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Very entertaining read with problems along the way...
on July 31, 2012
I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I have never written a review for a book before and wanted to let others know that this is honestly a very good book compared to all the other Kindle $1 zombie drivel you can find. I would like to begin my review, however, with the problems I found and finish on a positive note.
I must begin by stating that I did not find the book to be "hilarious" as many of the other reviewers stated. This in no way is a knock on the book, I just want possible purchasers to understand what they are getting, as those reviews are really what pushed me to get this book, thinking it was an actual black comedy type of read. However, there really is no comedic humor in the book. Throughout some of the dialog you will find a good amount of sarcasm and jokes, and Zora has moments where you see firsthand how she got the nickname "Zombie Zora" which do lighten the mood and can be amusing...BUT to describe the book as "hilarious" is incredibly misleading. It is an action/adventure/horror book, period. There are moments in just about every zombie book or movie that are funny, but I definitely didn't see Dawn of the Dead and say "Man, that was hilarious!"
The author of this book either does not use an editor or needs desperately to get a new one. Words spelled incorrectly or incorrect usage of certain words are found throughout. For example, I can recall three separate times in the book where the author used the word "ridicules" instead of the correct word "ridiculous". Around location 2070 of the Kindle edition: "'This is ridicules and it will stop this instant...'" Again around location 2788: "How ridicules could I be? I rose and stood my ground." And again around location 2867: "It is ridicules to have the same hang-ups I had as when the world was normal."
Here are a handful of other similar word usage errors:
-Around location 2383, author uses "through" instead of "threw": "I kept my back to them as they carried the body to a window and through it out like garbage."
-Around location 3168, author again uses "through" instead of "threw': "I picked up the ones near me and through them as well."
-Around location 2699, author uses "ours" instead of "hours": "After what seemed like ours, Jones came to the door and waved us in."
-And my absolute biggest pet peeve, around location 1681, author uses "their" instead of "they're": "'I don't see any bodies,' added Thompson. 'I guess their zombies.'"
There are quite a few more spelling/usage errors but I think the examples quoted above serve well enough to sufficiently make the point.
There are also a few instances in which the author used the same word two or three times in a single sentence. This is a common mistake made by many writers at all levels, and is usually an easy problem to fix. For example, around location 3212 of the Kindle edition: "I briefly wondered what he was doing and briefly allowed myself to wonder if he was in pain or asleep" might have sounded better, or at least less clumsy, if it had been worded something like this: "I thought about what he might be doing, wondering briefly if he may be in pain or asleep." In addition, the overuse of commas and fragmented sentences are found regularly which often hurt the rhythm and pacing of the reading. So, whenever R.G. Richards is in the market for a new editor, I happily volunteer my services. I would have easily given this book four stars if not for the grammatical errors.
Now, with all that being said, I cannot wait to read the sequel! I am an extremely slow reader (as you may be able to tell from my notes above) and read Zombie Zora in two days, staying up late on consecutive work nights reading and reading to see what happened next. There really is non-stop action the entire journey, with a lot of characters and relationships developing before you know it. As another reviewer stated, the main characters (Zora, Brittany, and Jones) are quite prone to making silly mistakes and bad choices. These instances occur far more often than you would expect from military trained survivors of a two year zombie infestation, but the suspension of disbelief is definitely warranted for the amount of action and opportunity for story that it provides. I really can't say a lot about why I enjoyed it so much because I don't want to spoil any of the plot, but I will say that if you pay the $1 it costs for the Kindle edition of this book you will likely be coming back for the sequel. I believe both "Zombie Zora" and the sequel "Kill happy" are also available as free rentals for Amazon Prime members, and as such I definitely recommend checking it out.