- File Size: 1013 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (May 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EX80TYQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1.5): Post Apocalyptic Fiction Kindle Edition
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The creepiest parts of this story was the isolated characters' slow slide into dark superstitions. Weird little ideas that might have been easily dismissed Before with the distractions of technology start to take on a life of their own After, where there's nothing but cold and dark and time to think. Suspicions grow and twist into obsessions, and those morph into horrific actions. It was inevitable and awful, and McBain and Vargus never give the reader a chance to look away. The writing is stark, almost painfully clear, and serves to reinforce that this new world is a one without the same brand of hope as the old world, even as one of the characters is offered a fresh start.
The Scattered and the Dead 1.5 is also a volume of Postcards from an Empty World, the collections Baghead has become famous (or infamous) for publishing, and it offers us clues as to why Father wants Baghead dead. When viewed from that angle, it's not just an awesome read, it's an awesome piece of world-building metafiction. Unlike other works of metafiction, though, it isn't alienating or sarcastic. As the reader, you're both completely enmeshed in the characters' accounts and aware of the stories stretching across the Scattered and the Dead series. It's brilliant.
I have read the other works in this series, but it's not required. These are stories you can enjoy no matter where you begin. I have been entertained by every title this pair has authored, and do so hope they find a lifetime of writing ahead.
This novella is taunt, suspenseful, and gripping; most will read it in one sitting.
I must address the dead elephant in the room at this point; for a book about the undead there really aren't many of those in the pages! The drama is all derived from the very much alive denizens of these pages who share their experiences with us all. The subjects are deeper than defending oneself against an undead attacker, and they are subjects that most of us have pondered at one time or another. This lands a credence to the character's voice. It's as if you can imagine a conversation between yourself and the authors, after enjoying a pizza and many libations, late at night. Most of these begin with "have you ever wondered?".
Well, that's a ridiculous analogy, really because L.T. would never willingly give up pizza. That's why I suspect the authors write the journals for their treatment, then edit them into literature!
The depth of thought and reasoning is very cerebral and can cause the readers to question their own sanity if dwelled upon for too long.
I loved this entry, and am left wanting more. I have only one question; who the hell eats lentil soup?
I'm not going to go into the characters in the book because I can't do just to their stories. We can recognize some of them from the other books and their transformations from the time of this book to the others. Some of the people I didn't like in the other books didn't start out that way. Whatever they had to do to adapt to the new world changed them for the worse.
This book tells us there is no "normal". Even if we don't realize it, normal changes all the time. It doesn't take the apocalypse for us to know that. In the book, as in life, we either adapt or we die. That's been true since life appeared on the planet, but we don't like to think about change because it's difficult and it hurts. There can be terrible loss involved. Just because humans have adapted and evolved in the past, doesn't mean we will do so in the future because maybe we've lost the ability along the way.
The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1.5): Post Apocalyptic Fiction is yet another beautifully written volume of Tim McBain's and L.T. Vargus' zombie saga which leaves you holding your breath as you slide through its snow and silence encrusted pages. It's scariest part is not what the walking dead can do to you but how solitude and loneliness can affect your mind and the ability of survival in the world that has forcefully gone to sleep.