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The story also jumps around a bit too suddenly. For instance we are taken from the zombie attacks to a secret lab in the hills of West Virginia and suddenly introduced to a new character. But how did she get there? Who is she, does she have a family, why was she selected to work in the lab?
Then there is the gore. I know zombie books are supposed to have gore, that's one of the reasons I read them. But when it is repeated over and over again it gets boring. Zombies walking, trailing their intestines really only needs to be done once.
I also took some star power away for believability. I know, expecting believability in zombie book is asking a lot. But to have corpses rise from the grave, without explanation, no matter how long or how deep they were buried really is a stretch. I mean does everyone who ever lived suddenly come back as a zombie? Then the discovery that the zombies are actually speaking, just pronouncing the words backwards. Maybe some of the "gore" was from Tipper? I was relieved to find that I had not been duped into reading some evangelical nonsense.
Finally, there is the editing. Please someone help this author (and too many others) with the differences between, their, there, they're, no, know, to and too.Read more ›
Let's start at the beginning, shall we? With character development.
One of the first couples we're really introduced to is a pair of funeral home directors. We are given a glimpse of their life together, of their personalities, of their beliefs and the way they are with each other, and in the face of fear -- in short, we're given developed and realized characters... and then, before we know it, they're relegated to supporting cast status. For the rest of the book. The characters who ARE at the forefront of the narrative? Not quite so much with the development.
Plotwise, Wands seems to be headed in a particular direction, veers off into another, more interesting direction, and then abandons that more interesting direction and heads back down the original road, pretty much entirely in the space of a single chapter.
For example, less than halfway into the book, Wands introduces a character, who, it turns out, is a serial killer. He kills some people. Is caught. Kills somebody. Becomes zombie meat. In all, this is actually a really interesting storyline. More interesting, in fact, than the book's ACTUAL storyline. It would have been nice if Wands had taken this idea and used it to develop a book, rather than turn it into a mediocre vignette in an otherwise mediocre rehash of old themes.
And, yeah, it is kind of a rehash. Ragtag group of survivors, they travel for safety, meet more people, argue a little bit, keep traveling, think they're safe, aren't.Read more ›
That is certainly the case with Stay Dead. There are the requisite zombie scenes; chases, bites, betrayals, and exploding heads. Yet, the plot is quite muddled and characters pop in and out like whack-a-moles so it is disjointed and confusing. And like so many recent zombie novels, we cannot help but pull for the undead as the human characters are incredibly unappealing and garner no respect or empathy. We need Cormac McCarthy to write a zombie novel and lift the genre up as he did with The Road in broader post-apocalyptic literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I must have gotten an edited version as nothing horrible jumped out at me.
I liked the characters and I like the story line. Read more
I've read some really good Apocalypse type books on Amazon, but this one was not one of them. They always say "Don't judge a book by it's cover. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book and l am only ten years old and I wish everyone could read this book loved it.;)Published on May 6, 2014 by Angel Kelly
I love horror literature and especially post apocalyptic stuff.
But this book is a huge disappointment. It didn't even worth the 0$ to download it for free. Read more
Intense. This is a novel of survival.....and death. I found myself holding my breath, catching sigh as one of the brave fell n mad as he'll as the idiots who should have died,... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Kindle Customer
For the most part this was an ok read. Not the best, but certainly not the worst that I have read.
I thought the character development was really lacking. Read more
Stay Dead is filled with everything that those of us who love the zombie genre like. Zombie carnage with plenty of Gore and a story where no character is safe. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by George Cook
I'm about a third thru this book. I keep getting characters confused or going back to see if there's any info on a particular character. There is none... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer