Mining the Depths

I'll read almost anything and love what captures my imagination. Best of all is responding to books in the larger cultural sense, loving or loathsome. Literature should have a place in the wider world.

 

And I'm another GoodReads refugee. 

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor - Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga Received from Goodreads' First Reads!First, I must confess, I somehow missed everything this book was actually about when I applied (I think I just liked the cover that much). I wanted something different from my usual tastes--I've never read a zombie book or even seen a zombie movie, and clearly, this counts as different--but I completely missed that it is part of an already established fictional universe. I don't even read comic books.But I just joined the local library's book group, which recommended for October a book "outside your comfort zone" and scary. Since my reading comfort zone is very large The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor arrived just in time!And I enjoyed it.So okay, I questioned some of the world-building logic, and wasn't impressed with the quality of the very few female characters (Penny doesn't really count as a character), but the suspense ratcheted along and I was invested in the characters even though they were all despicable in one way or another or every way at once. And it even took me by surprise, in a good way. It managed to reverse my expectations of who the identity of The Governor was TWICE. Nicely done, authors. Overall: Chilling and thrilling, with a solid 'ending'* on a note of horror.*I guess this first in a trilogy? Or is it 3-in-1, because there are three sections? I thought it wrapped up its story neatly enough at the end, since the plot is effectively a character study underneath all the gore. But maybe those more familiar with the audience would know better.

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