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Couldn't put the books down. Great set of novels. You get so engrossed in the simple, yet descriptive world that Chris describes, before you know it you are on the next novel. Loving the books so far....
I love this book and series, this is some of the best writing I've read about the zombie apocalypse. This character driven, emotionally charged book will hit you in the feels. There are some devastating losses yet also some characters finally burying the hatchet and joining together to survive. There is lots of tension and then the next thing you know, you're laughing at some of the dialogue. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a great zombie yarn.
I was watching a program last month and the commentator brought up Zombies. He made several comments about not understanding the wave of Zombie fascination crossing the nation and the entertainment industry. I never responded to his comments but I was up all night thinking about what I thought he should know about zombie literature and why the stories are so entertaining.
I know Adrian does not care for flaming zombies, but I think a large portion of the entertainment industry are flaming liberals. What is funny about that is that most Zombie stories address self reliance and the need to take care of yourself. No government is going to be able to save you. I think people who love politics/history/current events would find Adrian's Undead Diary to be fascinating. I actually have 3 favorite zombie stories: Josh Guess- Living with the Dead; Kathy from FL – Mom’s Journal of the Zombie Year’s and of course the best ever Adrian’s Undead Diary. Not only do I think the stories above make up some of the best literature ever written, all 3 were written over several years and posted on the internet for free.
A year ago, I had never read a zombie story and it was not on any future to do list. However, I was so disgusted by the 2012 election cycle, I went on a no news, no politics, and no current events six month vacation. Considering I listened to talk radio/NPR 2 hours a day while driving, watched 2 hours of news and read several papers a day that was taking a vacation from a huge portion of what made up my day.
At the time I got on my kindle and starting reading a lot more fiction. Trying to save some money, I borrowed Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro from the kindle lending library. I thought the book sounded interesting but I was not ready to spend my money on a zombie book. Boy was I surprised. I was so entertained by the story. I wanted to read more. As it works with kindle, one purchase leads to another and I was shocked and consumed by the writing and quality of stories I was reading. However, books can get expensive. Then…I found the Promised Land. I found Adrian’s Undead Diary and a couple of other internet zombie stories.
Over the last year, many of my friends have been dubious of my new found love. Zombies???Really???
Yes, really. I find the dichotomy of zombies (not real, yet) and the threats facing our nation (very real) and using the two elements to create a world that is full of a need to survive, live and rebuild absolutely fascinating. These stories have every day people finding the world as they knew it blown up and they have to figure it out. How do you survive, how to you protect yourself, how do you find food, who are your fellow survivors, who are your enemies? These questions and answers have been a part of history and literature for hundreds of years. Zombies just kick up the drama several notches because if you do not get things figured out real quick, your dinner.
Adrian Ring and his diary have all the elements of a great read. The zombies just make it more fun.
I started this series late, finding the 1st book as a free kindle book (or maybe I borrowed the 1st as a monthly prime borrow), and was immediately hooked. Then I bought the next couple, before realizing the nature of this work- an ongoing blog that Chris Philbrook added to on a regular basis. If only I had been in on the series as it was being published as a blog- I would have loved being a part of the ongoing commentary as the story progressed- check out the blog to see what I mean.
In terms of the story/series, I loved it, for several reasons. It was a refreshing approach; it had that intangible "make you want to read the next page" characteristic; a unique, very funny, protagonist; lots of fun action; and, finally, it had an ending! I am tired of never-ending zombie series. Let me have a book with a beginning and an end, like in the old days of writing! At least a few books and be done! AUD left the door open for more in the future, but it didn't leave the story hanging, making you unsatisfied until the next installment came out.
It has a spiritual good vs evil angle that I don't normally look for in a zombie book. Many zombie books don't explain the apocalypse at all, but Philbrook's inclusion of this in AUD was appropriate in that it added depth, but didn't detract from the action, if that makes sense.
Buy the books, join Philbrook's website, read the blog. It's good stuff.
I'm looking forward to reading more of Philbrook's writing.
I bought the first three books to give to a friend to demand that they read them. I've read all of the books. Twice. This year. Yup. No shame. Loved them that much. This is the best way I can explain these books. The way I told my friend when I gave her the books: (She loved them by the way) It's like a mix of Stephen King's The Stand and Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead (The comic not the show folks) But without the long drawn out wordiness that King has been accused of. (I happen to LOVE his work. But I do have dyslexia and ADD, and find myself wanting to skip pages every now and then) And instead of being a comic, it's presented to you like you are talking to that one friend that always has a good story, tells it well and can make any situation funny. The whole thing pretty much starts out like "Hey, what's up? That's cool... Dude! You gotta hear about this funny ass s*** that happen the other night...." And that's what got me sucked right in. It was written just like I talk. Just like how I think. I enjoyed it so much, it made it hard to get into reading any other book series afterwards. Fantastic doesn't even begin to describe this books! If this is the genre you enjoy (Zombies/End Of The Word) these books should be on the top of your reading list!
This is one of my favorite books in the AUD series.
Adrian is on point and funny as ever. That poor guy can never catch a break.
The rivalry between our friends at ALPA and the morons across town that were causing Abby's family and many others misery really heats up. You could say the poop definitely hits the fan in this one over and over again.
Speaking of poop, the origin of the "toe pusher" is revealed as well as how many different ways poop can hit the fan. All good fun and very entertaining!
The title of the book comes from a short story contained within detailing the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. I have read countless zompoc novels and series. It's usually the same old story or slight variation thereof that leads to the end. That is not the case here. This is easily the best origin story I have ever read.
The short story "London" is also contained in this volume which is what the stand alone book "London Burns" is based on.
I could go on forever. There is so much more I won't give away and no shortage of action in this installment. It's sure to keep fans turning the pages into the wee hours. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Still enjoying this series of books and that is saying something. Normally, I don't like to read a series especially if I have to wait on books. I have over 1,600 books in my Kindle to read so I don't want to wait on books in a series. Thankfully there is another book after this one already out so I can start on it. I just hope it doesn't leave me hanging like this last book did. I still cling to "hope". I would think as intelligent human beings we would be smart enough and strong enough to kill the undead, even though zombies will never be real. For a good read I would like to see living humans finally survive and start the long hard road to recovery. Adrian is a character I have come to like a lot. He does try to right his wrongs and he can be so witty and funny when writing in his journal. I don't understand why some reviewers in previous books didn't like the chapters that showed us other viewpoints and adventures other people were living. Most of them come into Adrian’s life and it’s a nice way to give us their background stories before they join Adrian. I liked those additions. I would recommend this series.
This is the third volume of the story, so if you haven't bought the first two, get those two. And this one. Order them all right now. Don't worry that you won't have time to read them all; you will not be able to put them down. Seriously, when I first read these (in serial format) I seriously considered skipping work several times to read the latest installments. This volume has some of the most nail-biting moments, so I'm thrilled to finally be getting it in paperback.
For those of you completely unfamiliar with the internet sensation that is AUD, this story is a zombie story for anyone and everyone. Countless people who "hate zombie fics" love this series, as do pretty much all zombie fic fans. It focuses on the human element, and is a very personal account of the apocalypse. You will love it.
P.S: For anyone wondering why there are so many good reviews around the same date, it's not spamming; this series is an internet phenomenon with countless fans who all flocked to buy (and review) it the very moment it was released in paperback.
What to say? The Adrian's Undead diary series is absolutely some of the best reading I've ever done. Some of you may be looking at this series thinking "Oh, I don't like Zombie stories". Generally, I don't either, but Chris nailed it here. I don't really classify this as a "Zombie" story, it's a story about Love, Friendships past, present and future, and one man's desire to survive, all while trying to do the "right" thing. Zombies just happen to be the antagonizing factor. :) I read this series three times when it was online only, staying up until the wee hours of the morning at times to read the latest installment, then going to work half asleep. lol Now that it's in print, I am absolutely buying the whole series, as this is something I can read over and over. Don't believe me? Buy the first two books, it's less than $30 including shipping for the paper backs, and less than $10 for the e-books. If you're not hooked after that, then I don't know what to say.