Dealing with Samples #2

Welcome to Sample Saturday! Here’s what I tried out this week:

prince of thorns

When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…

It’s time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him—and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

I am glad I didn’t pick up the book yet –  I almost did a couple of times! This is not at all for me. I don’t mind a first person narrator but this kid is just no one I want to know more about. No thanks, I don’t like a 13 or 14year old little boy who thinks he’s super evil and commands a whole group of grown ups. Why would they even listen to this kid? I like grim&gritty fantasy and this is supposed to be it, but I also like it to be believable. Also, there was something about the style of writing I didn’t connect with. Maybe it’s too simple and reading Steven Erikson at the moment doesn’t help.

Will I read the book?

nope

 

hell on earthWhen civilization ends – When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living – How will the remaining humans survive? One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population, cities burn and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies. Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive at his farm, intent on eating him, he’s forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back. Survivors from all walks of life – criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers – battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction.

Zombie Apocalypse, survivors who have to deal with it, a couple of different perspectives.. I enjoyed reading this sample! The main character, Wim, is a farmer and I like farmers 😀 He’s trying to stay calm and deal with the situation and doesn’t freak out – I like to read more about him! Also, there’s some hints of humour which I always like in my Zombie stories, as long is it doesn’t get too goofy. Too serious makes me depressed! It promises to be very action packed and entertaining, and I like that we got a chapter about the person who started the plague.

Will I continue?

yes

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