11:11 pm - Rise Up While You Can It is very difficult to review Blackout, by Mira Grant, without spoiling the excellent Feed and Deadline, so I will say that I loved it despite recognizing several flaws presented in Tris's spoilery review, although I can't completely envision what the book would be like any other way. I love that each book in the trilogy has a different narrative structure, I love spending time with the After the End Times crew, I love the thought and detail that's put into the science and politics, I love the journalistic idealism that shines through the conspiracy, and I love explosions. Please allow me to express my opinions in blurb form.
"Blackout is so addictive that every minute you do not spend reading Blackout will be spent waiting to read Blackout. Assuming you can tear yourself away from it in the first place."
"At one point, Shaun Mason declares, 'Fuck it. Let's blow some shit up.' If only so we can describe Blackout as the EXPLOSIVE conclusion to the Newsflesh Trilogy."
"Grant's potent mix of sci-fi, horror, and thriller will have you up all night and listening for zombies at every corner."
"Blackout is like Fifty Shades of Grey except instead of erotica, you get zombies, instead of Twilight fanfic, you get zombies, and instead of clunky prose, you get zombies."
"There actually aren't a lot of zombies in Blackout. The real threat is all too human. In a post-zombie society, whom should we fear more, the zombies or ourselves?"
"Blackout is a great book to throw at your friends! It really leaves a mark."
After many years, I am finally going to begin reading A Song of Ice and Fire. I have tried to remain as unspoiled as I possibly can, and the TV series has brought media saturation to an all-time high, so it is TIME. Here is everything I know about the series:
It takes place in a historical fantasy land called Westeros.
There are Starks and Lannisters, and they are playing a game of some sort, perhaps involving thrones.
Ha ha ha, I love your description of the books. Yes, that is all exactly what happens :P
I am not as disappointed in the fourth book as a lot of people were, probably because I came in late to the series and only had a few months' wait before A Dance with Dragons after reading it, rather than years. I liked A Dance with Dragons quite a bit.
And yes, Winter is coming. Although apparently just for Westeros, as their crazy-ass weather doesn't affect the lands across the Narrow Sea, which is something that STILL BOTHERS ME and I hope you rant about it at some point because IT MAKES NO SENSE. EVEN IN FANTASY, IT MAKES NO SENSE.
But otherwise the books are awesome and I look forward to reading your opinions on them!
Blackout is too heavy! I can't put it in my purse and still bring both my iPad and my keyboard, and I like to write on the train, so I can only read it at night but then I'm too tired at night. I guess next weekend will be spent reading it, which I guess means I'll do no work between now and then because I'll pass all the time just waiting to read past chapter six?
And hahahah I anticipate all your flaily WTF?! posts re: ASOIAF. And maybe the fifth book will be better when you're not expecting it to be very good?
Oh, and I think you're smart to read the books first. I tried reading the first book to help figure out who some of the characters on the show were, but I lost interest because I already knew everything that was going to happen.
I will be reading physical books. I hadn't planned on writing up reactions as I went along, but given that this post has gotten more comments than many other recent ones, it looks like there might be enough interest!
Loved Blackout, and it's awesome that it's dedicated to you!
ASOIAF is totally worth reading. The reason people complain about books 4 and 5, imo, is...
NOT A SPOILER
JUST A STRUCTURAL NOTE...
.... that the wait was really long and then he actually had to split the book in half, so for some of your favorite characters they aren't really in book 4 cause most of their chapters got moved to book 5. So, books 4 and 5 occur mostly-simultaneously.
I haven't read ASOIAF but have been LOVING the TV show. Ideally I would watch all that and then read the books (because the books are gonna be better, right?), but I'm not sure I can handle the wait for new seasons.
haha! Enjoy A Song of Ice and Fire! Although I haven't heard many people saying that the fifth book isn't as good - what I've heard is that after the first one, the books get a little packed and not edited as tight as they could be. The fifth book's my favorite after the first.