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Eden [Paperback]

Tony Monchinski

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Book Description

Dec 6 2011 Zombie Novels
A terrifying vision of the zombie apocalypse from Gallery Books / indie horror sensation Permuted Press!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451646844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451646849
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Monchinski is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort May 17 2008
By J. R Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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Every six months or so, I go on a zombie-novel buying binge, and 'Eden' was one of the batch this time around. I generally don't expect too much from the self-published crowd - that may be elitist of me, but let's be honest here - it's hard to find gems among the slop. The only reason I subject myself to let-down after let-down is because I'm a zombie fan.

'Eden', while certainly not the worst novel I've ever read, is by no means the best, either. First of all, there's Monchinski's annoying fabrication of 'Tommy Arlin', the supposed author of the book. Do we really need a nine page preface telling us how cool Tommy Arlin is? Very strange. Then there's an acknowledgements page by Arlin 'himself'. More strangeness. Especially the sentence where he talks about how Hollywood has let us down once again with the most recent version of 'I Am Legend'... a movie that hit the theaters late last year, being talked about in a note by Arlin that's dated 2005. While I agree that the Will Smith IAL was a letdown, come on, let's at least cross-check our dates, shall we? :D

Another thing that really bothered me was the sentence structure used throughout large parts of the book. There's these brief, staccato machine-gun burst sentences that just look... weird. Like there's words missing. An example: "Communal baths erected on the opposite end of the block had hot water. Julie there now, showering." That just sounds odd to me, kind of like Tonto narrating a novel.

But all griping aside, 'Eden' actually turned out to be a fairly decent read. The plot was inventive; the idea of fusing that old flick D.O.A. with the zombie genre is pure genius. The characters are, variously, sympathetic, disgusting, sad, and most of all, human, with all the strength and weakness that implies. The gory details are handled well - there's enough description to make you cringe, but not so much to make you think the author threw it in just to fill up pages with 'yuck factor'. There's a bit too much gun-description-wankery for my tastes, but that's a minor quibble.

All in all, it was a solid effort, and I'll be curious to see what Tomtony Arlchinski writes next.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Keene! April 26 2008
By J. Doller - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a fan of the Zombie genre since I saw Dawn of the Dead in a theatre at the age of 10. I have tried to read some novels (mostly by Brian Keene) but none of them seem to catch the true spirit of the genre...until I read Eden. Eden truly captures the horror of an apocalyptic zombie-infested world. The characters are real, the story reads quickly as you are soon drawn into their world, and the plot...I don't want to spoil it...is fantastic and (for once) believable with a Pulp Fiction feel to it as the time frame changes from chapter to chapter with everything neatly tied up in the end. And don't let the title fool you...there's no (at least none that I could find) religious undertones in the book unlike others I have read. I hope that the author is working on more!
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential, if it had been professionally edited June 11 2009
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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As others have commented, there are many typographical errors throughout the book. At times, it was like listening to a speaker who says "um" every 3rd word--you stop paying attention, and start counting the "ums."

Aside from the simple spelling/grammar issues, a professional editor would encourage a consistent style, pacing, and narrative flow. Portions of the book read as if they came from several different authors--vocabulary, style, sentence length, levels of detail, etc., are inconsistent.

I didn't find the non-linear structure particularly confusing (but can certainly understand the complaint.) The first few lines of flashbacks quickly establish themselves as being out of sequence with the preceding chapter/scene. I saw the flashback structure as perhaps a parallel of the hero's unraveling mental state. However, if that was the intent, it is muddled by flashbacks to events the main character did not witness or know about. Some of the flashbacks are unrelated to the main character, or even to the plot(some of the military/police scenes have little or nothing to do with the storyline.)

The book takes a new perspective of the usual zombie story, but doesn't follow through on its potential. An editor (or a better editor) could do wonders for the book, perhaps even make it viable for commercial, rather than self-publishing.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly well done self published effort April 27 2008
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a lot of zombie fiction. Just take a gander at my reviews over the past couple of years on Amazon and you will see that 95% of them are zombie fiction. No, this is not all that I read, but typically it is what I review ever since I got on my zombie reading kick a couple of years ago. I have enjoyed zombie movies for many years but I have taken it upon myself to try to read as much zombie stuff as there is available via Amazon more recently.
In this genre there are plenty of graphic novels, a small select group of mass market stuff, a wider array of product published by the likes of Permuted Press, which is a strong genre house that has produced some really solid zombie epics...and then there are the self published works.
I have read many of those, even the ones that previous reviewers have given ample warning that I should not even be considering because of their horrible editing, uninteresting storyline and atrocious character development. I enjoy zombies enough that it seems not to matter at the outset; my craving for stories of the undead seemingly unsatiable, although I have to admit that I really regretted forging ahead with some of the really horrible self published garbage out there.
Not here, not with this book. This one is definitely a keeper. I was hesitant at first. Why? Perhaps it is because of the my own confusion surrounding who wrote this book. It seems obvious that Tony Monchinski wrote the book, cops to it twice here on Amazon, but created an indepth fabrication as to who Tommy Arlin is. I was not sure about that but I can appreciate it as sort of the author's attempt at creating a pen name with a wink and a nod at the reader.
Tony does a bang up job with this story. He does change the writing style part way through but while I got used to quick automatic beat of the words early on I was able to settle in to the more traditional way he writes further on.
Our story centers around a high school principle named Harris who lives in NYC as the zombie plague breaks out. We follow him and numerous other folks that interact with him at one point or another, through his experiences after the zombies come and up to and beyond his time in Eden, a walled in fortress in Queens where a group of survivors are trying to survive and thrive as best they can. The story jumps backwards and forwards on different time tracks, giving us various perspectives and unveiling bits and pieces of the puzzle and mystery that is this story which starts out with our main character bitten and already cognizant that in less than 24 hours he will be dead and rising from the dead to become one of repulsive fiends he hates so much. This little tidbit is not giving away any secrets: we know within the first couple of sentences that Harris has been bit and we go from there. He wants to find out what human being allowed this to happen to him and get to them before he dies.
The story is a bit disjointed with the shifting time frame that allows the author to reveal both minor and major details at his own pace, not allowing us to understand the whole truth of things until the very end. It is a bit confusing but I was certainly able to keep track of it all, enjoying the pace the storyteller was able to set.
The author does a good job coming up with a few "tweaks" to the zombies themselves in addition to having a good story to tell. The undead can be slow, fast, screamers or silent and there are even a few "brains" amongst them, the true predators of the breed. They are smart enough to know how to hunt humans down more effectively and are, by far, the most disturbing of this new breed. If I were to be critical, it would be that we did not really get to see any of them in action during the book, or so it seemed. If you are going to create new varieties, use them. Not a big criticism by any means though.
I thought the author did a great job in describing the rapid breakdown of New York with plausible military intervention and government reaction to such a unthinkable catastrophe. Individuals come and go in the book but are not treated as extras but rather as solid human beings even if their fate is an abrupt and painful one. It is clear that our author knows the city and knows its people and uses this knowledge to great advantage here.
Solid character development, great tone and flow of story, and overall another worthwhile ride into the doomed world of the zombie apocalypse.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plod through it....you won't regret it. Aug. 23 2010
By Felicia A. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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I am shocked and awed, but I actually finished this book. This was no easy task for much of the book, and it took me a lot longer to read than it would have otherwise. The book is just SO poorly edited, that it's very difficult to follow.

Having said that, if you can get past that, which is extremely difficult, it does 1) get better and 2) become worth it.

As surprised as I was to have actually made myself overlook the poor editing and continue on with this book, I was just as surprised at how good the story actually is, and how much I am looking forward to reading the sequel, which I have already ordered.

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