Reign of the Dead Paperback – Aug 2001
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Let's be honest... If you don't like the 1970-80's philosophy of zombies and horror/survival genre, the chances are this book will not mean much to you. This is not a Stephen King type thriller book. The targeted audience for this book are people who grew up with such movies as the Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. People who like their zombies slow walking and easily killed with a bullet in the hand. People who fantasize over the idea of apocolyptic survival and self dependency. If you think you fit this demographic description, you will think that this was your best spent $15-20.
I do not know the author, I never read any bibliographic information on him, but yet I am almost sure that he belongs to this genaration of people. So I would like to thank him for providing me with 5-6 hours of joy of reading a highly entertaining Zombie book.
I am looking forward to his new book which I think takes place in New York and will be published in the Spring of 2005.
The grammar is horrible, almost bad enough to not read the book. When I say the grammar is bad you may be thinking that I am being harsh and overly analytical, but I assure you that is not the case. The author has made grammatical mistakes that shouldn't be made after the second grade. We're not talking about simple misspellings (although there are plenty of them), but structural errors that caused me to have to reread sections two or three time to get what the author meant.
One other thing that got to me was the complete lack of research done. If you are going to take the time to write a book you really ought to take the time to read about the incidental subject matter covered in your book. Learn about how viruses work. Read up on the electron microscope if you are going to have one used in the story (electron microscopes don't show images of living, moving things. You have to coat what you're looking at in a silver solution, and everything is dead...thus, no evil diseases floating around).
Anyway, I do recommend the book if you like the living dead, and if you can tolerate bad writing in order to get to a really good story idea.
I think that it would have been more prudent on Mr. Barnhart's part to have re-edited his novel. By removing some of the more incoherent ideas such as apocalyptic visions of holy retribution and political power struggles, while sticking to more solid ideas such as the suffering and horror the survivors face - specifically, his interesting take on the Romerian pseudo-science of zombification and the loneliness of desolate cities - Mr. Barnhart would have established not only the eerie atmosphere that he at times evokes early on the novel but a palpable feeling of despair with the reader.
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