- File Size: 1033 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publication Date: August 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GEWYV8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,150 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Sven the Zombie Slayer (Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book involves a zombie outbreak in Charlotte, Virginia, with some nice gory descriptions of stinking, decaying, falling apart zombies and lots of furious action by the humans trying to survive. Sven, the main character, is a bodybuilder whose muscles cover a basically non-violent heart. He is joined by his ex-girlfriend, Jane, 17-year-old Lorie and Sven's cat, Ivan. All the characters have strengths that help the group survive the zombie invasion, sometimes to the amazement of their companions. Jane is a pragmatic, efficient woman who stands up under the stress without ever once clinging to Sven's big, strong biceps. Lorie is a tough girl who leaves the adults feeling like maybe they should protect her, but then again maybe they should protect everyone FROM her. And the cat's not just a cute little add-on, he's a smart feline with great instincts about who to trust. Nope, he doesn't talk, he's just a regular old cat, loyal to his tender-hearted owner and confident as only a creature with 9 lives can be.
Milt, a slovenly, small-minded, grandiose comic book store owner, adds a lot of comedy to the story, despite being the most exasperating character in the book. You know how in scary movies the main character usually blunders into situations that endanger him and the rest of the cast? And he does it time and again? Yeah, well, Milt plays that role in "Sven the Zombie Slayer." He is a comical figure, using multi-syllable words in a misguided attempt to sound superior to others, while hours and hours of playing video games has convinced him he is a warrior. Like most clowns, Milt strays into the horrific from time to time, giving the reader surprise after surprise. He's a great character and you will love hating him.
Other characters in the book are well-drawn, even if they are short-lived. Fight scenes and flight scenes are done so well the reader is completely sucked into the story at all times. No boring bits, just a good, sometimes funny, story about what to do when the zombies come.
Guy James puts a neat spin on the zombie invasion, and his storytelling skills are excellent. This book is a sure bet to keep you up late reading.
It was well written, funny, gory, had a plot that hung together to the end and excellent character development. Sven and his group are all people you can relate to, and that's key in a zombie story. You want to root for the good guys and care what happens to them, otherwise what's the point? The situations they were placed in were realistic, (well, you know, for a zombie story) they did things you can actually imagine doing and having to do in that situation, and dealt with it as well (or not) as anyone else. I could even relate to the 'bad guy' and how someone could really have just gone off their rocker in the same way. I whole heatedly hated the guy because of the realism of his character, just like I loved Sven, Jane and Lorrie (who is nuts in her own little way, but in a way you could "get").
I enjoyed it so much I immediately got the second book, which disappointingly was a short story and didn't have nearly enough Sven, but I will definitely be watching out for other books by the author.
Totally worth a read!
Sven the Zombie Slayer by Guy James is no dud.
I loved the short chapters, that I was able to read when I had a few minutes of downtime. The only problem was (much like Milt and his snickers), I couldn't read just one! Guy did a great job sucking you in and making you read more. Although, there were a few times were it felt forced and I wished he would have given me a break!
I loved the idea of the dry-zombies. I'm pretty well versed in zombie-lore and I don't recall that ever being used. Very original.
At $.99, you can't go wrong with this book. Just be prepared to keep reading!
The only "negative" thing I have to say is: The cover doesn't do it any justice. But for 99 cents, I can forgive a bad cover.
Good luck Guy on your writing career!
I couldn't have gotten my feet wet with a better one. The characters are likeable (oh, except Milt) and well thought out. The scenes are descriptive and felt I was following along with the group.
My only problem with the book is the occasional typo and the dialogue. The two main characters sound like they are still in middle school when they talk to each other. And I can see Sven being a little uninformed since he is very self-absorbed with his work (outs) but there is no reason Jane would be. They both look idiotic compared to the girl.
Otherwise, I really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought the next book.
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Looking forward to the next Sven saga.