Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Book Review: Z Burbia by Jake Bible

Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test!
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. 

My Review:
Having read a previous book by the author and pretty much hating it, I nearly deleted this one without reading it. Now I wish I had and saved myself twenty minutes where I could have been doing something else.

There was another bunch of foull mouthed idiots living in a gated community with rules to protect people from the zombies outside. Even the priest or whatever he was couldn't stop swearing while having a supposed normal conversation. I think that having swearing for the sake of it with no specific reason, adds zero to the book. I find it lazy writing and indicates to me that the author can't be bothered thinking up good dialogue to develop their characters.

This bunch were really bad. Female bitch administrators, macho sexist pigs, religious nutters, ranting zealots, obnoxious idiots...yeah just what I like to avoid in books. I actually wanted to climb into the book and force open the gate so the zombies could eat everyone.

I certainly won't be reading anything else by the author.
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