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Sunday Salon: Monsters, Zombies, and (Smokin’ Hot) Angels, Oh My!

by Ann-Katrina

Sunday Salon Welcome to another (late) edition of The Sunday Salon…

It’s been a fair while since my last Sunday Salon post and I’m writing this one late at night rather than in the morning, but I say it’s better late than never.

Raaaawwwwr! Scary Psychologically Abnormal Monsters Abound

The Night Monster Cover My current reading pleasure is The Night Monster by James Swain. I’m rounding the last fifty or so pages and will most likely finish it up tonight.

The story so far is about an ex-cop (detective) turned private investigator Jack Carpenter who’s on the hunt for a missing college basketball star, who also happens to be one of his daughter’s friends and teammates.

The case is personal to Jack because he discovers it’s connected to a case that he’d been investigating for sixteen years—a case involving an abduction that he hadn’t been able to stop.

So far, the book is great reading, though I’ll admit the first three-quarters of the book was fast-paced and even left me a little breathless and now that I’m nearing the end, and the action should be picking up, it seems to be trundling along at almost half-speed. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not necessarily a good thing either.

Even if the book’s pacing never picks up again, I still think it’s a great read. I hope to have my full review up some time this week.

And speaking of reviews I hope to have up this week…

It’s Twilight, with Zombies and Better Writing (and Only Marginally Better Editing)

Generation Dead Cover I’ve finished reading Generation Dead by Daniel Waters and absolutely loved it. There were some laugh out loud funny moments and the characters are all highly well developed. The writing is tight and flows well.

What I found highly interesting is that it’s Twilight, with zombies. The pacing of the book is similar to Twilight in that it meanders for the first three-quarters of the book and then for the last quarter, the action suddenly picks up. The difference with this book and Twilight is that the action is built from the beginning. We see the villain and watch him ramp up his campaign of evil.

Tommy Williams is described as having pale skin, and despite being dead, it’s not decaying or foul-smelling—he smells rather earthy actually. He’s also good-looking, strong, and feels stone-hard and cold when he’s touched. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s a zombified version of Edward Cullen.

Phoebe Kendall is described as being very pale, doesn’t realize her own physical beauty, can’t seem to sort out her romantic feelings and is inexplicably drawn to the new zombie in town despite knowing next to nothing about him. Bella Swan anyone?

Finally there is Adam Layman who is a living, breathing, hot-blooded teenage boy who happens to be one of Phoebe’s best friends. Despite his feelings for Phoebe, which he chews down and swallows, he helps her get closer to Tommy simply so he can be near her. Sounds vaguely familiar…oh that’s right, Jacob Black.

I also spotted similarities to Alice and Rosalie Cullen, and a few other characters from Twilight sprinkled throughout. There were even a couple references to vampires that made me do a double-take and giggle.

At the end of the day, I could probably dissect both books and write an essay, but I’ll save that for some other time. Instead, I’ll share my Sunday sketch (yay! I finally did one…and on a Sunday) of the Generation Dead love triangle.


It originally had a bit of color to it (Phoebe’s eyes and lips), but since I didn’t scan it—took a picture with my digital camera because I’m lazy—I decided it looked better in black and white. Also, it shouldn’t be too difficult to see who I hope Phoebe ends up with—*cough*Adam*cough*

Smokin’ Hot Angel, Oh My!

Hush, Hush Cover I’ve started reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, but had to put the title aside and read a few other things. Why? I’m entirely too excited to read it. I’m worried that I’ll breeze through it and I would like to savor it.

When I finish the Night Monster, I believe I’ll take a few days to write reviews of all the books awaiting reviews (sad to say, quite a few) and then I’ll be picking up Hush, Hush again.

And…I may have a surprise in store for Today, I Read… newsletter subscribers coming up. That’s the only hint I’ll give. :)

Comments on Sunday Salon: Monsters, Zombies, and (Smokin’ Hot) Angels, Oh My!

  1. # Michelle wrote on August 10, 2009 at 9:29 am:

    There some promotion in my bookstore awhile back, where it was Buy One Get One Free on selected YA books. And I had one book I wanted and not another, so I picked up the sequel to Generation Dead. Can’t recall it’s name right now! Didn’t realise it was the sequel, but even though I wasn’t all that interested when I picked up this book, I’m now kind of dying to read Generation Dead. Odd. Also? The cover of Hush, Hush looks amazing. Want to read it.

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm:

    The book is called Kiss of Life and that one’s sitting on my TBR shelf right this very moment. I’m letting the story simmer a bit before I dive in again.

    Generation Dead is a hoot. Chances are if you liked the sequal then you’ll probably like the first book. (I have a hard time backtracking if I start later in a series…)

    Yes, I love the cover of Hush, Hush, too.

  3. # danielle wrote on August 11, 2009 at 2:38 am:

    Ooooh I love the drawings!

  4. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm:

    Thanks Danielle. :)

  5. # Belle wrote on August 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm:

    Love your picture! Generation Dead sounds good (not that I’ve read Twilight yet – it’s in my TBR). And Hush, Hush sounds incredibly good – you are so lucky!

  6. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm:

    Thanks Belle. I’m surprised to hear you haven’t read Twilight yet. I thought just about everybody on the face of the earth has read at least the first book. LOL

    Yeah, and Hush, Hush is pretty good so far. I’m looking forward to really getting into it.

  7. # Nikola wrote on August 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm:

    I really, REALLY wanna read Hush, Hush, mostly because of the cover! *blushes*

  8. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm:

    Hi Nikola,
    The truth is, if I hadn’t already known about Hush, Hush and saw that cover, I’d still be dying to read it too…that cover is hot with a capital HOT. :D

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