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Book review: Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary

Right, there are a plethora of survival self-help books out there, covering vast areas like how to survive as a tourist in Paris with only the English language as a tool, how to survive in Sahara with nothing other than a teaspoon in your backpack. Have you read any of these ?

Of course not,  not only are they useless. But any sensible person would not find themselves in such situations unprepared, and you would at least have a biscuit with you if you venture in to the Sahara desert.

Now granted Zombie outbreaks never mind a Zombie apocalypse is a rare thing. In all of  recorded history there have never been a documented case. However there is doubt when it comes to Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and that lot. However Michael Jackson  recently debunked the theory of him being of the undead variety by actually dying.

But why play the long odds of such a thing never happening when you know there is a mad scientist just microbes away from releasing the undead plague on an unsuspecting world.

Dr Dale's Zombie Dictionary: The A-Z Guide to Staying AliveThis book covers all areas of Zombie survival, with clear references to movies, books and other zombie related material that any serious Zombie survivalist will have exposed themselves to. It does away with myths and preconceived notions you might have regarding the Zombie uprising.

Right, on a more serious note. This is not a very serious book, but it is hilarious and I really enjoyed reading it. This book does for survival books what Shaun of the Dead did for Zombie movies. It pokes fun at them in a brilliant way. And there are zombies, you can never go wrong with zombies… unless they are Nazi zombies… they’re rubbish. Other zombies mock them.

This is also a great read-a-few-pages-and-put-it-away book, so great for reading on a commute, while traveling or while there is a commercial break in your favorite soap; Coronation street for instance. Or when like me you feel like you don’t have the energy to read a more serious book like say, How to Survive the Sahara desert with nothing but a teaspoon.

So read this seriously funny book, and should the Zombie apocalypse actually happen you are as prepared as you could be.

edit: The Zombie apocalypse might already have started… at least in a virtual sense, hone those zombie evasion skills now with Zombie Streetview.

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Book review: Behemoth by Peter Watts

 

Behemoth by Peter Watts

 

This is the concluding book in the Rifters series by Peter Watts, this review will possibly contain some spoilers for those of you who have not read the first two books.

Now the previous book left much to be desired, it was somewhat a boorish read. This book starts off well; we are once again at the bottom of the ocean with Lenie Clarke, Ken Lubin and the few rifters who are left.

But after the unsuccessful containment of Behemoth despite the drastic measures taken, The Corpses are there with them in a deep sea habitat called Atlantis. In Starfish Beebe Station was almost a character in its own right, not so much with Atlantis. Here the focus is on the people and the rift between the two factions.

There is tension between Corpses and Rifters caused by Rifters learning about what the Corpses did to them to make them suitable for deep sea living. In turn the Corpses do not trust the rifters, least of all Lenie Clarke since she is the reason they had to move in to exile.

But in this environment there is an unlikely alliance between two people who try to avert a tense situation escalating to where things go boom. They almost succeeded.

The story begins with this tension, and builds on it, and eventually pushes Lenie Clarke and Ken Lubin top side to try and keep Atlantis and is occupants a secret, there they encounter a new super bug this complicates things. A lot. And here the story begins in earnest.

This book picks up the rubble from the second and builds on it; the story is not as great as it was in the first book. But the characters are back to their former glory. When reading this book you will encounter some chapters that seems to break the rhythm of the story (the … as a/n … chapters) While they do play in to the story nicely at the end, they are a bit much considering how late in the book they resurface.

This book is not without faults; my primary complaint is that the ending seems to have snuck up on the author, more so that it will on the reader. While it does leave you with a feeling of the story ending a bit abruptly it does not take anything away from the reading experience.

There is not much else to say, as I have reviewed the two previous books. This book is a recommended read to those who have read the previous two; it does not work as a standalone book.