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Additionally, there's quite a bit of originality - I've never read anything quite like it. I really liked some of the potential of some of the characters; not only was there a have a wide, diverse spectrum of characters (everything from a former military cook to a boy who'd survived one of the worst massacres in our generation), I found myself intrigued by how all of these characters came together to form a small survivor community.
Unfortunately, there were number of reasons that I found this particular novel very difficult to read, which is why I couldn't give a novel I would classify as "good" any more than three stars. On one end, the reasons I struggled with this book could have simply been reader preference. For example, there was something about the characterization really detached me from the characters themselves. I'm not sure if it was the way that we were introduced to each of the character's back stories, or if it was the almost detached nature of the author's writing (which, for all I know, could have been intentional...for some readers and authors, it works), but it really took away from the experience for me.
But there were more mechanical issues - things that can easily be fixed in later installments. For example, there were portions of the novel that I felt were almost too informative. Of course, this is just my opinion - not everyone may feel this way. I also found myself often skipping over entire portions because the novel was written in very block-ish form (very long paragraphs and very few breaks). This made it very hard for me to want to keep reading, which could have also been a contributing factor to my lack of attachment to the author's characters. And character attachment is a HUGE thing for me. It wasn't that the author didn't set up opportunities for me to connect, I just kept feeling like it fell a little short of what I needed to truly fall in love with the characters and their story.
In the end, I found the story was interesting and different, and I'd definitely recommend it to die-hard zombie novel lovers. If, however, you're more of a dabbler (like me), it may not be for you. Not because it's not a good story, but because I personally needed a little something more to truly love Lament for the Living.
Descriptive writing that really pulls you into the book, what a great read. I loved the classic gore and the elements of dark humor. Great characters, great twists and an ending that satisfies but keeps you anticipating the upcoming books.
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