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Well, I'm just an average joe. I don't have a great career or do anything that contributes to society in a meaningful way. I go to work, pay my bills, and raise my family.
Life is an interesting journey. I've spent time in the military; it wasn't my cup of tea, but it was a worthwhile experience. I went to college for a few years, acquiring the credits for an Associates' degree in General Studies. There weren't too many subjects I didn't take. That's my life story: experience. I'm interested in so many things, it can be hard to focus on one thing for too long.
My myriad hobbies include writing stories, reading books and e-books, surfing the web, watching blu-ray movies, drawing, discussing philosophy or religion or politics, playing xbox games, dungeons and dragons, and probably a few more. If only I could figure out how to make money off of hobbies!
Writing is a hobby I've enjoyed since I became literate. Notebooks went hand-in-hand with computers. I used to write down little stories about my action figures, scenarios about school mates, and anything else to cross my mind. I used to make up games for my friends to play, and roll dice to find out who would win. Creativity, imagination, and technology are intertwined--at least to me.
Smashwords, Amazon's createspace, and kindle publishing opened the door for self-publishing, especially for authors--like myself--with little or no start-up capital. For all the woes of technology, there are some wonders to be had.
on April 14, 2011 :
If you like zombies, you'll like this novella. Mr. Di Spirito mixes slow Romero style zombies with the modern sprinters. He takes the best of both worlds and creates an entertaining and enthralling night of terror for his characters.
The story is told in third person limited, so you get the feeling of following along with the main character. It doesn't take long to start identifying with him and his plight. The natural human responses are accurate and this allows the reader to suspend disbelief.
There's nothing worse than reading about almost super hero type characters as they annihilate a town of zombies. Di Spirito's character are all too human. Each has flaws and quirks and emotions. Matt's characters laugh and cry, they vomit and they run for their lives in all the right places. Some of his characters are shocked into paralysis, others run screaming in terror begging for help, and still others just have that 'kill now cry later' attitude. The mix gives it a realism.
This story is about zombies. Too often I buy some zombie fiction that starts out being about zombies and then becomes something else; whether it becomes a love story, or a family dynamic drama, or just some human faction intent on the characters' destruction. All too often the zombies become the back story. These zombies get center stage for the duration of the work.
The story flows fast and pages turn quickly. The dialogue is true to the characters. The main character is a likable guy and the supporting cast is fleshed out enough to be real without detracting from the immediacy of the zombie situation. Di Spirito lets you get to know them on the fly through their actions and discourse and this keeps the book from bogging down.
Overall, I have to say my only complaint is that I have to wait for the next episode.
(reviewed the day of purchase)