Thursday, October 22, 2015

REVIEW: Spore


Spore
By: Tamara Jones

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Samhain Press
Publication date: 6.2.2015
Pages: 266

Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 10.5.2015


I really got into this book from the very first page.  Why?  The main character.  I have this thing about the sarcastic anti-hero and really don't think it can ever be overdone, as long as it's done well.  That and the fact that there are ten naked people in his backyard.  I mean, does that actually happen?  

The story itself is really good - different - and I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  There are a lot of amazing moments, and some memorable twists, in this book.  The nightmares that Sean has are well written and freaky, especially when reality starts to look like those dreams.

I loved the way she expresses how people are feeling, the confusion, the fear.  She does a good job getting into their heads and helping the reader to feel what her characters are feeling.  I enjoyed how she wrote Sean, not just because he's sarcastic and not the one you would expect to be the hero, but because there are a lot of levels to him, and I liked how he took charge and protected these people, some that he didn't even know until this began.

I have to give her a standing ovation - She took zombies and made them fun for me again.  She did it in a different way and made them enjoyable.  I've grown so tired of the way that most authors depict them, and the fact that so many include them in their stories anymore, but she did a fantastic job.  And I very much enjoyed the ending.  I can't wait to read more from her.

About the book:
The dead are coming back.

Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey's backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead.  One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave.  Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring - and worsening - nightmares.  Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean's front door.
            As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear.  When mutilated children match Sean's nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.


About the author:
Tamara started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes tense thrillers as Tamara Jones and the award-winning Rubric Byerly Mysteries series (Bantam Spectra) as Tamara Siler Jones.  Despite the violent nature of her work, Tam's easygoing and friendly.  Not sick or twisted at all.  Honest.

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