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Monthly Archives: September 2018

World War Z by Max Brooks

My first exposure to World War Z was watching the movie starring Brad Pitt.  For better or worse, watching the movie shaped the way I viewed the novel.   The adaptation of the book was so radically different from the novel version that it was a bit jarring.  The format of the book, a series of Read More…

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman is a post-apocalyptic novel, where the culprit is a spore called Dragonscale (a bit of a Game of Thrones ripoff for the name although the disease is far different).  Dragonscale causes those who carry it to light on fire under stressful conditions and propogates itself by transferring the spore to others through the Read More…

Stranglehold by Jack Ketchum

Stranglehold is a gritty, visceral novel that is totally Jack Ketchum.  Ketchum pulls no punches in his fiction.  His writing is not for the feint of heart, and this novel certainly fits that bill.  In this novel Lydia McCloud marries Arthur Danse, thinking he is the man of her dreams.  Things are good with them Read More…

Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Fade to Black was a good but not great novel.  It paints a good picture of a bleak, dystopian world.  In a city where electricity and power comes in the form of magic provided by pain mages, who draw their power from physical hurt, either their own or that of others, the lowest of the Read More…