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Blood Soaked and Contagious by [Crawford, James]
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  • File Size: 2772 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NF3SGK
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The sad fact is, when you use certain words, you create expectations. The word "Zombies" for example, sets the reader up with an particular image. This image normally helps a story get moving -- say "zombie" and the reader will generally understand what you're trying to convey without having to spend a lot of time on exposition. The downside, of course, is that if you use the word with no intention of following the cultural norms and definitions, then you need not only take story time to explain what you're talking about -- you FIRST have to help your reader "unlearn" what they already know about it.

This is the case with "Blood Soaked and Contagious," for sure -- but I bring it up more as a note to the reader: do NOT go into this book with any preconcieved notions about what you "should" be reading, or you'll miss a pretty darn good story. Had I been the author, I would perhaps have centered the story around vampires instead, or even just used a term with far less cultural baggage, like "Ghouls." But for all that, simply accepting the term used by Crawford, and forgetting the Romero canon for the duration fo the story isn't all that difficult. And it IS well worth doing.

Crawford has created a fast-paced, exciting, and hilarious piece of horror-laced science fiction, with all the blood, guts, romance, ninjas, and commandos you can stand.

Overall, I really enjoyed Crawford's humorous and inventive take on the genre. The story follows Frank, a "professional" zombie hunter in an apocalyptic world being slowly dominated by the undead. But unlike the zombies of old, these creatures have intelligence, speed, and claws - making them even more formidable than their shambling literary cousins.
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WOW! I don't usually like Zombie books but this book is GREAT!

An imaginative new "take" on Zombies and how to kill them. Engaging, heroic and likeable characters that I cheered for and the writing style is very like Robert A. Heinlein (my all-time favorite author since I was ten years old!)in the way the male and female characters respect and interact with each other! I LOVE that!

The action never stops and I found myself holding my breath a lot!

The repartee between the characters and the quirky chatter in the hero's mind is very entertaining and kept me laughing through the bloody, gory parts!

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

However.....CLIFF HANGER Ending! Must. Have. More.........!

Yep, I'll be buying the sequel as soon as it's available!
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I'm quite puzzled by all the raving reviews of the book. I am currently about 40% through it on my kindle and I'm trying to decide if I should finish the book or not. The story started off very promising and it pulled me in from the start but as I went further I just kept loosing interest in it. Frank, the main character was not very convincing to me. I could not find anything nice to say about him. I simply did not find him likeable and did not care if he becomes a zombie or not. I thought he was actually quite annoying, arrogant and juvenile at the same time. Seriously who names their intimate parts and refers to them in third person througout the whole book? To be honest i though Frank cared m,ore about getting laid than saving the planet including himself from zombies. The dialogues were not very strong either. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often and just wanted to skip through them.
I'm giving the book two stars for the potential. I wish the author developed a stronger character.
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Awesome! Talking, somewhat rational zombies - wow. This takes the undead to a whole new level. The characters are really engaging. I'm in love with this rag-tag community of survivors that James has created and I'm praying for a sequel sometime soon. That said, you can assume that I really enjoyed this book. It is fun, well-written and pulls you in from the start. The bonus was that I found it as a free Kindle download. I'm waiting for more and based on how great this book was - I will definitely pay for any future work from Mr. Crawford. If you love zombies you'll love this book. James brings forth humanity in an insane situation perfectly. Also - funny as hell! I was getting looks on the bus because I was laughing so hard. Read and enjoy - you won't be disappointed.
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Contains minor spoilers
This book begins with some zombie slaying. Then Frank, our hero, walks into a bar and tells a complete stranger a vile story implying incest between the stranger and his sister. Apparently this lets Frank blow off some steam. Turns out he’s a martial arts expert, but lonely and sex starved. No fear, the beautiful and buxom Charlie appears and she’s a martial arts expert too. They sleep chastely together and both become superheroes via nanogrubs. Don’t worry the chastity and Frank’s starvation don’t last long.
Some totally predictable fighting occurs between the intelligent zombies and Frank’s village. I struggled to about 60% and then skipped to the end to see if things got any more interesting. Another absolutely vile and unnecessary story appears, this time involving our hero’s mother. Not sure if Mr. Crawford is going for comedy, shock value or titillation, but he misses on all counts. (Frank talks to his penis and balls a lot and these are actually some of the funnier passages.)
That was it for me. If you’re looking for a mega-violent comic book this just might be what you’re looking for. With 40 four and five star reviews, I’m obviously in the minority. That’s good—don’t feel like such a troll leaving a negative review. I’m just glad I got it free.
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