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Battle of the Network Zombies (Amanda Feral, Book 3) Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Clever, fast-paced, and so delightfully trashy that it should have been printed on Hefty bags, Henry's third Amanda Feral novel (after 2009's Road Trip of the Living Dead) smartly skewers popular culture. Brilliant, bitchy undead diva Amanda is desperate for a fledgling reality show to succeed, because being paid to judge it is the only thing that can keep her financially afloat. When someone murders the show's host, a would-be playboy wood nymph, the show's contestants—a snooty Belgian ghoul, a werewolf drag queen, a pair of sirens, a down-home backwoods stripper, and a tentacled manicurist—are all suspects. Amanda's got to solve the case while attempting to rebuild a relationship with her werewolf boyfriend. Henry gleefully delivers a sharp-edged, snarky whodunit with some smart and funny twists. (Mar.)
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The third Amanda Feral adventure, following Road Trip of the Living Dead (2009) finds the fashionista zombie trying to save her flagging advertising company—and her relationship with her sexy werewolf boyfriend, Scott. Amanda reluctantly agrees to meet reality show personality Johnny Birch, who also happens to be a honey-voiced wood nymph, at the strip club owned by her vampire mother Ethel. Johnny tells Amanda he has been receiving death threats, and he wants her to serve as a judge on a reality show where contestants compete to serve as his bodyguard. Realizing the gig could increase her company’s profile and bring in business, Amanda agrees, to the chagrin of her boyfriend Scott, who is tired of Amanda’s inability to commit to him. Despite wanting to fix things with Scott, Amanda goes forward with the reality show—and soon has a murder on her hands. Though sometimes a little too fixated on its own cleverness, Henry’s latest is perfect for those who don’t mind mixing girlishness and gore. --Kristine Huntley
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Amanda Feral books always makes me giggle and snort like kids do when they tell fart jokes. Battle of the Network Zombies was no different, it was funny, sarcastic, and disgusting. If you like crass humor with a side of wit, this series is for you.
Amanda and Wendy make a great crime solving duo even if when they seem to be at odds with one another. Gil once again provides comic relief and I found myself looking forward to his bits the most. He is definitely my favorite character of the series. Scott and Amanda's relationship was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to more of him in the next book (fingers crossed!).
The book started off a bit slow for me, but the plot picked up the pace once wood nymphs started dying and the crazy character parade began. Amanda even shows signs of unexpected personal growth, proving her heart isn't rotted out after all. Battle of the Network Zombies is another snort out loud story of zombies with killer fashion sense by Mark Henry. Fingers and toes crossed that Amanda Feral's story doesn't end here. Oh and the best part? Battle of the Network Zombies is only FREE for your kindle at Amazon right now. Go on, get the rest of the series too, you know you want to.
I never realized what I was missing in paranormal books until I read this series: A main character that doesn't feel bad about eating. I swear, I am sick to death of main characters feeling bad about having to eat humans. If you think about it, it is almost realistic if zombies really existed. Why is it that in other books the only ones that don't have food issues are the bad guys? The heros/heroines almost always have to overcome feeling guilty about needing blood or whatever else they eat. Love it that this one doesn't.
Another thing...of course parts of the book are gross. The main character is a freaking zombie and zombies are dead...hence the rotting and finding ways of dealing with it. I will give a tip to readers: If you don't like cussing you won't like this book. If you want your characters to have empathy you won't like this book. If you think that stuff is hilarious, like I do, then read away because it is FANTASTIC. Good job, author man!
My biggest problem with this book was that the characters all tend to be pretty one-note. If you take away the differences created by their physical descriptions they all have about as much depth as a shot glass. If one character was shallow, self-centered, and witchy, it probably would have worked, but with nearly all of them acting like they just fell out of a high school clique, it just gets boring. Yes, I said high school. I think the author was shooting for crass and sarcastic, but he missed the mark. The characters in this book come off petty and immature instead.
At the begining, it was funny. I like lewd and crude humor just as much as the next person. The problem, again, is that when all I see over and over is crude humor, I get bored and the book ceases to be funny. Also, the humor seemed a little forced, like the author was really trying hard to make it funny. That never works.
One last note: The book is gross. It was not written for people with weak stomachs. I didn't have a problem with the gross-out factor; I'm just mentioning it for those that might. Surprisingly enough, I think the ickiness of Battle of the Network Zombies was one of the few things that gave the book a touch of realism. I mean, the main character is a slowly decaying, reanimated corpse that eats people to survive. That's bound to be messy, and I have to give the author props for not sugar coating everything.
Okay, so that's three things I liked. I wish there were more. I really wanted to like this book. Normally, I love anything with a zombie in it, and I was disapointed that I couldn't enjoy this. I tried to, I really did. My attention span just isn't long enough to let me read about four or five different people that have the exact same repulsive personalities, and seem to speak with the same mouth.
If you want to read this... don't.
If you're going to read it anyway, I'd advise getting it from the library. At least then you won't have to spend MONEY to waste precious time of your life that you will never get back.
To be honest, it may have gotten better, but after reading the first 20%, I just couldn't finish it.
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