Posts Tagged ‘Monster Trilogy

03
Mar
09

Books – Monster Island

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Monster Island
By David Wellington
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Monster Island is the first volume of the Monster Trilogy by David Wellington. The Monster Trilogy (Island,Nation and Planet) take place in a world that has been or is about to be over run by zombies. In other words, my kind of book.

David Wellington has chosen to present his novels in a very unique way. His novels are first presented online on his website blog a chapter at a time (yes, that is where I got the idea to post my Piper May story online.). A friend of mine. Jason Marcy, had posted about him on his blog and I had to check it out. I did end up reading one of his novels online, but for the rest I ended up buying them (partially to support him as an author and also because I wanted to be able to read them laying in bed…)

In Monster Island, the zombie plauge has already swept across the world, pockets of huhmanity survive. For the most part the earth is ruled by the undead. In Africa a warlord has saved who she could, but now she faces a problem. In a world overrun by zombies there is no flow of the AIDS medication that she needs to survive. In a desperate attempt to stay alive she sends Dekalb, a UN weapons inspector that she has kept alive, to New York in hopes of finding a stock pile of the drugs she needs. Dekalb finds himself with no choice but to honor her request since his young daughter will be held hostage until he returns.

The rest of the story unfolds as they reach New York via boat and proceed to search for the drugs while trying to avoid the undead of New York.

This book, being the first of the series was actually the second one that I read. Even though I read out of order nothing was really ruined for me. While the first and second book take place in the same world, they are only loosely connected. It is very important to have read Monster Island before Monster World though. I really enjoyed this book. Much more so then Monster Nation. I found the book to be a little more action filled and suspensful then it’s sequal.

Monster Island is a great book (dont get me wrong so is Monster Nation, Island is just better.) and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror or Zombie stories.

11
Feb
09

Books – Monster Nation

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By David Wellington

I have to say that the only good thing about being sick is the amount of reading that I tend to get done while I am laying on my back side whining at my wife about how sick I am.

So Monster Nation

Page 1 – 27 Ok this is starting out all right…
Page 28 – 280 WOW This is a really good book!
Page 281 – 283 What? What? What is this where is it going???
Page 284 – 285 WOW THAT WAS A REALLY COOL WRAP UP!

When I got to the last few pages of this book I started to get confused a little… It might have been because I was sick (because of that I will probably go back and read the last forty or so pages again just to see if I got everything that was going on). My fears that I was reading a book with a ending like that of The Road was quickly put aside though, with what I thought was a perfect wrap up to this tale.

This book as of right now, is probably one of the best Zombie tales that I have read. I really Thought that the take on them was cool and even if I got just a tad confused near the end, it all came together before the last line.

I think what I liked most about this book, The story of the outbreak of the living dead and its spread across the country, is that one of the point of views that it kept visiting is that of two (dick and Nilla)of the Zombies.

I also found it a little more relaxing then some of the things that I have read as of late. So many of the books that I have read have felt they were trying way to hard to create so many characters and sub plots that they forgot that they were supposed to be telling a story.

When I read Zombie Lit one of the things that I am looking for is a good survival story, not descriptive gore. I think that the gore part of it is best left for movies and comics. This book touched on what was needed to make it a zombie tale and left the hardcore behind. The focus remained on the story.

I would give this book a four and a half out of possible five.

Next up : Greg Rucka’s : A Gentleman’s Game.

(I think I might be doing some reading on writing a good review before I do many more of these…)




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