The Walking Dead vol. 17: Something To Fear by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

Important change for me – after very long deliberation and sixteen volumes on my shelf, I stepped over my collecting craze and bought #17 electronically for kindle (kindle for ipad, that is, of course). Cheaper, faster and the quality of scan was great. Amazon promised panel-by-panel view – but somehow they lied.

While vol. 16 was boring as hell, in vol. 17 (actually, numbers 97-102 of the actual serialized comic) the hardcore action returns. And given these bits were likely created in parallel with Walking Dead: The Game by Telltale Games (which is absolutely fabulous and beats both the comic book AND the TV series combined – something I couldn't have expected) – similar topics appear. Bandits taking 1/2 of the supplies – or killing all. Zombies are nearly out of the picture. As usual, people are worse and scarier. Looking forward to vol. 18 – or should I start buying original 103, 104 volumes etc?


All You Zombies by Robert Heinlein

Ages since I read any science fiction stuff. Came upon this short story while wiki'ing Heinlein upon re-watching Starship Troopers recently. Plus, I guess it also popped up on some libertarian wires that flood my facebook feed.

After all, what's $1.25 paid to amazon for a story about a man who realized he is both his own father and his own mother? Well, go figure.


The Walking Dead vol. 15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

Only now I have laid my hands on Kirkman's TWD vol. 15 – quite some time after I watched seasons 1 and 2 of the joint Darabont / Kirkman extremely popular and gripping AMC show – which, I have to say, is very close to the book in spirit, but quite different in story line.

Just to mention a few plot differences – I keep on waiting for the show to saw off Rick's arm. Carl's been shot in the belly on the telly – in the book, it was a headshot he survived through. On TV, Dale died in the last season, devoured by a walker – and in the book, he also died, but slowly, first, bitten by a walker, and then cannibals ate his leg! Don't think Alabama housewives are prepared for that kind of gore in the zombiebox.

The surprise of this volume – and to put things in perspective, Lori has been dead for a while in the book – Rick makes out with Andrea – now that's the new twist of the melodrama the TV series lacks ))) TWD vol. 16 awaits to be read.


P.S. Whew, Sherlock, TWD vol. 16 was plain boring. Nothing to report.


Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead by Jovanka Vuckovic

This is a must buy for hardcore George A. Romero, giallo/horror, Robert Kirkman and more recent zombie apocalypse flicks fans. And up to date – 2011 – as usually such books are several years behind.

Starting from a meticulous description of the origins of voodoo stemming from Haiti colonization and slaves’ pagan religions, it quickly evolves into a long and qualitative description of a vast array of zombie movies, books, games, etc, all classified and reviewed. Even Rob Zombie is not forgotten. Just as we I like.

Result: just 50% down the road with the book and already I got an impressive list of movies I missed that I should have not missed – a lot of ketchup blood to be spilt on my screen.