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The Girl With All The Gifts

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Sep. 25th, 2016 | 01:04 am
mood: awake
music: Charlie Parker - Cool Blues
posted by: shaved_ape in zombie_survival

I took some of my service users today to see 'The Girl With All The Gifts' a movie they chose themselves without me leading them - though to be fair most of them wanted to see 'Deepwater Horizon but that doesn't come out until next week.
Their response was pretty positive, but my personal reaction was much more positive. Smart and original zombie movies are few and far between. This (based on I gather a very well received book which I have yet to read) takes a strong biological basis for the virus and adds some interesting characters. The premise is that the z-disease in this case is a kind of parasitic plant/fungus that affects the hosts behaviour to improve its own distribution but this is only the first stage of that organisms development - there is more to come! Throw into this mix some grumpy soldiers, a ruthless scientist intent on making a vaccine and some children that were born infected (their mum's were infected while pregnant) and have become a kind of mutant sub-species of zombie-human. There is a decent smattering of action and the tension is held well throughout. I think zombie films are generally brilliant fun but I recognise when a particularly good one comes along that transcends the genre and this film is one of those.
Two of my female colleagues also attended, were overwhelmed by the (fairly mild) Horror - they aren't used to it - and spent the rest of the day moaning that we should have gone to see the new Bridget Jones movie instead! This was an option my service users were offered but declined - I for one am glad that I was there to defind their wishes and their 'fragile minds'!

This week I have been mostly reading: Your Servants And Your People' by David Towsey. This also features zombies. Its part of a series of books aimed at 'Young Adult' readers faturing zombies and set in the American 'Wild West'. Also not bad.

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They're Coming To Get You Barbara!

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from: lisasimpsonfan
date: Sep. 25th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
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Thank you for reminding me about the movie. I read 'The Girl With All The Gifts' ages ago and forgot it was being made into a movie. It's not going to be released until mid October in the US but I can't wait. You are so right about smart zombie movies being rare and I am in the mood for one right now.

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from: shaved_ape
date: Sep. 26th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
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No problem. The movie is starting to gather some really good reviews over here from what I can tell - and its unusual for us to get a movie before it is released in the US so I am enjoying that novelty!

Do you like zombie books as well as the movies? Charlie Higson wrote a great series of books (you may have seen them) starting with 'The Enemy'. These are aimed at a YA readership but are also British, set in Lpost zombie London and feature a well thought out, sound biological life cycle for the virus. I cannot recommend these enough.

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They're Coming To Get You Barbara!

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from: lisasimpsonfan
date: Sep. 26th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
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I have read the first couple "The Enemy" books. I enjoyed them immensely. I just looked it up on goodreads and I didn't realize that there were 7 in the series so I will have to see if my library can get them. Thank you for the recommendation/reminder.

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from: shaved_ape
date: Sep. 27th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
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No worries. I did much the same when I was reading the series. For me there was a gap of several years before I remembered that I really should go back and check the rest of the series out. They make quite a satisfying set if you can get all of them.

Is there anything else you have read and enjoyed from the genre?

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They're Coming To Get You Barbara!

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from: lisasimpsonfan
date: Sep. 27th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Have you read the "Newsflesh" series by Mira Grant? She created an incredibly well written universe where humans have learned to live with zombies. The first book is 'Feed' http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7094569-feed

I also am a huge Brian Keene fan. He has written a couple different zombie series.

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from: shaved_ape
date: Oct. 6th, 2016 09:14 am (UTC)
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Sorry, I have been away from the interweb for most of the past week. I am just catching up now.

I really like the Brian Keene books too - and will have to keep an eye out for Mira Grant.

I dont know what else I can recommend in return. Darren Shan wrote another very good YA (young Adult) series called 'Zom-B' which were very good but not quite as good as the Higsons. There's the Max Brooks stuff, obviously and 'Pontypool Changes Everything' by Tony Burgess (which is great but to be honest I actually liked the film better and that rarely happens).

It's actually difficult to recommend zombie literature. I have had fun with loads of z-books but only a small handful stand out from the crowd. There are a few goo non fiction ones too (looking either at the z-movies or the wider cultural significance etc) some good spoof ones and even some great comics. Really good quality novels though are a bit thin on the ground.

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from: shaved_ape
date: Sep. 27th, 2016 12:09 am (UTC)
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I haven't read the book yet. For my money the film is pretty nuanced but I would be very surprised if the book isn't better than the film - they almost always are.

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