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Feed by Mira Grant

October 27, 2010 6 comments

“After finding a cure to common cold and cancer, the world became more catastrophic. Instead of making the world better, it turned out to be more disastrous due to the medicine invented to cure the said diseases.

Another president will be voted, who the people expect at least to manage the cause of the uncureable disease. Three journalists was granted an access of following the one of the presidential campaign, and here, their adventure will start…”

Zombies? I’m not quite sure if I love zombies, even in movies. For me, they are one of the lamest creature ever created, next to vampires(sorry for the fans of zombies and vampires).

When my bookish friend, Tina(See her review of feed here), lend me this book, I’m not sure if it will arouse my curiosity of reading a zombie book because I know that the plot will always be the same. Since Tina knows how to determine a great book and I also trust her taste in books, then I felt that I should give this book a try. After reading the book, my belief changed… and thanks to Tina for that.

As I’ve said, the plot is the same as the other zombie movies have, but the way the author wrote the book is much different, that’s why I liked Feed. The book is written in Georgia Mason’s point of view, but it is also followed by the perspective through the other character’s blog in the end of each chapter.

I love Shaun, Georgia’s brother. I love the way he talk, the way he act and the way he think. I wish I do have a brother like him. I swear, If I do have a brother like him, I’ll always spank his face and will always kick his ass!

Honestly, the book started slow and picked up on the later part, but once you got “there”, I swear, you will wish you have all the time to finish the book in one sitting. The author really amazed me on how she concocted zombie and dystopia, she must be a genius because she actually did that awesomely.

The ending is unpredictable, and you’ll be surprised that it is already happening without any warning… so be prepared before you read this novel.

If you love zombies, then you must read this book.

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Atherton 1 : The House of Power

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok, since one of my customers ruined my day, then I guess I’ll be doing my short review for Atherton today to relax my mind…

Edgar has the skill to climb a wall or a tree easily, that’s why he tried to climb the cliff through The House of Power. He is curious of what isĀ  really happening there, and to seek for someone who can read to him the book he found in the tabletop, the book which can answer all the questions about the Atherton and why Edgar is in that world. “Atherton will fall” said in the book, but it is happening now, so how will they handle it?

I find the premise of the story good, but the execution is somehow lame. Patrick Carmen’s narration is so dry that I can put down the book easily and I felt not needing to finish the book because I know what will happen next, coz i already read it in other novels, in short, cliche. I’m expecting a good execution coz this is a dystopian novel, meaning war and apocalypse, but it failed me. though it can be a good introduction to explain what is a dystopian novel all about, but for those who already read some great novel in that genre like: The Hunger Games, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Unwind will be unconvinced of how the narration goes.

The ending is also a trying hard cliffhanger, though I will still read the second and third book because I have them in my list in Y2-D2 challenge.

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The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment

What makes a good Thriller/Mystery books? It has to have:

1. A killer
2. The victims (the more victims, the merrier)
3. A FBI protagonist
4. A cliff hanger endings in every chapter.
5. A surprising twist in the story

I’m a fan of this genre, so it means I read a lot of books in this niche, and I confess that I’m already used to the plots of this
kind of story, and that made the story a cliche for me.

The story is all about Brad Raine, a FBI agent who will investigate the killings of the so called “Brides”. He will then probe
the profile of the killer in an asylum because the killer is probably a psychotic. He will eventually meet the patients of CWI, and will ask the help of those insane people. He’ll meet Paradise, a patient who can see ghosts and who happens to be the last “bride”.

When I’m reading the The Bride Collector, I almost know what will going to happen and who ends with whom and who the killer is, coz it is already told in chapter 2 who the killer is, so the guessing game for the killer’s name will stop in that chapter. What made me finish the book is I want to know how The Rain Man stopped the killings.

The story has the five factors of what a novel must have to be called a “mystery” novel. Sad to say, it is not that exciting story but this book made me to contemplate on to something… The question of “How can we say that a person is normal?” Can we say that he/she is not normal because she can see a ghost? Are the patients in asylum not really a normal people? Do the psychotics think the “outside people” are also insane because we can’t understand “their world”? Is being normal means being ordinary? It is really hard to answer those questions.

Though it failed me, I still had fun reading it… And still looking forward to reading the other works of Dekker.

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