* * * * * * * 7/10
I don’t read many books of short stories, for no particular reason.
This one has a lot to offer. Some stories are sad, some frightening in their own way, some are hopeful. The common theme seems to be a battle of some sort or another. A few are battles be with yourself in doing the right thing, some with yourself to do the necessary thing.
The writing is good, the ideas in each story work well and for the most part they complement each other despite all of them being so different. There was one story, Finding Rose, that I just couldn’t get on with and to me seemed to stick out from the rest like a sore thumb. The rest of the book though was excellent.
* * * * * * * * * * 10/10
This is not something to take seriously. Not even a little. Like the title suggests, it’s a graphic novel about lesbian zombies from… well, you know. It’s all there.
The story is as uncomplicated and as silly as you’d expect. The alien zombies are hungry for man parts, and the only woman unaffected by the disease, virus, outbreak, however you’d want to describe it, happens to be a lesbian. The men are left helpless and terrified, soon to be killed, with the exception of our hero, Ace, who’s plan to defeat the zombies involves…. wait for it… porn.
It’s a light and easy read, though where I left off had suddenly taken quite a dark turn. The artwork is excellent and suits the book and I have the feeling it’s going to offend a lot of people.
* * * * * * * * * * 10 / 10
The first time I read this, it wasn’t my favourite book and it was a couple of years before I picked it up again and gave it another go. I’m glad I did.
I think the only way Nivvo could be described is as a cheeky rascal. He’s just that sort of lovable scamp, who might have a somewhat dark side to him but for the most part is honest in his own way.
The city is living under the thumb of a tyrant who had Nivvo’s father killed when he was but a child, and sent him to the streets. The only reason he is alive is that the lord of the underworld took a liking to him…
The story comes to a satisfying end, yet there is obviously more to come.
* * * * * * * 7 / 10
The story focuses on Corim and takes us through his childhood, from schooling to meeting his first love, marriage and having a child of his own. It’s through Corim’s life we learn of the society he lives in.
Corim belongs to the General Order, which means he will live for 37 years. He will have one of two jobs, a system architect, or a sex worker. Becoming a sex worker is seen as the better choice, being higher paid and bringing benefits such as colourful clothes and jewellery. Prostitution is celebrated, an enviable job because it allows for a slightly better way of living.
Of course there are the other Orders, allowed to live longer, have more career choices and wear more clothes, own more belongings. The higher the order, the greater the luxury.
There is no way to move up in the orders. The only career choices are those available within the order, which gives the illusion of social mobility to those who live in this world.
The story starts very strongly, but as it comes to the end I get the impression the author didn’t quite know how to finish it. Part of the problem is that there are two stories here, one of the dystopian society and the other of Corim. The society needed more telling than Corim could give it.
I’d be far happier with two or more books. Corim’s story is important enough that it can stand as part of a series, of how the cruelties of that society has effected its citizens on a personal level, while the creation and downfall of the class system can be dealt with by new characters.
* * * * * * * * * 9 / 10
Sam is an arrogant 18 year old, given everything in life and spoiled enough to believe what he wants is his by default. Rita is his new history teacher and he wants her…
Fast forward ten years and Sam seems to have his life under control. Handsome, charming and in a job on a cruise ship that takes him around the world. No matter how happy he appears on the surface though, he still feels resentful that Rita had him expelled for his unwelcome and almost threatening advances at school.
Then there’s Rita, who’s left an abusive relationship and decides to start a new life with a luxury cruise…
This is not a romantic tale. This is a pair of dysfunctional people, who don’t so much meet again as crash spectacularly without thought as to who they take down with them.
* * * * * * * * * 9 / 10
An excellent continuation from the first book and follows the story smoothly. Trouble is still Trouble, Alice is a little more grown up and responsible and yet still has a lot to learn. The plot is absorbing, hard to put down and shows clever planning and thought.
* * * * * * * * 8 / 10
I very much enjoyed this one. All through the book is the feeling that all the characters want to return to a time that was better, when-ever that time was. It’s like a P-take on nostalgia, relentlessly making fun of the idea that life was better, in that all of the characters, from youth to adulthood, seem to feel that way.
Grace is an unpleasant young lady, back-stabbing and spiteful, driven and greedy, while Wilberforce could best be described as reluctant and shy. Following them is fascinating, watching them go from one thing to another until each finally settle into their lives.