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Chapters 1-20
« on: May 04, 2011, 10:16:01 PM »
Apologies to Overlord but I wanted to post a new thread since I'm way past chapter 5 ;)

So, 1) the moment with the convoy was brutal and well done, hit where it hurts as a reader
2) if i'm right about who is behind it, I'm going to be irked because it feels too telegraphed.
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 09:31:29 AM »
I guessed who did it too.  My DH refuses to watch detective/crime programmes on tv with me as I always guess who done it really quickly!!   ;D

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Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2011, 09:33:36 AM »
PS - I agree, those parts in the book where there was action with zombies were well done.  The political sections just seemed to drag for me, but then it's not my cup of tea. 

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 11:58:28 AM »
I'm really interested in the political bits, but they're very repetitive. Bloggers are free, wonderful. Journalists are old, boring, scared. Etc. etc.

Even speaking AS a blogger, I'm a little tired of hearing how great we are.

The zombie attacks are nicely done though - active without being over the top.

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Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 03:09:47 PM »
I guessed who did it too.  My DH refuses to watch detective/crime programmes on tv with me as I always guess who done it really quickly!!   ;D

I'm decent but not great at guessing such things normally.

In this case (do not read if you have not finished the entire book)
Spoiler for Hiden:
I was right. But then he seemed like such an evil asshole there was no other good option while still making it feel known.

Also in answer to the others, the action was well done but in this case I meant the other convoy attack in Chapter 17 or 18 where the sniper takes out Vehicles and they have to put Buffy down.
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 04:07:14 PM »
Also the repetitiveness got on my nerves a bit - the constant reminders of George's eye problem/sunglasses and the sheer amount of virus tests that the writer described in the book, could've done without so many of those.   ::)  I'm not adverse to politics in fantasy if it's well done, but too much and I get bored.  For example, ASOIAF has plenty of political intrigue and I liked those books.

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Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 06:24:24 PM »
Personally I thought the reminders on the blood test were a good idea just because it kept up the reminder of just HOW easily you can be infected and the paranoia it caused everyone in the world. The other stuff I agree with though. If it weren't for the powerful emotional bits she did pull off, this book would have only been 'okay' to me.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2011, 08:51:45 AM »
Personally I thought the reminders on the blood test were a good idea just because it kept up the reminder of just HOW easily you can be infected and the paranoia it caused everyone in the world.

That's a good point, but I got the idea after one or two tests.   ;D

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Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2011, 05:40:46 PM »
Also the repetitiveness got on my nerves a bit - the constant reminders of George's eye problem/sunglasses and the sheer amount of virus tests that the writer described in the book, could've done without so many of those.   ::)  I'm not adverse to politics in fantasy if it's well done, but too much and I get bored.  For example, ASOIAF has plenty of political intrigue and I liked those books.

I agree, although I don't actually think FEED had that much in the way of intrigue. It was a fairly, er, zero-twist mystery.

Offline MTMaenpaa

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2011, 07:22:13 PM »
Also the repetitiveness got on my nerves a bit - the constant reminders of George's eye problem/sunglasses and the sheer amount of virus tests that the writer described in the book, could've done without so many of those.   ::)  I'm not adverse to politics in fantasy if it's well done, but too much and I get bored.  For example, ASOIAF has plenty of political intrigue and I liked those books.

I agree, although I don't actually think FEED had that much in the way of intrigue. It was a fairly, er, zero-twist mystery.

Are you not counting the whole
Spoiler for Hiden:
Buffy being the mole
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Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2011, 07:42:39 PM »
Also the repetitiveness got on my nerves a bit - the constant reminders of George's eye problem/sunglasses and the sheer amount of virus tests that the writer described in the book, could've done without so many of those.   ::)  I'm not adverse to politics in fantasy if it's well done, but too much and I get bored.  For example, ASOIAF has plenty of political intrigue and I liked those books.

I agree, although I don't actually think FEED had that much in the way of intrigue. It was a fairly, er, zero-twist mystery.

Are you not counting the whole
Spoiler for Hiden:
Buffy being the mole
thing?

That,
Spoiler for Hiden:
Her death after being bit by her boyfriend, all of it. Second saddest moment in the book for me. Mind you the first is amazingly brutal considering...
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Offline Badfaith

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2011, 09:43:18 AM »
I agree there is a degree of repetativeness but as we're looking at the wotldthrough someone's eyes George's life is blogging and virus tests/eye problems. Also it's a constant reminder that thR world is not quite right when they are just covering political parts.

Offline ChrisMB

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2011, 07:55:06 PM »
I think for the most part, the repetition is necessary in order to reinforce the inevitable moment when something serious does go horribly wrong. As we all know it will. Though you could make a bit of a drinking game out of all of the times we see mention of the cleaning, blood tests, and the sunglasses. The nod to the Granddaddy of the Zombies is nice, and I can't help but shake the feeling that Georgia would probably make a great assistant to Spider Jerusalem if Transmetropolitan was set in a zombie-ravaged city (Ironically, another masterfully told story centering around a journalist in the future dealing with an election). Also, I don't know how familiar people here are with their webcomics, but the zombie biology reminds me of the zombie webcomic "The Zombie Hunters" by Jennifer Romanchuk in as much that the zombie virus has a
Spoiler for Hiden:
"dormant" stage and a "live" stage.

I'm about halfway through the book right now and I have to say I'm loving every minute of it! (Literally, my Kindle says I've read 50% of it)

Offline nilling

Re: Chapters 1-20
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011, 03:23:59 PM »
Book III - and really enjoying it. I personally like the mix of politics and zombies.
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