Who Says Sequels Are Rubbish?

Mark Tufo is a zombie genius. He has this way of writing that is simultaneously funny, down to earth and serious. And it works, tremendously.

The second book in his Zombie Fallout series, Zombie Fallout 2: A Plague Upon Your Family, is as amazing as the first installment. It’s full of twists, gore, jokes and mushy moments that threaten to break the ‘Man Code’ (read the book, then you will get the reference).

And you cannot forget the McDonalds scene,which was very funny. And though it is a flashback it allows you a little more insight into our loveable main character Mike Talbot.

This story carries on directly after the first one left off, with Mike and co escaping the carnage of Little Turtle and running from the nightmare that is Eliza, the female zombie who seems to want Mike’s head on a pike, and who keeps following him and his family around with a trick or two up her rotten sleeves.

As ever, the book is full of tense moments and even more so now that Mike and his family are on the run from the hordes of the ravenous dead that seem to be under the control of Eliza, who is much more than we first thought during the first book. No really, I’m not making that up or exaggerating.

Some characters end up departing us in this book too, then reappear and some old enemies also make an entrance. 

And the gore levels are amazing. All I will say on that matter is that you men out there will be wincing and cringing during one of the first few scenes of the book.

Mr Tufo is a wonderful writer and has set himself the big task of continuing to be so brilliant in the rest of the Zombie Fallout series. And I’m sure he won’t disappoint.

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What a Freak Show

Sorry again for the lack of posting, but I have been extremely busy to watch anything but improv videos, and I think I have posted enough at the moment about that.

Anyway, I managed to take some time out this afternoon/evening to watch a film that I bought today on a whim. Personally I am glad that I did buy this film on a whim; it was amazing!

So what’s the film, I hear you ask. Well it was Constantine, featuring Keanu Reeves as the main character. And you can say what you want about Keanu, but I think he was pretty good in this film. He plays John Constantine, a guy who kicks demon butt back to Hell. But then it seems that Satan’s son, Mammon not Damian, is trying to cross over onto our plain, which will mean, pretty much, the apocalypse. So, basically, John must stop this from happening.

So John goes to Hell and back , fights both angels and demons, all whilst having lung cancer (why you shouldn’t smoke 30 cigarettes a day since you were 15 years old.)

But our hero gets subdued by none other than Gabriel, who wants Mammon to come through, despite being an angel and of the opposite side (don’t ask me I didn’t write the bloody script). Anyway, John summons Lucifer, who doesn’t want his son to come through (I know, this is getting rather confusing), but also wants John’s soul, as he has sent a lot of Satan’s minions to Hell in his time. So, basically Satan turns Gabriel into a human, makes his son go back to Hell, then tries to take John’s soul, only to realise that John had to sacrifice himself to call him and save the world, and in doing so has commited an act that garantees him a place in heaven.

So Satan, being the whiny, needy b**ch that he is, makes our hero live, curing his lung cancer in the process by ripping it out of him. And John has, thankfully, learnt a couple of lessons; number one being to stop smoking and number two to stop being so selfish.

This film is a bit jumpy in places (I remember a rather freaky bit at the beginning where a girl is possessed by a demon and up on a wall), a bit gory, funny at times and frequently thought provoking. Well worth a watch if you like this sort of thing.

Writers Wanted!

For all you wannabe writers out there, I have a request, but let me first explain what this is all about.

For one of my uni assignments we have been asked to create a project, and we have all chosen to do magazines. Mine is aimed at new writers, because I feel that there is not enough out there for them, and as a wannabe writer myself I know just how tough it can be.

But I require you budding writers out there to help me out, and hopefully yourselves. This is what I need you to do: write either a short story, poem, script or song, or anything else that is short enough to go into a magazine. It can be on any topic you want, just so long as it is appropriate and not too rude. Then send it to my email at wolvenstar@hotmail.co.uk.

But you only have until the end of April, as I have a deadline too!

This is open to all ages as well.

I will then choose the best to go in my magazine and notify the winners, and if the winners want I will send them a copy each of the finished product.

Thank you guys!

Laughing in the Face of Death

It seems that the Kindle is helping me to read quicker. But, simultaneously, I am missing the feel of paper in my hands.

So I have finished Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo, which is the first in the series of five, plus the short story. It was really nice to find such a well written book with a captivating plotline. I recommend, particularly to all zombie lovers out there.

The book is narrated by Mike Talbot, your average American dad and husband, whilst he battles to keep family and friends alive in a whole new world of terrors, a world where the undead rule the roost. But not everything is as it seems, even for a zombie apocalypse. Mike meets a kid called Tommy who seems to have strange powers that allow him to know what is about to happen. And if that wasn’t enough there seems to be a female zombie following Mike around, who appears way too intelligent for your average zombie.

There is a hell of a lot of gore in this book, mainly ripping off faces in some manner or other. There is even a disturbing scene involving a necrophilia incident, so it’s not for the faint hearted.

But it seems all the horror is balanced out by Mike’s sense of humour and random ramblings about the mundane that somehow link to events, even if they don’t seem to at first! Mike is a very loveable character, that any loving dad could connect well with. Hell, I connected really well with him because he’s just so human…and that is something you shouldn’t lose, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Did I mention that the virus was started by falty Swine Flu vaccinations? Yeah, no joke.

This book is full of tension, humour and gore. A perfect combo and well worth a read.