Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lives in a world surrounded by fences.  A world where the Unconsecrated hunger for human flesh.  A world of rules and isolation  where a single mistake will let you make one choice, to be killed quickly because you are infected or to be put into the forest as you change into a zombie.

In a world in which an experiment went very wrong and isolation is the key to survival there is not much flexibility of thinking.  Only by following the rules is survival possible but the rules have also caused the digression of the society.

The first couple of chapters set the stage and then things begin to move quickly.  The first in the series the ending offers hope for humankind.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blast From the Past by Kinky Friedman

Written as a prequel Blast From the Past looks back into the past to introduce us all into the particular way in which Kinky goes from a barely employed musician to a barely employed musician and private eye.

With the unique mixture of humor, satire, irony, and crudeness that is the Kinkster you will either love it or hate it.  There is a tremendous amount to drinking and drugs along with unhealthy living in general.  Of course being chased by a madman is not very healthy for living either.

If I had not read any of Friedman's work before and enjoyed it I probably would have stopped after about chapter three.  Luckily I had read him before and about chapter six it got better and was enjoyable.  The off putting was not the writing, I just do not enjoy reading about people getting high or drunk ever other page.