August 16, 2011

Have I read anything lately?

I was thinking that I haven't finished reading any books lately and it turns out that I've finished a few that I never posted anything about. Here's two of them...


Jonah Caine, a lone survivor in a zombie-infested world, struggles to understand the apocalypse in which he lives. Unable to find a moral or sane reason for the horror that surrounds him, he is overwhelmed by violence and insignificance. After wandering for months, Jonah's lonely existence dramatically changes when he discovers a group of survivors. Living in a museum-turned-compound, they are led jointly by Jack, an ever-practical and efficient military man, and Milton, a mysterious, quizzical prophet who holds a strange power over the dead. Both leaders share Jonah's anguish over the brutality of their world, as well as his hope for its beauty. Together with others, they build a community that reestablishes an island of order and humanity surrounded by relentless ghouls. But this new found peace is short-lived, as Jonah and his band of refugees clash with another group of survivors who remind them that the undead are not the only—nor the most grotesque—horrors they must face.

My take:

4 out of 5 stars. I really liked it. I know it's not intellectual reading but I love my zombie books. I wonder a lot what life will be like after the end of the word, granted chances are there won't be zombies but for some reason I love the books. This book was a fun, fast read. The main character Jonah was intresting and daring. Not a dull moment.

The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway

Book# 44 of the 50 Book Challenge


A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor (think Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut) with a stunning futuristic vision (ᠬa A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with a little Mad Max thrown in) to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship, and the apocalypse. There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it—and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo's life—and that of his best friend—than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana, and ultra-cool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of—among other things—love, pirates, mimes, greed, and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes—however unlikely they may seem.

My take:

1 out of 5 stars. Horrible. So horrible that I couldn't get past the first 100 pages. I finally gave up and returned it to the library. I'm sure there are people out there that love this book but I just couldn't get into the story. The part I did read had no action and wasn't engaging at all. All I can say is that I'm glad it was a library book and not something that I wasted my money in purchasing.

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