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The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People Paperback – February 26, 2012
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Through a heady cocktail of drugs and the occult, Bosley slips through time and space and glimpses The End. Cities lay in ruins, and those who still cling to life hide in the rubble like frightened animals. Walking carcasses shamble through the debris exacting a horrible fate upon any living they find.
This horrific future is the only world fourteen year old Ocean has ever known. Starving and alone, she struggles for even the most basic of necessities: food, water, shelter, love…
In the present, Bosley stumbles across Clarice Hudson and soon realizes that she is much more than a simple shop girl. One by one, she displays the seven symptoms of the contagion that will bring Bosley’s world to an end and create the nightmare Ocean calls home. Clarice may hold the key to stopping the coming apocalypse and sparing Ocean from the atrocities of mankind’s imminent future… but only if Coughlin is willing to push beyond every notion he’s ever held about right and wrong.
“Compelling, interesting, and will keep you intrigued from start to finish… a very unique and wild ride.”--Patrick D’Orazio, author of COMES THE DARK
“There is a very TERMINATOR-esque feeling to the narrative… deserves a spot on your shelf.”—T.W. Brown, author of ZOMBLOG
“I kept imagining The Dude (from THE BIG LEBOWSKI) telling a drugged out version of H.G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE… This is a book that is really worth reading…”--BuyZombie.com
- Publisher : Permuted Press (February 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1618680196
- ISBN-13 : 978-1618680198
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,279,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to say that it is extremely rare for me to be surprised by the plot of a story. I have read so many that they sometimes just mesh together. It is the rare circumstance that I am completely surprised and blown away. This story did that. Also, I loved the ending, and I have not been able to say that too many times as well. There were many things that I loved about this book, but I could not give it 5 stars due to the errors in it. This usually does not bother me, but the errors really take you out of the story in my opinion.
All in all, as a huge zombie, infected, apocalypse fan, I did enjoy this story.
Now the narrator does have a couple of characteristics that take a while to grow accustomed to, but I love the dialogue and where he leads us through this tale. Each chapter shifts focus between two central characters and b the end of each chapter your left thinking, holy crap, wtf?, wow!, or I possible could have seen that coming. Bottom line, what I thought was going to happen, never did and I wasn't disappointed either.
Does this inspire me to read more by him? Sure does. But he o my problem is there are so many other zombie books out there ahead of them, unless he has something new and original to grant a cut in the huge line in from of him.
Boy, I'm glad I did.
The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People begins with a narrative that might appear as off-putting as it is interesting. Told from the perspective of whom we initially assume is a crazed druggy, the novel begins by telling us of Bosley Coughlin's exploits with a great `Eye' that shows him a vision of the distant future, which is not pretty in the least. Even he can hardly believe the idea of an America and a young girl who, at only fourteen, is struggling to survive and starving amidst the undead, but when a woman he knows begins exhibiting what he calls `The Seven Signs,' the future becomes a distinct possibility, and he must do all he can to stop it.
Perhaps the most distinct and well-done thing about William Todd Rose's The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is its ability to seamlessly transport you between not only two different characters, but two different settings. Told, as I said, partially from Bosley's view in the present, the narrative shifts to the future where we run into Ocean, the fifteen-year-old girl whose fate our present-day narrator desperately wants to change. This presents us with an incredibly-easy and cohesive story to read. It seems like it could be two distinct tales, yet at the same time are intertwined; one plotline is so radically different in idea from another they don't seem to make sense; and the two narrators, an older man and a young girl, seem completely unlike one another, yet here's the thing: it's so seamless that your subconscious allows the two to merge to make the story one. That's no easy feat, all things considering, but Rose's power not only lies in interconnecting plots. Suspense, here, is key. Never is a chapter ended on a cliffhanger that doesn't make sense, and while in some cases you would rather just skip ahead to see what was going to happen, Rose wrote the suspense so deliberately that the events coincide with one another. It's like watching two rows of dominos fall at the exact same time. The pace never falters, the dread never lets up, and the mystique of the matter continues all the way up until the end, and persists even after it.
The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is one of the best genre novels I've ever read. I can't call it just sci-fi, and I can't call it just zombie-horror, but I sure as hell can call it amazing. Five stars to this incredible work of fiction. This marks Rose as a name that has to be watched.
I said the book was cliche. Yeah. How many horror novels are going to exploit the trick of 'happy, welcoming, safe place/people' that turns into a nightmare situation? The minute there was a door that Ocean shouldn't open I knew that there was some sort of torture-porn palace or cannibalism factory back there.
The stoner turned hyper-aware spiritual savant felt forced too. All the various drug references seemed to be a wanna-be-stoner-writer trying to impress some non-existent dealer with how chill he was.
That's not to say the book was all bad. The mix of first person and third person limited omniscience was fun. The alternating chapters was interesting (although after a while I got sick and tired of the first person story, she's sick, we get it). The little bit at the end that ties everything together was good. Overall though, I would recommend that people not waste their time reading the book and I will be doing what I can to delete it from my Kindle library.