Monday, January 23, 2012

Extreme Undead Collection by Armand Rosamilia

Extreme Undead Collection by Armand Rosamilia
Kindle Edition 2011
(c)Rymfire Undead (December 29, 2011) 

Highway to Hell is probably one of the best novella zombie tales I have come across in a long time. We were introduced to zombies that liked to rape, sodomize and kill. And we are introduced to this within the first couple of paragraphs. 

This tale kicks you in the gonads and keeps kicking all the way to the last line. everything went right for the writer and reader in this tale, the set up was fast and the story was going in a fast pace and kept on going without slowing down. This was awesome. 

"Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer" - the collected short stories of Darlene Bobich leading up to the novella "Dying Days" - Darlene Bobich, Florida sun and zombies... what better combination? 
The collection of shorts in Zombie Killer took awhile to come together as a novella and it wasn't until Dying Days that I was really into this character. The stuff this girl goes through is not for the faint of heart. She blows away her father, a host of others, heads to the mall and finds most of her 'friends' and co-workers holed up in a make-up shop in the mall. The ending of this tale is awesome and I love how the author just rolled past the incident and kept his focus on Darlene. Dying Days tops this off with on the best endings, middles, and beginnings I have seen in a long time. 

I would buy the collection for those two novellas and tales alone. 

But wait, there's more:

Zombie Tea Party is a mix of short stories, some hit the mark several more don't. Some end unexpectedly and others I skipped through. To be honest, the stories I skipped were mostly because I didn't like the characters or felt no reason to follow them through each page to the ending. Others will love these tales. 

Nearly 100,000 words in all and 80,000 of them and frigging awesome and well worth the time and low cost monetary investment. Zombie lovers will rock out on this collection.  

warning: extreme sexual situations, extreme violence... extreme undead...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Blasphemer by John Ling

The Blasphemer by John Ling
Kindle e-book
Kia Kaha Press (December 27, 2011)

I am a lover of horror and thrillers and sometimes SF. I have read a lot of thrillers in my time from Grisham to Child to Eisler, and I have to say John Ling's The Blasphemer kicked me in the teeth. This is one of the fastest and best books I have read in a long time.

The story is tight and flows. The characters are fresh, apart from two that are a tad cliched but that can't be helped in today's world of reality TV. The 'Kiwi-speak' was spot on and brought a smile to my lips read a language I knew so well.

This would make an excellent movie.

As a side note the author has a few articles in the back explaining what he has discovered in the research for this book, and although the book involves extremists it doesn't focus only on the negative side like so many books and movies do. It's an equal balance. There is one scene that sticks in my mind, it involves a woman breaking free of her religious barriers and an explosive cocktail.

This book is NOT to be missed by any lover of the thriller genre. But note: it is not a character driven novel, it is plot driven and it works well this way, though we do witness one character slowly starting to make a change, questioning his job choice and getting very paranoid.

Grab this book for you kindle and thank me later. You'll love it.

(my highest ever rating for a book)