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*This book is also part of "Living With the Dead: Year One". If you already own "Year One" it is not necessary to purchase this volume.* Living With the Dead is an ongoing survival horror story set in the zombie apocalypse. Its original format was and is a serialized daily blog. When the world falls apart and the true nature of mankind is revealed, a small group of survivor *This book is also part of "Living With the Dead: Year One". If you already own "Year One" it is not necessary to purchase this volume.* Living With the Dead is an ongoing survival horror story set in the zombie apocalypse. Its original format was and is a serialized daily blog. When the world falls apart and the true nature of mankind is revealed, a small group of survivors in Kentucky make a go of holding their ground and building again. Through hordes of undead and bands of ruthless marauders, they come together with a common purpose. Over the days and months, they begin to learn that when the world is filled with the dead, the only choice is to learn how to truly live.


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*This book is also part of "Living With the Dead: Year One". If you already own "Year One" it is not necessary to purchase this volume.* Living With the Dead is an ongoing survival horror story set in the zombie apocalypse. Its original format was and is a serialized daily blog. When the world falls apart and the true nature of mankind is revealed, a small group of survivor *This book is also part of "Living With the Dead: Year One". If you already own "Year One" it is not necessary to purchase this volume.* Living With the Dead is an ongoing survival horror story set in the zombie apocalypse. Its original format was and is a serialized daily blog. When the world falls apart and the true nature of mankind is revealed, a small group of survivors in Kentucky make a go of holding their ground and building again. Through hordes of undead and bands of ruthless marauders, they come together with a common purpose. Over the days and months, they begin to learn that when the world is filled with the dead, the only choice is to learn how to truly live.

30 review for With Spring Comes the Fall

  1. 5 out of 5

    hIpnoticraQs

    DNF

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Eye

    I didn't review the book the first time I read it, because I read it for my online radio show, Journal Jabber, and I didn't want to give my own opinion on the book in a review until later. I didn't want to influence anyone with my own written opinion. We were doing a show on zombie books, and this one caught my attention. Not sure why... The cover wasn't gory, the zombies weren't all beat to hell and nasty looking, and it wasn't an overly clever title. But maybe that's WHY it caught my attention I didn't review the book the first time I read it, because I read it for my online radio show, Journal Jabber, and I didn't want to give my own opinion on the book in a review until later. I didn't want to influence anyone with my own written opinion. We were doing a show on zombie books, and this one caught my attention. Not sure why... The cover wasn't gory, the zombies weren't all beat to hell and nasty looking, and it wasn't an overly clever title. But maybe that's WHY it caught my attention. That is was simple. Straight to the point. It was a zombie book. Nothing more. Nothing less. And that is what you get. A zombie story. Not with as many shambling dead and head crushing as you would imagine, but it focuses a lot on a community of survivors. How they lived, what they faced. And not all bad vibes and nasty juju are coming from the brain-starved reanimated. The tension comes from within. From people just being people. We bond together when we need to survive, but we have this nasty habit of trying to tear ourselves apart for no good reason... simply because we think we can and that our own opinions and thoughts mean and count more than other people's. I loved this take on the zombie world. We see zombie's rip arms off all the time. We see axes cleave furrows in squishy bodies, but we rarely see what WE would do should that ever happen. This book is written blog style from a guy named Josh, with occasional posts from Courtney, and Tree. As an editor by trade, there were several things that screamed at me, "NO!!! This is ALL telling and no showing... There are grammatical errors everywhere!!" But ya know what? It freaking works. It's a blog. This guy is living in a life where he is worried about dying every day. I like that fact he wasn't worried about reciting conversations word for word or trying to entertain. It was very lifelike in some ways. In other ways, I feel like it was just a bit forced. *SPOILERS AHEAD* A few of these things would be this: 1. I don't know about you, but if my significant other was screaming at me in an emergency, I would NOT be worried about finishing up the last part of my blog and giving any kind of sign off for it. If there were zombies coming at my home or people I cared about, I would be dropping that laptop/cell phone and booking it to where ever I needed to be. I understand the reasoning for it - it amped up the tension a bit, but it lost the touch of reality for me in certain parts. 2. and this kinda sorta ties into my previous post - if he is out and about on missions, he is not going to have his little sign offs - just not gonna happen. But the other thing that made me a bit "eh" on his cell phone posts was his lack of text speak. I know this may sound strange, but hear me out. If you are writing an entire blog post from your cell phone in the midst of danger, I would think that writing something like "We R here" or "U R what U eat" (neither, I will add are really in the book) would be more realistic for him to write on his cell than spelling everything out. He's obviously not overly concerned with people reading this later in the future where, hopefully, grammar holds more importance in everyday communication. He's worried about getting his messages out there... FROM A CELL PHONE... :) Did either of these points kill the story for me? Nope. The one part that made me laugh out loud was the naming of the more evolved zombies. I kept getting the munchies every time I read about it. For those of you who have read the book, you will know what I mean. :) I will be starting book two tomorrow, and I am happy to see there are 6 books in the series now, so I will have some zombie enjoyment for quite some time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Felicia A

    3.5 actually. This book is pretty well written, and needs only minor editing, which is great given the state of a lot self-pubbed stuff. It's in blog format which, similar to the journal thing, has been done to death. The author is, however, able to tell the story surprisingly well given that there are barely any other "voices" in this story. Not directly, anyway. But it takes away from the story that he publishes the blog in his own real name. He never explains why the zombies show up, fine. He 3.5 actually. This book is pretty well written, and needs only minor editing, which is great given the state of a lot self-pubbed stuff. It's in blog format which, similar to the journal thing, has been done to death. The author is, however, able to tell the story surprisingly well given that there are barely any other "voices" in this story. Not directly, anyway. But it takes away from the story that he publishes the blog in his own real name. He never explains why the zombies show up, fine. He and his wife just immediately basically turn their house into a fortress, max out all their credit cards buying any and every thing one might need to ride out the zombpocalypse. Fine. Then they immediately start fortifying the whole neighborhood, fine. It's awfully convenient that ALL OF THE NEIGHBORS either get killed or leave, and Josh `n friends get to take over the whole neighborhood to form "The Compound". Quite a number of Josh's talented and intelligent and cool and nerdy/geeky, but all around great, fantastic friends survive this nightmare in groups, intact. And OF COURSE, they all get rescued by Josh, who just keeps on finding all of his friends and family alive and well, even though BILLIONS of other people have perished. And like I mentioned before, Josh and his wife maxed out their credit cards and are sitting very pretty to make it through the long haul, but within SIX DAYS of the end of the world, they are hunting and eating SQUIRREL. I mean, I know it's Kentucky, but come ON. Six days?? And there's the whole thing like another reviewer mentioned about his wife smiling benevolently nearby, silently encouraging Josh to "do" his high school crush because they have to repopulate the world. This group is unbelievably lucky and of course manage to find every single little thing they need to withstand. They have planted farms within days, started constructing a wall, making contact with other survivor groups*, rescuing people, etc., etc., etc. And while all this is going on, nearly the entire rest of the population that managed to survive is hell bent on wiping out Josh and his group. Except for his friends and the others they rescued EVERY ONE ELSE IN THE STATE AND SURROUNDING AREA seem to be looters/marauders/rapists/ babykillers/thieves/criminals/cannibals and are out to take what Josh and his group have. He has the new and interesting idea of some of the zombies developing "smarts" (they call them the `smarties'), actually beginning to show limited intelligence, planning, and some sort of communication that enables them to work together to hunt human prey, and actually be cunning and smart, not just mindless flesh munchers. This is a nice new element. Despite what it sounds like above, this is not a bad story, not at all. It's a bit self-serving and preachy because many of Josh's blog posts are about forming new governments/leadership, and accepting new moralities and how the government shouldn't control too much of our lives and they were going to do it new and better, blah blah blah. And then they proceed to set up a few rules which, even though rules are needed to make a society run smoothly and civilly, they start to muck it up. LOTS of monologue and discourse about morality, government, and Josh's views of the world, which gets preachy and annoying. My only real major problem (besides the whole squirrel/repopulate the world thing) is that the book just...ends. No wrap up, conclusion, finality...nothing. He gets to the end of that day's blog post, and that's it. I know there's a sequel, but I really feel like every book should stand alone, even when more are planned. *Google ROCKS.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emotonal Reads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was really looking forward to the series especially since his wife is a woman of color but when she starts worrying about him not having an heir, when things are going to hell and offers him up to his ex-girlfriend and tells him to enjoy it blew my mind. He describes his wife a woman who doesn't think about love and sex the way he does, gave me pause. Is it suppose to be because she is black? A woman can do whatever she wants to him, including kissing him passionately in front of her and she i I was really looking forward to the series especially since his wife is a woman of color but when she starts worrying about him not having an heir, when things are going to hell and offers him up to his ex-girlfriend and tells him to enjoy it blew my mind. He describes his wife a woman who doesn't think about love and sex the way he does, gave me pause. Is it suppose to be because she is black? A woman can do whatever she wants to him, including kissing him passionately in front of her and she is okay with that. The woman could be his best friend or ex, that's a big no for me. In a world where shit has hit the fan, having a baby should be the last thing on their minds. Bringing a baby in the world the way it is, is crazy. Shouldn't they try to get a little normalcy and safety around them first? At this point I'm actually pissed off because all the books, except one, that deals with the subject and have a black woman heroine always makes a prostitute, a drug addict or a downright immoral person. What's up with that?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Saturnfx

    2 stars, because 1 seemed inappropriate. On the plus side, there are some good survival ideas in here. Now for the negatives. It is a book without much of a story. mostly just nuts and bolts of a prepper whom maxes out his credit card the second a rumor of something bad going on, then starts hardening the whole neighborhood in some sort of secessionist daydream. I was unable to finish the book due to such a weak storyline...felt like I was reading more of a DIY book for half of it. I think the au 2 stars, because 1 seemed inappropriate. On the plus side, there are some good survival ideas in here. Now for the negatives. It is a book without much of a story. mostly just nuts and bolts of a prepper whom maxes out his credit card the second a rumor of something bad going on, then starts hardening the whole neighborhood in some sort of secessionist daydream. I was unable to finish the book due to such a weak storyline...felt like I was reading more of a DIY book for half of it. I think the author forgot to put in a actual plot or point (no, just surviving a zombie apoc isn't very compelling.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Loved. Loved. Loved. I loved hearing about day to day activites after the end of the world. I love that I will be able to continue to follow these people for a long time to come. (Please Josh!) Not your typical zombie/end of the world story. This book written in journal format chronicles the day to day life of survivors of a zombie infestation. Published into a book, this is a daily blog taht I am currently devouring. Looking forward to more books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Hamasaki

    AMAZING!!! I loved this book. It's one of the best zombie books I've read. The characters feel real. Josh, the main character (and the writer), is a great narrator. I completely recommend this book to any zombie fans out there. The format may turn some people off, since it's literally a blog, but... I loved it. Stick with it. The beginning has lots of lists and how-to posts. It's boring, but it makes sense, and the story flows amazingly well afterwards. NEXT BOOK NOW!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cassie McCown

    Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes the Fall Written by: Joshua Guess Published October 29, 2010 AISN: B004A14V7S Available Format: ebook, blog My Rating: ★★★★☆ ,i>Living with the Dead is basically a collection of fictional blog posts that chronicle the day-to-day life of a group of Kentucky zombie apocalypse survivors as they band together and work to create a new, safe environment for themselves. After the zombie bacteria takes over the world and Josh comes to terms with reality, he quickly be Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes the Fall Written by: Joshua Guess Published October 29, 2010 AISN: B004A14V7S Available Format: ebook, blog My Rating: ★★★★☆ ,i>Living with the Dead is basically a collection of fictional blog posts that chronicle the day-to-day life of a group of Kentucky zombie apocalypse survivors as they band together and work to create a new, safe environment for themselves. After the zombie bacteria takes over the world and Josh comes to terms with reality, he quickly begins fortifying his home and gathering as many of his family and friends as possible. Eventually, they make the entire neighborhood a compound and work hard to rebuild their lives again. I put this book on my to-read list months ago at the recommendation of a friend, but when our JournalJabber listeners requested a zombie themed show, I had to get on this earlier than planned! I was actually quite pleased, thankfully. I am just now working my way back into the horror genre, and I’m happy this is one of the first zombie books I have ever read! Obviously, since this is written as a blog, it is extremely and refreshingly down-to-earth. Josh is your average Sci-Fi, martial arts, video games kind of guy in a new marriage who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an apocalypse that only his nerdy interests have prepared him for. As Josh is quickly becoming a resourceful leader with the thoughtfulness and ability to journal the events of his life, we’re able to see the inner workings of a survivor compound through real language with real emotion. There are quite a few spelling and grammar mistakes, but I found myself far more forgiving considering the format of this read. If I were reading it on the blog, which is available at http://www.livingwiththedead.net/, then it would make sense that the author of said blog would not be concerned about whether he spells every word correctly or uses the proper punctuation. He is literally fighting for his life. Who cares about mechanics and grammar? What really struck me about this book is while the zombies are the initial threat and the driving force behind most of what the residents of the compound are doing, the focus is more on the actual people, those within the compound and those on the outside with whom they come in contact with. It is a brutal picture of what lies at the heart of humanity. If such a tragedy were to strike, this is very much what we can expect. Some will rise up as leaders and reach out to others with the best of intentions—providing shelter, nourishment, safety. Others will be more selfish or even cruel—pillaging, raping, murdering. There are so many instances in this book that Josh is discouraged by the egotistical actions of others, saddened that he must be so distrustful, or downright appalled that he has to murder another human being just to protect himself and his family. It paints a terrible but realistic picture of who we really are. Josh also brings up some really great points about the American government, which following this catastrophe is literally obliterated. His group is able to start fresh, learning from the mistakes of history and attempting to build a system that is less about appearance and more about the true betterment of society. If they succeed is yet to be seen, but with people like Josh around, there is a good chance they will! Not once did I become bored with this book, and I am very eager to continue the story! I am completely enraptured in the lives of these survivors. I strongly encourage you to get yourself a copy of Living with the Dead, which will support this great new author! You can then check out the blog at http://www.livingwiththedead.net/. This review can also be found at www.gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annetta Ribken

    Having just started this book, normally I would hesitate to rate it or say anything about it. However, I am HOOKED. I had my doubts, but it came highly recommended by a good friend, and I figured I'd give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. Since the new season of "Walking Dead" won't be out for months yet, I was feeling a zombie apocalypse hole in my life. No more! This, so far, is more than an accounting of the apocalypse we all know is coming someday -- there are actually helpful and excellent t Having just started this book, normally I would hesitate to rate it or say anything about it. However, I am HOOKED. I had my doubts, but it came highly recommended by a good friend, and I figured I'd give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. Since the new season of "Walking Dead" won't be out for months yet, I was feeling a zombie apocalypse hole in my life. No more! This, so far, is more than an accounting of the apocalypse we all know is coming someday -- there are actually helpful and excellent tips on how to survive. I'm taking notes. So far, entertaining and mesmerizing. I'll be back with a full review. **** I didn't intend on reading this book next -- I have a lot on my "to read" list that are a lot older, and I'm committed to the ABC Indie Reading Challenge. For that challenge, I promised myself I'd step outside my comfortable reading box and open my horizons, but when perusing my Kindle to choose the next reading experience, I saw this book and just couldn't resist a peek. A "peek" that lasted an entire day and most of the night! Once I started reading I just couldn't stop. It's in a blog format, which made for an immediate feeling of the events transpiring. The author really makes you care about what's going on and the people involved, and although you may think you know what's coming up, you have no idea. This book reminds me of a cross between "Walking Dead" and a show I saw on one of the cable channels about a group of people in a social experiment trying to survive a "staged" Armageddon. The first thing you think of is the survival aspect -- water, food, ammunition, security, medical solutions...but what you might not think of right away are the social implications, the big picture, or how people cope emotionally and spiritually with such a total and drastic change of life as you currently know it. You think you know. You have no idea. The difficult decisions, the turnabout of everything you've believed in, the changes in you and the people around you... It's a fascinating journey, and this first book is a compilation of the first six months after the Zombie Apocalypse. A second volume of the second year is due out in March. Joshua Guess also posts daily on the blog, "Living With the Dead" and you can keep up that way, although I prefer the compilation so I can read it all at once. Either way, it is an absolutely fabulous read, but be prepared once you dive in, you may not come out for a while. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a new read so much, unless it was Peter V. Brett's "The Warded Man" or JPH's collection, "Ten With a Flag and Other Playthings". Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jett Cat

    Loved it, burned through series Stumbled accross this blog style story of zombie survival and was hooked! This account has it all! Zombies, survival, fights, questioning of morality. I suppose what makes this series stand out is 1) the zombies evolve (so not for hard core zombie traditionalists) 2) the descriptions of the adaptations the survivors have to make to be safe and to eat 3)the personalized feel of all posters (self doubt, disagreements with eachother over structure of the compound, dea Loved it, burned through series Stumbled accross this blog style story of zombie survival and was hooked! This account has it all! Zombies, survival, fights, questioning of morality. I suppose what makes this series stand out is 1) the zombies evolve (so not for hard core zombie traditionalists) 2) the descriptions of the adaptations the survivors have to make to be safe and to eat 3)the personalized feel of all posters (self doubt, disagreements with eachother over structure of the compound, dealing with outsiders, learning to fight) 4) several groups that are well described including the mauraders, and bad guys in later books These are just some of the things I really. It is a really immersive story, on occasion you want to rush to the compound/Haven and help them survive the next problem. The characters are just normal people in crazy circumstances, attempting to do the right thing and occasionaly failing miserably. But they persevere, and I keep reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rin McKenzie

    Joshua Guess is one of my favorite authors. So it was no big guess as to whether I would like his Living With The Dead Series. This is book 1 and it covers the first six months after the Fall/ Zombie Apocalypse. The survivors have been through hell at this point. Trying to build a safe compound as well as prosper. They have faced many adversaries . Not only Zombies, marauders and religious zealots. Also fights within about new government and by laws. They have also made new friends with other gr Joshua Guess is one of my favorite authors. So it was no big guess as to whether I would like his Living With The Dead Series. This is book 1 and it covers the first six months after the Fall/ Zombie Apocalypse. The survivors have been through hell at this point. Trying to build a safe compound as well as prosper. They have faced many adversaries . Not only Zombies, marauders and religious zealots. Also fights within about new government and by laws. They have also made new friends with other groups. I can't wait to continue this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lori Whitwam

    Re-entering... I entered the wrong version before. LOVE this book. Guess takes the journal-style zombie apocalypse tale seen in Day By Day Armageddon and takes it into a whole new realm of awesomeness. Engaging, gripping, terrifying, hopeful... and full of practical situations, preparations, plans, and challenges we'd all face should such a society-collapsing apocalypse ever come to pass. (Note to self: Get solar charger for the Kindle!)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jo Cochrane

    Read it!!! If you're into end of world apocalyptic books then this is a must! It's written as a blog by Joshua who as a nerd not only sees the end of the world coming but is prepared as only a zombie fan can be! He comes across as the unexpected hero saving as many friends and family as he can and trying to do the same for the rest of human kind! This is a must read that I couldn't put down, in fact I've spent the last month or so reading my way through the entire series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leeloo

    I can't seem to shake the wife trying to get her "hero" husband to sleep with his ex. I should point out that this happens at the very beginning so there isn't even time allowed for sociological changes. It's just BAM zombies! Then BAM screw other women so we can repopulate the world. It's so unrealistic and so obviously the author's fantasy that it's obnoxious to me. I'm having a difficult time enjoying the story now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. The main character is so smarmy and self-righteous that I found myself hoping he would get eaten. No such luck. With that being said I have started the next book in the series with the hope that it will get better. Thus far I am not holding my breath...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thalarctos

    I downloaded this for free. Thank goodness. There were capitalization and spelling errors in the first few pages, so I couldn't continue. Editors are a good thing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Truly terrible! I couldn't finish it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Crowley

    Unusual format lends itself well to the narrative. great choice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert Brown

    More please! Awesome writer. I like how he wrote himself as the main character. Intense and motivational. I am going to read the full series. .

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Trotter

    A realistic view of what will happen during a ZA. On to book 2! I'm really worried about what is going on with Lt. Will Price.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This wasn't awful, but it did struggle to keep me interested at points. Not sure if I want to bother with the rest of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cambria

    Title: Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes Fall Author: Joshua Guess Published by Josh Guess 2010 Format: Ebook Genre: Horror, Zombies ISBN: 0012707570 When the dead walk the earth, the only option left for the survivors is to learn how to truly live. Josh is a regular guy, a self-proclaimed “nerd”, and he also is obsessed with zombies. So when a series of alarming events begin to happen across the country, Josh knows immediately what is happening. Zombies are taking over the country…one bite at a Title: Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes Fall Author: Joshua Guess Published by Josh Guess 2010 Format: Ebook Genre: Horror, Zombies ISBN: 0012707570 When the dead walk the earth, the only option left for the survivors is to learn how to truly live. Josh is a regular guy, a self-proclaimed “nerd”, and he also is obsessed with zombies. So when a series of alarming events begin to happen across the country, Josh knows immediately what is happening. Zombies are taking over the country…one bite at a time. So he does what anyone facing a tragedy would do…he goes to Walmart with a credit card. And Lowe’s and the gas station and any other supply store he can. His neighbors think he’s silly when he starts to board up his windows and reinforce the whole exterior with sheet metal. They think he’s off his rocker when he stockpiles dry goods and food. But then they wish that they had done the same. Because he was right. On the brink of a Zombie apocalypse, Josh has to make some tough choices about survival and death. The one way he keeps his sanity and a little piece of himself is by blogging. He isn’t sure at first if anyone can even see his blog and how many there are left out there like him…just trying to survive…but then he realizes that his blog is something that is linking them all together and giving some the will they need to survive in a zombie eating, marauder filled world. I wasn’t quite convinced that this book would be worth the read but frankly, I had to read it. I was reviewing it on the blog radio talk show that I newly co-host (JournalJabber), and I can’t very well talk intelligently on a book I haven’t read. So. This book is different from a lot of the books I have read for several reasons. One, it is written as a series of blog posts. I wasn’t sure that I would like this style, but I really did. It pulled me right it with its conversational and friendly dialogue. There are quite a few mistakes in spelling and grammar but it is pointed out at the beginning of the book that it is unedited as to make it appear more original. Okay, so I can hang with that. I mean if you ever look at my blog it probably reads a lot like that because I don’t usually spell check or edit my posts. Second of all, I have read a few zombie books but never one that seemed to go this far. I mean this read like an actual account of an apocalypse. It sounded real. And it was also very thought provoking. In what ways? Let’s discuss. Oh, but first let me just say that you should get a copy of this book, if not just to enjoy but for survival purposes. That’s right…this book might save your life. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, that is. This book has many lists in it. Lists of supplies, medicines and weapons that one might need for survival. It sounded pretty authentic and I was convinced that yes, these things would save me. LOL While reading I often wondered, if this happened to me what would I do? I mean these people have to live primitively. They have to kill and fight, they have to be quick about constructing barriers and they have to one step ahead of these flesh eating creatures at all times. At the same time they are mentally beat down and half crazed knowing that the world as they know it is gone. Would you be able to look into the faces of the people you once lived next door to and beat them in the head with a weapon or shoot them with a rifle? Now, now….this is not the time to remember the time they stole your newspaper and let their dog use your grass as a potty. These are not reasons for retaliation…well not violent retaliation…but feel free to TP or egg their house at will. Back on topic…Would you have the resources to build a wall of cars and know how to reinforce your house with lumber and metal or to rig a school bus to be a weapon that travels? No? Yeah, not so much me either. In fact, this book kind of made me realize my flaws. GASP! Yes, I think I have some. Yikes! I’m not sure I am savvy enough to survive in that kind of world without a huge heaping of luck. But man, this Josh dude, he knows his bizness. Now, with the things that annoyed me with this book. Yes, there were some and I am keeping it real, so I will tell you what they are. Within the story there is kind of a sub-plot, if you will, in the romance department…if you could call it that. Basically, what happens is that survivors start making their way to Josh’s camp (because he’s the man!) and one of these survivors is the girl he lost his virginity too. He expresses concern about living with his wife and his old nookie partner. This annoyed me. If you were being attacked daily by hoards of zombies and also being bombarded my looters trying to steal your home would you care about an old flame? No. You wouldn’t. You would be too busy trying to survive. What was worse was that Josh’s new wife told him that she wanted him to sleep with this woman to get her pregnant, solely for re-populization. Seriously? No I am not kidding. Women everywhere are gasping and rolling their eyes. Let me just put on record that if a zombie apocalypse ever comes calling, and I happen to survive by building a rockin’ compound and some hoochie came round that thought it was her turn with my husband I would feed her to the zombies. Also, this was all very unbelievable in the plot. Who would be thinking about repopulating at a time like this? Who would want to bring an innocent child into these kinds of conditions? I might have been able to believe the whole re-population thing if the zombies weren’t attacking still and people were beginning to rebuild. What are your thoughts on this? Women and men? The other major issue I found (for me) in this story was the cell phone use. I mean, would the cell towers even be up anymore? Would they work? Josh uses his phone (which is an iphone- Hooray for the iPhone!) a whole heck of a lot. I know about an iPhone and the battery needs charged nightly. I use mine a lot, and he did too, so how did he keep it charged? Sure they have generators and such but sometimes he was out rescuing survivors and he would call his buddy and leave the line open and in his pocket. This just didn’t seem plausible. I mean the iPhone rocks, but in the state of an apocalypse, I think a dropped call or two isn’t out of the question. All in all, I liked this book a lot. It was written in an engaging sort of way and was very informative. I seriously would pull this book out if I ever needed a survival guide. I sincerely hope that there are a lot of people out there like Josh Guess because if this ever really happens then it is the people like him that will probably save people like me. If you want a read that has a fresh take on zombies I would recommend it. So there you have it. My opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonja McClung

    If you love zombies, this series is for you. But, its not just about the zombies. Think Walking Dead, you become very attached to the characters in this series and I am pretty sure I read straight through the night on several occasions because I just could not put them down. I am posting the same review for this entire series because I am not going to give any spoilers and I feel this way about the entire series. A must read for anyone who loves the zombie genre, and enjoys a really well written If you love zombies, this series is for you. But, its not just about the zombies. Think Walking Dead, you become very attached to the characters in this series and I am pretty sure I read straight through the night on several occasions because I just could not put them down. I am posting the same review for this entire series because I am not going to give any spoilers and I feel this way about the entire series. A must read for anyone who loves the zombie genre, and enjoys a really well written, well though out book, that has characters that evolve along with the stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Khat

    Oh my God. I couldn’t do it. 30 percent in, 10 percent of that being forced.. the only excitement I got from this book was me — being able to see the back of my eye sockets from all of the eye rolling I was doing. The whole Jess and Elizabeth situation, CRINGEY. The only reason why it’s not at 1 Star is that it didn’t seem fair, since I couldn’t even make it halfway. Is my OCD that terrible? This series has such great reviews.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Roe

    Great start This has been a pretty exciting beginning to the apocalypse. So many cool people to meet and a lot of action. I am eager to jump into the next book in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chad Beaudin

    This is not a review. This is a synopsis to remind me what happened if I read the next books in the series. This is a series of journal entries made by Josh Guess from Frankfort KY. His wife Jess. The Z outbreak stars in Cincinnati. Josh prepares by buying supplies and fortifying his house. Z's reach him a few days later. His buddy Pattrick from AK moves in with him. Josh's mom lives down the street. His buddy David calls to tell Josh that he and his family is coming to live with Josh. All the hou This is not a review. This is a synopsis to remind me what happened if I read the next books in the series. This is a series of journal entries made by Josh Guess from Frankfort KY. His wife Jess. The Z outbreak stars in Cincinnati. Josh prepares by buying supplies and fortifying his house. Z's reach him a few days later. His buddy Pattrick from AK moves in with him. Josh's mom lives down the street. His buddy David calls to tell Josh that he and his family is coming to live with Josh. All the houses on the street are abandoned. now. Gabrielle calls a few days later to tell Josh that she is also coming. Josh wants more people to help start a small community. Gabby is followed by some bandits. A fire fight ensues. All the bad guys get killed. They find where the looters live and kill them all. More people show up. The group is working to make their neighborhood a compound. Josh goes out looking for more looters. He finds that there is a large group. He lures bunches of the undead to their hideout and most of the loitered are killed. Joey's group goes in to rescue the survivors. Mostly women and a few guys. Lots of supplies. It takes them days to fatally all the supplies. They start getting probed by looters. They get attacked but are in a good defensible position and are able to fend off the attack. Big attack from the looters. Just when it looks like they are going to be overrun, 3 of the girls that left earlier, show up in an armored humvee. They kill most of the looters but some manage to get away. The groping selects Josh as their leader. He reluctantly accepts. They make a trip to go get a group of people (relatives I think) in another town. Some mauraders attack during the rescue and kill many of the people getting rescued. A couple of people get in a fight. The group decides to make laws. They make a trip to go get a surgeon in another town. They get attacked by some mauraders. There are people in the compound that are starting to vandalize Josue house, and others. Josh and others arrest them. They resist. Zombies attack at the same time and because of the distracted forces, a 10 year old girl gets killed. The trouble makers are blamed. A long discussion takes place on how to deal with them. One is banished baked. The others are whipped and sentenced to 3 months hard labor. They continue to fortify the compound. Josh's mom died in a fire. He rushed to judgement and thought it was arson. It wasn't. He was voted out of leadership. He agrees it was the right choice. Another group of 15 or so, hard core survivors showed up. they are hard working good people. The make contact with a group of 300+ people in Michigan. Led by a guy named Jack. Josh and crew make a trip to take them seeds and such in trade for manufactured goods. They help the other group tear up parking lots and start fields. While there discover that the other group had some bad plans for them. Like turn them into slave laborious. Since the other group lacked the know how to farm. But Josh's group killed them with kindness and instead established trade with them. Food and seed stuff for metal and manufactured goods. While in MI, a group from the compound decided they wanted to leave. But they tried to rob the armory. The leader shot Treesong in the leg. Someone else shot the leader. After Josh got back the comitee decided to let the group go with what they could carry. They were dropped off 50 miles away from the compound. The military group they ran into on the return trip has found them. They have a small fight. Then a large fight that the compound wins but looses 30 people. Jack sends help from MI and that saves the day. Some of the people from the compound are going to live withe the group in MI and vice versa. Josh's sister is moving. 86 people from MI migrate to The Compound over a few days. Josh discovers that his lack of motivation is because his wife has been slipping him Lithium to keep him calm. A helicopter flew over and crashed. Some people from the compound went out and looked for survivors. One army dude survived. They treated his broken leg. Iver the next few weeks they started to trust him. Josh still has reservations. Josh wants to like him but everything doesn't add up. The soldier is doing his best to fit in.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mkittysamom

    Better Blog Apocalypse than I expected So on a whim, I started another new zombie series! This one is kinda like Adrian's Diary but different. I love the idea of using blog post..with real clickable links! The story so far is pretty entertaining! Wondering if the newcomer is really nice or a liar.. but I'm excited for some more epic adventures!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    My favourite part about this book is the main characters prospective and obtaining items to survive, anything from food to planks of wood and metal to reinforce their home. And zombie activity, yes! I like how simple and state forward in its writing and I like the blog style from a guy named Josh. The book focuses on a community of survivors and how they work together, and their struggles. The endeavors in this book is between the zombies takeover and the survival group stressing at each other, My favourite part about this book is the main characters prospective and obtaining items to survive, anything from food to planks of wood and metal to reinforce their home. And zombie activity, yes! I like how simple and state forward in its writing and I like the blog style from a guy named Josh. The book focuses on a community of survivors and how they work together, and their struggles. The endeavors in this book is between the zombies takeover and the survival group stressing at each other, and arguing who will lead the team. And the consent threat with those humans on the outside that they come in contact with. It is a brutal picture of what lies at the heart of humanity which fascinates me. The difficult decisions and then seeing those decisions either fail or work, and when they backfired it changes what you believe to be true of the world. Josh is your average Sci-Fi, video games nerd that I identified with. The author really makes you care about what's going on and the people involved, and although you may think you know what's coming up, you have no idea. I like the unknown aspect and wanting your favourite characters to survive and do well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Unrealistic, too much chest beating and at time just set my teeth on edge. The concept is of the writer blogging the first year of a zombie apocolypse, there are many plot situations which just don't hold water and big chunks of the book which betray the writer's lack of life experience and judgementalism. We are led to believe that disorganised, poorly trained civilians can slaughter well-armed and well trained military units; we are also led to believe that everyone fits into a nicely monochrom Unrealistic, too much chest beating and at time just set my teeth on edge. The concept is of the writer blogging the first year of a zombie apocolypse, there are many plot situations which just don't hold water and big chunks of the book which betray the writer's lack of life experience and judgementalism. We are led to believe that disorganised, poorly trained civilians can slaughter well-armed and well trained military units; we are also led to believe that everyone fits into a nicely monochromatic good person/marauder world view. There are two main events in the book which receive long, drawn out build ups yet are rushed through with little description or narrative in less than a couple of pages. The chest beating I mention is the repetitive, whiny bitching of the main character promising revenge on the “marauders“, warning them that they should return the compound. In reality, these well trained soldiers would have enslaved or butchered the group. They had heavy, indirect fire weapons which would have allowed them to destroy the group at will, this is one of many unrealistic situations where the writer loses the audience with a very immature world view.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    This book offers a really different look at what happens when there's a zombie attack. The main character is just an average guy who, because of the unusual circumstances, finds that he has become the leader of a group of survivors. At first its just him and his family, but other survivors come along and the community grows. The book is written as a blog, so the reader is exposed to many different aspects of life with zombies. Really basic issues about survival are discussed, such a food and cle This book offers a really different look at what happens when there's a zombie attack. The main character is just an average guy who, because of the unusual circumstances, finds that he has become the leader of a group of survivors. At first its just him and his family, but other survivors come along and the community grows. The book is written as a blog, so the reader is exposed to many different aspects of life with zombies. Really basic issues about survival are discussed, such a food and clean water. As the group begins to grow in numbers, there are also issues related to who does what, and when, and how, Since resources are very limited, there is a need to be very careful with everything, because everything is a limited resource. Of course, there are the zombie attacks that are always very scary. But this book is more about survival than than zombie attacks. I will definitely be reading the sequel, and recommend this this book to everyone who enjoys a good zombie book.

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