Month: September 2013

All Hallow’s Read Blog Hop, The Descent Read Along, and My Little Pony Mitsuko

What’s up, everyone!

The uber talented, Cat Scully, is putting together an All Hallow’s Read book swap and blog hop. Everything you ever wanted to know, including how to participate, can be found by following this link: http://cscullywriter.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/all-hallows-read-book-swap-october-2013/

I have a only-been-read-once, paperback edition of Jeff Long’s THE DESCENT to swap. Why would I give away my favorite book? Easy, I also have a hardcover copy! That means I get to share my favorite book with someone else!

Descent NovelWhat is THE DESCENT about? I’ll let the publisher explain.

From the publisher:

We are not alone…In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the warning—Satan exists. In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the dead in a mass grave. So begins mankind’s most shocking realization: that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them…

Additionally, I’d be willing to do a read along with whoever ends up with this book. Anyone else is welcome to participate in the read along if they wish. Just let me know in the comments if you’re interested and we’ll come up with a start date. THE DESCENT is a great Halloween read too.

And now for something completely unrelated! Since Cat is organizing this shindig, and participating in #PonyFest 2013, I figured I’d give this pony creator a try too. There are rules and official things, but I’m not “officially” participating so screw all that noise. The premise was to create a My Little Pony using this handy dandy Pony Generator, basing your creation on the main character of your WIP.

Without further adieu, here’s Mitsuko, from BETWEEN SHADOWS AND DARKNESS. Drum roll, please…

Mitsuko...My Little Pony style!

Mitsuko…My Little Pony style!

I chose sharp angles to represent Mitsuko’s logic and unwavering spirit. The horn represents her love of swordplay. Notice the determined look on her face–the tight mouth and focused eyes. She knows what she wants and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. The pony version of Mitsuko is purple because in my book she wears a purple vest and carries a purple handled Kodachi. In the sequel, Mitsuko incorporates purple into her hair and clothing. Plus, her scent is lavender, which is also purple. Purple, purple, purple…EVERYWHERE!

More about BETWEEN SHADOWS AND DARKNESS:

Every family has secrets. Mitsuko Nakamura’s may be the death of her. She has no idea angel blood courses through her veins. But when an unholy alliance of fallen angels and vampires kick down her door, murder her best friend, and infect her mother with tainted vampire blood, their dark intentions are clear: They want back into heaven and believe she holds the key.

Thrust into an age old war, Mitsuko forges her own alliance with the head of the vampire nation and the remnants of the angelic race. Their goal is simple: suppress the vampire rebellion and keep the fallen angels from taking back heaven. But nothing is as it seems and all factions have ulterior motives, even Mitsuko, who seeks the forbidden fruit of knowledge to cure her mother’s vampirism. Outnumbered, surrounded, and betrayed, Mitsuko must find a way to embrace her heritage and discover who, or what, she really is before heaven and earth fall, and humanity is harvested for its most precious resource—blood.

There you have it! Feel free to play along and create your very own MLP version of your main character from your WIP. It’s definitely fun…even if you’re a horror writer. I’ll throw up a link to Cat’s MLP post so you can get all the details in case you want to officially participate. Cat’s MLP post can be found by following this link: http://cscullywriter.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/ponyfest-2013/

Have fun morphing your characters into ponies!

I Am Afraid

***Just a bit of a warning to let everyone know this post is going to be writing related today.***

As most of you know by now, I love almost anything horror related. Despite said love of horror, little of the genre generally frightens me. This may have something to do with me watching horror movies at a very young age. Then again, maybe I’m just weird.

What am I afraid of?

A psycho killer in a hockey mask, carrying a machete? No, he’s a big mama’s boy.

A possessed Good Guy doll who wants to be my friend until the end? Nope. Try again.

What am I afraid of? In a word: success.

Failure is easy. You get up and you move on. If you can’t get up you crawl. If you can’t crawl you fight for every inch–always moving forward.

You see, I’ve spent much of this past year writing some of this, some of that, and oh yeah, that over there too while BSD is on submission with a few small presses. It’s been a nice distraction from wondering if my hard work will finally bear any fruit. Part of my reluctance to commit to any new manuscript is not wanting to get wrapped up in a new project only to have BSD get accepted by one of those presses. I’d have to stop writing what I was concentrating on and change focus over night. Although I would obviously welcome BSD finding a home, dropping whatever project I was knee deep in would be tough.

I’m the kind of writer that likes to give everything I have to whatever project I’m working on. I don’t like to juggle multiple stories at the same time. It’s funny how this is exactly the situation I’ve created.

And part of my problem is that I believe in BSD so much that I feel dirty for working on something else. It’s like I’m betraying BSD by giving time to another manuscript. Yet I know if BSD fails I must finish another manuscript and go through the submission process all over again.

I’ve done a chapter of one manuscript one day, critiqued for a friend another, worked on some intern stuff the day after that, and wrote a short story the next. I’ve been afraid to let go and leave BSD behind. It’s silly when I sit back and think about it, but I can’t help it.

The good news is I have a zombie short story I really like. I also have a good chunk of a new manuscript done. Plus, I’ve got the first quarter of BSD #2 written as well.

The bad news is I haven’t completed any manuscripts this year…yet. To be honest, I don’t believe I will either. I also don’t believe I’m being productive enough. Shouldn’t I be able to write through anything? Won’t I have to when there are definitive deadlines involved?

Maybe I’m just being a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.

Many other writers say to write as many manuscripts as it takes until being “discovered.” I guess I’m not like those other writers. I tend to be all in and wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m passionate about BSD. I believe it’s fucking awesome. Many of my critique partners like it too. The rational part of my brain knows I can’t stay in this writing limbo forever. I either have to move forward or fade away into nothingness.

For right now I don’t have an answer. Until I find out the fate of BSD I’ll be hanging out in limbo-land while steadily writing what tickles my fancy from day to day. I may be wrong, but my passion for BSD still burns as hot as it did the day I finished writing it. A literary agent I respect, Sara D’Emic of Talcott Notch, once said, “Don’t settle on a good idea, tweak it until it’s fantastic.” That’s a pretty accurate description of how I feel. I don’t want to settle on another manuscript. I want to create a fantastic piece of fiction. And, right or wrong, I can’t do that until I know the fate of BSD…later this year.

As long as I keep moving forward, even if it’s only an inch at a time, I’m still moving toward my goal of being a published writer.

How about you? Are you afraid of success? Failure? Chucky? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

Have You Heard About The Zombie Project?

The Zombie Project is real! Do not adjust your screen. I repeat, The Zombie Project is real, and it’s live!

What the hell is the Zombie Project? I should probably let the devious mind behind it do the explaining. Go here (http://chynnablueink.com/2013/06/20/so-youve-been-wondering-about-the-zombie-project/) and learn from your shambling sensei, Chynna-Blue.

As of this second, there are thirteen zombie short stories up on Chynna’s blog waiting for your eyes to behold their brain starved glory.

What’s so cool about the Zombie Project? I’m glad you asked. The amazing ladies from Pen and Muse (Kristen Jett & Jolene Haley) both submitted some damn good stories. I may be a little biased because I consider them friends, but YOU MUST READ THEIR STOIRES! Plus, ZOMBIES!!!

You can read Jolene’s Zombie Project story by following this link:  http://chynnablueink.com/2013/08/25/9-the-light-by-jolene-haley/

You can read Kristen’s Zombie Project story by following this link: http://chynnablueink.com/2013/09/15/12-one-girl-one-shot-by-kristen-jett/

The best thing about Chynna’s Zombie Project is that it inspired someone like me to write their own zombie short story. After reading Kristen’s and Jolene’s stories, I got this tingly feeling and words shot from my fingers at amazing speeds. I guess Kristen and Jolene really are muses! Anyway, an hour and a half later I had one thousand words I was excited about. I’m planning on submitting LABOR OF LOVE to a magazine and an anthology after some tweaking. Who knows, it may be my first published piece. Wish me luck.

That’s why you should read the stories of the Zombie Project. You may be inspired too. Plus, who doesn’t want to read a bunch of cool zombie stories written by equally cool people?

You can find a handy post, complete with links to all thirteen stories here: http://chynnablueink.com/the-zombie-project/

Lastly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Chynna-Blue–for not only creating and hosting the Zombie Project, but for also inspiring other writers. You are the zombie queen, and I bow before your undead might. Seriously though, you’re awesomesauce with extra awesome. Be sure to follow Chynna-Blue’s blog and you can also continue with her shenanigans on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/chynnablueink

Until next time my little zombies, shamble on! 🙂

Let’s Talk About: Book Sequels

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Sarge is not impressed with your sequel!

Hi fellow readers and writers. I’ve been thinking about sequels a lot lately because I believe they may be the most polarizing group of books out there today. Authors either play it safe and give readers more of what was in the original, or they try for something different, bigger, better. The thing is, sometimes a sequel leaves you scratching your head wondering if the same person penned both books. It’s happened to me plenty of times.

I recently finished reading a really good book. I praised it for various things, wonderfully written characters being one of those things. Imagine my surprise when I picked up the sequel and those same wonderfully written characters were gone. In their place I found complaining, indecisive, and “I’m here to live for the man or woman in my life no matter what” thinking characters. I was beyond disappointed. In fact, I couldn’t finish the book. It’s very disappointing to me when an author establishes certain things in the first book of a trilogy only to abandon those same things in a second book. As a reader it’s frustrating. Everything I loved about the first book was missing, or significantly altered in the sequel. I feel cheated, duped, and mislead. (I realize this is never the author’s intent, but that’s how it leaves me, the reader, feeling.)

That got me thinking about many of the sequels I’ve read–how many times the first book was phenomenal, yet the sequel wasn’t. I’m a huge fan of Jeff Long’s THE DESCENT. It’s a five star book in my opinion and one of my all-time favorite books. I believe I’ve read it eight times now. The sequel just doesn’t live up to the grand ideas and concepts of the original. It focuses more on two of the characters, leaving much of the fantastic, and huge, world Jeff built in the first book behind. I don’t know what Mr. Long had planned for the sequel, and it’s not a bad book by any means, but it doesn’t live up to the first. He had planned on penning a trilogy. After the sequel was released to lukewarm reception, I have no idea if he plans on writing, and releasing, the third book. THE DESCENT was published in 2001. DEEPER (The sequel to THE DESCENT) was published in 2007. As of today, I’ve heard nothing of the third book which is a shame. Sometimes, as fans, we crave more time with characters we’ve grown to love. I know I would certainly welcome the third book of the Descent trilogy with open arms. I’m sure a lot of other people would too.

Is it fair to judge a sequel based on the previous book? You kind of have to. Without the contents of the first book, the sequel would probably be meaningless. In the music business they call it the “sophomore jinx,” meaning a band’s second album fails, often miserably, to outperform the first. Is that what’s happening with authors too? Do they feel the pressure to deliver a better book the second time around and tinker with a formula that worked the first time? I don’t know yet. I hope to be in that position one day. All I can go by is what I read.

Is every sequel bad? Hardly. I don’t think Jeff Long’s DEEPER is necessarily bad. It’s okay. Some sequels simply fall flat as compared to the first in the series. Other times sequels continue with what readers loved from the first book. Brian Ruckley kept his Godless World trilogy moving along smoothly with BLOODHEIR. It wasn’t better than the first book in the series, but it wasn’t worse either. It was consistent in quality with the first in every way possible. Then there are times when a sequel outshines the first book in a series. Ken Scholes’ CANTICLE immediately pops into my head. His second book exceeded my expectations as not only a sequel, but a book in general. In my opinion, he upped the ante in every possible way adding depth and quality to an already outstanding first book.

As a writer I like examining things like this. I like to see why some sequels come up short so I can avoid the same pitfalls if I can. Being a writer with a planned trilogy on his hands probably has something to do with that. Even though I have yet to be published, I want to be prepared when the time comes. Analyzing data and constantly reading helps me understand how certain trends can apply to not only me the author, but my fiction as well. Will it change how I write? No. But it may help me see what not to do.

I realize some of you will probably disagree about some of the books I’ve mentioned in this post. I welcome everyone’s opinion. We all have different likes, preferences, and tastes. As long as we can discuss those differences like mature people, that’s perfectly fine. I’m sure we’ve all opened a sequel at some point only to put it down later and wonder what happened?

Sometimes, as authors, we put too much pressure on ourselves to outshine our own work. We want to make things bigger and better, but lose focus on what made our first book work in the first place. Sometimes it’s not about making something bigger or better, it’s about holding on to the quality characters, plot, and world we’ve already established. In a word, consistency. If there’s room for improvement, by all means, improve. But don’t change things just for the sake of change. Trust in your skills enough to know you created a quality piece of fiction before, and you can do it again a second time.

That disappointed, deflated feeling after reading a sequel that didn’t live up to its predecessor is something I want to hold on to. Why? Easy, that’s the feeling I don’t want my readers to feel if/when my sequel is published.

What are your thoughts on sequels? What do you enjoy/not enjoy about them, and why? I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say in the comments below.

Book Review: The X-Files–Fight The Future, by Chris Carter (adapted by Elizabeth Hand)

We’ve got another first today! This is the first book I’ve read based on a screenplay. There were some good things and some not so good things. This book is only 220 pages so it was a quick read.

Fight the FutureFrom the publisher:

Beneath the tranquil surface of a North Texas town, the future of the human race waits.

After forty years, members of the global conspiracy known only as The Project are finally nearing the completion of their plans. Only FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have a glimpse of the nightmare that lies ahead for the rest of the world: an alien invasion fueled by the most devastating virus in human history.

And only they know that the Truth isn’t out there anymore—

It’s already here.

Fight the Future is the first — and highly anticipated — X-Files feature film. And this book, based on the hit movie, is the first novel penned by X-Files creator Chris Carter. Both movie and novelization pick up where the previous season’s cliffhanger left us, with Mulder and Scully sleuthing to stop alien colonization of Earth.

Special Agent Fox Mulder wants to believe…

Despite its petite size, Fight the Future is decent book. Did it win any awards? No. Will X-Files fans enjoy it? Absolutely.

Let me be clear about something up front: I’m not a huge X-Files fan but am familiar with the series and both films. My sister is the X-Files fanatic who once belonged to the official fan club and has the complete series on DVD. Much of what I know of X-Files came from watching with her. I own, and like, the Fight the Future movie and figured I’d give the book a shot.

The best thing about this book are the characters. I easily believed Fox Mulder was there with his snark, outside the box thinking, and dark sense of humor. Scully was spot on too with her rational thought process and attention to detail. It was easy to tell the guy who created the show penned the book. Great job.

I’d also like to point out that I believe this isn’t simply a book. It reads more like a screenplay and book hybrid. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. There is plenty of head hopping mid scene and stretches of omniscient POV which melds into standard third person. While it doesn’t happen all the time, it can dampen your reading experience.

There’s even a few pages of photos from the film halfway through the book which is a nice touch. I’m sure X-Files fans loved seeing the characters they’ve grown to love in full color. My sister has every X-Files book, episode, and film. She even has an X-Files coffee mug and t-shirt. Any excuse to re-live Mulder and Scully’s adventures is a good one in her book. And I think that’s the target audience for this book. The fans.

What I liked:

  • At only 220 pages, this was a quick read.
  • The characters were spot on. You looking for Mulder and Scully to have heated and passionate exchanges about conspiracy theories and aliens? You’ve come to the right book.
  • Since this was adapted from the screenplay, it follows the movie plot. If you liked the movie, you’ll probably like this book too.
  • The pacing is quick like a bunny. Since this book is so short, there weren’t any lulls in the action.
  • Fans of the show will recognize some of their favorite supporting cast. The Lone Gunmen, Skinner, and the Cigarette Smoking Man all make appearances in the book.
  • The mixing of genres. You’ll find elements of Science Fiction, Thrillers, and Action/Adventure in this book.

What I didn’t like:

  • Head hopping. The POV can shift at the drop of a dime in this book which can be frustrating.
  • The screenplay, book hybrid feel. There are some sections that read like a screenplay, where there is general description setting up a scene. It reads like God is describing the world instead of any one character. It feels out of place and makes it tough to slog through certain scenes.
  • If you aren’t a fan of the show, you may be a little lost. Anyone familiar with the television show should be able to piece together what’s going on fairly easily.
  • Since it’s based on the screenplay, it didn’t add anything new, or different from the film.

Overall: I’m giving X-Files: Fight the Future three out of five stars. Fans of the show can easily pick this book up and follow their favorite characters as they seek the truth about a grand cover up. Aliens, spectacular chase scenes, and witty banter between our main characters makes for an easy read. The 220 page count makes for a quick read. If you’ve got a few hours and are a fan of the X-Files, you’ll probably want to read this book if you haven’t already. If you don’t know anything about the X-Files, you’re probably going to want to skip it and watch the movie instead. Whatever you do, remember: The truth is out there!

Book Review: The Last Stormlord, by Glenda Larke

Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Fantasy book review. I just finished Glenda Larke’s The Last Stormlord and am looking forward to picking up the sequel! I think many of you will like it too.

The Last StormlordFrom the publisher:

Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It’s the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn’t get him killed first…

Terelle is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous…

The Stormlord is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place. He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people. Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.

Their civilization is at the brink of disaster. If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all. Water is life and the wells are running dry…

All Shale ever wanted was a drink…

The Last Stormlord spins a tale of those with water and those without. Water is like money in Glenda’s world. The Stormlord can make it rain where they wish, giving them supreme power. I can honestly say I can’t remember a story quite like this concept wise. Rainlords can sense water and manipulate it but can’t make rain clouds making them slightly less powerful than Stormlords. Imagine if you could take the water from an enemy’s body and instantly kill them. Yeah, that happens.

At it’s core, The Last Stormlord is about poverty and how society treats her less privileged citizens. Glenda does a fantastic job painting a picture of desperation as two of the main characters grow up waterless and destitute. In this story magic is used to help bring water to the people. There are no wizards or sorceresses. That was one of the things I really liked about this book: the practical application of magic.

Instead of horses, our characters ride myriapedes. This is a nice touch for a desert community. Glenda really did a fantastic job creating a vivid, if desperate, world for her characters. This is Fantasy like you’ve never seen before. I believe that’s a good thing.

The stars of this story are the women. Each one was unique, lifelike, and totally believable. They all have their own problems, strengths and weaknesses. I found myself drawn to Ryka in particular. My only gripe was I wanted more chapters with her in them. Don’t get me wrong, all of Glenda’s characters are great but there’s something a little better with her female characters. You won’t find any damsels in distress in this book either, which I really enjoyed. These ladies are smart and have practical goals. They don’t want to be waterless ladies prostituting themselves for a sip of water.

The guys aren’t too shabby either. What I really like was how Shale, born in poverty, never forgot where he came from. Even as his talents are discovered and he’s exposed to the good life, he longs for the simpler days of his youth. Living with an abusive father also taught him how to read people’s intentions from body language and the look in their eyes. Speaking from experience, I’d say Glenda nailed these things. I guess that’s why I can relate to Shale. Every time he gets what he thinks he wanted, it turns out not to be as great as he thought it would be. I enjoyed going along for the ride as Shale grew into a man.

I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

What I liked:

  • The concept. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Fantasy book quite like this. Everything revolves around water. You either have it, or you die. Awesome.
  • The magic system. Our characters can sense water, manipulate it, and even extract it from various sources. Those who can do all three have considerable influence and often rule over those who don’t. The magic has practical applications which directly helps the citizens of these countries.
  • The female characters. These women are sharp, fierce, and can hold their own. It’s easy to believe that the poor would be sold for water or forced to sell their bodies for water. Glenda explores every aspect of being a woman in a world ruled by water which adds to the overall quality of the story.
  • Shale’s depth. It was refreshing to find a character with a multitude of layers that seemed real. Nothing was overdone. Everything in Shale’s life contributes to the person he becomes. I really liked that even after he left his life of poverty he never forgot those hard learned lessons.
  • The class system. There are poor places without much water and there are places with plenty of water. As you can imagine, when water starts becoming scarce the poor are the first to feel the pinch. I could easily see this happening.
  • The desperation. From the first page to the last, Glenda did a fantastic job of showing how desperate everyone can be when their water was threatened. It adds a whole new layer to the story. We get to see what governments do when the water starts running out. Foreigners are thrown out, water stealers have their hands cut off and are thrown out, while others are crucified as a warning to not steal any water.
  • The racism. I know racism is bad, mmkay! But in a desperate world where water is in short supply, it’s easy to believe the people who don’t look like, think, or act like those controlling the water would be looked down upon. Different races are treated poorly and even slaughtered. They are the first ones to lose their water allotment as well. It was handled the right way and only adds to the bleak nature of this story. Kudos to the author for building such a complex, yet totally approachable world.
  • The ending. While it is a to be continued ending, there is a brilliant twist which was hinted at several times throughout the book. Well played, Glenda!

What I didn’t like:

  • The pacing. While the pacing isn’t slow, it isn’t the quickest read either. It moves along at a steady pace. Some spots feel a little longer than others.
  • I would have liked a little more action. While there is quality action, much of the time it’s mentioned as happening elsewhere instead of readers being exposed to it.
  • Why didn’t Shale assert himself more? Shale is no dummy. He knows how important he is. You would think that he would use that power rather than not at all. It didn’t make sense to me especially when the welfare of those he loves is in jeopardy.
  • How much power one of the main villains had…even after everyone knew he had done some really bad things. It just didn’t make sense why nobody would do anything to stand up to this guy, not even the citizens he’s governing…and mistreating. I wasn’t buying it.

Overall: I’m giving The Last Stormlord four out of five stars. If you’re tired of the same old archetypes questing for the same mythical sword in your epic fantasy, you’re in for a treat with this book. Glenda Larke’s Stormlord series is off to a great start. Fresh concepts coupled with strong narrative breathe new life into a sometimes tired Fantasy genre. If the second book is anything like this one, you can count me in. Pick up a copy for yourself, or a friend. Best $7.99 I’ve spent in a while.

You can find out more about Glenda Larke by visiting her official website by following this link.

Weekend Horror: World War Z

World War Z posterIt’s been a while since I’ve posted any movie related reviews. I finally saw World War Z yesterday and was glad I decided not to go to the movies and see it. I had “a feeling” this film wasn’t going to be good due to all the writing problems. I mean they hired one writing team, then didn’t like that direction after filming so they hired a second. Turns out that wasn’t all they were looking for either and they hired Damon Lindelof to fix it as best he could.

And that’s the problem with this film: It seems like three different pieces instead one complete film. Nothing seemed to gel. Things that were established in the beginning were either dismissed completely or tweaked to fit the new direction. On top of that, you could actually see Brad Pitt’s hair was longer and blonder later on in the film. A multitude of small problems always add up. For someone like me, a person who tends to notice everything and a writer, that can be a problem. Minor spoiler alert: Take, for instance, when the C-17 pilot abandons his mission to chauffer Brad Pitt around the world in order to figure out this disease. Why in the hell would he simply leave EVERYONE behind? The whole South Korea part had me grumbling. There were way too many inconsistencies within this movie’s world for it to be a good film. They went out of their way to make rules only to break them twenty minutes later. It makes it hard for viewers to follow along and trust the film makers. It’s frustrating because this could have been a good film but it never finds its stride or identity.

I really enjoyed the first half hour when the illness is first spreading through the United States. The pacing was fast and furious. I believed it when I saw thousands of frightened folks running for their lives, Brad Pitt included. I also enjoyed the last thirty minutes of the film where they tried to makes sense of the mess of a middle. The writers did a great job with damage control there. Too bad the “zombies” acted completely different from the beginning of the film.

Fans of zombie movies will probably still enjoy this film. There are enjoyable sections. Overall World War Z’s inability to find a consistent identity hurt it. Viewers are pulled in several different directions and never given valid reasons for the tug of war. It all boils down to the writing. The acting was fine. The actors who portrayed the zombies were excellent. The special effects and sound were both great.

Will World War Z be remembered for bringing something new to the zombie apocalypse table? In a word, no. Was it entertaining? It had flashes of awesome but, in my opinion, not enough to be considered one of the better films of its genre. World War Z is adequate but fails to reach its potential. I hope they do a better job with the already announced sequel. Maybe it’ll be more like the book? If you’re looking for a big feeling zombie apocalypse that’ll leave you feeling meh, World War Z is that film. I’m giving it two and a half stars out of five. It’s worth renting, especially if you love zombies.

You can find the official World War Z website by clicking on this link.