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Alice in Deadland Paperback – January 14, 2012
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Mainak Dhar is a cubicle dweller by day and author by night with eleven books to his credit. Learn more about him and contact him at www.mainakdhar.com.
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When getting further into the book, the story is akin to the Resident Evil movies - female fighting the "Biters" while seeking sanctuary and a cure to this madness. There are a few twists in the story and Alice eventually teams up with the Biters to fulfill her supposedly prophecy as outlined in the heavily coveted "Alice in Wonderland" book. Soon, Alice leads an army into battle like Joan of Arc - in hopes of overthrowing the current ruling society of that part of the planet.
There are flaws in the writing style and typographical errors, but they can easily be overlooked once you are pulled into the story - one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending leaves the reader up in the air as to what happens next...however, I am pleasantly surprised to discover that this is the first book of a trilogy and all are available on Amazon along with a prequel to this story. I'll download them today and continue to read the ongoing saga of "Alice in Deadland".
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I'm actually glad it was not a parody of AinW and more of something feasible if the Rising or AS we're to happen thusly. Coming away sympathetic to zombies is quite a feat. And I liked the whole conspiracy aspect. Though not fully original, vilifying who the author did was fresh for me.
I would give this 3.5 stars if I had a choice. I'm not completely sold on the world build yet but I was not disappointed. Endearing characters abound and the backdrop of the Western part of Asia really made the settings new and different. It's always interesting reading something set in place you are not familiar with.
I will read the next for sure. Don't think my rating of anything lower than a four or five means its a bad book. More like a seven out of ten :)So I will go by the rating system here on Amazon and rate it a four, meaning I liked the book. This is the author's first an I know from the thoughts and reviews from everyone who shares my love for zombies it only gets better.
Faults of the read were some scattered and not quite believable survival skills happening in the middle of the book. That and it floundered for to long of stretch and I found myself having to force my way through a few of the rough patches. It picked up again and got back on a solid writing ground, otherwise I would rate it a solid four (which though I did the book was better than just OK and not quite the amazing read I was expecting, it was good. I liked it. The writing was almost a heavy starch but not heavy enough to keep the few wrinkles out, (if that make sense lol)
Honestly I cannot wait to dig into book two.
There were several small, but annoying typos (he instead of she, then instead of than, etc.) Either something goofed when the book was put into Kindle format, or the editor did a terrible job. The writing style wasn't that good either. I'm sure that Mr. Dhar is a nice guy who has other works that are wonderful, but this one just didn't do it. This was obviously a Hunger Games rip-off. A young girl is reluctantly thrown into the role of savior of a post-apocalyptic civilization, battling the powerful and controlling central government. I could be describing either book. It's just not an original idea. The most irritating thing is how descriptions are beat over your head. We're told at least 3 times in the first chapter that Alice is a wonderful fighter; the best her instructors have ever seen. By the third time I thought to myself: "Yeah, I get it. She's freakin' Rambo. Does she have a personality?"
Don't buy it; even if it's 99 cents.
I found myself becoming bored and restless with the book, skimming page after page with growing irritation, wondering if the problem was with me or with "Alice." I was relieved to look at others' reviews and find, no, it's not just me.
I can't believe this has a sequel. What it needs is an editor.
The saddest part is that since I bought this for my Kindle, I can't even donate it to the Goodwill.