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on Oct. 12, 2012 :
My review of Flesh Eaters by Alisha Adkins.
This is a very well formatted weird little horror/survival piece that's long enough to be considered a book but also short enough to be considered a novella. It's a fairly easy read as it's so well laid out with very good chapter lengths which aren't too long as to leave you feeling bored.
The book progresses along nicely and lends itself to a very easy reading experience. We follow the life of Adrienne (whose name and in fact also gender we don't learn until chapter 4!).
Adrienne's introduction is weird and never really explained, how she got to where she started could stand to be expanded a little but her meeting with Timmy and travels with him show a softer side to her personality.
It initially appears to be a horror book about zombies and there's a nice little inner debate about "Does eating zombie flesh turn you into a zombie" which is very well thought out.
The existance of guns in England (as the piece is mainly set in London but no specific location is mentioned which is clever as it means the author doesn't have to reference specific landmarks and it's left to the readers mind to establish scenery and location, very cleverly done and rather sneakily too!) is explained very well, I gave Alisha an A+ for that idea.
I also like the usage of song lyrics at the beginning of each part, they reflect the content very well.
Along the way we are fed various bits of useful information such as zombies will keep eating even if they can't process food (A rather awesomely disgusting description worthy of anything written by Shaun Hutson follows that), we also discover that with most food sources used up canabalism is quickly accepted as the norm.
There are some nice references to pop culture such as the character John Locke (wasn't he the guy in the wheelchair from LOST?) and I thought it was very cool that Alisha showed some love for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.
I have apologise for being anal and point out the mistake of saying Tabula Rosa (I assume Alisha meant Rasa?) talking about a blank slate.
The story moves along well enough, initially its the survival against zombies but then it's the survival against hunger then other people.
There are a few odd ideas, like zombies have bad peripheral vision (its a useful plot device that's never really used though) or that the zombies in England are so stupid they have no idea how to leave the country.
I assume there Alisha forgot they might eventually discover the Euro Tunnel.
Eventually the group Adrienne joins (and subsequently leaves) starts to implode by killing each other as sources for food when things get increasingly more desperate.
Adrienne eventually seals her own fate (after a terrible occurance I won't spoil) and leaves to live in the country as she starts to cut herself up for food.
It's odd ending to a very weird but very readable piece that will stand up to many re-reads too.
(review of free book)