Monday, October 22, 2012

The Writer's View - As the World Dies, Untold Tales, Volume 2 by Rhiannon Frater


         

From Goodreads: THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. FIGHTING TO SURVIVE: AS THE WORLD DIES continued their story as the two women joined the members of the makeshift fort in Ashley Oaks in the fight for survival against not only zombies, but the evil designs of bandits.

But theirs is not the only tale to be told.

In the second volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

In a nearby town Ken and Lenore have started their regular routine at Ken’s Beauty Salon. A terrible accident brings the undead plague to their front door and soon the best friends are scrambling to escape their overrun town…

Katarina is just finishing her shift at a roadside café when a badly injured man stumbles through the front door. She quickly realizes that to survive she must learn to kill…

And finally, a trapped family must face the fearsome truth that sometimes zombies are not the worst monster they have to fear as the world dies…
 
The Writer's View
 
You guys already know I am a die hard (no pun intended) fan of Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies series. I was thrilled when I came across this collection of Untold Tales . It features short stories from several of my favorite characters. I was dying to read it and had to wait 3 months after its original release to get it on Nook.

Writing for Fans

As a fan of this series, this collection of short stories could not fail to delight me. One story is about Katerina--a bad ass sniper--and her first day of the zombie apocalypse. Another story is about my two most absolute favorite characters, best friends and hair stylists Ken and Lenore. I just loved their personalities, their friendship, and their love for one another. Reading their story was like getting a donut for breakfast--all sugary happy sweetness.

As I was reading, it occurred to me that this book is truly for fans of As The World Dies. It's sort of like getting the bonus features or uncut version of your favorite movie. It's impossible not to love. I like the idea of short story "spin-offs" from beloved books. Who wouldn't buy a short story written from Gale's POV in The Hunger Games? It's got me pondering a few short story ideas of my own.

13 comments:

  1. Yay I loved these short stories they were so nostalgic and made me understand a lot of the side characters much more. So happy you're a fan of this series!

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    1. @ Giselle - I totally cried when Lenore was defending Ken from the zombies with her crow bar! I just love that woman!

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  2. Yeah, I love stuff like this for my favorite books series. Sometimes, the stories aren't really all that worthwhile, but when they offer some real insight that you don't get in the regular novels, then they are awesome.

    It's a great idea to do something like that, if anything, for the fans your books to answer some of their questions or give them more of what they want from your story world.

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    1. @ Cathy - The stories in this book definitely do not stand on their own. I think they're definitely written for fans of the book who can't get enough of these fab characters.

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  3. Hm. I'm on the fence on this one, due to the fact that I'm not a major zombie fan. I just don't like how they're described. They give me the creeps. lol. Nice review though.

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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    1. @ Felicia - Thanks for stopping by! And yes, Zombies are creepy!

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  4. I've heard such awesome things about the series, and this collection. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Camille!

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  5. I've thought about doing this with some of my stories too! As a fan of a series you always want to read more of the books you love. Its especially awesome when it's in the perspective of a popular secondary characters. Or a love interest! I would love love love to read THG from Gale's POV.

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    1. @ Lan - Collins could probably make a million bucks in 1 day is she released a short from Gale's POV. I know I'd be in line to buy it!

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  6. Sounds like a great book! It's always fun to give fans bonus scenes and the like. :)

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  7. That is a very intense cover. Sounds like a great story though. Hi Camille. I'm #192 on Alex's IWSG list. Nice to meet you.

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  8. This sounds like a great book. Zombies are hot right now!

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