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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Rot & Ruin

the krizzak boy, May 27, 2012

Young adult lit has made so many advancements since I was a teenager. While the cover and title would suggest a more grisly subject matter, Rot &Ruin isn't that at all. There are plenty of zombies, but the main focus is on the relationship between the Imura brothers. One a teenager disillusioned with this new world of danger and zombies - he really just wants to hang out with his school buddies and maybe get a girlfriend. His brother, on the other hand, is immersed in the life outside of the town they live in referred to as ''the ruin''. He is a bounty hunter who gets paid by families in town to end their family member's misery of those who have turned. In the vein of ''hunger games'' he does this to help support he and his brother Bennie and keep them in rations which are limited. We find Bennie on the eve of a very important birthday when he must choose what he wants to do to earn rations; follow the brother he doesn't like or trust into the new family business, or find his own menial job. I found it hard to put this book down, and was happy to find out there are currently two other books in the Imura brothers as they venture further out into ''the ruin''.
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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places

the krizzak boy, February 10, 2012

Amazing murder mystery which goes back and forth from present time and flashes back to days before the murder of the Day Family. Libby Day is an angry girl and only survivor (besides her brother who is in prison for the crime) of her family being brutally murdered. Her character is reminicent of Deloris Price in Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone"; she lashes out at the world, steals, and basically shuts herself off from the rest of the world. Libby has been profitting off of the donations from well wishers since the murder, but that trust fund is quickly drying up. Then she is contacted by "The Kill Club" made up of a bunch of odd characters morbidly obsessed with murders and murderers who wish to pay her for family "trinkets" and to delve into the details of her own family tragedy. One of the groups is dedicated to her family's murder, another is a group of women desperate to overturn the conviction against her hunky ginger-haired brother Ben whom she helped put into prison. Gillian Flynn takes you deep into the dark world of Libby Day and her family in this tense thriller. I look forward to her next grim reader.
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Boy's Life by Robert R Mccammon
Boy's Life

the krizzak boy, January 2, 2012

One of my favorite stories of all time by paperback horror master Robert R Mccammon, and one that I have re-read each year since first discovering this great adventure. The story is narrarated by 12 year old Cory Mackenson who makes up stories to entertain & amaze his friends in his tiny town of Zephyr. Cory crosses paths with many interesting characters including a man-eating alligator, a clairvoyant voodoo woman, KKK bomb throwers, a fraudulent evangelists, homicidal bootleggers, an eccentric millionaire who strolls around town buck naked, a magical white stag, a ghost car, a meteor, a magic bicycle, an O.K. Corral-style shootout at the Trailways bus station and a pair of renegade Nazis in hiding and somehow Mccammon is able to masterfully wrap it all up into a believable coming-of-age story that leaves you wanting more.
It's one of those books you want to read and pass on to a friend so you can share the experience with them. I've only ever done that with a few very special books. Boy's Life is one that I've shared many, many times.
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