Monday, December 5, 2016

Zombie Preppers from chucklesthescot

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by chucklesthescot
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Hi I'm chucklesthescot from Chuckles Book Cave and I'm a zombie-holic! *waves* I am delighted to be asked by the lovely Velvet to talk about my three favourite zombie prepper books. For those not aware of what it means 'prepper' is basically someone who decides to get ready for potential disasters before they happen to give them a better chance to survive, and in this case the people in the books have to face a zombie apocalypse. These three books feature different kinds of preppers and are my current three favourite zombie prepper books!

Zombie Crusade
by JW Vohs
Amazon | Goodreads

Jack and Carter meet in a US squad in Afghanistan and witness a zombie outbreak which is barely contained. When returning to the US, both men are concerned about future outbreaks and begin work on a fortress capable of housing their loved ones with supplies to survive should the virus escape and come to their land. The day when the news reports a new pandemic outbreak in Afghanistan with injured soldiers being brought back to the US and it is only a matter of time before the outbreak starts there.

The book starts strongly with the first outbreak in Afghanistan where Jack and Carter see their first zombies, going through the whole experience fighting together to survive. The book then jumps forward nicely to the completion of their fortess project ten years later, with the Castle ready. It is just in time as disturbing news reports catch Jack's attention and he knows that the virus has escaped and a deadly invasion of zombies is coming. The strength of this book is that we follow our heroes as they make final preperations and get their loved ones to the Castle, setting up defences and plans. We are with them as they follow news reports charting the start of the US outbreak with the tension rapidly building as the outbreak gets closer to where they are. I loved the detail of how the Castle, the town and local residents start trying to get ready for what is coming, with everyone involved.

The book is different from the 'shoot 'em up' zombie novels in that there is more human to zombie combat. With zombies having good hearing, survivors are trying to keep quiet to avoid attracting the zombies and using old fashioned quiet weapons to do most of the battle with. I assume the title Zombie Crusade is connected to the fact that the Crusades used these spear and hammer type weapons before guns came to the fore. The other good thing about the book was the building of the three safehouses to house civilians who didn't want to remain in their homes, and having the response teams ready to go to the aid of those still in their homes when zombies invade the area. This leads to some exciting zombie action on a regular basis in the book, which nicely breaks up the described preperations. The action at the safehouses and the zombie attacks did not disappoint! I liked the fact that Jack made glaring errors in his planning which would happen when you're trying to man manage every detail and overlooking the obvious. It added in realism.

Niggles? For me there could have been a bit more character depth to the supporting cast who we don't get to know as well as I'd have liked. I think the focus was always on our heroes which did neglect characters I was interested in hearing more about. I'd have liked to have seen more group imput in planning and more interaction between the characters. The romance I think was rushed in too quick and felt forced and would have been better introduced slowly so we get to know Andi before the attraction to Jack begins. That is of course personal preference.

If you like good zombie action scenes, building tension throughout the book and following the outbreaks as it happens, you might well enjoy this book.

100 Days in Deadland
by Rachel Aukes
Amazon | Goodreads

Closing the border to Mexico failed to stop the zombies from entering the United States and Cash has to flee from her workplace as the dead swarm the living. Reluctantly rescued by former Army man and prepper truck driver Clutch, Cash has to prove that she can pull her weight and help or be turned out on the street to fend for herself in a world of zombies, rapists and armed militia, all ready to take what the survivors have fought so hard to find. As Clutch makes local enemies, the zombies become the least of their worries.

Clutch is a loner but gradually start to see the bright side of having an extra pair of hands around the place and someone to assist him on dangerous supply runs into town. I liked him because he was straightforward, capable and not much of a people person which I can certainly relate to! He has been ready to look after himself in any scenario and I liked the way he had his farm set up. I always find the preppers in these books fascinating and enjoy reading about what they do to protect their property. Trouble really begins when the army nearby sets up local militias to protect their own areas and stockpile anything they find of use for future distribution. Clutch has had dealings with some of these locals before and refuses to accept that these people have the right to take everything in town for themselves. Doyle, their leader is issuing demands for survivors like Clutch to hand over their own supplies or be attacked. When it is clear that even the army men cannot control Doyle, Clutch and Cash have to find ways to defend themselves and start thinking of a way to stop Doyle from taking everything.

This is what I term a typical zombie novel and I mean that in a good way. It has the excellent zombie action, the tense supply runs, psycho armed men, the daily struggle to survive...all of the elements I love in a zombie book. It also has a different storyline for a zombie prepper book in that the army are trying to help the civilians, moving them into well equipped and safe army camps instead of the horrific FEMA camps you read about in other books in the genre! The army men are decent, law abiding and want to work with people like Clutch. They set up militias as added defence and so that these people could keep the camps supplied. Doyle of course is keeping most of the good stuff for himself and is now viewing the army as a threat to his empire. So there are several interesting plotlines woven together, meaning lots of action.

The book blurb indicates that it is based on Dante's Inferno but not having read the book, I can't tell you if this is an accurate description or not. For me, I can only say it was a good zombie novel. I thought the book was well written and I've already bought the rest of the series to read in paperback. It will be fun to see what happens next!

White Flag of the Dead
by Joseph Talluto
Amazon | Goodreads

John Talon flees home with his baby son when the zombies reach his town and with two other survivors Tommy and Duncan, they start looking for somewhere safer. Along the journey they encounter other survivors, evil opportunists and hoardes of the undead and it is clear that working together in a survivalist community is the only way to stay safe. Can the survivors set up a safe place and learn the skills needed to survive the apocalypse?

This is the type of zombie book I love. It starts with the zombie threat already facing John and the survivors and it is a tension filled, fast paced zombie thrill ride! There are scenes of zombies chasing people, zombie attacks on cars and buildings, evil men holding hostages and demanding safe passage tolls, tense supply runs...all the things you expect from a good zombie book. The run to the school and the following battle was very exciting and well written, and the community growing introduces us to more great characters like Charlie, moaning faced Frank, Nate, Sarah etc. The big scenes like the school and the supply runs bring plenty zombies to the story which keeps me happy but it was also about the humanity of the survivors and how important it is to work together to stay safe. John also has to juggle the leadership and safety of the group with his duties as a single parent, which adds a new dimension to the plot.

I also liked that the group want to have a good quality of life and not just survive inside a big building. John and his friends are looking at building a gated community with safe parks and things to allow everyone a better life. It was ambitious but added something new to the story. I also liked the way the zombies were slowing developing and learning to adapt to the hunt. I'm not going to spoil the book but they were interesting changes and I look forward to seeing what they are going to do in later books. I also liked that the two weak and moaning characters were both men. Frank whines, complains and tries to get out of pulling his weight, wanting others to do the dirty, messy and dangerous jobs. As for Kevin, the man is a piece of scum and I kept hoping that he would get eaten-I hate him! But despite disliking them both, they also add more interest to the story. I don't get the need to add a romance into these apocalypse books. Seriously, John has lost his wife yet it doesn't seem to take him long to get attracted to Sarah. Still, it doesn't dominate the story the way it does in some zombie books so it wasn't really annoying.

This book is loaded with action and emotion, and it doesn't go stale because the author keeps changing the scenes and the form of the action, which was good. Traditional zombie fans should enjoy this and I look forward to the rest of the series.


There we have it.

If, like me, you love your zombies and like the idea of zombie preppers then these are three books worth checking out and I have a lot of zombie book reviews on my blog (here) and at Goodreads (here) if you are interested in checking them out. You can find me here daily so don't by shy about dropping by to say hello!

Enjoy your brains!

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* part of December Zombies (schedule)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys
by Carrie Harris

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Zombies, Humor, YA
Hardback: 208 pages
Rating: 4

Bad Taste in Boys
Bad Yeti
Bad Hair Day

First sentence(s):
"You're one of those genius types," said Coach, nudging me with a beefy elbow. "Make yourself useful for once. Say something inspirational."

Someone's been a very bad zombie.

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah... not even Kate!

She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other.

So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town... and stay hormonally human.


My two-bits:

Some gross and icky scenes with these zombie creations. But a light zombie read.

The zombies are portrayed in a pre-zombie phase which create some funny scenes.

The main character, Kate, is diverse character (with epilepsy) who turns out to be a kick-ass heroine in this story.


* part of December Zombies (schedule)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 12.3.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
The Original Screenplay
by J.K. Rowling
-Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Coincidentally, my sis-in-law gave me a fantastic little acorn owl creation that could definitely be part of Potterworld ;-)

For Review:

Small Admissions
by Amy Poeppel
courtesy of tour -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Fall With Me
by Jayne Frost
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


The Constant Princess
(The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #6)
by Philippa Gregory
-Historical, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Pemberley - a party
a virtual book event
December 11-16, 2016

=====> JOIN me for a week of celebrating Jane Austen's birthday.

AND watched: in theatre

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Director: David Yates
Writer: J.K. Rowling
Based on Harry Potter series by: J.K. Rowling
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
-Adventure, Family, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

=====> Loved being introduced to the magical side of America. More! we need to see more :-)

AND watched: on DVD

Me Before You (2016)
Director: Thea Sharrock
Screenplay: Jojo Moyes
Based on book by: Jojo Moyes
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

=====> Box of tissues required while watching this one. Heartwarming and hopeful.

Currently flipping through:

Zombie Tarot Cards
An Oracle of the Undead—with Deck and Instructions
by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham | Quirk Books

=====> Because I am in the middle of the December Zombies virtual book event. Check it out (here)


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Friday, December 2, 2016

Once Upon a Zombie by Billy Phillips (with giveaway)

Once Upon a Zombie
Book One: The Color of Fear
by Billy Phillips

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @onceuponazombie

Published: 2015
Publisher: The Toon Studio Press
Genre: Zombies, YA
Hardback: 368 pages
Rating: 5

The Color of Fear
book 2 - tba

First sentence(s):
The first sighting took place at the Kirriemuir Cemetery in Angus, Scotland, on an otherwise unremarkable Tuesday evening. is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening - and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bouts of anxiety. Her new move to London, with her Dad and her brainiac sister, threatens to lead to more situations that will trigger panic. Now, she's having anxiety over the possibility of having anxiety! Caitlin's life takes a turn for the bizarre when she's tricked into climbing down a "rabbit hole", landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe - except it's crawling with savage, starving blood-eyed zombies. But what's scarier - a blood thirsty zombie, a panic attack....or the painful truth?!


My two-bits:

You are in for a wild ride with this one ;-)

This fast-paced action adventure tale is set in a zombified world of favorite fairy tale characters that pulls you in and down the hole to Wonderland.

High functioning royal princess zombies accompany the main character, Caitlin, as she navigates a Wonderland adventure.

The usual groaning, grunting and hungry shambling zombies also mingle with "partial" zombies".

The mashup of fairy tales and zombies is so cute. I look forward to more encounters of characters from other fairy tales.

Like all fairy tales, this story also has an underlying message that hits home just right.

Zombie Dolls
for the series are available (here)
how cute is that!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves
by Carrie Ryan
narrated by Tara Sands

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @carrieryan

Published: 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Zombies
Paperback: 432 pages
Rating: 4

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Dark and Hollow Places

First sentence(s):
The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going.

Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe.

Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.

In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.

Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.


My two-bits:

Zombies are called Mudo. These guys moan and grab and chase (medium speed, i think). But for the most part are in the background of this story.

The focus is on a teen trying to survive during a zombie run world.

There's a love triangle, the typical kind with first loves.

There's parental issues to contend with.

There's a reveal...

And of course, there's avoiding being turned into a mudo.


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