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02 July 2011 @ 05:34 am

(From novella introduction)

Dearest Reader,
This is a bad zombie apocalypse novella. It was written in a hurry. It is riddled with inconsistencies. And it never quite arrives at whatever point it sought to make. But remember: The $25 you donated to charity in exchange for this steaming mess of prose will help our species shuffle along, and I hope you’ll feel warmed by your good deed as you read. Thank you for decreasing the overall worldwide level of suck, and as they say in my hometown: Don’t forget to be awesome.

Best wishes!
John Green

Before I actually get into the talking about the book, I need to explain this note above a bit. This novella was originally a prize won in an auction, the money going to a charity...which I can't remember the name of at the moment. It was during the Project for Awesome 2010 on YouTube (for more info on the P4A, if you don't know what it is, feel free to ask in the comments, or Google it). However, anyone who bid on it got a copy, if I remember. It was released to everyone else for free download shortly after the auction and I just finally got around to reading it now, haha.

So, the books is a zombie apocalypse novella, as mentioned in the author's note. However, it's rather different from your typical zombie novel. The infection, believe it or not, was spread through corn. The zombies, or "Z's" as they are called, not only feast on human flesh, but they also seem to worship corn. Any time not spent on finding and eating living humans (or animals) is spent planting and tending to the corn.
The main character, Mia, is a teen. The novella is written as her memoir of the whole situation basically. She's been through quite a bit as she is writing it and most of the chapters are set as flashbacks as she remembers and writes down the more important things that have happened to her and her dog since the virus spread. Now, I'm a huge fan of zombies and zombie related books, movies, etc. and I especially love ones like this. It's not about the blood and guts or even as much about killing the zombies. It's deep and it makes you think. I adore that and I adore John Green's books for this reason. He's a fantastic author-he writes interesting characters and his style is great... I know he says that this is a poor bit of writing, but I love it. I'll likely read it again someday.
If you enjoy zombie novels, and not just for the shooting at these living dead creatures, I recommend this to you for certain. It's only around 40 pages long, so it takes little time to read, but it's worth it.

(Look at that...I thought it'd take me longer to write about a book...Perhaps it should have. I apologize for the suckiness of this "review". I'm still learning how to do these and how to get better at it.)
02 July 2011 @ 05:14 am
Hey there!
So, it's been a while since this comm. has had...well, any activity at all. I intend to fix this. How? Well, I'm going to (attempt) to write about some of the books that I've been reading lately. I was having a difficult time with reading for the first couple months this year unfortunately, but I'm back to normal now. I've been reading frequently, trying to make up for my lost months. So here I am again. I'm going to see.... Maybe I can write up something about a book I've finished recently and post it later today or something. No promises, but I'll work on it.
In the meantime, I've noticed that we've had a couple of people join, so thanks for doing that! Please feel free to make your own posts about books or any other sort of literature you have been reading or have read in the past. I'd like for this community to be fairly active. So yes, you're welcome to post, just don't spam with meaningless things. Pretty much anything related to literature is tine, though. :)
01 December 2010 @ 05:01 am

I've been meaning to write about this book for a while; basically since I finished reading it.... About a month ago. But I've been lazy, and neglecting this community. But I'm finally getting around to it, so here we go!

Zombies vs. Unicorns is a YA Fiction anthology of zombie and unicorn stories. It consists of short stories written by well known YA authors, some of my favorites including Meg Cabot and Maureen Johnson, who have chosen a side: Team Zombie, or Team Unicorn, and then written a short story about the chosen subject.
Being Team Zombie myself, I enjoyed all of the zombie stories (except one, and it didn't help that I dislike the author), my favorite being Inoculata by Scott Westerfeld. And I enjoyed some of the unicorn stories as well.
I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of either zombies or unicorns, or even you weirdos who like both. The stories (okay, most of them) are original and interesting, with good characters and plot, and some are even rather funny. And don't be deterred if you don't like one of the creatures; if you don't like zombies, just don't read the zombie stories, and if you don't like unicorns, don't worry! Some of the unicorn stories have zombies in them. Or you could not read them. Your choice.

I promise the next time I write about a book here (which will hopefully be soon. I should try writing here at least once a week.), I won't write about a YA fiction book. Probably.
30 September 2010 @ 02:39 pm
Well, we have no members as of yet, but that's not going to stop me from posting anymore.

I recently finished The Hunger Games Trilogy. I picked up the first one during the hype about Mockingjay to see if it was any good. It was. I devoured the book (not literally), and was dying to get the next two. I had to wait a painful two weeks to get them, but I did. I mowed through both Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and now I completely understand why they are so popular. These books are fantastic! There are so many unexpected twists, you just can't stop reading them! They also make you think, which is great for a YA novel.
They are seriously competing with Harry Potter for the title of my favorite series.

If you haven't read these books yet, I highly recommend them, even if you aren't into YA fiction.
02 August 2010 @ 08:44 pm
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