on Oct. 7, 2013 :
I was lucky enough to receive “Zombie Night In Canada: 1st Period” by Jamie Friesen free in exchange for a review. The first thing I want to say is that I normally don’t critique editing especially when the book is written about, or by someone from a different country than myself. However, I just wanted to toss a little comment out there that I thought the editing was well done (in my opinion) and didn’t cause me to have to re-read something in order to understand the content. I especially appreciated the little blip in the Afterward in regards to critiquing the authors work since I am from Cleveland!
Anyway, I did enjoy the book quite a bit! For the negatives if you want to call it that.. I felt that the beginning of the book more than any other part seemed a little bogged down with non essential details that made the reading (or getting into the book) a little slow. I also would have liked to have had a little better character development especially since this is book one of at least a Sequel. I like to be familiar with the character and have a sort of bond with them while I am reading and I felt this was lacking a bit. Also one little thing.. The ending was too abrupt and I felt I was left with too many unknowns even for a sequel or series..
For the positives.. I felt this book was not cliché at all, I felt it held a lot of original ideas one of course being based in Canada. One of the other things I felt was original was that the characters in the book used a warehouse store as a safe haven, in a lot of different books the characters are almost always on the run right from the beginning. I also like the references as to what was happening in other countries, I think that gave it a more realistic tone. I also enjoyed reading from the views of the safety services I felt that was a great touch! One thing I will say is that there was a lot of action and things going on in this book and once I got through a few of the slower chapters the pages turned pretty quick. I am glad that I got the chance to read this book and I am definitely looking forward to period 2 and I am hoping period 3.. Hopefully there will not be sudden death overtime!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Trailer Trash Publishing
on May 27, 2012 :
I had a really hard time writing this review. Mainly because this book isn't super great, and it isn't absolutely horrible. It's right dead (no pun intended) center middle of the road. The writings decent, the plot moves along at a good pace, with lots of action to keep you involved and routing for the good guys. There is a lot of head hopping, but for me that wasn't an issue. Yet it might have been the only glaring thing in the book was the misuse of multiple points of view.
There was a lot of telling and I understood why, but I wish the author could have found a better way to deliver that information. It was necessary that we learn it to know what's going on in the book, but just tossing it in there like that, well it felt like an info dump.
While there were a lot of characters, Xander, a hockey playing every man, and Dan, a cop, were the two I became invested in (although I use the term loosely). These were the two prominent characters, in my opinion, and they were good. You could empathize with them, they were average Joes, just trying to survive.
There was one small thing that peeked my interested and that was how the zombies acted and the fact that they became zombiecicles in the winter, that I found to be a stroke of genius. You never see zombies in the winter, except for that one movie with the Nazi zombies but I'm off track. The other thing that sets this book apart from others is it's set in Canada (if you didn't get that from the title) which gives it kind of a unique feel. If you're a fan of Night of the Living Dead movies then you'll probably like this book.
I received a copy from the author. It did not effect my opinion of the book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 1, 2012 :
The zombie genre has gotten stale this late while with a flood of poorly written books which is why Zombie Night In Canada is a fresh breath of rotting zombie corpses and gunsmoke. It has great action, a uniquely Canadian outlook (but not too Canadian as to alienate reads who don’t hail from the great white north) and has action, great detail and an all-round exciting story. Best zombie novel I’ve read in some time.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on April 1, 2012 :
Like Zombies? Like Guns? Like Canada? This book has them all. Infected Zombies are once again on the march. The plot revolves around the events surrounding an exponential zombie outbreak as it happens to the main protagonists rather then a story where they "wake up" to a world already overrun. The book is set mostly in Canada, especially Alberta with real world locations & references and contains good specific military weapon usage to help draw you into the story. Fans of the genre will appreciate the many references to other contemporary zombie stories including what I saw as a direct homage to the Dawn of the Dead 2004 remake.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)