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How I Started The Apocalypse: Book 2 The Hunger War (Volume 2) Paperback – October 14, 2013
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Classic zombie stories usually involve flocks of the despicable creatures, brain dead, stupid and lethal, biting every helpless and panicked human in sight. Which is great: I love classic zombie stories. Nowadays, many authors tackle the subject in more original ways: here, picture a single and lonely zombie, chased by humans. A zombie with brains and feelings, who's not a nameless monster but the hero of the story, who's not below human but superhuman.
"How I started the Apocalypse" feels like a fresh, entertaining comics packed tight with action, fun ("A sense of humor. I like that in a zombie." Chapter 14) and an original take on the zombie theme. It's fast-paced and efficiently written: no unnecessary passage, never a dull moment, always an inspired twist pushing the story forward in an unexpected way. The main character, Chaz, is a loveable zombie that you find yourself rooting for from the start, and I really hope this book marks the beginning of an exciting new series, because its original premise holds great creative potential.
As with any good story, Chaz's ordeal brings the reader more than just action. He can symbolise the rise of the individual against society (be it people, relatives, the army or the state). An individual who's been dealt very bad cards and has to play them as well as he can. A victim of a metamorphosis who goes from bad to worse, as everything and everyone turns against him. But there may be a silver lining too, a kind of literal second chance, a way to see "life" in a different way, find out who's really on his side and what really matters.
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In a nutshell: Brian Pinkerton's offered us a new hero condemned to both hide and use his "powers", a zombie avenger, unable to resist the urge to help defenseless victims along the way while he's a victim himself. A zombie with a conscience, who can't erase his craving for flesh but who's responsible enough to make sure he kills his victims with a gun when he's done eating them so they don't spread the disease. Until the day he slips and momentarily loses control...
This is a brisk novel, quickly paced and with a good sense of humor throughout (there's a moment rivaling Hannibal's infamous dinner scene that you'll read while wearing an ear-to-ear grin). I don't want to spoil the surprises, except to say nothing works according to Chaz's plan. This keeps the story interesting, especially once he discovers his life wasn't as perfect as he thought it was. Pinkerton's Chaz is a sympathetic hero in that his only real design is to be a strong, upstanding family man. And that normalcy becomes a pipedream as he discovers his only remaining lot in life is that of an infectious ghoul. It gives the story a nicely bittersweet tone: Fun, gruesome stuff that's tinged with just enough drama to have emotional resonance.
This series is a good blend of humor and action, which is a welcome change from the usual shoot-em-up zombie novel. I eagerly await the next book.
To be honest, the only reason I bought it was because I like the author Hugh Howie, and i really thought he wrote this book. Anyway, it turns out that I really enjoyed the way this author writes, there's always a sense of thrill in each chapter, either there's a chase, or something that disgusts me, but in the end i like this book. I'm looking forward to the end of this book, and to see what happens to Chaz in the end.
if you like a bit of cannibalism i recommend this book for you :)
cheers to Brian Pinkerton for giving me some excitement in the everyday life.