Saturday, January 30, 2016

Zurvival Saturday (120) Bite Sized Reviews: Zombies vs. The Living Dead & London by Frank Tayell

Hey ya'll, I'm back this week with some bite sized reviews! This past week I started reading the Surviving The Evacuation series by Frank Tayell. I've had the first two novels on my Kindle for quite some time so figured why not read them. I am really trying my hardest to read some of the older books that I own before purchasing new ones. So far, I'm (mostly) succeeding, lol.

First up, I read Zombies vs. The Living Dead (Surviving the Evacuation 0.5)
Publication Date: September 26, 2013

My Thoughts: I don't know if you've ever seen the film Cockney's vs. Zombies but this story reminded me of it. In a nutshell the living dead are geriatric pensioners who are abandoned by their caretakers at the onset of a zombie apocalypse.  This is a very short story but the character George and the actions he takes will stick with  you right up until the bittersweet end. This story has no winners, no grand rescues, only the last moments of a group of people everyone thought weren't worth saving and that in itself is the real tragedy. 

In the end I gave this one ★★★★.


Next up in the series was, London (Surviving the Evacuation #1)  
Publication Date: September 26, 2013

My Thoughts: Have you ever read a book that when you finished you just felt like, "Huh, that's it?" That was my reaction after finishing London (Surviving the Evacuation). The main protagonist Bill is an incredibly dull fellow who spends the first half of the story giving us commentary about his even duller existence. Listen, I like a good build up but when over half the story follows just a single character sitting in his flat complaining about everything from lack of hot tea to the weather it can drag the story down quite a bit.  Bill is the type of protagonist who shouldn't survive but somehow does despite doing literally everything wrong. Now I will say that despite the first half being nothing more than a lesson in procrastination the story wasn't all bad.  Once we left the flat and Bill started exploring the newly dead world things started looking up. The back half has more action and the pacing picks up considerably. So in the end while I didn't love this one, I know I'll at least, well probably anyway, still continue on with this series.  

In the end I gave this one ★★★.

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Out of curiosity, Have you heard of this Series? 
If you have, Did you have any issues with pacing?
If not, Will you be picking these up?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below or feel free to tweet me them @Hermyoni  


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