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Autumn (Autumn series) Paperback – October 26, 2010

3.5 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Autumn Series

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Originally self-published and offered as a free download, Moody’s sluggish apocalyptic survival story follows three characters as they deal with the aftereffects of a virus that kills most of the population, then turns them into zombies. When the dead first rise, they are harmless and unresponsive, but eventually they regain their most basic senses and turn violent. Most survivors, having become accustomed to the undead being rather benign, are unprepared for this change and perish quickly (though regrettably off-page), but Michael, Carl, and Emma, barricaded in an isolated farmhouse, remain secure—for a little while. While the staged progression of the virus makes for an interesting premise, the execution is lacking, with excruciatingly slow pacing, repetitive dialogue, and characters as dull and aimless as the dead. While the story picks up around the 200-page mark, concluding with an exciting escape scene that leaves two of the characters’ fates undecided, zombie fans may want to give this first in the Autumn series a pass and read Moody’s superior Hater (2009) instead. --Krista Hutley


“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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Product Details

  • Series: Autumn series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312569983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312569983
  • ASIN: 031256998X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin D. Holloman on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Just finished reading David Moody's first novel of the Autumn series. I cannot say I was either blown away or disappointed. Fans of Romero style zombie tales will be surprised by the overall behavior of Moody's undead. For the vast majority of the novel the zombies wander the land aimlessly, oblivious of the living. Be warned: This novel is SLOW, but does pick up the pace the last 75 pages. I have just started Autumn: The City and I am expecting much more from the Author. Overall, I would say Autumn is worth reading if you are planning to read the entire Autumn series. If not, pick up Brian Keene's "The Rising" and skip this novel entirely.
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On one mundane autumn morning, what appears to be a virus spreads rapidly throughout Northwich. Within minutes, the vast majority of the population is killed and lies strewn all over the streets of the city and roads of the outlying country. Emma, a medical student, Michael, a manager at a computer company, and Carl, a maintenance worker, are among a small handful of survivors. Within a small and somewhat shoddy community center, the survivors sit and wait for aid.

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.
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Autumn isn't a zombie novel. That's something you'll have to figure out pretty quickly. Sure, there are corpses that get up, wander around, and bump into things, but that's really about all they do for over half the book. Instead, the focus is on a group of three completely unlikable (and frankly, hard to keep track of because they all talk exactly the same way) "survivors" whose names I won't even bother mentioning.

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.
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By xfryx on February 19, 2012
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I really wanted to get behind this book. I've read other zombie novels and I've loved them.

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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