We’re going into Round 2 of our Zombie Voting! For our 25th book club we’re giving all the books we didn’t pick another chance and we’ve shaved it down to 8 options. In the next few weeks we’ll dwindle this down to 4, so we’ll have a great book to read in December. Make sure you vote on the books you want to give another chance so we can make our 25th book club the best it can be. To help you decide we’re sharing some Goodreads 5 & 1 star reviews about the books.

For our first bracket in round 2 we’re pitting the winners of 1.3 and 1.4 against each other. Two science fiction writers that both deserve another chance. But who will win? Vote on Jackson vs. Antrim!

89724We Have Always Lived in the Castle

★★★★★ by Jason
An incredibly haunting page-turner. The story of two sisters and their elderly uncle locked away on their sprawling estate from the surrounding villagers. The sisters are despised, mainly because they’re rich but publicly because one of the sisters was accused of murdering the other four family members. The first-person narrative makes it difficult to keep the ending completely hidden but the story’s not really about the mystery – it’s about these two sisters attempting build a family out of the fractured remains of one tragic day.
Highly recommended.

★☆☆☆☆ by Alexandra
My immediate thought after finishing this was, “Whaat?” This story was absolutely pointless. Nothing happened. It was just two neurotic and insane sisters living together in a creepy shell of a house barricading themselves in and being all hermit-like.
That’s all. It was really depressing. Uncle Julian and Jonas the cat made this book somewhat tolerable. Yet not.
I couldn’t wait for it to end. What a miserable little book.

12682874Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

★★★★★ by Sarah
Hilariously surreal, wildly violent, and uncomfortably familiar. The characters of ELECT MR. ROBINSON, particularly Robinson himself, live by a persistent but never quite explained code of suburban barbarity. At the start of the novel, a man is drawn and quartered by automobile. His innards are subsequently placed in a freezer, where they sit nestled beneath frozen fishsticks. And it only gets stranger from there. Antrim has created a dark and comic world where primal violence and brutal torture coexist unquestioned alongside Rotary clubs and library storytimes.

★☆☆☆☆ by Bookworm
This was a very strange book. The book opens with a public execution. That pretty much sets the tone for this strange book, which has houses fortified as moats, people who can transform into animals and more violence.

Having just read ‘The Wonder Garden’, I really could not but help and compare the two. While this book serves a very different purpose (as a lampooning of suburbia, a post 9/11 critique of the US, etc. and ‘Wonder’ was more of a straight up dissection of suburban life), I am afraid this book suffers from, well, being terrible. I feel like I could understand where the author was going (especially when you think about a return to religion and similar beliefs after an event such as 9/11), but I hated all of it. I could accept the gore, but it seemed more for shock than anything else. I really dislike how the dialogue was written, which occasionally goes on for several lines with just dialogue, no additional information.

The minimalist aspect of it can work, but here I just found it annoying. The narrator seemed extremely detached (which i can understand), but again, that just did not work for me as a device. It made the book’s events just seem weird, rather than working how the author wanted. I’ve seen reviews discuss it being a piece of satire, and I could see where they are coming from. However, the execution falls really flat. If it had been in the hands of Stephen King, it’d probably make a GREAT horror-type novel. I’d skip it.

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