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2017 books: Race to Refuge, Mammoth Dawn

It's raining abandoned books! Five in two days. At least this brings the number of unread books on my Kindle down to 205...

Race to Refuge by Liz Craig
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Strike one: Zombie book. (It was in my To Read pile so long it predated my 'God no more zombie stories' rule.) Still, since I had the book, I gave it a fair chance.

Strike two: Kid watches his father be attacked, killed, and turned into a zombie, then the father attacked and killed his mother. And had NOT ONE SINGLE REACTION TO THAT. Not that he was stunned or so horrified he couldn't react, he didn't have one single thought to watching it happened. Story was told from his POV, so we know he saw it, but as soon as his mother was dying on their lawn, all he did was turn away and locked the front door so he'd be safe inside. Then he went on with his life/planning for his distant future, never once giving a thought to his parents dying and being turned into zombies...

New rule of baseball: Two strikes and you're out. Point reached before giving up: 6%

Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J Anderson and Gregory Benford
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Not an awful book, but I just didn't believe any of the characters as real people, and the story's tech didn't come off as realistically handled. Other reviewers called it a Jurassic park knockoff, and I'd agree.

Point reached before giving up: 12%

Running tally of unfinished books (the math of keeping track of this is going to doom me):
Point reached in these books: 12% + 6% = 18%
Previous abandoned book total: 67%
New total: 18% + 67% = 85% (running total of two book + 67% towards the next)

Currently reading: Swift Thoughts by George Zebrowski.
Tags: 2017 books, book review, book: mammoth dawn, book: race to refuge
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