After the Shock by Scott Nicholson

51E34YHT1xL._SL500_.jpg

Massive solar flares hit Earth and soak the planet in radiation.  The radiation destroys all electronic devices and kills over half of the population.  The survivors fall into two groups:

  1.  People that survived the solar flares, but the radiation scrambled their brains and turned them into mindless killing machines.
  2. People that survived the solar flares and seem to be unaffected by the radiation.  They are forced to find a way live in their new post-apocalyptic world.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The characters were interesting and relatable.  Also, the story flowed well, which made the book easy to read.

Rabid – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

FullSizeRender-3.jpg

This book is unique, because it takes an in-depth look at rabies and how the virus influenced human history and our culture.

There is a historical section that describes treatments used in the middle ages.  The infected person would have the wound cauterized and blood would be drained from their bodies.  Various herbs and spices were also used in an attempt to purify the body.

Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine that could save victims if administered before they showed signs of the disease.  However, some physicians of that time did not believe in germ theory and felt the vaccine was dangerous or would be ineffective.

There is another section that explains how the virus is transmitted and how it kills the victim.  It also talks about the viruses ability to spread quickly within a geographical region and which animals are most likely to be carriers of the virus.

The final section of the book discusses how rabies has influence our culture.  Victims of the rabies virus displayed shocking symptoms, which influenced the folklore and helped develop stories about werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

Rabies also played a role in popular literature and in movies, for example:  Cugo, The Rage, and Old Yellower.

I enjoyed the book, because it was informative and I learned a great deal about the rabies virus.  I was also impressed by how much this virus influenced culture, literature, folklore, and movies.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

4814fc2c-ddff-469d-92bc-120acb9597c8_1.2fbd825b2e07718ab12120ecf5cea61d.jpeg

I read Pride and Prejudice many years ago, but I didn’t like it.  However, the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took a boring story and made it a bit more interesting by adding zombies.

My favorite character in the book is Elizabeth Bennet.  She is an expert zombie killer and well trained in the deadly arts.  She is also outspoken, confident, and courageous.  Elizabeth Bennet is completely different from the average women of the 19th century and that is why she appeals to me.