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Every Sigh, the End: A Novel About Zombies Paperback – October 5, 2007
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Hornsby's ideas are the most creative and original to hit the living-dead genre since director Danny Boyle gave us fast and furious zombies in the movie "28 Days Later."
For one thing, Hornsby meshes the apocalypse with reality television, a perfect marriage for the new millenium. For another, he plays with the space/time continuum in a truly chilling way. Protagonist Ross Orringer must fight zombies on soundstages with shifting rooms and bit players who disappear into thin air.
Poor Ross. He knows he can't trust the zombies who surround the house where he's partying on New Year's Eve. But it turns out he can't necessarily trust his closest friends or even his family.
Hornsby's book is confusing at times, frustrating in places, and brilliant throughout, with some truly scary moments. It's one of the most exciting novels I've read in recent months -- and that's all novels, not just zombie novels.
I strongly recommend "Every Sigh, The End" to readers who are willing to get onto this up and coming author's intense and bizarre roller coaster. But I warn you, stand next to the wooden cutout before you do and make sure your "creepy tolerance" is high enough to ride.
What I write here is for the people who are curious about this book, people who want to see if this book is up their alley. Some of the previous reviews seem of a personal nature perhaps written by folks who know Jason Hornsby. I can say that I definitely do not know the author. I came into the book with no preconcieved notions or presumptions as to what I should expect. I would also say that, after reading this review, if you feel that this book is perhaps not right for you, you might want to reconsider that, as it is certainly a very challenging and intriguing work that might make you think more than you expected.
This book is angry, it is dark, and it is about zombies. But it does not follow any known pathway to completion that I have ever seen in a tale about the undead. The author has completely transcended the genre with a work that is more philosophy and questions our society, our reality, and what we are as individuals than even the works of Romero and other "deep thinkers" of this realm.
Like so many high quality works the zombies here are a tool that is wielded by the author or film maker to force us to look more closely at ourselves.Read more ›
In a nutshell: Every sigh, the end is a moderately well written book that suffers mainly from the authors inability to remove himself and his issues from the narrative. Now, its true that every piece of art stems from the artist and that the creation's existence demands a creator and blah, blah, blah, but at a certain point the co-mingling becomes tedious. Much like Wes Anderson can not resolve his looming daddy issues, Jason Hornsby can not shake his near paralyzing feelings of immense inadequacy and geek self loathing, as evidenced not just by this book, but by the author's puerile responses to some of his negative reviews on this very site. The result is a muddled blend of horror, pop culture and nihilism all covered by a raw and exposed desire to be oh-so-deep while ignoring the fact that he's merely waist deep in the shallow end. The characters are inconsistent and interchangeable, the plot a meaningless jumble of moments barely strung together by the reappearance of occasionally familiar names.
Its as if Mr. Hornsby has never gotten over the fact that he set out to write the great American novel and ended up with just a zombie book and the sad part of it is: you get the feeling that if he could just get over himself, that he could write something pretty damn good. If he'd just realize that there is nothing wrong with genre work, he might turn out some pretty seminal zombie tales. You can tell that he's familiar with horror and zombies. He can really write some good gore.Read more ›
Then I started reading it.
I understand that the writer is trying to be different, but trying to be different and actually being different are two...well two different things. From the first page I got the feeling that the author was trying to be cool, and that he was trying to make his main character (which he obviously sees as a reflection of himself) cool. And that was the problem with the content and style of this book; it was too busy trying and not actually doing. I am sure the author thinks of himself as this misunderstood loner that is just too cool for the world, and maybe he is and I am reading too much into his writing style. However the ability to conjugate a verb or to attach an adjective to a noun does not make a great writer. Also repeatedly referring to a well known book (Catcher in the Rye) and trying to write in the same vein as that book does not make your book that book.
I know this review is mainly focused on style, but if you are too aware of the style of the book it is difficult to focus on the content. It's like watching a movie with bad acting. No matter what you just cant get over the fact that you are not being taken into the world of the movie, but are rather sitting watching somebody go through the motions of acting in front of a camera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This really works and the odd twists just make it more frightening, Fantastic book with imagination and understanding of human nature.Published on October 19, 2013 by catt dahman
I got started reading zombie books right around when 2007 became 2008. There were three books I read from the same press at the time, JOHN DIES AT THE END, PLAGUE OF THE DEAD, and... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you read the Author's note at the beginning of the book, you will quickly realize that the author and his own attitude very similiarly reflect the angsty, pathetic, and... Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by L. Penny
This book is just great. It's not a typical zombie story, if you love traditional zombie stories, and you are not so open minded about different approaches to the... Read more
There's clearly personal stuff going on in some of the reviews of this book, which is too bad. I find negative reviews as helpful, if not more so, as positive ones. Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by John Lemut
I still can't get over that this was his first book. Wow! The perfect 20something story. This was a very fun read! Jason paints a very interesting picture of a life in flux. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by BruceinMaine
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I am an avid zombie novel reader, so I was excited to get started on reading this one when it came in the mail. I forced myself to finish it, because I apparently hate myself. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Stephanie
I pushed my way through this book, since I enjoyed "John Dies at the End" (by David Wong) and I was hoping this book would be as good, since it has some similar style... Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Amazon Customer