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I love zombie books and Pale Gods falls in the middle of the pack. It started off well, ended well and dragged a lot in the middle. I heartily disagree with a previous reviewer about the narrator; he is one of my favorites. He did a great job making the characters come alive and giving each a unique voice. I would love to hear Kipiniak in some more popular and literary books in the future.
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There's a lot of monologuing in this book, but in this post-apocalyptic world there isn't much else to do.
I wish I would have read a paper copy, I wasn't crazy about the reader and his character touches felt ham-handed - especially when it came to Jacob. You know how you can tell when someone is reading the material for the first time - a lot of the book felt like that, as if the Reader had just picked up the the story that morning. It made the low points unbearable and the melodramatic points an aural buffet of imaginary scenery.
However, there was a good story here, full of compassion and action. A world where survivors confined themselves to islands or boats, and made their living trading or farming and shooting the dead as they rose. Ridley is our eyes as he discovers a life beyond trading and drinking when he hooks up with a group of foragers.
I enjoyed the philosophical King and the maturing Ridley, but the maniacal Jacob was just a little too much - but that could have been the reader. Nothing the man did seemed to make any sense and I found myself wondering about the Peter Principle.
I treated myself to the digital version of this book and I'll be revisiting it at a later time.