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Zone One
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilization under orders from the provisional government based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Streetaka Zone Onebut pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous varietythe malfunctioning stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams working in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitzs desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One brilliantly subverts the genres conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.
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Melismatic
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Mehso-so

“We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them.”

I‘d assumed a zombie-in-NYC story would be right up my alley for my first Whitehead but this felt choppy and was difficult to follow. It got better as it went on, though. I am glad I toughed it out. 🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♀️ 🗽 #authoramonth2020

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Skygoddess1
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. In it Mark Spitz and compatriots are working on behalf of the government to eradicate New York City of the zombie population in order to allow the city to be reclaimed by the uninfected. Many a zombie story is filled with gore but Colson Whitehead stayed away from this aspect as the typical zombie book for the most part. Found it an enjoyable enough read. #AuthorAMonth #AuthorAMonth2020

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dixi_e
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Bailedbailed

Struggling to get into this one and after reading so many weak reviews, I‘m not wasting any more time. #toomanybooks

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Melismatic
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Stalling on this chilly day. I want to like this but the author is making it tough. #authorofthemonth #authoramonth2020

Soubhiville I love your mug! 1w
Melismatic @Soubhiville thanks! It was an xmas gift 🥰 7d
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BookwormAHN
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Bailedbailed

After about 2 hrs on audio I DNFed Zone One. For a zombie book it was rather boring.
Then I discovered Yaoi Mangas which is a Japanese term for a manga that features sexual romances between men that are mostly created for women. Thank you Google. The above 3 are free on for Kindle. They are short and entertaining.

phatsallylee I picked this one for #authoramonth but have seen many negative reviews. Still going to give it a try in a few days... 2w
Kimmypete1 I DNF‘d this book years ago. Quite the disappointment, I also could not handle the SUPER EXTRA LONG chapters it had. (I think there were only 3 or 4 chapters in the whole book 😫)(I probably would have been ok in audio, but in print this is a big thing for me.) (edited) 2w
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Bookwormjillk
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Mehso-so

Colson Whitehead is an amazing writer with immaculate attention to detail, but I just couldn‘t get into this book. #AuthorAMonth2020

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Eggs
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

Even if zombies are not your groove, Whitehead‘s writing acumen can win you over. With its urban post-apocalyptic setting, it‘s gritty and existential for the brave warriors who must monitor and eliminate the soulless morphs whose only goal is to feed on vulnerable humans! A Pick for the writing, a So-So for the content.

#authoramonth2020
@Soubhiville

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LauraJ
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

Very pretty writing about a zombie plague that questions whether the infected or the uninfected in Manhattan are really all that different. Dull characters, not much of a plot, mildly amusing satire.
#AuthorAMonth

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5280reader
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

A genre I don‘t typically read, but wanted another Whitehead book after The Underground Railroad. Stories of Last Night and survival bounced me around a bit, and I seemed to lose focus.

Djspens Have you read the Nickel Boys? Another great Colson Whitehead book. 1mo
5280reader @Djspens It‘s definitely on my list! I heard great things :) 1mo
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Vanessa
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve DNF‘d a work of fiction... but this one is tempting me.

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GivenLemons
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Pickpick

I generally enjoyed this book, which is a testament to Whitehead‘s writing. But I didn‘t find the humour and satire (although I may have missed the window for the satire). I found it truly difficult to connect with the characters, especially Mark Spitz because he seemed to be lacking in character traits. It might just be me, but the philosophical point of humans being zombies before the plague didn‘t quite land because he felt so unrealistic.

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Exbrarian
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Panpan

Zombie novels are my guilty pleasure. I have easily read a hundred or more. This is the worst one that I bothered to finish. I kept thinking it had the potential to get better. Then it was over without ever approaching that potential.

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Pogue
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area a fan of Colson Whitehead? He is going to be at Dominican University on September 20th.

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Zelma
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Small library haul today. I don‘t know if I can handle Saga but I need to face it eventually. I know it will make me sad. I‘v has my eye on The Test and Zone One for awhile; been on a romance kick lately and need some sci fi.

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ozma.of.oz
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

The world has fallen to the zombie infestation, and some civilian fighters are cleaning Manhattan of the stragglers.

Something that doesn't change, no matter what you're reading, Whitehead's mastery of the English language is breathtaking.

Unfortunately, that couldn't really save this book from a dull protagonist, confusing flashbacks within flashbacks, and the fact that I really wanted the story that happened after "the end." ?????

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HeatherBookNerd
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Pickpick

A plague has converted half the country into zombies. By this point, most of the undead have been contained. Mark Spitz is part of a team helping to sweep Manhattan of the stragglers, making it possible to reinhabit the city. In flashbacks, Mark remembers life before the plague and trying to stay alive while the devastation spread across the country. The book is worth reading, but the audiobook is just so-so. I‘d read it instead.

Slajaunie I wish I could do zombies. They give me nightmares from watching movies as a kid. 😟. Sounds like a good book, though. 11mo
HeatherBookNerd @Slajaunie I‘m super wimpy and can‘t do graphic, scary books. This focuses mainly on the main character‘s thoughts about he‘s thinking and what‘s happening to society. The gross zombie stuff is pretty limited actually. 11mo
Slajaunie I will take a peek at it then. Thanks. 11mo
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Lcsmcat Mark Spitz? Really? Like, the Olympic swimmer? Does he use his swimming skills to defeat the zombies ? 😆 11mo
HeatherBookNerd @Lcsmcat it‘s a nickname that is eventually explained in the book. We never know his real name. 11mo
ValerieAndBooks I wondered the same thing about Mark Spitz 😂! 4mo
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Plaidsticks
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

I loved Colson Whitehead‘s The Underground Railroad, so gave this a try despite zombie books not at all being my thing. Took me forever to finish for some reason, but I did enjoy it.

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Christyco125
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
Pickpick

Excellent narrative of the aftermath of an undead rising. It was a quick read and it definitely left an impression.

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Tashaxlynn
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Panpan

I am so happy to be done with this book!
It‘s a train of thought novel taking place in a post apocalyptic world.
While Colson writes beautifully, the book was boring and hard to follow. As a reader I struggled with the memories inside a memory to then be thrown back into the present day. It was very difficult. There was also very little dialogue, the book mostly consisted of his thoughts.
Overall it was a very tough and unenjoyable read

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Tashaxlynn
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I am not a zombie fan, this book it killing me! 🧟‍♀️

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Tashaxlynn
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Happy Sunday all! 💋

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Tashaxlynn
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I want to bail on this book sooooo bad, but of course it‘s a required reading! 😩

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Tashaxlynn
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Tonight‘s reading material plus my new mug 🤓
BTW, I‘ve never used the word “fleek” on my life, but I loved the mug and it was only $3 so how could I not?!

Chelleo 🤣 13mo
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UnidragonFrag
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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#nightmare4christmas #n4c #swap
Thanks for hosting @teebe & thanks for this great box @Marmie7 - both these books sound interesting and we're all eating the heck out of the yum candy!

Happy christmas, everyone!!

tpixie ♥️🎁🎉♥️ 1y
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄 1y
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Kristelh
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mitch
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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SandyW 😂😂😂 When is escape ever an option? 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

Not the best #audiobook of this intellectual slow-paced zombie book: the jumps in time didn't translate well; reader was so-so. I really liked Whitehead's writing but a mostly absent plot combined with an unremarkable MC make it hard to sustain interest. The protagonist is definitely intended to be an average 'everyman', but you need a compelling plot OR character to hold the book up. Also I felt like this got interesting just as it ended?

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I really like Whitehead's writing so far (this is the first book by him I've read) but I feel like I'm still waiting for the plot to pick up--to quote the book's blurb "then things start to go wrong." Combine that with an unremarkable main character and it's a little hard to sustain interest. Mark Spitz, the protagonist, is definitely intended to be an average 'everyman', but IMHO you need a compelling plot OR a character to hold the book up.

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sacrilecious
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
Pickpick

I loved this book. It was beautiful and sad and ominous and funny and completely different than anything I expected from a zombie novel.

First book finished for my first #24in48.

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sacrilecious
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This book is full of great quotes. The writing is amazing.
A little over 7 hours read so far in #24in48.

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sacrilecious
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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At 5 hours so far in my first #24in48. Off to a slower start than I hoped, but I am still trucking along. I'm having a great time regardless.
Now I'm back to reading Zone One while eating a late lunch.
#24in48

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sacrilecious
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Starting my first #24in48 ! So excited!

JaclynW Have you ever read anything else from this author? I've read Underground Railroad and have been curious since what his other books are like. I liked his style. 2y
sacrilecious @JaclynW I read Underground Railroad too and thought it was excellent. I'm really liking this one so far, but it is very different than Underground Railroad. This is about zombies, so I'm guessing it's not for everyone. 2y
Smrloomis I loved this so much! Hope you do too! 2y
sacrilecious @Smrloomis I am really enjoying it so far! About halfway through! 2y
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Velvetsun
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I was thinking one of these might work for the next round of #LMPBC. Any thoughts???
@Lidia @shellleigh33 @cherinium
#round3 #groupz

shellleigh33 I good with any of them but The Book of Essie or The Lying Game both sound really good! 2y
Lidia I haven't read any of them and would love to read The Lying Game or Zone One 2y
cherinium For some reason, I haven't seen this post until today. I haven't read any of these books, so I'd be fine reading any of them. The Lying Game is on my TBR, but they all sound interesting. @Velvetsun @shellleigh33 @Lidia 2y
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MrBook
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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#TBRtemptation post 6! A pandemic has debated the planet. It's created two groups: the living and the living dead. With the plague's recession, the American provisional government orders rebuilding to commence, with Manhattan's resettlement as the top goal. Mark Spitz is on a team to clear out infected stragglers in lower Manhattan. Over the course of 3 days, things go horribly awry. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

jpmcwisemorgan I like when things go awry. 2y
ephemeralwaltz Curious about this one. 2y
BibliOphelia I started this and put it down after a slow start but hope to go back to it at some point. 2y
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dastevensish
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
Pickpick

Got this book from the library a few months ago but only got a third of the way through before having to return it. Was enjoying it but it was a slow read for me. Decided to try over again, but in audiobook. Such a unique zombie apocalypse story in that its both horror and what I think would be called literary fiction. Lots of flashbacks which sometimes momentarily confused me, especially as there are no chapters. Ended up really enjoying it.

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FernsAndFairyTales
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Pickpick

Great tension throughout. This was a slow burn that did not drop its ominous sense of foreboding for a moment.

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Velvetsun
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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So much for my book buying ban.
#bookmail #allthebooks #thriftbooks

Bookish.Heart Naughty 😛 2y
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GarthRanzz
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Panpan

It took the last 13 pages of this novel to become the book it should have been the previous 216. There is no real plot or characterization. Not one likable character. The first section was basically just prose porn, word vomit. I nearly DNF‘d it at that point. Especially after 18 1/2 pages spent telling how it came to be that the sweeper teams needed to gather info about any skels they came across.

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GarthRanzz Then there was this line in the second section:

“You haven‘t got to the Mark Spitz part yet,” Gary said.

This was said six pages into the story of how the name came to be. And it was another six pages before he got to the point. The whole novel was like this. Meaningless meandering into the protagonist‘s past.
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GarthRanzz Back and forth in time telling stories that never get to the point. It made it impossible to keep track of where you were. Were you in the present or still in a past retelling of events? I‘m with Gary. Are we there yet?

The author writes well but the words are meaningless. They ring hollow and are being used to show off, in my opinion. If you want a good zombie story you will only find it in those last 13 pages.
2y
mypoesoul Good job of hanging in there. 🤯 Wow, this one sounds rough... 2y
GarthRanzz @mypoesoul Thanks Patrick. I really try not to DNF anything (the last one I recall being Gold Fame Citrus) but this came close. When it takes me nearly five hours to read less than 230 pages either I‘m too distracted or I‘m cringing at every word. Definitely the latter here. 2y
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GarthRanzz
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Decided I need a change of pace. Just not getting into Wayne of Gotham (I have a hard time with novels based on comic characters), don‘t want to read a physical book (which is why Obscura and Lord of Misrule are languishing) and have been wanting a good horror novel. So I flipped a coin between Hex and Zone One. The shorter novel won. 😊 We‘ll see how it goes.
#horror #zombies #braaains #litsybythenumbers #lbtn

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SarahMillerBooks
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‪Apparently I missed all the excitement last night. Entirely. BECAUSE I WAS BUSY READING POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION. #michiganmeteor

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Bookzombie
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

I really had to push myself to pick up and continue reading this one. In fact, I might have bailed but I needed to complete it for a challenge. I think Whitehead writes beautifully, but sometimes I just wanted to scream get on with it. #LRC4 #litsyreadingchallenge #startswithletterZ

MoniqueReads305 I listened to it in audiobook and at first had to push myself to finish it. It's really slow going for a book about a zombie apocalypse. 2y
LibrarianRyan The book in the background looks fun. 2y
Bookzombie @MoniqueReads305 Yes, very slow going. 2y
Bookzombie @LibrarianRyan Thanks! It was a gift one year so I just put it on the tree now since it‘s such a small book. 2y
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UnabridgedTomes
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Panpan

Ugh. This is my first (and probably last) Whitehead novel. If the protagonist is as utterly mediocre and unremarkable as we‘re told (over and over), then all the florid prose is just the author showing off his vocabulary. Dude, you know what extant means. Great. Now. Get. To. The. Point. Stop using 100 words when 15 will do. This book was so bad, I wanted a zombie to come chomp me and put me out of my misery.

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VinceReads
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

I was between a pick and so-so on this one. Ultimately I went with so-so because while it was enjoyable, I wasn‘t really too vested in the characters. There are a lot of books out there about zombies and this one didn‘t really do anything to set itself apart from the others.

2.5/5

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VinceReads
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Started this one as I return to work. Need to win the lottery or find a job as a professional reader. #IWannaGoHomeAlready

Jas16 Me three! 2y
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collegecatlady
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Mehso-so

Lyrical prose just doesn‘t mix with zombies for me.

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Grimscythe
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I didn‘t review The Underground Railroad because, as many of you know, the genre doesn‘t suit my site. However, I just discovered Whitehead has a horror novel and squealed!

OhNoMersault No way! Tell me more! The synopsis sounds a little like Brian Wood‘s DMZ. (edited) 2y
Lylah Don't get too excited about it being a horror novel—it's like a zombie story told as regular fiction, with slow pacing and almost no action. I was appalled that he wrote it like that, it completely sucked all the thrill out of the genre. 2y
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