Posts Tagged ‘bloody’

The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1

December 5, 2012

Title: The Walking Dead Compendium (Vol.1 issues 1-48)

Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Genre: horror, comic

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: 2009

Pages: 1088

Geographic Setting: Georgia

Time Period: Post Apocalyptic

Series: yes- Walking Dead

Summary: Officer Rick Grimes and his family, as well as a rag-tag group of refugees, have to survive in a zombie infested world.

Subject Headings: zombie apocalypse

Appeal Terms: tense, suspenseful, dystopian world, horrific, supernatural, comic to tv show, survival, graphic, detailed, post-apocalyptic, zombies, bloody, atmospheric, character centered, dark, gritty, violent.

My Three: suspenseful, horrific, survival

Similar Fiction:

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Crown:NewYork, 2006)
A Survivor-eye’s view of the conflict between zombies and humans. If you want a book that is a cross between fiction and nonfiction, and has a touch of history, this is one to try.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books, 2009)
The Jane Austen classic with a twist. For those who want to try something different when moving away from the tried and true.

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore (Skyhorse, 2011)
Told from the zombie’s point of view, Peter Mellor, a college professor, tries to solve his own murder. Interesting because the main character can still pass for human.

Similar Nonfiction:

So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin (Chicago Review Press, 2010)
Like the title says, this is a guide to being a zombie. Not meant to be taken seriously, but could be a nice reference book.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Spradlin (William Morrow Publishing, 2009)
A spoof of favorite Christmas songs filled with zombies and other horrific bits. If you liked Nightmare Before Christmas, try this one for giggles.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Three Rivers Press, 2003)
What started out as the basis of an SNL skit turned into a fully comprehensive guide to surviving a zombie attack. Deadpan humor and extremely detailed. Bonus points that this is written by Mel Brooks’ son.

Name: Jennifer

Sharp Teeth

June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010 by rayjani

Author:  Toby Barlow

Title:  Sharp Teeth

Genre:  Fiction – Horror

Publication Date:  2007

Geographical Setting:  Los Angeles, CA

Time Period:  Present Decade

Plot Summary:

Anthony takes a job as a city dogcatcher only to find himself trying to save three dogs from extermination.  A shape shifting, lycanthrope gang leader (known as Lark) has devised a scheme for domination of the normal human population of L.A.  Anthony unknowingly becomes involved in Lark’s plan when the female lycanthrope in Lark’s gang and Anthony fall in love.  These shape-shifters can change from human form to canine form at will; they do not need a full moon.  Anthony’s love interest (who remains nameless throughout the book) keeps her secret from Anthony.  The gangs are rivals, and one of the gangs seeks out and destroys meth labs and their owners for partner leaders in organized crime.  There are three rival pack gangs.  Lark’s pack is the “money laundering” gang.  Cutter’s pack (rival to Lark’s pack) is into organized crime involving drugs and competing meth labs.  The third pack is a battered and reduced pack of surfers who are out to avenge dogs that were adopted from the pound and trained to become gladiator dogs forced to fight for their lives.  After betraying Lark, Baron, a member of his pack, takes over the rest of Lark’s pack, forcing Lark to go undercover and recruit new pack members.  Lark allows himself to be impounded in the city kennel and is adopted by a needy woman named Bonnie, who treats him very well.  At night while Bonnie sleeps, Lark goes about rebuilding his pack.  In the midst of all this, Peabody, an L.A. detective, is investigating mysterious murders of city dogcatchers.  The “surfer” pack is responsible for these.  Meanwhile, Anthony’s love becomes the target for execution by Baron’s pack.  Baron sends his pack’s female, Sasha, to do the dirty deed but Anthony’s girlfriend foils the attack and kills Sasha.  She then goes into hiding, knowing she is being hunted.  Anthony becomes depressed and distraught over her disappearance and easy prey for initiation into Baron’s pack.  The rivalry and murder investigations culminate in a battle involving all three gangs and the meth lab partner kingpins.

Subject Headings:  werewolves, animal wardens, police, gangs in Los Angeles, murder, murder investigation, dogs, supernatural, drug traffic, Los Angeles, novels in verse, horror stories.

Appeal Terms:  eerie, creepy, unsettling, surrealistic, supernatural, vicious, gory, graphically descriptive, bloody, menacing, dark, violent, ominous.

Three terms that best describe this book:  visceral, unsettling, and surrealistic.

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Canyons by P.D. Cacek portrays Lucius as the leader of a highly civilized pack of Denver werewolves who is holding off the invasion of a rival pack.  He does all this while avoiding his increasing attraction to a journalist who is bent on reporting on Lucius’s pack.

The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo has Marlowe Higgins moving from one town to another after a dishonorable discharge.  Higgins becomes trapped in an ongoing struggle with his werewolf nature that forces him to kill heinous villains during every full moon.  This eventually leads him into a deadly confrontation with a serial killer in a small town in Tennessee.

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris pits telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse against a race of unhuman beings who are more powerful and secretive than vampires or werewolves.  The smell of war is in the air in Bon Temps, Louisiana as vampires, werewolves, and werepanthers prepare for battle.  Sookie soon finds herself in the thick of it as she investigates a murder of a werepanther.

Relevant Non-fiction Works and Authors:

Streetwars: Gangs and the Future of Violence by Tom Hayden gives a hard look at gangs and youth violence in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.  He includes firsthand stories from gang leaders.

Inside the Crips:  Life Inside L.A.’s Most notorious Gang by Colton Simpson describes the home environment that led to gang membership for a member of one of L.A.’s most dangerous gangs.  Included are accounts of confrontations with rival gangs and his incarceration at Calipatria Prison.

Monster:  The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur, who is one of Los Angeles’s most notorious gang leaders, gives readers an inside look at the world of gangs including gang wars, politics, his climb through the ranks of his gang’s hierarchy, how he survived rival gang attacks, and what prison life is like for a gang member.

Sharp Teeth

March 31, 2009

Author: Barlow, Toby

Title: Sharp Teeth

Genre: Horror/ Thriller

Publication Date: January 29, 2008

Number of Pages: 320 p. (hard cover format)

Geographical Setting: Los Angeles, California

Time Period: Present Day

Plot Summary: The full moon is only aesthetic beauty to this modern-day race of lycanthropes. Sharp Teeth is a horror/ thriller novel that dives into a subculture of battling packs of werewolves that prowl the streets of Los Angeles and can turn at will. The initiated seek converts from the unwanted, the unconcerned, and the down-and-out in an effort to build up their armies as a war looms. Lark is the sophisticated leader and alpha dog of the main pack. He helms this swarm of man-eaters as they shred their way through contract jobs for organized crime and kills for drug dealers’ competition. But now his attention is turned to a faction pack led by his former acolyte. Loner and subtle misanthrope, Anthony Silvo, finds a new job as a dog catcher; he hates it, but has no other prospects. Because the city’s dog pounds are a major means of recruitment for one of the packs, Anthony is unknowingly in the middle of this supernatural world. Part love story, he falls in love with a woman who has recently abandoned Lark’s pack and hides that she too is a shape shifter. Peabody is a detective that has caught the scent of a series of suspicious murders and crimes that inexplicably lead to the pound and some local meth labs. Like Anthony, he finds himself neck-deep in the unimaginable. Characters move across the sun-baked landscape of stucco houses, bridge tournaments, and methadone clinics. They all converge at a final battle in the city dump amidst trash, tires, government agents, blood, flesh, and fur. Written in free verse, Sharp Teeth is a violent and comedic tale that threads together stories of an ancient race that seeks domination in the modern world, love between a boy and a girl, and all the blood, bone, flesh, and marrow that hold it together.

Subject Headings: Los Angeles; dog catchers; dog pounds; meth labs; drug trafficking; werewolves; shape shifters; murder; love; gangs; gang warfare; detective; supernatural; card games; bridge tournaments; recruitment; free verse; multiple points-of-view; strong secondary characters; multiple story lines

Appeal: violent, drugs, sexual, raw, bloody, flowing, episodic, tense, vivid, comedic, urban landscape, fast-paced, strong language, dark humor, cinematic, episodic, offbeat, resolved ending, witty, aggressive

Similar Authors & Works: Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause is a story of Vivian, a 16-year old werewolf, who has fallen in love with a boy from school and must balance her two worlds. Women Who Run with the Werewolves: Tales of Blood, Lust and Metamorphosis by Pam Keesey is a collection of tales that revolve around the women-as-werewolves theme. Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King and Berni Wrightson is an illustrated novella that tells a tale of a series of grisly murders in Tarker Mills, Maine that span across a calendar year.

Relevant Non-Fiction Authors & Works: the Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature by Brian J. Frost is a survey of the cultural impact of the werewolf legend. True Werewolves of History by Donald F. Glut is a collection of 87 different tales of werewolf accounts through history. Half Human, Half Animal: Tales of Werewolves and Related Creatures by Jamie Hall researches tales of shape shifters in multicultural folklore and oral history.

Andy

No Country for Old Men

February 18, 2009

Author: McCarthy, Cormac

Title: No Country for Old Men

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Publication Date: July 19, 2005

Number of Pages: 320 pp (hard cover edition)

Geographical Setting: Texas (near U.S./Mexico border)

Time Period: 1980

Plot Summary: Llewelyn Moss is a near down-on-his-luck Vietnam veteran that is hunting antelope by the big river when he’s first introduced in McCarthy’s book of dealings-gone-awry, life’s poor decisions, the regret that it brings, and the manhunts that soon follow. After finding a cache of heroin and over 2 million dollars left at the scene of a botched drug trade, Moss risks his wife’s and his own life for the money. While on the run, a local law enforcer, Sheriff Bell, tries to track down Moss to offer him a possible way out of the situation. But Anton Chigurh, a hired professional who tracks Moss for the cartel, sees no other resolution than recovering his employer’s losses and ending Moss’ life. The chase is relentless, bloody, and violent. But intertwined with scenes from the manhunt, each character offers some introspective peaks into their lives and how it all came about. No Country for Old Men is starkly intimate as much as it is filled with full-tilt violence. Each main character struggles for a certain level of redemption and/or an ongoing definition to their lives. Each man subscribes to his own school of thought, his own system of justice and morality. Each man’s fierce drive for survival and supremacy is contained in ingenuity, stun guns, pistols and rifles, promises made, coin flips, and the tooth-and-nail fight for a comfortable life without regret. It is a narrative that is syrupy in that it is thick and rich in the visual appeal that comes from the words and the uneasiness that emits from the characters during the chase. The progression never skips over its own rhythm and never fully depicts all the details of anything. The reader is welcome to read about most everything, but you are not welcome to know it all.

Subject Headings: 1980s; Texas; Mexico; Southwest Border; War Veterans; Sheriffs; Hunters; Assassins; Drug Trafficking; Drug Trade; Heroin; Money; Caches; Manhunts; Chases; Murder; Violence; Revenge; Good vs. Evil; Suspense or Thriller Fiction

Appeal: Dark, raw, bleak, gritty, suspenseful, violent, vengeful, multiple character points-of-view, characters seeking redemption, layered characters, cinematic, arid landscape, gloomy, taut, bloody, tenacious, relentless momentum, evenly-paced, tense

Similar Authors & Works: According to most reviewers, McCarthy is most similar to William Faulkner in that both develop characters that struggle with deep issues of morality and humanity. Like No Country for Old Men, Faulkner’s Light in August is set in the South and revolves around three men dealing with inner turmoil and difficult outer circumstances. James Carlos Blake’s In the Rogue Blood is a western that mirrors McCarthy’s bloody western tales. Like most of these stories, inner conflict with good and evil are prevalent.

Relevant Non-Fiction Authors & Works: Drug Lord: The Life & Death of a Mexican Kingpin – True Story is a biography of Pablo Acosta by journalist/writer Terrence E. Poppa. It is a rags-to-riches tale of one Mexican boy that becomes the drug czar of Ojinaga, a city just across the border from Big Bend country of Texas. It tells of his rise to being responsible for 60% of the drugs going into the United States and his arrangements with the Columbian drug cartels. Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide by Peter Andreas is an in-depth look into the current happenings on the world’s busiest country border. Acting as the single barrier between a rich state and a poor one, the U.S.-Mexico border patrol has to defend against drug smugglers and the migrant labor forces. This book delves into how law enforcement must escalate to keep up with, not only the drugs and the illegal aliens, but also the effects of NAFTA.


Andy