Enjoy this Monday with Mildred!
Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel
by Dana Fredsti.
Not expecting much, I brought it on vacation for me to take up some time while my companions snapped thousands of photos. (I only took about a thousand the whole time, not per stop.) What a pleasant surprise it was to find that the writer is good at stringing words together, has put together a character that doesn’t make me want to throw the book in a ditch, and made me laugh a few times. She’s BIG on pop culture references, which, if you GET them, makes for a more entertaining experience. At times, though, the characters get too glib with the sf/horror jokes so it could also be taken as a minus. There is a twist early in the story that might leave people shaking their heads, but I liked it. I haven’t been able to put my finger on why I had a slight problem with the zombies. She tries hard to make them seem dangerous, and they certainly breed like bunnies, but I never felt a sense of dread. The fight scenes were well choreographed until the final battle, when I had a hard time keeping up with who was where doing what.
Overall, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a light (gore-filled) good time. There are two sequels, Plague Nation (which is fun but not quite as good as the first one) and Plague World (due out in August and I will buy it).