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Personally I love reading, well that is since I found my niche. Like many others I was diagnosed with Dyslexia as a child. Even owning this blog is a major accomplishment. I do owe that too those authors that have created the genre I most love… Zombies.

Mira Grant’s Feed is a series that I didn’t believe was going to appeal to me the same as Brian Keene’s novels, they were however zombies so I had to give it a try.

Plot Summary:

“Feed is set several decades after the zombie apocalypse, referred to as the Rising. Two man-made viruses (a cure for cancer and a cure for the common cold) combined to form Kellis-Amberlee, a virus that quickly infects all mammalian life. Kellis-Amberlee is normally beneficial, but death causes the virus to ‘go live’ or ‘amplify’, converting any host mammal over 40 pounds (18 kg) into a zombie. Most humans reside in tightly controlled safe zones, with rigorous blood testing and decontamination protocols used to prevent the spread of live virus. After the inaction of traditional media during the Rising, blogs and other new media have taken over as the primary source of information and entertainment; bloggers are recognized as professional journalists, with individuals specializing and identifying as ‘Newsies’ (fact-based reporting), ‘Irwins’ (named after Steve Irwin, who seek to educate and entertain by going out and “poking things with sticks”), or ‘Fictionals’ (fictional content), among others.”

My Thoughts:

Reading this novel at first started slow it was only in the second half of the book it really started to get intense. For any one interested in political books this could be an interesting read as well. For the zombie portion I found it to be quite different in comparison to other novels of the same subject. It was quite well written and led me to want to read the sequel books. Mira Grant did amazing work in this novel and it is a recommended read to anyone who enjoys zombies, apocalyptic settings and politics. This novel has earned the fresh clean diaper score of 5.

View Mira Grants site here and order the book here

Title quoted from the post off NLgamer.ca. Table top and video gaming communities of Newfoundland have come together to present Cheat for Charity. Held on June 22, 2013, Cheat for Charity is to take place in the College of the North Atlantic gymnasium and cafeteria from 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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The way Cheat for Charity works, for those of you that may not be aware, is pretty basic. Donate non-perishable  food items to get “cheat tickets” that can be used toward any of the table top tournaments or video games.

The game tournaments that are available are Magic: the Gathering, Warhammer 40K, Goldeneye 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Pokemon Stadium, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Guests are encouraged to bring their own games if those that are listed are not of interest.

And what tournament would be complete without prizes. So to give something worth your time (besides of course helping a charity in need) We have Prizes! Prizes are in donation from local hobby shops and business, authors and possibly more!

Come check out Cheat for Charity, bring the kids and help out your local food bank!

This is also something a little different then your regular consumer products but as I read it I felt it needed to be discussed here. Brian Keene is an author who in his writing can bring you to places of your imagination that you have probably not visited since being a child. That being said if you were in these places as a child you may need psychotic treatment.
Summary:
The Rising is set in the center of a Zombie Apocalypse whereby the protagonist is Jim Thurmond. Jim is a construction worker living in West Virginia with his second wife and unborn child, his first wife lives in New Jersey with their son Danny. When we first start reading Jim is hiding in a bomb shelter after fighting hordes of zombies many of which were close friends, neighbors and his pregnant wife. Jim is distraught while thinking of the recent events and his son Danny and considering suicide when unexpectedly his cell phone rings. Danny whispers words of desperation as he is telling his dad that he too is trapped hiding from the monsters and he is scared. Jim’s suicide thoughts are quickly diminished and a new purpose is formed, saving Danny.
My Thoughts:
This novel is well written and keeps you interested from start to finish. Brian Keene makes it so easy to put yourself in the mind of the protagonist and while you may be safe while reading this book you will feel as though you yourself is in the situations and rooting for Jim to make it to save his son. It can be very descriptive for those of you that may not enjoy gore or horror this may not be your “cup of tea”. For anyone that enjoys being on the edge of your seat and like to feel so involved in the story line that you too are looking over your shoulder on every page, then you will want – no, you will need – to read Brian Keene’s The Rising. Actually, You may want to pick up all of his books or digital copies (if you have an e-reader). Brian Keene you’ve earned a fresh clean diaper score of 4.