Sunday, 25 August 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Fiend - Peter Stenson

Release Date: 04/07/13
Publisher:  William Heinemann


When Chase sees the little girl in umbrella socks savaging the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As someone who's been smoking meth every day for as long as he can remember, he's no stranger to such horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow junkies discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. And with Chase's life already destroyed beyond all hope of redemption, armageddon might actually be an opportunity - a last chance to hit restart and become the person he once dreamed of being. Soon Chase is fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among the ruins. But is salvation just another pipe dream? Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling anti-hero, Fiend is at once a brilliant portrait of addiction, a pitch-black comedy, and the darkest, most twisted love story you've ever read - not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.


OK, you’ve had a summer of Zombies (both books and also World War Z) and are looking for something a little different but still fulfils your need for gore and munchies. So what are you going to reach for?

Well as far as Lady Eleanor was concerned she went straight for this book. It sounded different from the description and with the blending of characters with major problems having to face a world changing situation, she felt it was the sort of book she really wanted to sit down and spend a grey day with.

What the book did really well with was the characters, they had flaws, they had courage and with the author descriptive process they came across wonderfully well as they were the type of people that you could find chinks within to want to spend time with. The prose was wonderful and when added to a good arc really kept the story moving forward and whilst she felt that some of the sequences within could have been glossed over with a fade to black option, overall she did enjoy the whole thing in the long run.

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