Walking Dead Book 4

Book Notes

Seems appropriate to include the graphic novels I'm reading, too, which means this one is included. I'm not going to count it as "books read" in as much as I define those as "words consumed." I might change my mind at a later date and convert this to a graphic-novel-read instead of book-read. We'll see.

For now, yep, worth reading. The plot line is different than the television series, a realization that should come as a surprise to no one. I am, however, completely impressed at how much the books and the series are similar. There are a couple plot points in this book that take it away from the series, and another couple plot points that bring it closer. I am really enjoying it (as much as you can enjoy any book about death and mindlessness and people being assholes to each other, which is to say, "enjoy"), where the enjoyment is the character development and portrayal in an impossible situation. The different power manipulations and survival methods and crisis reactions are fascinating. Fiction, of course, but you can believe them to be an accurate representation of how people would actually be in this horrific situation.

I guess at least I can.

I have books five and six, so I'll continue on through at least those two. I haven't watched much of the series recently, so I might actually get to the point where the books are past the series. That would be an interesting comparison in the opposite direction.

This series is recommended.

Walking Dead Books 1-3

Book Notes

I wasn't sure if I wanted to include graphic novels in my "I have read" book reviews. I'm uncertain why I was hesitant. There are good ones, bad ones, poorly-drawn but well-written ones, well-drawn but poorly-written ones, worth-reading ones, and not-worth-reading ones. Which is to say, they are books. As such, they can be reviewed; perhaps with different criteria, but reviewed none-the-less.

So, with that said, I am now including the graphic novels in my reading list (I should probably add the multiple readings of the Dresden Files, too. To ponder later...). This year, I read the first three Walking Dead graphic novel "books". I don't know what else to call them other than "books" in that if you look for the Compendiums, you will get a different set of comics than you do with the "books." Each book is about 12 issues of the Walking Dead comics. The series started in 2006, which shows you just how long it took me to become aware of the series. Yes, yes, it was the television show that brought these to my awareness.

I read the first one ZOOM fast. The second was less fast. The third one the speed of the second. There is a lot of death. So much, that I slowed in my reading.

There are a number of places where the television series diverges from the books (no CDC in the books, Rick's life is a little more gruesome, more and different people dying). However, the series sticks fairly true to the books, diverging to keep the story interesting or explain some plot point.