- File Size: 792 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005RMHU40
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Apocalypse Blog Book 1: End of the Old Kindle Edition
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that the "blog style" writing is readable, although the author
actually kind of slips into "regular" style writing here and there
with "dialogue" written into the "blog". (that she is writing on her
laptop computer) So that helps.
This is a semi-typical post-apocalyptic Survivalist Fiction story.
(immediately after the "apocalypse", so survivalist rather than later-dystopian)
We haven't discovered what actually happened yet, and there does
seem to be some sort of something "extra" involved that is alluded to
throughout. There was some sort of a large explosion in the atmosphere
and there is a daily acid rain that falls and will melt people, so there
seems to be something odd going on. And most of the people seem
to have disappeared quickly and no one knows what happened to them.
So I'm expecting to discover something "weird" in the next book or two.
Although the story is more or less believable, it does require a bit of
suspension of disbelief a la the weird acid rain and what it does and
doesn't affect. But I can just let that go and enjoy the read otherwise.
She is a pretty good writer and the story is pretty good and interesting.
The only semi-irritating thing was not knowing the geographical location
in which the story takes place. (unless I missed that) My guess is that
it is Australia, since the time frame is December/Christmas, and it is warm,
plus the "British English" spellings, like 'tyre' for 'tire', use of 'mum', and
some others. Maybe Australians don't talk as "British" as Britains,
because it seemed a little "light" in that respect. I also didn't notice any
strong "Australian verbiage". So I'm not sure what's going on there.
There were about a dozen or so editing issues, which always seem worse
in a well-written book. Hopefully she will correct those.
For some reason they didn't bother me as much as they usually do.
Although the book fails the "more than a few" editing issues rule I usually use,
they weren't so common or egregious that it hurt the reading experience
all that much. Just minor irritations here and there. (unfortunate)
I'm going to purchase the next book. (hopefully less editing issues in it)
I would give this book at least a solid four stars.
What elevates this trilogy above the thousands of other post-apocalyptic stories out there however is the author's gift for finding unique ways of describing things. Melanie Edmonds is an amazing new voice. The gift of a truly great pop songwriter (Lennon/McCartney, Difford/Tilbrook etc) is in the ability to find a unique way to express something every person has felt and can immediately relate to. It isn't as easy as it sounds. Try coming up with a better expression for how breakup songs affect us when a relationship goes bad than Squeeze's classic, "And in the bar the piano man pounds another nail in my heart." Well, every few pages in the Apocalypse Blog books, Melanie finds some way to describe a situation - a metaphor or simile - that I've never heard before. Discovering each one as I was reading along was like tasting a new food for the first time, but in all the good ways.
Once I started, I couldn't put the series down. I literally read the entire batch over the course of a 3-day weekend. Now I'm going back to read them again, only this time I'm going much slower so I can savor the flow of the narrative all the more. I can't recall the last time I tore through a set of books and immediately started over again at the beginning.
Awesome stuff. Simply awesome. I probably won't write reviews for the last two books in the series. If you aren't hooked by the end of book 1 the others won't hold much for you. Personally, I found that each book was better and more exciting than the last. I got caught up in each of the lives of the "Seekers" and when one became injured or endangered I found myself putting off household chores to read on and find out the result of the character's fate.
I'm disabled and a voracious reader. It keeps my mind busy when I'm stuck in the house for long periods in my wheelchair and it beats staring at the idiot box with 200 channels of nothing happening. This Trilogy and Hugh Howey's "Wool" books are the best independent reads I've found to date and I generally read 2-3 books in a given week. That should tell you something about just how well written these books are.
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