Review: 28 Days Later: Aftermath

On Saturday, I read 28 Days Later: Aftermath, the graphic novel by Steve Niles. It’s short, I went through it within a half hour. Essentially, the comic explains the true origins of the virus. It takes place between the films 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Perhaps because I am not a big comic reader, I was left a little disappointed. Everything happened so fast and without any real story arc.

The drawings are okay. Some of them look like somewhat quick sketches with rough, scribble-y lines, and those are the ones I really liked. They were appropriate for the content. There were others, though, that looked as though they were created on a computer, with an odd, shiny perfection that just doesn’t look right.

It was interesting and answered any questions about the origin there were, but it didn’t really add much in the way of a story. The characters came and went so quickly, there was no opportunity to learn anything about them.

Michael Alan Nelson, a name I don’t know, has apparently written three graphic novels about the 28 Days Later story, but they’re on pre-order on Borders, so I guess they haven’t come out yet. I’d be excited to see what they’re all about.

Basically, borrow this from the library or take some time and read it in the store… don’t waste the $18 on it unless you have an unexplainable need to possess it.

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Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Review: World War Z

About six months ago, I read Max Brooks’ World War Z. I read it on Mark’s urgings and was rather hesitant, as his previous recommendation, Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels, had me bored to tears for the first sixty pages or so. I stopped reading without even getting halfway through. This is very unlike me. I always finish a book, even if I don’t like it, and if I like it I read it again and again and again and again. And again. Times infinity.

So, did World War Z fit into this “again” category? Somewhat. I plan on reading it again. However, I am not looking forward to reading certain parts again. Unless you’re really into military stuff, like tactics and terminology and such, probably 35% of the book kind of sucks. I’m a big history buff, so I’m not totally against military information, but I was looking forward to the anecdotes much more.

The book is incredibly well-written and mostly easy to read. It’s those damn sections about army or navy or marine officials with little to no description other than how their troops surrounded something or how a certain new weapon worked. Those sections killed me and more than once I was tempted to skip over them completely. They were dry and uninteresting. However, Brooks does an amazing job writing in many different voices. His narratives are wonderfully descriptive and he takes on many different characters, who are all great contributions to make the story come alive.

If you love zombies as much as I do, you’ll read it. I enjoyed it for the most part and will probably read it over again soon. Part of this is because my books are in storage and very smelly due to the house fire I had November 7 and so I have no access to my old favorites. Mark has World War Z here and his brother is nearly finished with it, so I believe that will be my next read.

Read it. Or, if you want non-zombie-related books, ask in the comments. You’ll get a recommendation, but you will also be heavily ridiculed, because this is a zombie blog, not a book blog.


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Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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