Sunday, June 2, 2013
Blackout, by Mira Grant
I am now starting on the Hugo-nominated books. First one up is Blackout, the last in the Newsflesh trilogy. The series is part of a huge wave of zombie fiction that appears to still be cresting, possibly because we are still pretty unhappy after the Great Recession. Be that as it may, this particular entry is worth reading, because it's a prime example of why genre fiction is fun to read. Grant gets right to the action and has a fine time with her wise-cracking protagonists. My only minor complaint would be that if the quotes didn't have names next to them I couldn't really tell the characters apart. But a lot of classic SF is like that, and doesn't diminish it at all. And I'm seeing signs that Grant is not done telling this particular tale yet, so lots more to come there. Read this book if you want to have some good, splattery fun. 3 stars, solid.