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Looking forward to book 2. I can visualize everything I'm reading. I can't put it down. Nov 12, Mary Sparks rated it liked it Shelves: zombie-apocalypse. Ehh, I just didn't find myself really invested in this one. I listed to it via Audible and found my mind wandering quite a bit. I am not sure if it is because I didn't really care for the characters, or if it was the narrator that I didn't like who's country twang was exasperatingly overdone , but either way I just didn't care all too much.

Actually, I do think it was more about the mesh of characters - nothing was really going on between them other than they all lived in the same house. There Ehh, I just didn't find myself really invested in this one. There was no fights, tension, romance, etc. They were just people that interacted with each other because they had to but were still separate from each other. If I actually cared about the group, then I'm sure the storyline would have drawn me in a little further because I would have actually cared about what happened to them, but I didn't I am continuing on to the next book because I love this genre, and am hoping that the introduction of new characters stated in the blurb grabs my attention more than the first group.

Jan 06, Jeff Cherrington rated it really liked it. Standard zombie outbeak novel Ok entry in the genre. Plot moves at a good clip. Characterization is a bit uneven and naively unrealistic. The libertine gal pals of our protagonist makes no moves on men in the group even though months elapse, for example.


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Done dubious word choices and phrasing. Nov 20, Noemi H. This book is really interesting, usually I don't read horror because I can predict what happens sooner but this book had me hooked. The suspense on every move made was amazing, didn't know who to ship at first. Hardest thing. Jun 04, Valerie rated it really liked it.

I liked that the main character was a gun novice who had to learn from scratch how to be a gun toting badass. Dec 12, Alina rated it really liked it Shelves: post-apocolypse , bad-ass-heroine , zombies , apocalypse , dystopia. Slow to start but pretty good. Sep 23, Peter rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I've ever read!! Oct 28, Dknees rated it it was amazing. I remember reading this book a few years ago when it was on Wattpad! I loved it.

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Will definitely be re-reading in the future. Sep 13, Jason Laseman rated it really liked it Shelves: apocalypse. Good author.

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Liked the series. Would read more from author. Dec 31, Teresa R. Fieck rated it really liked it. Good Book This is my first book by this author. There are some scary times people lost and heart pounding moments. Aug 15, Jo Auburne rated it really liked it. I had a good time reading this book.

I do wish that it had been proof read better. There were a number if mistakes that made it distracting, but strong characters and a good story line. I'm pleased. Oct 19, M. Fuentes rated it it was ok. Cliche Your basic, cookie cutter zombie book. Nothing to really give it that "umph" that makes it stick in your mine. If you want a generic zombie book but it. Nov 01, Lauren Vanmeter rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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This is actually for all three books. These books were extraordinary! It is so hard to find a zombie book that is this detailed and so thought out. This author captured me in this book. Zombies, as you know, are a very popular subject. And every person who just starts out writing is an armature until they practice and get bet better. These books were long but i expected nothing less with this detail and it was well worth the read. Bailey was an amazing character. She was funny, and brave. She was This is actually for all three books. She was put on a path, where she has many plot twists.

Even though she has horrible things happen, she stays strong. I wonder if they made it out alive. And if she was immune, I wonder if some of her family was as well. Sep 20, Cheryl rated it really liked it. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction, so I love a good zombie novel. The book was placed nicely and I love that the book setting was in New Orleans! The characters and situations were relatable.

I don't want to post any spoilers but the situation that happened when Bailey first encountered the zombie, I'm very interested in seeing how that will be developed. Great read! Apr 05, Toni rated it really liked it Shelves: post-apocalyptic , books-i-own , horror , zombies. This Would Be Paradise is a great post-apocalyptic tale.

The story begins with Bailey waking up in a hotel room completely hung over. She and her friend, Zoe, had been engaging in some Mardi Gras shenanigans in celebration of their recent college graduation. Could you imagine being thousands of miles away from home when shit hits the fan? The action starts quick, making it easy to get sucked int This Would Be Paradise is a great post-apocalyptic tale. The action starts quick, making it easy to get sucked into the book. The story begins to flow freely and everything falls into place. I enjoy reading about the early stages of the zombie apocalypse and about how the characters react to and handle it.

Never go to the hospital! Such a gruesome scene that steadily ramps up and sends adrenaline screaming through the veins. There was no putting the book down after that. The story continued to develop at a great pace and really held my attention until the end. The cast of characters grows as the duo tries to survive and we get to know some interesting folks. It takes a village, right? The entire plot is filled with nail-biting anxiety, some really horrifying bits, and thoughtful jabs of witty humor. Minutes went by like seconds and before I knew it I was looking for the second book in the series.

All of my reviews can be found at My Book Addiction Check out this and all my reviews at Brian's Book Blog They thought it was going to be a big party 3. Not sure what to do, where to turn, or who to trust, two friends have to learn and adapt quickly in order to survive. For those who are worried about language in audiobooks — there was some harsh language a few times in this book, but not every other paragraph. Also, if you do not like grap Check out this and all my reviews at Brian's Book Blog They thought it was going to be a big party 3.

Also, if you do not like graphically violent scenes especially zombie-like eating scenes , then I would maybe avoid this book. The main character is a younger female who is going through an absolute catastrophe and Robins does a stand-up job portraying this young frantic female. A party girl who seemed to be pretty brainless finds out that the world is quickly turning into flesh-eating monster — but as the story progressed I found myself liking her more and more.

This Would Be Paradise was a quickly paced book with lots of action and action-like scenes that really helped move the story forward. The story itself was really good, but I felt that there just needed to be a bit more about the why for things. Sometimes it felt like the girls were just doing things to do things instead of trying to make a plan. I saw this book while flipping through the recommended books via wattpad. At first I was not sure I wanted to read another Zombie saga book, but I can't help it. It is coming to a point that I beginning to associate everything in life with "If zombie apocalypse happens I admit it took me awhile to get into the story, mainly because I was not very sure I liked Bailey initially, because of how the story started with her being the party girl, I already ha I saw this book while flipping through the recommended books via wattpad.


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I admit it took me awhile to get into the story, mainly because I was not very sure I liked Bailey initially, because of how the story started with her being the party girl, I already had this "first impression" that Bailey was a party going pretty girl in need of hero. But I later on, I starting to think she is just like any normal city girl, who don't or ever had the wildlife experience or even held a gun before.

She is tough, smart and brave, she can be really hard on herself and of course not to forget her smart mouth : In the beginning the story started out a tad bit on the slow side. One thing that bothered me is that in this world she lives in, they already had watch their share of zombie movies and comics, but at the beginning Bailey was in a lot of denial.

I mean her reactions was quite off in the beginning in the morning at the hotel. I mean if in our real world were to get our very real zombie apocalypse, I don't think I will be in complete denial, I mean yes I would be hella shocked but I don't think I will completely not entertain the IDEA of zombie apocalypse is actually happening.

But thank god, that changed as you get deeper into the plot. The other characters are very likable, and Zoe and Bailey are lucky to have found Ethan, Taylor and John, even Darren : I like that the story picked up very quickly and the pace was kept very consistently that I found myself unable to stop reading until I absolutely have to which usually means Mom's stern calling is escalating to yelling I enjoyed this book and already added the second book in my wattpad library Feb 15, Boundless Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , lissa-s-reviews , dystopian.

Starting off it was exciting and really the excitement didn't end. It was full of horror, the gory detail felt real. In a situation such as this, it's always a question of whose more dangerous. The infected or the un-infected? Bailey wakes up in her hotel room, having no idea of the horrors waiting for her outside. After a run in with one of the infected. She meets up with her bff Zoe. The two take to the streets to get some aid. But like you would think, going to the hospital at a time such as this one.

Not a very good idea. Through out the casts of characters come into play. You grow close to them as Bailey has and there's always that thought in the back of your head, whose really going to make it? I can't imagine having to go through such a Thing and being so far away from home. Ebisu enjoyed Violence more than Paradise , remarking that, "I have never seen the bonds between a man and a woman painted so stirringly.

When asked about it during an interview, Jiraiya says that he's still in the research phase of writing it, but that it will be about pure love. Naruto Uzumaki gives Kakashi an advance copy, which he describes as "totally boring"; Jiraiya feels that Naruto is simply too young to appreciate it.

In order to decode the message, Kakashi is forced to read passages aloud; Kakashi is embarrassed to do so, and Shikamaru Nara is embarrassed to listen. Sasuke calls Sarada his "cute peanut", a pet name used by one of the book's characters, but she takes this as a sign that he's forgotten her name. His non-fiction work helped shape my nascent environmental activism and social conscience. His novels, along with those of Dostoyevsky, proved to me that it was possible to write about complicated moral issues without becoming didactic. In the intervening decades I lost that friend to cancer a This book is nearly impossible for me to review.

In the intervening decades I lost that friend to cancer and I came to treat the release of each of the not-very-prolific Peter Matthiessen's novels as an event to be treasured. I was speechless when I won the first reads giveaway for this novel, overjoyed when I received it, and quietly devastated when Peter Matthiessen passed away a mere two days later. I put off reading In Paradise for a short time, uncertain how it could possibly hold up to all the baggage I've attached to it. When I finally got around to reading it I breezed through it despite the heavy subject matter.

It lives up to and possibly surpasses every possible expectation I may have had for it. I was initially wary about reading another novel about the Holocaust. In light of all the brilliant works that have come before, particularly by those who are survivors of the Shoah, what more is there to say? Fortunately, In Paradise is less about the Holocaust itself and more about that very question. In , shortly after Auschwitz has been turned into a museum, a retreat is held on the grounds of the camp.

Scholars, relatives of survivors, relatives of camp staff, and others all attend.

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The importance of witness and remembrance of the Holocaust is unquestioned, but during the retreat other questions arise. How long is one to grieve for relatives one has never met, or how long should one atone for the crimes of relatives one has never known? For those with no direct connection to the Holocaust, do their own histories have no genocides that they ought to be grieving or atoning for? In the shadow of a historical moment that is as black and white as any, dozens more nuanced questions of morality are raised.

As the retreatants examine these questions and themselves, they are in turns combative and compassionate. Matthiessen takes none of this lightly and every perspective and reflection is given ample scrutiny. A calm and reasoned reexamination of all one's values and behaviors will no doubt be a common reaction by readers of this novel.


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Much to my surprise, there is also a romance sub-plot throughout the novel. The circumstances of the characters involved make the fumbling gestures of nascent romance in a deathcamp setting many times more awkward than you are imagining, and yet the whole thing rings so psychologically true that it is a wonder to read. This novel is now as important to me as any other I could care to mention. Even at this later date in my life, as my philosophies are beginning to calcify, Matthiessen still manages to make me see things in a new and hopefully clearer way.

Apr 21, Jennifer W rated it it was ok. I feel weird giving this book only 2 stars. It's an intense subject, full of long held entrenched beliefs, and in many ways, Matthiessen does them justice. Anger, betrayal, shame, guilt, humiliation and of course, grief. But seeking what? What I would seek there is vastly different than anyone else. Is I feel weird giving this book only 2 stars. Is that why I cannot identify with any of the characters? Or is it Matthiessen's academic, confusing writing style? I think I stuck with it because it did cause me to question what I would get out of a visit to a concentration camp.

I can't even imagine how many more times that would be multiplied to actually go to the most infamous place of mass murder in the world. Understanding all the emotions and the reasons behind them does not mean I understood the characters. Earwig in particular and what a name! He's so angry, at everyone, the church for doing nothing, the Germans for the Holocaust, the Poles for being neighbors and witnessing but not acting, and even the Jews themselves. Even when I learned his back story, his anger makes no sense.

I can understand the emotions, but not all in one person. Olin and his main counterpart, Sister Catherine also made little to no sense. What are they looking for? Why are they here? Do they find it? Are they better off for the experiences? At the end, several stories come together, but I could barely follow it was the priest gay?

I don't mind a complicated novel, but I need to be able to follow it, and I would like to relate to a character or two. Maybe that's not possible in less than pages in a novel about the continued emotional impacts of the Holocaust. And maybe it shouldn't be possible. View 1 comment. Apr 07, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , fiction.

It is an especially moving, often poignant, novel that deals not only with history, but also remembrance and reconciliation as it pertains to the Shoah, the Holocaust, itself. What Matthiessen has written is for me, the best new novel I have read so far this year. Mar 03, Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves: era-post-wwii , loc-europe-eastern , subj-holocaust. The very name strikes at the marrow.

In , fifty years after the war ended, Peter Matthiessen along with over people, spent a week long Zen retreat within those walls to "bear witness. Deep in this very dense novel he makes the observation that this is the last generation to be able to give first hand account of the horror that was the genocide perpetuated by the Nazis. It Auschwitz. It is important to repeat descriptions of the atrocities, to never stop, since there are people in the world today denying it every happened. The members of the retreat are handled deftly if lightly, in order to pack as much into this relatively short novel as possible.

Many are descendants of both the victims and of the perpetrators. The question of what the nearby villagers made of all those trains, all that land appropriated and barbed-wired in. And all that smoke. Christians being able to move into deserted homes. Since this event takes place when the Camp was a relatively new tourist destination, in winter under coal-smoke fog, unremittingly somber and evocative, it is interesting to look up UTube videos shot from the hands of tourists of today as they meander through the clean tourist-friendly streets of the former death camp.

At one point, Matthiessen muses on the fact that the land will at some point be put to other, more taxable, use, but it appears it is a destination spot and will remain as such. I usually associate Matthiessen with Caribbean waters and vigilante justice in the Everglades, and thus found that this, his final word his phrase to be a startling departure.

Obviously the retreat and its participants affected him deeply, enough to write this haunting book at the age of He passed away only days before its publication. But there is so much rich material worthy of inspiration for discussion and illumination, that I am deeply grateful that he did so. Apr 24, Jeff added it. I have never given a book zero stars before, but this, unfortunately, deserves just that. I went into this book thinking that this would be a drama about people going on a remembrance retreat at a Holocaust death camp and trying to come to terms with and be witness to these atrocities while learning more about it.

Let me tell you, although, this is the premise of the retreat it simply is not what this book is about. The writing is all over the place and tangled to where I simply had no idea who I I have never given a book zero stars before, but this, unfortunately, deserves just that. The writing is all over the place and tangled to where I simply had no idea who I was to be following or where we were in the story and moreover and most frustratingly, why. Why were these prose written? Why were these characters here? Why were they saying what they were saying?

Why was this book even written? To say I dove into this book hoping for what I had originally thought I was headed into is an understatement. I am very interested in the topic of the Shoah and a book about people going to the lion's den to confront the evil head on 50 years later easily could have wound up on my "best of" list. Again, please know, this is not what this book is about. I stumbled through each disjointed conversation, almost gave up on the book every 5 or so pages and decided to drive through it just in case it tied something anything together.

By the time I realized that was not going to happen I decided to finish the book because I was already invested in it. I am astonished by the rave reviews here for this book, I suppose that is what makes the world go 'round and why there are so many different books to choose from. We all have different tastes. I just can't even begin to recommend anyone putting this one on their pallet. Apr 18, Amy rated it it was amazing. Once in a great while a reader encounters a book that is so profound and poignant that the earth moves, and perceptions are shifted.

One such book is In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen. Matthiessen, world renowned naturalist and activist, cofounder of The Paris Review, novelist and three time winner of the National Book Award has in his 86th year produced a spectacular novel. Opening in the winter of , the novel centers on a group of more than one hundred people of diverse backgrounds, nationa Once in a great while a reader encounters a book that is so profound and poignant that the earth moves, and perceptions are shifted.

Opening in the winter of , the novel centers on a group of more than one hundred people of diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and religious beliefs who have gathered in Poland at the site of a former death camp. Resigned to stay for a week, they will occupy the quarters of the former Nazi officers and daily offer prayer and witness to the more than one million souls who perished at in the camp. Clements Olin, American academic of Polish descent is attending in hopes of further in his research regarding the suicide of a poet survivor.

He is also there to examine the secret history of his family who managed to escape shortly after his birth. Not surprisingly the atmosphere at the camp is often grim and every comment has the potential to be met with hostility, and as the group progressed through the week political and personal tensions arise; however bonds are formed, understanding and empathy are evoked, and while no clear resolutions can be made about the events that transpired at the camp the visitors, and specifically Olin, come to appreciate what it means to be fully alive.

Thought provoking and haunting, In Paradise is a superb novel that will leave readers forever changed. May 14, Lisa rated it did not like it. A group gathers at Auschwitz to pray and bear witness at the camp. Tension and hostility brew amongst the group and no peace is achieved.

I really wanted to like this book. The writing is intelligent and beautiful but I had to force myself to continue reading. The book is plain boring. It is inconceivable to read a book about the Holocaust and not feel anything! Apr 13, Mac rated it it was ok. Thought provoking, intellectual exercise, yes. Entertaining novel, no. In Paradise trots out the perplexing issues surrounding the Holocaust and more specifically the death camps, in this case Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Though none of the issues seem fresh or new, the wide range of ideas are exami Thought provoking, intellectual exercise, yes. Though none of the issues seem fresh or new, the wide range of ideas are examined thoroughly so I left having felt the philosophical and psychological weight of the topic. Thus In Paradise is good for the mind. But that's not to say this is a satisfying piece of fiction. Matthiessen does create a sense of place very effectively--the barrenness, the isolation, and the tangible horrors of the past in the decaying buildings.

But the characters, who have gathered at the death camp for a retreat in , seem like archetypes, representatives of contrasting ideas, not real people. And the evolving love of Clements Olin, the central character, for one of the congregants at the camp seems tacked on to add some originality to the story, not an organic outgrowth of the narrative. So what to make of the book? It stimulated my thinking, and it leaves an evocative feeling for the death camp in my mind. However, I'm guessing the characters will soon be forgettable.

Apr 23, Richard Sutton rated it really liked it. I had thought that everything that could be said about the genocide at the hands of the Third Reich and others in s Europe, had been said. I was wrong. I might not have chosen this book on the basis of its subject, but I did select it on the basis in my faith in Peter Matthiessen. I hadn't opened it before I heard of his death. The author wrote in such a satisfying manner that for me, he combines the best of the classical writing of the nineteenth century with the best and most progressive w I had thought that everything that could be said about the genocide at the hands of the Third Reich and others in s Europe, had been said.

The author wrote in such a satisfying manner that for me, he combines the best of the classical writing of the nineteenth century with the best and most progressive work of the twentieth. In Paradise is exactly that. While it is the intricate and absorbing story of an American academic attending a gathering of religious and philosophers at Auschwitz, it is in the main character's piercing search for belonging in that most grotesque of settings, that raises this work to the highest levels of introspective writing. His search is our search for answers.

How can we as a species, be capable of such levels of evil? What is there, lying within us, that assigns the murder of innocents as a potential possible action? Does a place that has seen true evil done, radiate that evil for all time afterwards? The author's conclusion is disquieting and ultimately brings little comfort. At times, I detested the emotions that were brought to the foreground in the reading, but mostly, as much as I intellectually wanted to, I could not lay it down. I've read most of Matthiessen's work, both fiction and non-fiction, and this is a more than fitting coda for his volume of work.

Add a star if you feel an acute need to immerse yourself in unsolvable, disconnected guilt and loss. In any case, this is a book that will help keep the author's name in discussion for a long time to come. Jul 06, Alana Muir rated it it was ok. Disclosure: I received a pre-publication review copy through a first reads giveaway.

The author is clearly talented at putting words together. The imagery and symbolism are there on the page. The problem is that nothing happens in the story. It's a story of a rather unpleasant pretentious man who spends a spiritual retreat at Auschwitz flirting with a nun. Most of the characters were very shallow and one-dimensional, and those who weren't were mostly irritating and unsympathetic. I didn't like Disclosure: I received a pre-publication review copy through a first reads giveaway. I didn't like any of the characters, and I didn't hate any of them enough to feel compelled to keep reading.

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If I hadn't been given a free copy to review, I probably wouldn't have finished it, to be honest. Maybe it's too highbrow and literary for me, but I found it boring. The main character is the least interesting person in the book. Most of the side characters who aren't even given names beyond "son of an SS officer" have stories potentially more interesting than the whiny aristocratic douche that the book focuses on. It's like if Orange is the New Black never took the camera off of Piper. Jun 02, Roger Brunyate rated it it was amazing Shelves: holocaust , top-ten , illustrated-review , religion.

Return to Golgotha Peter Matthiesen's title comes from an apocryphal version of the Crucifixion story. Where in the Bible Christ promises the repentant thief hanging on the cross beside him, 'Thou shalt be with me this day in Paradise,' in this version "Christ shakes his head in pity, saying, 'You are in Paradise right now'. Yet one of the characters in the novel, a young Polish nun, has also mentioned the teaching of St.

Catherine of Siena, her namesake: "All the way to Heaven is Heaven. Beginning my review with this obscure paradox of Christian theology, I am reflecting a couple of key points about Matthiesen's magnificent book. First, that a lot of it consists of philosophical discussion, sometimes gentle, sometimes angry; this is not a novel you read primarily for plot or even for character. Secondly, a Holocaust novel with as many gentile characters as Jewish ones is rather unusual.

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