[503]: Feed by Mira Grant

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Audio | Orbit | May 1st, 2010 | Adult Horror | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


This book was not what I expected at all. It’s not the typical zombies apocalypse I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. I’m sure most of you have read this series already, but me being late in the game is not really news. 2015 is turning out to be the year when I finally get on some bandwagons. I’ve always felt like this series was out of my reach, somehow. I’m glad I finally discovered what the hoopla was all about.

Unlike its contemporaries, Feed offers a different perspective. The world still has a semi-functioning way of life. It’s hard to imagine a zombie book where bloggers make up a sizeable share of the media; and where technology is not completely obsolete; where you can still travel and fly, and Coke is still something that people can easily avail of. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that the world was changed. That somewhere close to where life was still being lived, are the undead looking for their next meal.

While some books focuses on how terrible life had been since the contagion, Feed focuses in the political arena. Particularly, a Republican senator’s bid for presidency. Along the way, the Mason siblings will uncover conspiracy that will lead to massacre and deaths. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. In some ways, it reminds me of the ingenuity of World War Z. While it tends to be dry, there was no denying how well constructed this novel is. The world may be confusing at times, and some readers may find the necessary info-dumping a bit daunting. I thought this book was better listened to than read. Regardless, this book is a little bundle of suspenseful terror.

As far as characters go, I’m a little weirded out by this siblings’ relationship. They have such a closeness that easily be misconstrued/misinterpreted. It doesn’t help that they’re not really blood-related. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But I think George said it best when people quirked their eyebrows at the thought of them sharing a hotel room (two beds): screw social norms!

I’m glad I finally found this novel out. While it bears repeating that it’s every bit as great as everyone proclaims it to be, I think this is the kind of book that works for certain types of readers. If you don’t mind long narratives, and a proliferation of technical argot, Feed will sate your hunger for a different take on the tired zombies lore.

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On the Night Table [10]: Zombies, Charley, Spells, and a Dystopian Nightmare.

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I must admit that this week’s reading choices is a bit all over the place, but hey, that’s just the kind of reader I am. I just don’t see any enjoyment in reading the same books in the same genre week in and week out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. What can I say? I like testing the waters from time to time. πŸ™‚

So this week, I have an audiobook copy of Feed by Mira Grant – a series that’s been shoved down my throat by trusted sources. I don’t know why I’ve been obstinately set against starting this series. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I’m liking the flow of dialogues between siblings so far; as well, the frantic pace normally found with these types of books.

As you know, I’ve recently discovered the comedic schtick of one, Charley Davidson. I’m working on the fourth book of this series aptly titled, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. Sometimes, I find myself writing down all the zings Charley comes up with. She’s brilliantly sarcastic. Spastically funny, and so wrong sometimes. I want to hang out with Ms. Darynda Jones. Seriously. I think we’ll have a great time. πŸ™‚

Admittedly, I don’t know much about When My Heart was Wicked by Tricia Stirling. I fell in love with the cover, and the synopsis was a little vague. I’m looking to be surprised.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood three years ago. It was all kinds of messed up, and I enjoyed it. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons is apparently a hybrid of that book and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill! I have my doubts, obviously.

These are the books on my night table this week.

What’s in your pile?
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Temptation: Audible First of Series Sale

audible Audible knows the right marketing ploy to get me to buy their wares. They also know when to hit me up so it’s almost a sure thing that I will download their books. I mean, any time they send me an email announcing a sale of some sort,Β it’s guaranteed that I will spend some time scrolling through the titles.

Last week, they had a bunch on sale for first books in a series. So of course, I was excited! I’ve always wanted to try reading these, but I can never squeeze it in my reading rotation. So I thought, what better way to do that than listen in? And at $4.95 a piece, I thought it was a steal.

Feed [Newsflesh Trilogy, #1] by Mira Grant

I’m pretty sure I’ve been told by many that they’ll revoke my booknerd privileges if I don’t read this right away. I also own the trilogy in paperback, but they remain untouched in my shelves.

The Mayfair Moon [The Darkwoods Trilogy, #1] by J.A. Redmerski

It’s been a while since I read a werewolf book in YA, and I’m sort of familiar with the author’s work. That’s pretty much the only legitimate reason why I downloaded this.

The Poison Princess [The Arcana Chronicles, #1] by Kresley Cole

I’m almost positive this book will drive me crazy. I heard this features an annoying love triangle. Honestly, the reason why I bought this is because I already own the hardback copy. It would be nice to finally get it off my TBR.

All Lined Up [Rusk University, #1] by Cora Carmack

I honestly don’t know why I downloaded this. But there’d been so many positive feedbacks about this series that I wanted to see what the bid deal is all about. Also, I love football. Unfortunately, this book bored me to tears. I read it and gave it a paltry 2 stars.

First Grave on the Right [Charley Davidson, #1] by Darynda Jones

This I like. I read it already, and I must say, it’s quite addictive. Soon after reading this first book, I ended up scouring Amazon for the hardback copies. Yesterday, I received book #4.

A Hunger Like No Other [Immortals After Dark, #2] by Kresley Cole

I just realized this book is the second in the series. Something tells me I need to make a big stink over at Audible. Harrrrumpph. I’m currently listening to this, and it’s a bit of an oddity for me. I’m intrigued, though. And because I’ve never read the first book, I’m also lost.

I’m on to you, Audible! You’re trying to get me to read the first book in the series and see if I can like them enough to read the rest. Case and point, Charley Davidson. Sigh. There are 7 books so far to this series, and like I’ve mentioned up above, I bought all 7 in hardbacks soon after I read the first. Well played, Audible. Well played.
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