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Zombie Apocalypse Challenge Update (#3)

Friday, March 29, 2013

          We are half-way there. We will need to hang on just a little bit longer. Congrats to all of those that made it until now. Here are the updates:

Update #1 (Day 5 of the challenge)
Update #2 (Day 16 of the challenge)
Update #3 (Day 30 of the challenge):

My Passion for BOOKS -  Zombie Facts
Books and Coffee - The Myth of the Zombies
Books and Coffee - Choose your weapon game
Runaway - Basic rules to survive
Runaway - Disney Zombies
Runaway - Zombie First Aid (do not do this at home)
Meduza Blanda - A letter at the end of the world
Carti Alese - Review: Warm Bodies (Movie) [RO]
Bianca2b - Interview: Brian James
Bianca2b - Interview: Amanda Ashby
Valsul Fluturilor -Review: Zombieland (Movie) [RO]
Fantasy Books -  Random Games
Fantasy Books -  Review: Deadlocked by A. R. Wise [RO]
Fantasy Books -  Three week panic [RO]
Amina Black - Review: Highschool of the Dead (Anime)

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge #5 - Anime Review: Highschool of the Dead

Friday, March 29, 2013
"On the day everything came to an end, I killed my best friend, and held the girl I loved for the first time." 

 Highschool of the Dead

          A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.

          In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse.

          The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak.
My Review:

          I finished Highschool of the dead in a couple of days and that is because this anime was so addictive. It was the first and only anime with zombies I heard of and I loved it. I also plan to read the manga since what is was released in anime version was just a part of the story and it has a long way until it properly ends.

          It’s a little hard to place this anime in under just one category. It had drama, horror, action and comedy. It is not that I didn’t enjoy the comedy part, but it bothered me a little that the parts in which nudity was not necessary. I have nothing against ecchi in anime, but I think that Highschool of the Dead would have been scarier and would have been taken more serious if there were less breasts or panty sights.

          Other than this I liked the story, it was a classical zombie story, somehow predictable. The zombie apocalypse bursts out in the middle of an ordinary day and in a matter of minutes creatures are literary everywhere. Panicked students try to run for their life, but just a few are skilled enough to fight them. I was shocked on how fast the world has come to an end, but I guess that in the case of a virus like that is normal.

          The graphic was great and the action scenes well done. The part that was not realistic at all, although I liked a lot (I am full of contradictions), was that in which everyone had a useful skill. Everyone in the group seemed to be good at something; they all of a sudden knew what to do in case of a zombie invasion. So here we have Takashi Komuro, the bad-ass leader and the hottest guy in the group that every girl has fallen for, Rei Miyamoto, the damsel in distress, but only at times because she is pretty good when she needs to fight the zombies.

          Saeko Busujima might be my favorite character from this series. I really liked her background story and the darkness behind her fights. I don’t have enough words to tell you how cool she was. I would watch the entire show just because of her and I think that she is the one with witch Takashi should end up. 

"It made me feel good to make him suffer! After realizing I had the overwhelming upper hand with my wooden sword, his frightened movements seemed inviting... I attacked without any hesitation!"

          Saya Takagi is actually the brain in the group, a little annoying and not at all useful in stressful situations.  Kohta Hirano my second favorite character and that is not because he is just funny, but I love what they’ve done with him. How he suddenly transforms from the scared geek into a gun expert, which is totally opposed from how he’s usually. 

"Without guns, I...I'll go back to what I was! I'm done with the old me! I thought I'd found something I was good at!"

          Shizuka Marikawa was the weird part of this anime. Yep, not the zombies, but her. She is weird. She is a nurse which I guess is useful in that kind of situation, except in case someone gets bitten. I don’t think I ever saw her taking care of anyone. She is supposed to be the adult in the group although she is anything but responsible. I guess that she was useful as a driver.

          I am still hoping for a second season and see the end of the story.
And I'll leave you with an AMV I simply love. Enjoy

Interview: Jamie Canosa, Author of Fight or Flight (Blog Tour)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

          I will just start off by saying that I loved this book. I haven't stopped reading until I reached the last page. Is that addictive.
Here you can find my review: Fight of Flight by Jamie Canosa
          Where to buy:
Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa - ebook
Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa - paperback 

AB: Tell us a little about you and your last book, Fight of Flight.
JC: I’m a full time author of YA literature, as well as a full time wife and mom. I have two full length novels currently published, as well as several short stories. My newest release, Fight or Flight, is the heartbreaking story of Em and Jay. Two teens forced to leave everything they know behind and brave the dangerous city streets in order to escape something even more vile back home. Em has her reasons for leaving, but she’s not cut out for life on the streets. It takes Jay all of about thirty seconds to realize that and then he just can’t let her go. Instead, he takes her under his wing, teaches her, protects her, and does his best to make things easier for her as she struggles to find herself and her role in this new, scary world she’s been thrust into.

AB: When did you realize that you want to be an author and what was your first non-published creation?
JC: I’ve always enjoyed writing as a hobby, but I first started considering doing it as a career a couple of years ago. I had just finished reading Harry Potter to my son and he wanted to know if there was a book with his name as the main character. I looked and looked, but couldn’t find one. So, I wrote him one. It turned into a two book fantasy series called Ring Wars. I still haven’t published it. Being my first full length novel, I’m sure it can use some serious polishing, but maybe someday I’ll get the chance to share Aaron’s story with all of you.

AB: What made you write about Em and her story? What was your inspiration?
JC: A really cold night. Seriously. I crawled into bed one night, burrowed under a pile of blankets and thought how bad it must be for people who didn’t have those kinds of things. How they’d have to huddle together to try and keep warm, and why they might find themselves in that position in the first place. The bridge scene was typed out on my phone that night and things just went from there.

AB: Do you plan on writing anything similar to Fight or Flight? Or do you have any other projects working on right now?
JC: I have a few different works in progress at the moment. One of them is actually a spin-off of Fight or Flight that follows the character of Al back home to her story, and should be releasing sometime this summer. I also have the third installment of my paranormal romance novella mini-series, Heart and Soul, releasing next month and the sequel to my debut dystopian novel, Dissidence, coming out in June.

AB: Did you ever think about ending Fight or Flight in any other way?
JC: No. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that I always meant for Em and Jay to have the ending they got.

AB: What made this book different from other books you’ve written?
JC: Fight or Flight is my first attempt at New Adult fiction. Everything I’ve previously written, with the exception of one short story, has been YA. NA gets a little messier, a little deeper, and a lot darker. It was also my first full length novel in the contemporary genre. Contemporary literature requires you to follow a certain set of rules that don’t necessarily apply to paranormal and dystopian works.

AB: Just to give a taste of what Fight of Flight means to those that didn’t have a chance to read it, could you give us a little quote from it?
JC: “Whatever waited for her there [home], she couldn’t go back to it. And a sinking feeling in the pit of Jay’s stomach told him he didn’t want her to. That meant teaching her how to survive out here. It wasn’t much, but it was the best he could do for her.”

AB: From which POV did you enjoyed more writing the story and why?
JC: I honestly enjoyed them both for different reasons. Jay was easiest for me. Once I delved into his brain, his motivations for everything he did were perfectly clear. He was easy to understand and his reactions were easy to predict.

Em was more complicated. The way she felt about herself did not line up with reality and so her reactions to certain things were a bit harder to figure out, and therefore, more of a challenge to write. She saw herself a certain way and until she was able to move past that, with Jay’s help, her thoughts and actions were all tainted by it.

One of the things I liked best about Jay’s POV was getting to see Em through his eyes. The useless coward she always saw reflected back in the mirror morphed into this beautiful, brave, strong young woman who was so much more than she gave herself credit for.

AB: Please tell me: your favorite book, movie, tv show and song…if that is possible.
JC: Movie would have to be Iron Man. Give me a sarcastic sense of humor and I’m in love.
TV show is harder. Can it be a tie??? It would have to be either Walking Dead or Supernatural.
And book? You’re killing me! Just one? Seriously! Not sure I can even pick just two. Hmmm… Okay, here goes. It’s either Divergent by Veronica Roth or the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. They’re different genres so I can totally pick them both!

AB: Do you have any advice for young authors?
JC: Write, write, and write some more. It doesn’t matter what you write or how good it turns out. Each work is a step in the right (pun intended) direction. Each project will be better than the last. You know that saying ‘practice makes perfect’? Well, I don’t know that ‘perfect’ exists in writing, but practice certainly does make better. So, keep it up, don’t get discouraged. You will get there.

AB: Thank you for the interview. Do you want to say anything to your fans?
JC: Absolutely! I know I’ve said this before, and I will say it again. And again. And again. Because I just can’t say it enough. THANK YOU!!! Writing is a dream of mine and each one of you that picks up a copy of my work and gives it a chance is helping that dream come true. There really is no way to sufficiently thank someone for that.

      About the author:
    Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird, and the rabbit.
    Her debut novel, Dissidence, was published in 2012 along with several novellas, including the first in her Heart and Soul series, ‘Temptation’.

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