Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon – The Hungry [REVIEW]

Title: The Hungry

Author: Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 228

Rating: 3.5/5

I picked this up because it’s published by Genius Books and its author, Steven W. Booth, is one of the press’s figureheads. They’re interested in publishing one of my novels called Meat, and so I thought I’d read one of Steven’s books to see what I thought.

And it’s good news, because I was impressed by the quality, both of the writing and of the book itself. I also enjoyed the subject matter, because I’m a sucker for a zombie novel and as the introduction says, who can resist a zombie novel where the leading lady is shooting things in the head while wearing a wedding dress?

The way that the two authors write is interesting because it made for quite a visual read, and so I can easily imagine this being turned into a movie, or perhaps even a TV series. That also meant that it was pretty engaging to me as a reader because it didn’t feel as though I was being told instead of shown.

It was also delightfully brutal, with plenty of gore for me to enjoy and some great scenes with the zombies including one claustrophobic scene that was set in the car in the middle of a hore.

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Ruth Plumly Thompson – The Lost King of Oz [REVIEW]

Title: The Lost King of Oz

Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 244

Rating: 3.5/5

It’s been fun to crack on with the Oz series, and I feel like this was one of the better ones. There’s a lot to like about the Oz books, and even though Baum was dead by this point, I still think this is a great example of the series as a whole. And by this point, it doesn’t really matter if you’re reading them in order or not.

True, there are elements here that feel familiar, and they could well have been lifted from other books in the series. By this point, I’m so far in that I can’t remember, although I think Joel Swagman would be able to tell you. I’m technically reading these books as a buddy read with him, although we’re no longer in synch and so I have no idea where he is.

All in all, I thought The Lost King of Oz was a pretty good read, with some fun jokes along the way and some clever little plot points that almost stand out from the original Oz books because I don’t think Baum would have thought of them. I also didn’t spot a huge number of contradictions, although that doesn’t mean that they weren’t there. And besides, they’re pretty much a hallmark of the series by this point. Thanks, Baum.

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