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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife – Book Review

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Published Date: October 11, 2016

Publishing Co.: 47North

Pages: 300

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

How do you take a dark, post apocalyptic world and manage to make it boring for ¾ of the book? Well, you write paragraphs upon paragraphs about scavenging houses and simply existing for long periods of time. I get that this helps create an atmosphere of loneliness and creeping madness, but if we’re going that route you have to at least give me a mildly entertaining main character to follow and our frequently name changing midwife is not that character.

A plague wipes out a majority of humanity, the most affected were women and children. Women are a rare commodity so of course, when captured by the remaining men, are used as sex slaves. If they survive all that, they most likely will die in child birth and the infants die 100% of the time. Our lone ranger nurse, not only tries to survive, but tries to spread birth control to any women she encounters. These are her two goals while wandering around aimlessly.

The premise itself has merit but the execution was just underwhelming. I skipped large swaths of the text, mainly anything that didn’t have dialogue. Anything else was just talk of scavenging or diary entries that were somehow just as boring. If you manage to hang in there, the last ¼ of the book is rather good when a larger group of people are entered into the plot. Their various stories of survival and the years after brought some flavor back to the world.

You could very easily read this as a stand alone novel or if you’re masochistic, you could carry on with the series.

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Day by Day Armageddon – Book Review

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Day by Day Armageddon #1

Published Date: September 29, 2009

Publishing Co.: Permuted Press

Pages: 200

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

May 23 0700 hours

I’m in the middle of a zombie fight but do not worry. I have the time to take a minute and write about my day. It started out alright, coffee, dog snuggles, I ate an MRE. But then I made the mistake of going outside. In the big city I live in, there were about three undead walking down the street. I don’t know how I survived checking the mail.

That’s sarcasm, not a quote. There were some good tactical ideas for surviving the zombie apocalypse from a soldier who gets a heads up that shit is about to go down and holes up in his convenient fortress of a house. It’s written journal style like above, which isn’t a bad style IF you have a very interesting personality. Which unfortunately, our protagonist does not. Luckily for him, he seems to have practically zero problems handling every zombie encounter. In fact, all the characters are fairly one dimensional.

It wasn’t a bad book but it certainly didn’t grip the reader. If you want some ideas for how to survive zombies, you can probably pick up a thing or two. But of course, the part about medications was absolutely wrong so you can disregard it. The actual names of antibiotics do not all end in -biotic, like the author seems to think. Making it much harder to snag what you’re looking for if you come across a pharmacy to loot when the world goes to Hell in a hand basket. Penicillin, amoxicillin, cephalexin, clindamycin, clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, to name a few. Now I have contributed to your knowledge to survive the end game. You’re welcome.

End of Days – Book Review

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Penryn & the End of Days #3

Published Date: May 12, 2015

Publishing Co.: Skyscape

Pages: 344

Synopsis to Goodreads.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My reviews of the first two books in the series: Angelfall & World After

These books are so breezy and fun to read it’s unbelievable. It may be a strange thing to say about a series that continues to be pretty dark in content and brutally violent, but that’s just how this girl rolls.

The big showdown is coming. A showdown among the angels themselves to establish a leader and then a showdown between angels and what is left of humanity. Some of the answers to Raffe and Penryn’s problems can only be found in Hell. (What a vibrant and torturous description of Hell it was. It was my favorite part of the book.)

There is a price on Penryn’s head placed there by Uriel, the angel trying desperately to bring about the End of Days. Surviving an apocalypse is hard, it only gets worse when the prize for capturing you is safety from the angels. Stack on top of that, relationship problems. Really, this is where the story loses a ½ star for me. The struggle of the will they or won’t they be together is real, and I could totally get down with it, except that suddenly, fierce warrior Penryn, seems to like the idea of Raffe taking care of her. Providing her with food and protection befitting a queen. And really, that’s not the type of girl Penryn has played out to be until this installment. She’s been perfectly capable of surviving, killing, defending herself and her family. Raffe has up until now, always stepped in when the odds were against her making it out on her own. Suddenly, she needs be a pampered princess? I get that fighting to survive every day probably gets old real fast, and spending the rest of your days curled up in a cabin while your man brings you home dinner and takes care of any danger sounds like a mighty grand idea. But it’s only grand in theory. Penryn doesn’t seem like the kind of girl to sit around and let everyone else do things for her and quite frankly, that’s what I adored about her.

Plus, doesn’t that mean if they’re together that Raffe will eventually suffer for eternity in Hell? (Seems like an unfair trade.) There’s really not an answer to that since it’s never really solved what the fuck happened to God or the Messenger Michael and if their stances on the Daughters of Men has changed.

So, you know, a few questions left unanswered. Ultimately though, I read this book in two sittings because there was still so much action, adventure, and cunning humans to keep me glued to it. One of the best YA fantasy series I’ve read, despite a mediocre middle book and a character shift that bummed me out a little.

The Enemy – Book Review

2 out of 5 stars

Despite descriptions, this is not a zombie novel.

Zombies don’t poop, feel pain or plan attacks for fuck’s sake.

These were diseased, insane, cannibals.

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I dislike false advertising, especially when in the mood for zombie shenanigans.

Here is the entire plot line for you:
Kids are trying to survive this cannibal apocalypse in which all adults turned into rabid lunatics who think children are tasty treats.
A group of kids tries to survive going from one end of London to the other to reach the palace where supposedly it is safe.
One kid, Small Sam, is separated from the group in the very beginning and presumed dead. This is the only interesting character in my opinion. Every other character who may have been remotely endearing is killed off. You’re left with only one dimensional characters to follow other than Small Sam.
Small Sam is surviving the streets of London on his own in search of his friends. He is tiny, quick and smart. He gets into much more precarious situations than his friends, who are basically marching down one street for over half of the book.
Anytime it switched from Small Sam’s point of view to that of the larger group, I had to inwardly groan. Other than Sam there just wasn’t much depth to this novel. I know, I know, survival novels are not necessarily deep in general. True. But, if you get a survival novel with a good character that you can get behind and care about, it becomes much, much more. I’ve read such books. I adore such books.

I cannot resist pointing out that the dialogue also bothered me. It didn’t read very British. It came off as lingo from the deep south of the U.S.
Set in London, sounds like the deep south, ruffled my feathers the entire read.

I just could not get behind this book.

Angelfall – Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

I went into this book not expecting much based on the summary and was sucker punched in the solar plexus.

Surprised at how damn good it was to say the least.

Not only is this teenage girl, Penryn, trying to survive an apocalypse but she’s doing so while taking care of her paralyzed sister and psychotic mother.

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As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate (sometimes only cat food) she comes across battling angels. Oh, and angels are apparently the cause of the apocalypse, but we don’t learn how or why in this book. Anyway, back to the facts. She comes across battling angels and feels that the one losing is at an unfair advantage, you know because the other guys cut off his wings obviously and it’s three against one after all. Penryn tosses him his sword that fell away sometime during said battle. He promptly kicks two out of three asses and Penryn is rewarded for her help by the third angel stealing off with her little sister.
Though stunned by the turn in events, she formulates a plan. Kidnap the unconscious, wingless angel because he must know where the angels take children. This is where the bloody good ruthlessness kicks in. Penryn holds his severed wings hostage to get him to help her.

It works.

Henceforth, they roam together across a ravaged land, dodging angels and the street gangs who sell angel parts in a weird kind of black market. This book was surprisingly fucking brutal. I mean, I was impressed. I had the mind frame to write down examples but I was so sucked into this book that I just couldn’t pause long enough, except for those stupid life things that get in the way, like sleeping, eating and work. (Really tired of your crap sleep cycle. Stop interrupting books.)

This is a post apocalyptic world, why sugar coat it? But so many authors do and that is why I appreciate this book so much.

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Among Wolves – Book Review

(This will be my first book review in which you experience my ire for crappy writing. I do not mince my words and don’t feel remorse about such things.)

Among Wolves by R.A. Hakok

I think I’m being pranked.

Because I’m looking at reviews and ratings by other people of this book and they are all 4 to 5 stars. And all I can think, is that you guys have a taste for garbage. You enjoy the three day old banana peel sitting at the top of the trash can. When no one is looking, you’re snacking on moldy bread that fell on the floor beside the trash can that someone was too lazy to pick up and throw away properly.

This book is that trash can. A massive heap of garbage.

I mean, the only way you could have possibly liked this is if you don’t read a lot of post-apocalyptic/sci-fi books. The best sci-fi, has actual plausible science in it, at least partially.

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