My posts during April form part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I will be writing to a theme: book genres, largely taken from the comprehensive Goodreads list.
Zombies are not my thing. I don't like horror or gore. I don't - what the hell - I absolutely cannot watch 'Walking Dead' or 'Shaun of the Dead', even though the latter is humorous, I just end up twitching ... and itching.
But, I take my book club seriously. We have a system whereby we each take it in turns to bring a list of suggestions to the group. There's a list, because any that even one member has read before gets an instant veto. So, this isn't about recommending much loved favourites, these are suggestions where there is no investment, other than having a desire to read what you include on your list. Each member has different preferences and so we read across genres.
"I am Legend" by Robert Matheson was a popular selection, so I duly bought a copy. Contrary to expectation, I did enjoy sections of the book: those where the focus is on our main character while he is reading and learning and trying to get to the bottom of the plague which has left him alone. The medical and scientific detail was fascinating and his dogged determination are admirable. But I really didn't like the zombies, the detail of him hunting them, nor the detail of them hunting him. Luckily, it was a short book but I had to read it in short bursts and have a lively and amusing read-along, for I couldn't go to sleep after reading it. Even now, my skin is itching just at the thought.
So, after a couple of years, when "World War Z" was another popular selection, I steeled myself and dived right in. What a difference! Whilst there was some detail of zombies, of the fighting and hunting, this was an oral history. The story of the plague and its spread across the world is told in segments, by those who were at the sharp end. It all starts with ignorance, but moves through episodes of ridiculous political posturing and cover-ups, stories of bravery and self-preservation. An absolutely excellent read! If only all zombie tales were like this ...
In another couple of years, I wonder what the next selection will be like.
I know I'm a scaredy-cat, so what am I missing? What books might change my mind? Are there any I could read without my skin itching?