…read some dystopian fiction to take your mind of this ongoing madness called politics.
Find the crème de la crème of zombie fiction.
I’ve put together a list of some utterly disturbing (great!) zombie bookswhile waiting for ‘The Walking Dead’ to continue… …and the world going back to some kind of sanity.
If you are low on funds and wonder if those free books on Amazon are any good, I struggled through a lot to them. Here is a list of cheap thrills worth having a look at, either free or published for Amazon’s Kindle for peanuts.
As so often I’ve been thinking about robots, artificial intelligence and what will become of us humans in the future while creating this piece. Will we just endlessly keep consuming? Will robots take over human reproduction because all that is left is some greedy, organic matter? And why would they do it? Because we created them in our best image – the one that is caring, thoughtful and supportive? I will give it some more thought…
Scorched-earth tactics are a military strategy that destroys all resources that might be useful to the advancing enemy. Why we are destroying our planet with global warming without an enemy in sight is beyond me… Perhaps it is the enemy inside us that drives us? The enemy that is called: greed or fear or simply dumb-ass!
I am an artist, not a writer, but thought about the first line of a dystopian novel: People embraced the first heatwave in the summer of 2018.
As I said, I am not a writer, but I would start a piece of apocalyptic fiction in the here and now – the nightmare is already in full swing.
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, The Girl with all the Gifts, The Girl in the Red Coat, The Girl Who Lied – all been flying off the shelves, or rushing through the download ether. By the way, I have read them all and liked them.
So if you are an author at a loose end, not knowing what to write about, you should think about a young female lead (she doesn’t need to be a heroine, even though I would welcome it, she can be psychologically challenged or simply an alcoholic, even a child will do) and stick ‘girl’ somewhere in the title. And off into bestselling orbit, you should go. Oh, also make sure it is a page turner. The competition is stiff and you’ll be compared with the other ‘girl’ books.
Why do I go on about this on a dystopian blog you might wonder? Well, I wanted to present ‘The Girl with all the Gifts’ by M. R. Carey, one of the best zombie novels ever written. This is the ‘girl’ novel with the apocalyptic fix (you know what I mean), you really ought to read. It is utterly unique and stands head above shoulders in a genre that seems to attract the most talentless of writers.
More notable dystopian ‘girl’ books
And while we are on the subject of apocalyptic fiction featuring girls in the lead, the wonderful Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is another must-read book by an exceptionally gifted writer.
And it is not just me saying it. To prove it, Emily St. John Mandel has a handful of credentials to her name, among them: WINNER OF THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD 2015, as well as, New York Times Bestseller.
And last but not least, there is my favorite zombie book of all times: The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell. I have written a review a while back which you can read here.
If you have written a dystopian, apocalyptic or crime book with or without girl in the title and need a good book cover designer, Jacqueline Abromeit at goodcoverdesign.co.uk should be able to help.
Parasite; The True Story of the Zombie Apocalypse by Doug Ward
It has been a while since I have seen a semicolon in a title, but hey, just because I don’t really know where they have to go…
Harry, a workaholic entomologist, barely a lose limb away from Asbergers, turns hero motivated by wanting to rescue his wife Melissa who is stuck at her nine-to-five when the dead rise.
At times it is as amateurish and childish as the cover suggest. Dual narrative doesn’t really give another perspective, nor voice. Characterisation is thinner as a bug’s leg. And having said all that, just like the cover, it is not without talent. Action and settings are great – as long as nobody thinks or speaks too much it flows along nicely.
It is one of the few free-bees I finished because, almost to my surprise, I found myself wanting to know what happens next. I wasn’t curious enough to pay money for part 2, but wouldn’t blame anyone who does.
I was so impressed by Kate Tempest performing Europe is lost on the Tonight Show, l took snaps from my telly and did some fan art. It is so rare to see an authentic artist (or anything authentic) performing live on telly, I have almost forgotten what authenticity was. Thanks for reminding me, Kate. Much appreciated!
Full marks for originality. Nod is a one person’s account of what happens when everybody, apart from himself and a bunch of kids, fails to be able to sleep. Well, nothing good. Maybe I would have liked the book better if it was another person’s account? I don’t know. Not that I disliked it. If I would give away stars on Amazon, I would have given a generous 4 and 3 of those would have been for the collective insomnia idea. Love the cover though!