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Eden Paperback – September 1, 2008
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'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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best postapocalyptical,zombie books I've read.. And that's been hundreds... If you like zombies and chills,read this..Published 7 days ago by CAROL ZOMBIE
The narrative jumps around a lot in terms of the timeline which makes it difficult to tell what's happening when.
I found it very distracting and couldn't finish the book.
An ok story, pretty scary, but would have been much better if the author had dated each chapter. Very confusing time lines, back and forth in sequence, characters alive, missing or... Read morePublished 10 months ago by rt66vintage
Eden is one of the best zombie novels I have read, and I've read a bunch. The first lines and the ending alone are worth the read, but everything in between is also zombirific!Published 17 months ago by Tang Lang Quan
This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read. It has the action, the characters, the story and a great zombie atmosphere reminiscent of Romero's best. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Horror etiquettte
Definitely surprised by this book. I was expecting another mediocre book but I was definitely wrong. I would definitely recommend.Published on January 22, 2014 by David Garcia
I enjoyed this book. It skipped around a lot, but it had a good story to it and it was paced well enough that you got information as you needed it. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Alyssa Greatbanks