- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Tor (2. September 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330518968
- ISBN-13: 978-0330518963
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 258.021 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Reapers are the Angels (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. September 2011
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"If you loved Justin Cronin's "The Passage", this summer's vampire hit, you'll get a charge out of "The Reapers Are the Angels". It's a literary/horror mashup that is unsettlingly good."--"USA Today"""The Reapers Are the Angels "is a knockout, a fresh take on the zombie novel, with a heroine you can't help but root for as she braves the land of the living dead and the dead living, pursued by a foe far more dangerous than flesh-eaters and with the beacon of redemption flickering ahead. Alden Bell will snatch your attention and keep it until long after you close this book."--Tom Franklin, author of "Hell at the Breach""Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies."--Michael Gruber, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Book of Air and Shadows""Alden Bell has managed something improbable and striking: a disconcertingly beautiful tale of zombie apocalypse. "The Reapers Are the Angels" is soaked in all the blood that
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This is a post-apocalyptic story, but set apart from the norm of the genre as it is not told from the point-of-view of a survivor, or of a group of people trying to undo or escape from what has occurred. Instead, it is told from the POV of a young woman born after the apocalypse and who is perfectly adapted to, and appreciative of, the world in which she lives. This creates the chilling, yet beautiful, nature of this book. The main character is not civilized as we might view civilization, and she (and kindred characters) can be brutal and chilling. But at the same time she has a spirituality and appreciation of beauty and life that comes from actually living in her world, however imperfect from our perspective. Bell is excellent at showing her strength, even as the harsh world draws an inescapable net around her. Don't pity Temple, Bell shows us. Pity those people who haven't been able to let go of what was in order to live in what is; pockets of regret and fear shrinking in on themselves and surviving only in a physical sense in a world that has left them behind. Yes, there's probably a message lurking in there for modern America, but it's subtle and never overwhelms the story or the characters.
Alden Bell also infuses the story with a modern languid Southern Gothic voice that perfectly compliments this new world. Harsh, unforgiving, filled with principled characters that are neither good nor evil, as the zombies are neither good nor evil, the poetry and imagery will stay with you long after you set it down. A zombie story that is as much or more about the triumph of life as it is death or undeath. This is a rare book that may polarize or scandalize, but only because of its undeniable emotional and intellectual impact. And that is a rare feat, to appeal to both the head and the heart in equal measure. In short, this is a book worth reading.
An unusual aspect of the dialog was that it is not in quotes, instead almost looking like thoughts. I don’t believe that I have seen this before and I liked it. Since the ZA had happened some years previously the grammar is poorer. This was the first depiction that I’ve seen of life well after the ZA and the inevitable erosion or even disappearance of structured education. The result of this would include some no longer being able to read or write for example.
I did find that some infrastructure elements like water, power, some gasoline stations and vehicles still operating were unexpected given the passage of time. I don’t believe that the original cause was discussed which I appreciated because that is covered excessively in most other books on the subject. Not to include any spoilers, I only mention that the Z and some survivor depictions also included differences that I have not seen before that added to the interest.
If you are looking for ZAF that is thought provoking and different this is an excellent example and I recommend it.
Anyone looking for PA fiction involving a slaughterfest need look elsewhere.
The book was touching and overwhelms your soul. I haven't read anything so beautiful in a long time. It made me weep. I know this review sounds over the top but, there you have it.
I read it on my kindle and now have to order the book. I MUST have this book on my shelf.
I loved the manner in which it was written. Like "The Road", it had odd punctuation. No quotation marks which worked out quite well.
Okay, I'm being vague BUT, I don't want to spoil it and I don't rehash plots. I don't even consider the book as PA fiction -- it's more about dreams and regrets, love lost, spirituality and the outlook and travels, along with Temple, a 15 year old girl. If you're sick of reading about pandemics, nuclear wars, EMP, zombies -- READ THIS BOOK!
Thank you Mr. Alden for this treasure -- highly highly recommend.