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- Publisher: Brinestone Press (November 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2012
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GAMELAND a tv show in a book!!
-- Lori Parker, Contagious Reads
The ultimate in undead fiction!
-- James DeMarco
From the Author
Episode 1: Deep Into The Game
Episode 2: Failsafe
Episode 3: Deadman's Switch
Episode 4: Sunder the Hollow Ones
Episode 5: Prometheus Wept
Episode 6: Kingdom of Players
Episode 7: Tag, You're Dead
GAMELAND is a thrilling new cyberpunk mega-series, a zombie apocalypse unlike anything ever previously conceived. A mix of high tech, urban thriller and horror, here the real villains aren't just the mindless Undead, but the living who manipulate them through neural implants.
This eight-episode series has been published serially from May through December 2012 and focuses on the exploits of a small group of computer gamers and hackers as they navigate a world in which governments, corporations and individuals - both living and undead - collide.
WANT MORE GAMELAND?
Golgotha (prequel to GAMELAND) - Insight into the world of GAMELAND - including how Reanimation was first developed and how one scientist attempted to thwart it. A stand-alone short story which is also included in the collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors: A Menagerie of Macabre Mini-Fiction.
Velveteen - The Long Island outbreak as told by one of its "survivors," a six-year-old dead longer than she's been alive.
Jessie's Game: Sign's of Life - The 1st book in the second season of GAMELAND. Available December 2013.
A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak. Available June 2014.
Jessie's Game: Dead Reckoning - The thrilling conclusion to the second season. Available Fall 2014.
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First of all let's get started by talking about the format of this book. You'll notice in the title that it is sectioned into episodes 1-8. Currently only episodes 1-3 are available. Which are the 3 that I will be reviewing here.
This book is played out like a tv show. Each episodes ends on a cliff hanger much like the tv show the Walking Dead or Lost. The next episode has a little backstory of the previous one and then picks up where the story arc left off. It makes for a fast paced, interesting read. Without annoying commericials to boot. I'll take it!
The writing was great. You are drawn in and invested in the character Jessie from almost the get go. She's a normal teenager, angsty, insecure, strong willed, loves video games, and has a knack for breaking the rules. Yes, there are typos. Enough to notice but not littering every single page. Once again...I really don't give a crap about typos. (Also, the author invites readers to point these out to him so he can fix them...so all you crazy typos peeps there you go. Make a note of them and send it to him. Sorry Mr. Tanpepper...I just don't do that unless I am beta reading a book. I'm lazy.)
The rest of the characters are quirky and rag tag. They are a futuristic computer hacking scooby doo gang...minus the dog...plus a couple dozen zombies. Real zombies, not a bunch of white dudes in masks.
Because of the tv show layout of this book, the zombies aren't the starring cast. The rag tag computer hacking, video game playing, and tresspassing teenagers are. The zombies aren't even the main enemy. They are more or less a tool used by the enemy. This story takes place 15 years after a major zombie outbreak. Zombies are a tool that the government and media use. For warfare, to clean stuff and as tv stars a la survior type show called Survivalist. They are controlled through brain implants. Which everyone has...they are only activated once dead. Yes, there are some uncontrolled zombies. They roam the deadlands of Long Island. Barricaded in by, well, stuff. I can't give everything away. So you hardcore zombie fans have been warned. Although, I say go ahead and pick it up. It's very enjoyable even though not every page has blood spatter on it. I'm a gore head too and I simply loved this book (story?)
Each episode is self contained with a cliff hanger and an overeaching story arc like I said before. But there are new problems brought up and solved within them. They are very detailed and you feel like you really are watching a tv show. Because of the length and information load I was only able to read one episode per day. Which is perfect. It's like getting to see your favorite TV show everyday. Or once a month until Dec. Which is when this will be done. :(
There is plenty else to keep readers entertained. Romance (YA-M style), mystery (someone within the group has betrayed them but we just don't know who yet...I have my suspicions) and action. If you enjoy a good action filled book/tv show then you should definately pick this up. The zombies are just an added bonus. Honestly, I would have loved it even without them.
At the end the author tells you several ways to update your ebook at the beginning of each month when he puts out a new episode. I will be downloading the next one for sure. I want to see how we get to the end (which he tells you in the beginning).
Also as an added bonus Episode 1 will be free on July 27-28!!!
An interesting group of protagonists takes us on a ride through Gameland, a place where being a zombie isn't an impediment to doing a job, be it garnering ratings as the playthings of their wealthy operators or hunting our group themselves.
As with many self-published works, there are a fair few mistakes to overlook but rarely did they take me out of the story. A few times before I got there, I was ready for the journey to end but that is likely due to reading the entire first season back-to-back rather than the often bleak and dire circumstances our group find themselves in.
Overall, an enjoyable read.
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Golgotha sets the cause of the initial outbreak nicely but does not resemble the series,however the past does and will affect the future...this series is new,fresh,recent,set in a world where the reanimated exist as a daily threat but humanity has made their lives around them,in fact utilised the dead to their needs even for those of us who enjoy video games and reality TV!!
However as is usual someone or some many have to upset the applecart so to speak..from innocent children's boredom and thrill-seeking to underhanded motives and a large element of double cross...I found the whole book well paced,it did not drag to me,in fact I didn't want it to end as had great concerns about the characters survival and did not want to witness the end for any of them!!!
If I had bought the episodes they would have been good value as each episode is a book in itself so having bought the omnibus found it excellent value and a good four/five days solid reading and for me that's some as I devour good books!!!
I still think there is more here to be told...a lot more and sincerely hope the author decides to continue the series in this world...maybe it is because the characters are so good I don't want to say goodbye but definitely a lot more story here!!!!
Happy Reading ,worth every penny,lot of plot,thought and story vision,excellent characters,can't fault it!
Written like a series - hence the Season 1; Episodes 1-8 comment.
Like Tron meets the Running Man. Hard to explain without giving away too much.
A good read with interesting and believable characters dealing with the dead in a society well after the apocalypse where life goes on - kinda.. Dealing with young love, friendship and betrayal in a world where the dead are an accepted part of living..
I'm really looking forward to Season 2!