebellion.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Gildersleeve on December 23, 2012
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My review is directed toward Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Bonansinga, in the hopes that they might find it as useful constructive criticism when they set out to write their next novel. This is a great story with lots of potential, but the writing style is awkward and overly verbose. The authors indulge in cliché metaphors and have a habit of substituting perfectly good descriptive words for replacements dug up from the depths of their thesaurus. I needed a dictionary on hand in order to read this book, which is a rare occurrence for me. It seems that the authors took every opportunity to replace a perfectly normal word with some completely obscure term, to little effect. In many cases, these substitutions resulted in descriptions that were factually inaccurate. One example is the use of the term "Doppler echo" to describe a sound heard by the passengers inside a vehicle. The Doppler effect is only perceived by stationary listeners hearing a moving sound source (or vice versa), NOT those moving along with the sound source... and there is no echo associated with this phenomenon at all. This is a nitpick, I admit, but it just goes to show that the authors (or perhaps the editors) went out of their way to use "grown up words" when they obviously had no idea what they were talking about. The result is that the book feels sloppy and unprofessional. Listen, guys... Just write the story, OK? I am already hooked by the awesome character dramas you have unfolding in this bleak apocalyptic world. I love the comic. I love the show. Just tell me a story. You gain nothing by shoehorning in some obscure vocabulary just for the sake of looking smart. Stop being unnecessarily verbose and focus that energy instead on telling a compelling narrative.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Scott Sprague on January 6, 2013
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I'm a big fan of the television series. I haven't started reading the comics yet, but based on what I know about them, it seems to me that this book was written in haste to capitalize on the popularity of the francise. The character development was decrepit, and the story arc was slapdash. I would have expected a more layered narrative, and more involved internal dialogue illuminating the motivations of the characters. The governer was especially a disappointment. Having read The Rise of the Governor (It had its moments, but was also disappointing), I found his sudden shift from traumatized victim to over-bearing sociopath to be beyond ridiculous. Unless I'm missing another book that explores his transformation during his consolidation of Woodbury, I don't believe this series is a worthy addition to The Walking Dead mythology.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By The Walking Oz on October 18, 2012
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I initially read "The Rise of the Governor" and was hooked from the first page. "Road to Woodbury", not so much. While a good read, I feel it's missing the same punch that the first book had.

Lilly Caul isn't really a likable character to me. Plus, her backstory is muddled up. There's the Lilly Caul from the comics, and there's the Lilly Caul from the Walkinh Dead video game, released by Telltale Games. Her backstory is completely different in both storylines, even so far as the name of her father and her career prior to the apocalypse.

All in all, it's a good read. I just wish it had the same staying power that the first book did. Unfortunately, I don't think it does.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Irken Elite on December 14, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Rise of the Gov. I picked this up expecting more the same. For whatever reason I found the offering here hollow and uninspired. Where as Rise of the Gov. had me hanging on the edge of my seat I found myself struggling to care or sympathize with many of the characters in this one. Being a devoted fan of the comic series, show, game, and even previous books I've come to expect better from Kirkman and unless his next book can get back to what drew me to the series to begin with I may have to stop reading these and stick to just the comics and show.
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