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Postby Scrappy » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:08 am

After reading your guys comments i'm going to the shops tomorrow to buy it :) Looking forward to it, love Zombie films.

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Postby Hyssy » Wed May 07, 2008 2:21 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7383796.stm

IT COULD BE HAPPENING!

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Postby Boomshaka » Mon May 12, 2008 6:54 pm

I just finished it aswell. Really enjoyed it. Makes me wish Dead Rising was a. Better and b. longer. Oh and I hadnt aready comepleted it :)

I really enjoyed some of the stories, the old blind man being a favourite.

I just wish a game was able to capture hundreds of thousands of zombies all at the same time though- and for their bodies to lie there for the rest of the game ala Doom or operation flashpoint.

Thats the dream that this brought :)
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Postby Scrappy » Sun May 18, 2008 3:18 pm

I've just got around to ordering this and I am Legend off play.com. Can't wait for them to arrive, i have shit loads of books that i can't be bothered reading purely down to the fact they are all basically the same genre that i've been reading for years. I'm just debating which one to read first though. Suppose whichever arrives first ( ordered I am Legend yesterday night )

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Postby Nethlyn » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:31 pm

Big old bump but we don't need two threads for the one book, no matter how brilliant it is - mind you I've still got to buy the audiobook of WWZ as it's another year until Pitt's film is out.

From the library I got hold of the UK volumes 3 to 8 of The Walking Dead collected graphic novels of 5-6 issues at a time - these will be series 3 of the TV show, although I don't think they will literally do three volumes for each half of the season - and a good prep to see the differences.

How the hardcore fans spent nine years waiting for these issues every single month (or two years for the weekly reissues) I'll never know, I jumped in and read the lot in one five hour speed-read, some of it I knew about from the wiki but hadn't seen the artwork or laughed at the gallows humour, I'm not surprised the series has grown and grown as a bestseller from 2003 to now.

The fact that there's an issue's interlude at the start of Made To Suffer before continuing to the end, builds up to more of Kirkman's recurring Western with Zombies theme, with a decent dollop of Romero's allegories at the same time, mean that you could actually buy this 8th volume by itself, with its massive peak in the storyline I'm not surprised that that's where the first UK paperback compendium ends. Kirkman seems to have gone for a similar big shock around issue 100 as with 48-50.

The next 8 volumes are on order at the library, I've got the single book #101 coming from Ebay and #102, which ends the Somthing To Fear storyline, the single is out next week and will form collection 17 out at Christmas.

What I noticed is how Andrew Lincoln's portrayal of Rick in the show seems toned down compared to the graphic novel where he's almost as much of a nutter as the human opponents they meet. If any characters point out to him the times that his decisions get people killed, they don't tend to last long afterwards :) We'll have to see how things change after issue 103 when there's at least one other no-going-back turn to the storyline.
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Postby Wolfy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:46 pm

Get the audiobook, man. It's so good.

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Postby katarn » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:24 pm

Talking of the Walking Dead books, I've spotted the compendium on Amazon for 30 quid. That's the first 8 volumes all together.

I've got a birthday coming soon, I might ask for it as a present. :D

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Postby Nethlyn » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:07 pm

Wolfy wrote:Get the audiobook, man. It's so good.

Alan Alda!


2nd hand £8 at Amazon, I'll have to wait for a sale and grab it when it's new for less than a tenner - or that will be the next thing to get out of the library.

Gave up and just read the wiki issues 49-96 of TWD, stuff waiting, it doesn't feel spoiled after seeing so many major plot points on the variant issue 100 covers. If I jumped on from issue 97 and have 101 coming, then 102 out next week will round off another volume and then there's the second novel next month. Then I would stop again as this stupid season break for the TV show is going to make Channel 5's showings even later next year if they're made to wait for FX to show all 16.
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Postby katarn » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:26 pm

My compendium arrived from Amazon. Whoa, it's huge. Decent quality too.

The next compendium is released in a month or so, I'll pick it up if I enjoy the first lot.

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Postby Nethlyn » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:01 pm

Read the other 8 volumes, with the artwork making it new all over again despite knowing the story from the wiki. Top stuff, but I'm happy I'm at the 100 mark for the single issues and will just keep up by volume when the new ones hit the library.

Pre-ordered the second TWD novel, that will arrive in a couple of weeks, but I'm not getting caught up in Kirkman's deliberate delays once series 3 kicks off and rolls on into next year.

Drawn back to WWZ so the audiobook's on the Christmas list for definite now.
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Postby Wolfy » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:00 am

The sequel to John Dies At The End - This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It - has quite a zombie outbreak motif to it. Although they're indestructible mind-controlled monster people, there are segments that basically say that these are their version of zombies.

Right, on that extremely tenuous link, BUY IT! It's certainly a much easier read than the first book and still full of dick jokes. ^_^
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Postby Nethlyn » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:58 pm

Right in time for me to not watch the new series, The Walking Dead Road To Woodbury second novel has arrived, looks shorter than the first so will try not to read it in the one day. The writing team could go anywhere with the novels so here's hoping the next one isn't only about whatever they focus on in series 4.
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Postby katarn » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:49 pm

Reading through the first compendium of Walking Dead(volumes 1-8). Such a shame Tony Moore left after the first volume, it's such a higher quality than Charlie Adlard's work from then onwards (especially the characters faces).

I'll stick with it for the story, but the artwork from volume 2 onwards just seems constantly disappointing. I wonder what the reasons were for Moore not carrying on?

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Postby Medicine Man » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:50 pm

I agree that Moore's work is far superior to Adlards. I also took awhile to get used to the new style.

Moore as far as I know couldn't keep up with the pace of the schedule and so was replaced by Adlard who could, albeit with a massive sacrifice in quality. Moore still did the covers for a while though.

There also appears to be a bit of bad blood between Kirkman and Moore these days with both parties playing the sue me, sue you blues since the TV show hit the big time. Shame.

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Postby Nethlyn » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:56 pm

Been settled apparently, the lawyers probably made more than both of them as with most divorces :)

The Road To Woodbury was too short and suffered from the lack of establishing any major characters as the first novel did. Then it grinds to a halt once the group reaches Woodbury so as the title suggests, the book is much better when describing the trip. Considering there's at least one character in the novel that didn't officially buy it in the comics there's potential for a direct sequel but the ending felt deliberately curtailed and then mirrored some of what you already saw in the comics with the way The Governor makes Woodbury his own empire.

So, meh, it's average and that's all. If the next one isn't a proper spinoff and is just all about pimping Season 4 on TV then I'll go back to the comics. Ironically if it wasn't about The Walking Dead universe I'd probably have been saying how great it was, but that's because it wouldn't have just hit a full stop, story-wise.
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