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Autumn (Autumn series) Paperback – October 26, 2010
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“With AUTUMN, David Moody paints a picture of a marvelously bleak dystopian future where the world belongs to the hungry dead. It's the creepy start to a compelling series.” ―Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero and Zombie CSU
“Zombie fans rejoice! One of the original zombie novels is back from the grave to remind us all why the walking dead are so scary, and what it means to have a front-row seat for the end of the world. Autumn is genuinely creepy, an atmospheric study of what happens when the dead come back--and what we have to do just to survive.” ―David Wellington, Author of Monster Island, Monster Nation, 99 Coffins
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A few days later, and still no aid has come. However, a new challenge appears as the dead begin to rise from the surrounding streets. Food supplies diminish, tempers begin to flare, and slowly but surely hope dwindles.
Autumn is not quite like previous zombie novels I've read. Though the plot, at first glance, appears to be a cut-and-paste version of most other zombie books and films, the author approaches this material from a slightly different perspective. David Moody, rather than giving the reader fountains of gore, fighting, and violence, chooses to dissect the human condition. Moody delves into the heart of human emotions in times of crises, and interpersonal relationships when all hope seems lost. This may be a turn-off to those looking for an all-out splatter-fest, but you have to give him credit for trying a different angle in a genre that seemingly had little else to offer. The personalities of the characters are laid out quite well, leaving you caring about what happens to them by the end of the book.
I must admit that, at times, this slant can make for a somewhat slower read, and hence the four stars instead of five.Read more ›
Essentially, the premise is that a virus sweeps the world (I assume), randomly killing...well, just about everyone. The few left (in the unidentified "English" city this story takes place in, about thirty people out of half a million are left unaffected) band together at a community center with flimsy walls (this exposition is set up rather ludicrously early on and there's not even a pay off), the dead start rising, and people start to panic. Unfortunately, it's really hard to figure out why everyone immediately goes into survival mode (people panic at the site of a mob of undead, only to learn they've simply gotten themselves hung up on a parked car), since the zombies, while obviously dead, aren't initially any more deadly than the average pot head or dementia patient. They shuffle around and bump into things, they freeze up whenever anyone touches them, etc. The irrational level of fear people have for them would seem to indicate people have been watching BBC's midnight zombie flick marathon, except no one ever seems to make the zombie connection (Moody apparently subscribes to the theory that zombie fiction is best when the word zombie never appears). While I don't really care what you call the undead (be it skels, Deadites, zombies, Darkseekers, or whatever), I at least a reason for everyone to be afraid of them.Read more ›
I just couldn't.
This was a really quick read. The main characters were bothersome. The one with the most depth became dull as the author reminded us again and again of the character's driving force.
A lot of the prose was beating the dead dog. Anytime someone came up with a proactive idea, there were pages upon pages of argument. The point when I felt the characters should have argued, they didn't, causing plenty of problems and ultimately forcing them from their safe haven.
The initial few chapters, in which everyone died, had me on edge. They were that awesome. The shell shocked survivors that came after that, well, let's just say that their elevators no longer went to the top floor.
The zombies, oh the zombies. There wasn't even really a zombie until a good quarter of the way through the book. Even after the dead started shambling, they only shambled aimlessly, not reaching their full zombie potential until well into the novel. Scenes involving them varied from nail biting to dull.
I'm torn as to if I'm going to attempt to continue the series. I'm hoping that the author learned from his faults and improved, because what was exciting was very much so. It was just padded with a whole lot of unnecessary fluff.
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Terrific book for this genre of books. It left me wanting more and wanting to find out more about what eventually happens with the main characters. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Autumn is a series that follows a small group of strangers living in the city and the surrounding area trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nettie
I love this book, and the series as a whole is in my top 3 of best zombie stories. Feed by Mira Grant, and Day by Day Armageddon by J.L.Bourne finish out the list. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa
Really enjoyed this book! Cannot wait to read the read the rest of the series!!Published 7 months ago by Nicole Dittmer
In a similar fashion to This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, Autumn is a survival story in the midst of a "zombie apocalypse". Read morePublished 9 months ago by BooksUndone
The most boring zombie novel I have ever read. The zombies shamble about doing nothing. The characters are well written but it was hard to really sympathize with them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Blake
A very slow and dull book. The writing is not bad but the characters are pretty flat and nothing much happens. The undead are boring and nonthreatening. Read morePublished 11 months ago by tony pegel
Got this inside of a book with 10 different apocalyptic/zombie novels in it. This was soo boring I skipped almost all chapters trying to get to the good stuff only to find out... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JacQuana