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Eden Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Zombies. Guns. Chaos in New York. It's hard to go wrong in a zombie book where the hero is infected right from get go. --Bryce Beattie, StoryHack.com

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Tony Monchinski is a freelance writer living in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. R Weaver VINE VOICE on May 17, 2008
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Every six months or so, I go on a zombie-novel buying binge, and 'Eden' was one of the batch this time around. I generally don't expect too much from the self-published crowd - that may be elitist of me, but let's be honest here - it's hard to find gems among the slop. The only reason I subject myself to let-down after let-down is because I'm a zombie fan.

'Eden', while certainly not the worst novel I've ever read, is by no means the best, either. First of all, there's Monchinski's annoying fabrication of 'Tommy Arlin', the supposed author of the book. Do we really need a nine page preface telling us how cool Tommy Arlin is? Very strange. Then there's an acknowledgements page by Arlin 'himself'. More strangeness. Especially the sentence where he talks about how Hollywood has let us down once again with the most recent version of 'I Am Legend'... a movie that hit the theaters late last year, being talked about in a note by Arlin that's dated 2005. While I agree that the Will Smith IAL was a letdown, come on, let's at least cross-check our dates, shall we? :D

Another thing that really bothered me was the sentence structure used throughout large parts of the book. There's these brief, staccato machine-gun burst sentences that just look... weird. Like there's words missing. An example: "Communal baths erected on the opposite end of the block had hot water. Julie there now, showering." That just sounds odd to me, kind of like Tonto narrating a novel.

But all griping aside, 'Eden' actually turned out to be a fairly decent read. The plot was inventive; the idea of fusing that old flick D.O.A. with the zombie genre is pure genius.
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I have been a fan of the Zombie genre since I saw Dawn of the Dead in a theatre at the age of 10. I have tried to read some novels (mostly by Brian Keene) but none of them seem to catch the true spirit of the genre...until I read Eden. Eden truly captures the horror of an apocalyptic zombie-infested world. The characters are real, the story reads quickly as you are soon drawn into their world, and the plot...I don't want to spoil it...is fantastic and (for once) believable with a Pulp Fiction feel to it as the time frame changes from chapter to chapter with everything neatly tied up in the end. And don't let the title fool you...there's no (at least none that I could find) religious undertones in the book unlike others I have read. I hope that the author is working on more!
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As others have commented, there are many typographical errors throughout the book. At times, it was like listening to a speaker who says "um" every 3rd word--you stop paying attention, and start counting the "ums."

Aside from the simple spelling/grammar issues, a professional editor would encourage a consistent style, pacing, and narrative flow. Portions of the book read as if they came from several different authors--vocabulary, style, sentence length, levels of detail, etc., are inconsistent.

I didn't find the non-linear structure particularly confusing (but can certainly understand the complaint.) The first few lines of flashbacks quickly establish themselves as being out of sequence with the preceding chapter/scene. I saw the flashback structure as perhaps a parallel of the hero's unraveling mental state. However, if that was the intent, it is muddled by flashbacks to events the main character did not witness or know about. Some of the flashbacks are unrelated to the main character, or even to the plot(some of the military/police scenes have little or nothing to do with the storyline.)

The book takes a new perspective of the usual zombie story, but doesn't follow through on its potential. An editor (or a better editor) could do wonders for the book, perhaps even make it viable for commercial, rather than self-publishing.
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I read a lot of zombie fiction. Just take a gander at my reviews over the past couple of years on Amazon and you will see that 95% of them are zombie fiction. No, this is not all that I read, but typically it is what I review ever since I got on my zombie reading kick a couple of years ago. I have enjoyed zombie movies for many years but I have taken it upon myself to try to read as much zombie stuff as there is available via Amazon more recently.
In this genre there are plenty of graphic novels, a small select group of mass market stuff, a wider array of product published by the likes of Permuted Press, which is a strong genre house that has produced some really solid zombie epics...and then there are the self published works.
I have read many of those, even the ones that previous reviewers have given ample warning that I should not even be considering because of their horrible editing, uninteresting storyline and atrocious character development. I enjoy zombies enough that it seems not to matter at the outset; my craving for stories of the undead seemingly unsatiable, although I have to admit that I really regretted forging ahead with some of the really horrible self published garbage out there.
Not here, not with this book. This one is definitely a keeper. I was hesitant at first. Why? Perhaps it is because of the my own confusion surrounding who wrote this book. It seems obvious that Tony Monchinski wrote the book, cops to it twice here on Amazon, but created an indepth fabrication as to who Tommy Arlin is. I was not sure about that but I can appreciate it as sort of the author's attempt at creating a pen name with a wink and a nod at the reader.
Tony does a bang up job with this story.
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