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Happy NaNoWriMo and “The Purge of Babylon” by Sam Sisavath

November 4, 2015

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

It has been a bit since we last talked, and, now that I have my laptop fan fixed, I thought I’d drop in and say hello.  And, what better time to start again than the beginning of NaNoWriMo.  For those who don’t know it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and occurs every November.  The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in the span of 30 days, so if you’ve ever thought about writing a novel, this might be a good time to try.  The prize is the satisfaction of knowing you completed writing a novel in a month and, after some polishing and editing, a possible novel to submit to a publisher or self-publish.  If you do go the self-publishing route, I strongly encourage having at least a second pair of eyes review it first.  Even kids can participate and set their own word goal for the month.  This year, I will be participating, but not in the traditional sense as I have one novel I am already in the middle of writing.  My goal for this year is to finish that novel and start on a new one, but still maintaining the goal of at least 50,000 words written in the month (excluding blog posts and book reviews).  Wish me luck as I wish all of you brave individuals also attempting it good luck.

And now, the blog post wouldn’t be complete without a review, so this go round I offer to you the novel “The Purge of Babylon” by Sam Sisavath.  This book is the first in a series and is about a night when people go crazy, mutate, and begin chasing down other humans.  These are not zombies, as head shots don’t even put them down for long.  Also, unlike zombies, these creatures a capable of intelligent thought, planning, and cooperation.  These ghouls also carry a mighty grudge as they chase and hunt one pack of survivors comprised of two SWAT team members, a business woman, a med student, and three teenagers, who only have silver and sunlight to protect them as they make their way to a survival bunker constructed by a paranoid billionaire.  As with all apocalyptic stories, not everyone makes it out alive.

I found this very entertaining and well written for an apocalyptic story.  The interactions between the survivors as they make their way to safety is captivating, although there were times it was a little too tennis-ish in the delivery between two people.  The biggest user of this style of conversation are the SWAT team members who don’t seen to take anything seriously.  All in all, I thought this was a great read and recommend it to anyone who appreciates the Romero-esque ghouls.  I rate this a four out of five.

Until next we meet, I hope you enjoy the lovely fall weather where you are, and remember, “Why so serious?”

Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis

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