Snapshot Reviews: A Zombie Apocalypse or The Internet Apocalypse?

March 15, 2014 3 stars, Book Review 10 ★★★

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data, instant messages, and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets, talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles further and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters “poke” each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine, and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends, a blogger and a webcam girl both now out of work, Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For fans of David Wong, Chad Kultgen, and Chuck Palahniuk, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question “What is life without the Web?”

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone ( Website | Twitter )
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My Thoughts:

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is completely unlike the usual books I read, which are mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction. I decided to give it a try because I really am an internet nut. I spend a considerable amount online socializing with internet friends and working on a book blog.

So that is what really drew me to this book, the fact that there was a blogger, because hey I’m a blogger, and the curiosity about what might happen should all of a sudden the internet met its end. It wasn’t just that though, but also how stuck some of us have become in non physical interaction almost to the point where its awkward to have contact with people any other way.  I can really sympathize on that point since I also work from home.  Given all of that, I found this very oddly appealing.

It’s funny that the main character is also named Gladstone. This was a quirky and at times dark book on what could possibly come about should we really lose the internet. I obviously haven’t seen the shall we say darker side of the internet but here you’ll get to see it – so it could be a bit of an eye opener. I’m of the opinion that anything imaginable could very well happen and I found a lot of the geek pop culture references entertaining. More importantly though the book was at times very touching – I like it when a book can tickle my emotions. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse was well worth venturing outside of my comfort zone for.

Overall – 3 stars

Under a Graveyard Sky

A family of survivors who fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines.

When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky.

Under a Graveyard Sky (#1) by John Ringo (Website)
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My Thoughts:

Under a Graveyard Sky has a lot of things going for it. While very enjoyable it did lack a bit on the character depth and development end. Now this all depends on what you’re looking for. If you are a zombie lover to the extreme I think you’ll seriously enjoy this book because its packed full of action, a very cool concept, and ideas that help make it stand out from the hoards of zombie books that are currently out.

My itemized thoughts and feelings – cause I’m feeling lazy:

  • – Fun, funny, reads extremely fast.
  • – I need a bit more oomph to attach to the characters
  • – Setting and world building are a go =) Plus I always prefer the virus take on zombies.
  • – What kind of an ending was that? It was like…a non-ending. Yeah so there is going to be another book, but I still like each of my books to stand on their own pages. More clarification pleaseee.

Under a Graveyard Sky is a definitely a decent addition to the zombie fiction genre. I do have to say that I absolutely love that cover art!

Story– 3 stars

 

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10 Responses to “Snapshot Reviews: A Zombie Apocalypse or The Internet Apocalypse?”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think things would be rather crazy indeed without it. I wonder if other things would disappear as well like phone service…or if it would just be the internet. An interesting thing to wonder about really.

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    So you’ve managed to cover two of my major fears in these books, LOL. Like you, most of my social interactions are internet based. New and old friends alike. Thus the sudden absence of internet is horrifying. And zombies are my big ICK, especially virus-bred zombies b/c they’re the most realistic. Much easier to believe in then Voodoo zombies. Shudders all around!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See I really used to love zombie fiction I was so into it that I was reading a ton of zombie books back to back a few years ago. My fervor for it has definitely died down. I think it might be a little bit before I read another…but who knows there are a few more floating out there that I’m really interested in reading.

      While I can totally read about zombies I do not like to watch shows like The Walking Dead lol.

      If the internet were no more…I’d shrivel away like the Wicked Witch of the West….

  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I don’t know what my issues w/zombies come from. It’s really dead things. Ghosts, zombies, ghouls . . . yuck. The only time I can get past it, is when the book is entertaining enough on it’s own that the zombies are secondary. As for watching them on shows or movies, when I am Legend come out, one of my friends and I went to the midnight day-before-release showing, and those are nuts anyway, but for a horror movie . . . you could feel the mass hysteria brewing before the movie even started. We left in the middle of it, lol. Couldn’t handle it. I went back a couple of days later (in the middle of the day w/my best friend’s brother) b/c I HAD to know what happened, but that night when it opened *shudder* Go ahead. You can make fun of me now 😉
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See now I love dead creepy crawly things…ok well maybe not THAT creepy how about creepy cute? But zombies I was totally enjoying reading for awhile there. I think I’ve past that reading phase though and now I can only handle it occasionally. I’m sure you get that too where you binge on one theme or type of book? I never did get into the dystopian books, I have liked a few but really eh…not so much.

      Legend wasn’t even that scary!!! You know what movies I can’t watch? Any of those SAW movies. Those are….wrong.