Two of my fellow bloggers, Fran and Ray are participating in Broadside 2012 along with their fellow Rejects (the name of their group), but the organisers of said show have hit a snag.
It seems that certain magazines have let them down and failed to put the advertisements for the show into print in time for the show. When I attended a wargames group in Durham many years ago we had similar problems, so I know how frustrating it is.
The cry went out for help in advertising the show and although I doubt gettting the message out to my thirty or so followers (and any others that peruse m,y page) will have any effect, at least I can say I tried.
Zombie novels rarely "grip" me and generally speaking I'm not that into reading novels (of any genre); however there have been occassions when I've been truly surprised and engrossed by a book.
I think the last zombie novel that had a similar effect on me was probably "Feed" by Mira Grant, a book that I couldn't put down and didn't want to end.
"Tooth and Nail" by Craig DiLouie had a similar effect on me, I read a couple of the initial chapters (setting the scene, introducing the main characters etc.) and my initial thoughts were that "This is promising".
Once I got through the fairly brief initial part of the book the pace of the story seemed to quicken and with each new element introduced the need to find out what happens next increased.
Now normally I'll read a chapter or two of a novel, leave it for a while and come back to it, but with this book I really couldn't. I'd read the inital couple of chapters or so in two days and the rest of the book in a day, I'd found it that engrossing.
The story of how the apocalypse itself came about is not particularly original, but the background detail is believable, as are the characters. All the action takes place in New York, on Manhattan island and the author's style of writing creates the huge metropolis and the inherent problems it creates during the crisis.
"Tooth and Nail" doesn't suffer from the pitfalls that many other zombie novels do, that of poor editing, proof reading and such (which at best can detract from a read and at worst really destroy it).
As such this book rates highly on my list as one of the best novels I've read and I don't hesitate to recommend it - Its definitely a 5/5 !
In other news, I haven't been slack on the painting front either with another dozen figures finished and a similar number almost completed, but they will have to wait until next week !
Thanks, once more for looking; all comments are of course welcome and appreciated.
Finally to any new followers that I haven't already welcomed - "Welcome !"