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Book Title: Autumn|
The author of the book: David Moody
Edition: Orion books
Date of issue: 2010
ISBN 13: 9780575091276
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If this had been survival of the fittest in the beginning, the characters would have been the first to die, because some of the stuff they did was so stupid it was utterly jaw dropping. There's a moment in the book when they're hiding out and realise they're being steadily surrounded by zombies. Why? Because of a loud 'constantly thumping' generator, the house being lit up like Blackpool and smoke pouring out the chimney from a nice hearty fire. When they realise they might have to forgo these things, they get sad because they can't imagine life without treats. The country in tatters, friends and family dead, dead people walking around and potential human extinction is something they all make an effort to get over, but no electric to watch DVDs? Unacceptable, apparently.
The characters were infuriating. Apart from them boomeranging from one extreme personality to the next, they were such dull, one dimensional people I would have much preferred to go it alone than be stuck with them during the end of the world. One moment Michael is telling Emma that, regardless of her feelings or opinions, humanity is gone, never coming back, no use crying about blah blah blah, the next he's anxiously asking whether or not mankind can rebuild itself and what they can do. Carl goes outside, touches plenty of the zombies, Michael doesn't hesitate to hurtle through a crowd of them, then a few pages later they're too scared to go outside again and have to (alternately) talk each other round. I think the problem is they're never developed. The only one who does any sort of changing is Carl, and that's mostly downhill.
You know how in Dawn Of The Dead when Anna steps outside to see the world gone to hell? I love that. I love the uncertainty, the fear and the adrenaline fueled mayhem as survivors battle to save their arses. There is nothing of the sort here. People literally just drop down dead and then it's 10+ pages of the survivors being too scared to go outside. I didn't dislike the way the people died, nor the order of things when they started getting back up, but, my god, give me something to sink my teeth into. Where's the carnage?! The chaos? Save for the odd pile-up and the constant references to 'decaying corpses', there's nothing new and exciting happening. One character just goes home and goes back to bed 'in a panic' when things kick off.
The writing is very, very flat, not to mention fairly poor. It doesn't read easily and suffers from A LOT of repetition. The only way he can describe something is 'decayed/decaying', every character starts every second sentence 'Christ!' 'Jesus,...' or 'Bloody hell!'. The conversation goes round...and round...and round, no issue is ever resolved.
The constant exaggeration wasn't really necessary, since it didn't add any sort of fear to an already dull plot. I think the author used it as a (cheap) ploy to make the situation appear a lot more dangerous but, for reasons I'm not really sure about, it aggravated me. I get that the newly quiet world means sound carries and causes a chain reaction but the 'thousands upon thousands upon thousands' of 'decaying corpses' find their way to a house the main characters had trouble finding just stinks to me. Especially since the zombies were supposed to have to attention span of a 6 month old.
I did like the cycle of the zombies and how they became more vicious over a length of time. I also picked up on the enthusiasm of the author, which is always a good thing. I can't get away from the fact this book was published way before David Moody was ready, though. I know that it was put online for free when he was a 'frustrated writer', presumably when he had had no luck with traditional publishing houses. If so, reading through this shows that they were not wrong to turn him down. Saying that, I do realise this was written about 10 years ago and so I'm holding out for Autumn: The City to see if he's improved.
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Read information about the authorA pioneer of independent publishing, DAVID MOODY first released HATER in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). Moody's seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has a unhealthy fascination with the end of the world and likes to write books about ordinary folks going through absolute hell. With the publication of a new series of Hater stories, Moody is poised to further his reputation as a writer of suspense-laced SF/horror, and "farther out" genre books of all description. Find out more about his work at www.davidmoody.net and www.infectedbooks.co.uk.
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