Autumn: The Human Condition - The Rotting Zombie
A top tier zombie anthology.
A top tier zombie anthology.
This is one of those books that leaves you with the nagging question, “Could I have done anything different? If the shit hit the fan, could I survive?”
Así que si pretenden introducirse en este género, David Moody es una buena opción, ya que si algo puedo garantizarles, es que los tendrá aferrados a sus letras hasta que llegue el sombrío final.
David Moody is still a master of suspense and he’s good at describing such a horrific world without ever going into descriptions of gore for gore’s sake.
En conclusión, Septiembre Zombie es un libro que vale la pena, puede que no sea la gran maravilla ni un libro digno de no-sé-cuántos premios literarios, pero definitivamente es un libro que entretiene bastante, y es mejor aún si te gustan los zombies y las historias realistas ambientadas en mundo post-apocalítico.
Autumn è un vero romanzo d’orrore, ben scritto e ricco di suggestioni inquietanti e di atmosfere disturbanti. Non a caso, come ci dicevamo, Moody è un maestro del genere.
As the first book in the series Autumn could easily be dismissed as simply a scene setter for bigger things, but that’s not the case here. Moody has built a slow burning apocalypse story that maintains a constant hum of tension and fear throughout. By eschewing many of the usual tropes of the zombie genre he has created something both different and exciting, and this is a series that should only get better as it develops.
En definitiva, una propuesta que os recomiendo sin dudarlo. Aquí importan los personajes, sus miedos, su forma de encarar lo sucedido y por otra parte el seguimiento de esos no muertos en cada día que pasa, todo me ha parecido fresco y con un toque de originalidad. Yo diría que vais servidos de información ¿no? ¿Qué os parece esta propuesta? ¿Le daríais una oportunidad? Os espero por aquí.
I adore the Autumn books for the reasons that they are great books, well written, and do some really interesting spins on the traditional brain hungry zombie tales. As always if you have not yet read them then they are well worth reading.
Where the previous books showed what would happen to normal folk in a zombie apocalypse Disintegration shows what people on the lower side of the human spectrum would do. People who appear to have low intelligence, who bicker and fight constantly, but ones who are brave and not afraid to act. It all makes for a far more interesting story, and the best so far in the Autumn series.
Mit diesem Band lässt Moody seinen Zombie-Herbst schlüssig und nachvollziehbar ausklingen. Der Roman ist jedoch nichts für Splatter-Fans und besticht in erster Linie durch die einfühlsame Charakterisierung der Protagonisten.
Purification is the best book in the series...
Autumn: The City just gets better as it goes along, I immediately went straight onto the third book in the series as soon as this one was finished, awesome stuff.
Die Herbst-Reihe ist für mich ein Juwel in der Horror- und Zombieliteratur, gerade weil sie nicht typisch daherkommt und den Fokus auf das Innenleben der Protagonisten legt und nicht auf Splatter.
Should you despair when you reach the end of Autumn, fear not, because this is just the first in a series of five Autumn books, as well as the movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. And I for one am grateful that this is not a ridiculous comedic tale ofShaun of the Dead proportions, but is actually a story of ordinary people running for their lives from an extraordinary situation.
David Moody is my all time favourite zombie author.
It may tax the soul to face the profound horrors of humanity, but there’s no one better than Moody to guide us into the wasteland.
Once again, David Moody has hit a home run. I was wide awake at a ridiculous hour in the morning just to finish it. I really can't wait to see what he has in store next.
The suspense of Autumn by David Moody is what makes the book so fulfilling and fascinating.
Well, Moody contrives a story where this choice gets about as complicated as possible. It’s patiently paced, but never once drags, so I had plenty of time to get to know father and son and grow to care about them and worry for their situation. So, when the peril really arrived, I was chewing the inside of my mouth as I read. I honestly did not know which way the choice ought to go, or what I would do if faced with the same situation (I think I do know now). And even though I think the choice that was made was the only human one possible, its consequences are suitably dire.
Moody has just gained another fan with this fantastically raw horror novel.
Moody's writing style is beautiful.
Joe & Me is short on purpose. A chapbook, and all-but-in-name a prequel to David Moody’s excellent Autumn series, it packs a great punch in those thirty-seven pages.
I have a lot of respect for David Moody. Why? Because throughout all 330 pages of The City he maintains constant suspense. And I mean constant as in suspense from page 1 to page 330.
An utterly epic series of books.
I have not read the earlier books in this series, but I plan to now. Moody did a great job with the zombies.
Moody has succeeded in not just driving forward the thread of the series but expanding his Autumn universe in admirable fashion.
Volvemos a internarnos en territorio zombie y de nuevo salimos airosos y satisfechos por haber pasado un muy buen rato. Si bien no he tenido las experiencias de terror solitario que acompañaron la lectura de las otras entregas, esto no le quita el más mínimo interés a esta tercera parte que ha sido leída en tiempo récord (apenas tres días a mi ritmo), especialmente la parte final de la que no pude separarme hasta acabarla por completo.
‘Autumn’ is one of the finest novels in the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic genre. Ever.
This fifth and final chapter is a fine and fitting conclusion to horror maestro Moody’s “Autumn” series. While packed with enough undead action to please even the most ravenous zombiephile, the novel truly succeeds when Moody slows down the pace and focuses on his characters’ humanity. The true horror isn’t the living dead, it’s the darkness inside the living. The questions Moody poses will resonate long after the book is finished. Highly recommended.
Just because these zombies don’t seem threatening in the beginning (when they’re blind, dumb and lumbering around aimlessly) doesn’t mean that the world of Autumn isn’t terrifying—because it most definitely is.
To conclude...This book began well...maintained, indeed, accelerated interest throughout...and provided a powerful ending that left this particular reader not only eager for the next book in the series...but with a bit of a nervous twitch...(always a good sign).
In short, my advice to genre fans is simple. Get involved with the Autumn series as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.
Moody has come to be known by many who love the zombie book genre as the go-to author for the new generation of zombie book classics.
Además de las tres obras de Moody sobre muertos vivientes publicadas hasta la fecha por Minotauro, el autor inglés cuenta en su haber con otros tres volúmenes de la saga: Autumn: Disintegration, Autumn: Aftermath y Autumn: The Human Condition. Por lo tanto, si la editorial sigue apostando por ofrecernos dosis periódicas de buen divertimento zombie, creemos en El Mar de Tinta que no tardaremos demasiado en conocer qué depara el destino a quienes continúan con vida al final de “Zona zombie”. Confiemos en ver cumplida nuestra predicción.
Another brilliant instalment from David Moody. As with the previous books in the Autumn series, I couldn’t put PURIFICATION down. This series is a fantastic addition to the zombie genre. If you haven’t read it, then seriously, go pick it up, you won’t be sorry.
Like its predecessor, Autumn: The City is a short, punchy read at sub 300 pages; is very well-written and it will take you no time at all to consume; and with the knowledge that there are further books in the Autumnseries to read, Autumn: The City admirably advances Moody’s tale of post-apocalyptica and the walking dead and has an ending left wide-open for the next title in the series.
If you haven’t started this series yet, then I would urge that you do. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed – a great zombie read.
Moody has a brilliant way of building the suspense and tension. At first the virus spreads and the descriptions of hundreds of thousands of deaths was completely terrifying and is one of the best openings I’ve read.
En resumen, 'Zona Zombie' tiene todo lo que las dos anteriores novelas no tenían: acción, adicción, miedo y personajes bien definidos. Cuando ningún lugar es seguro, el ser humano se aferra a un clavo ardiendo en busca de la superviviencia. Y Moody logra reflejar ese sentimiento de desesperación de manera sublime. ¿Lo malo de la novela? Que para llegar a ella hay que leer antes las otras dos. ¿Merece la pena? Sí. ¡Seguimos leyendo!
Another excellent novel in a fantastic series and a must for any Zombie fans.
I guess you could read ‘Purification’ on its own but you would be missing out on a more in-depth examination of ‘zombie evolution’ that Moody has bought to the series. This is what has proved to be the highlight of the series for me; Moody has taken a well established trope and made it his own almost without the reader realising it.
David Moody is the bard of zombie apocalyptic stories.
At under 300 pages and very well-written, it will take you no time at all to consume Autumn which starts strong and finishes powerfully; and its not a book that you’re likely to forget and I for one cannot wait to see what the rest of the Autumn series has in store.
Moody has again delivered a tour-de-force in the genre...
Me he enfadado, asustado, entristecido, sorprendido, puesto nerviosa, tirado de los pelos y comido las uñas de la desesperación. Y cuando lo he cerrado me he quedado medio zombie asimilándolo todo, jeje.
I highly recommend David Moody’s Autumn series to anybody looking for a gnarly, zombie-apocalyptic story that will rock your world.
What makes a zombie novel great? Is it the gore, the blood, the violence, the high body count, the suspenseful plot? Yes, to all of these elements; oh, and having three-dimensional characters you can relate to and feel for as they battle the zombies is also a major plus. Autumn: Disintegration has all of these things going for it, and it’s a great addition to the Autumn series.
I would definitely recommend “Autumn”. It is an exciting read that will keep you reading into the night.
Saying good-bye to such a great series might be the hardest thing to do.
The Autumn series is as realistic an account of the zombie apocalypse as you’re going to find. Aftermath is an emotional book: a fitting end to a traumatic story about the human condition.
With only a few words, the whole outlook of the living dead and what they truly are comes into question.
British horror at its absolute best.
A fine study of the human race's chances in a post-post-apocalyptic world.
This was really an excellent book.
Moody is an excellent writer and a master story teller. I believe it is impossible to avoid being caught up in the Autumn Series.
I did enjoy how the story was written; it read like a movie and I could picture everything playing out on the screen in my head.
I am extremely excited to see where Moody is going to take his story. Will the survivors build a new civilization out of the destruction? Will we ever find out who or what is responsible for 99% of the world's population? Why are the dead suddenly able to move? There are just so many questions to be answered, it will be interesting to see how Moody explains the world he has created and what other mysteries he has to challenge us with.
Autumn - The City is horror at it's finest and highly recommended to any fan of the genre or indeed any one looking for a novel that places the story, suspense and drama above that of over-the-top gore and teen angst.
Once again David Moody has created nightmares for me, and for that, sir, I thank you. Very chilling stuff, and now I hear he’s got another book in the series coming out. I can’t wait.
Moody does an amazing job of slowly building the tension of the story.
I think the author nailed it...
A great finish to a fabulous zombie thriller.
My love of all things zombie got me interested in the books, but it was the excellent storytelling by David Moody that kept me reading.
Another edge of your seat nail biter that keeps the reader turning pages. Great series. 5/5.
Moody is able to bring you the horror of zombies without the word or even flesh eating monsters.
You’re never more than a chapter or two away from a massacre here.
If you already know and love Moody’s work, you’re going to find DISINTEGRATION a new twist and a great addition to the AUTUMN series. If for some reason you haven’t liked the series so far, it’s an inviting chance to give it another try, as it’s a different take, and works as a standalone book. And if you’re new to the series, it’s a great way to start it and get acquainted with Moody’s vision if you’re not sure about the first book. In other words, buy this book.
Disintegration is an exciting, thrill ride of an addition to the series. Fans of zombies and/or post-apocalyptic tales will definitely get a rush from this one.
Overall AUTUMN was a good page turning book that was intense, brilliantly written and a breath of fresh zombie air that I look forward to the next book in the series.
This novel has ridden a long road before finding a paperback release November 22nd, 2011. The wait was well worth it.
David Moody continues to go against the trend by writing zombie fiction (without the word 'zombie') and swapping gore for intelligent storytelling and deep character development. This is smart fiction, written with style and insight. Not for the gore-hounds who can't think past a pile of entrails, but the rest of the readers in the world (including the legion of zombie fans with working brains), this is a perfect next chapter in the wonderful AUTUMN series. Landmark.
Moody’s Autumn isn’t genre redefining, but is a more serious zombie novel for Hallow’s Eve. This is one corpse that don’t quit.
If you are looking for a zombie story that manages to have a sense of power and realism without the over the top gore or high body count then this is the perfect book, an entertaining and rewarding read.
Another thing I really liked about this book – apart from the characters, who were very ‘real’, the drama and the tension – was the fact that it is set in the UK... I always find it pretty special when I find a good English one.
PURIFICATION is an adrenaline laced cocktail that will have you screaming at the pages to RUN! Gorier and more violent that any of its two precursors, this is most the fulfilling AUTUMN yet, and believe me, IT WILL THRILL YOU.
David Moody has definitely hit his stride with PURIFICATION and one can only hope that this series get turned into a movie or another TV hit like THE WALKING DEAD.
Michael Allen reviews Purification at 28dayslateranalysis.com.
Unlike standard American zombie fare Moody doesn’t rely on nihilism, incessant action, scientific “fact” to explain the plot, or excessive gore. No, instead, he presents an apocalyptic world that has a building, slow creep that gets under your skin. The instinctive fear of the dead is enough…and then Moody begins ratcheting the terror in an atmospheric way.
David Moody has proved himself to be an incredible writer. His astounding world building, and impressing character development are one of a kind. He flawlessly pieces these two key elements together, and in the end created another masterpiece to an epic series!
Autumn Purification is a story of a desperate attempt to survive. David Moody offers no false hopes. Without over-dramatize he gives us a dark tale in which humanity has all the odds against it. Purification has begun.
...fast-paced and completely engrossing.
Autumn isn’t your typical zombie novel, not by far. While the walking dead are certainly a key feature of the story, the reactions of the survivors is by far a more prevalent one. Moody gives the reader a study in the human condition; how individuals react and attempt to survive when dealt with a horrible tragedy.
If you read my previous reviews of Autumn & Autumn: The City, the re-release of Moody’s self published zombie novels you will be aware that I heaped high praise on the first two books of the Autumn series. I didn’t think these books could get any better. Boy, was I ever wrong!
Autumn is perhaps the only series of books in the genre that is really necessary.
I highly recommend David Moody’s Autumn series to anybody looking for a gnarly, zombie-apocalyptic story that will rock your world.
The U.S. have Craig DiLouie and Britain have David Moody. Two representatives of the small group of writers in the zombie genre that has the ability to conjure up apocalyptic scenarios without being in a hurry or needing more than 250 book pages to their disposal. David Moody's text is an unpleasant and frightening act without blood being splashed on every page. Even before the dead awake, the book's main characters are in distress. Just knowing that the city suddenly is full of dead bodies makes no one to voluntarily go outside. And when the first body then gets up ... well, you get it. Creepy.
There’s no “happily ever after,” no epilogue, no grand event and that’s why I love these books. It’s like we’re looking at one chapter of a greater saga. It leaves the ending open to the imagination or horror depending on your outlook.
Ciudad Zombie mantiene muchas de las pautas de la novela anterior. También como conjunto global. Libro ameno, número adecuado de páginas, capítulos cortos… Ciudad Zombie es la siguiente opción. La pesadilla continúa con un final esperanzador.
Autumn is one of those books that falls squarely into the 'zombie' category, but the Z word is never used. Instead the focus is on the survivors, how they deal with everything and how they get by day-by-day. It all contributes towards a story that is very cold, and the characters isolated. This is a good thing, it allows Moody to explore these characters and look at the very realistic situation that could arise from such an event, and handled extremely well.
While many zombie stories tend to follow a similar path David Moody has shown that just because the idea is old it doesn't mean it can't be re-told, and in this case with great success!
Moody’s take on the behavior of the corpses is, in my opinion, fascinating.
One of them coming at you is laughable. Twenty a bit upsetting. These zombies aren’t biting yet, gutting you and pulling out your insides, but a hundred can smother you. A thousand will crush you. Where do you go? How do you keep them away from you? And is such a world really worth fighting to survive?
Not since The Death of Grass, has a post apocalyptic novel so graphically portrayed the gritty realism of life without modern conveniences and luxuries. Moody’s second Autumn novel is truly a cracking read and a book I am richer for having read.
The tension as I was reading was intense; I absolutely could not look away and I didn’t want to. I just had to know what happened.
Autumn works because it is a slow burner, building up the reader’s anticipation and fear, a dread which saturates the novel, making it first-class horror. It is no surprise that Moody has developed from a self-published horror author to a genuine talent, recognised internationally as a superior writer.
David Moody has penned a wickedly original and unforgettable zombie tale.
One of the most interesting elements in this novel is the interweaving of the many characters. First, Donna, Paul, Jack, Clare and others are like loosestrings, but the events and Moody's writings are ever meshing the characters together. Except this tapestry is constantly being threatened to be torn apart, by the hands of the dead.
Reminding me of Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND, it manages to evoke a loneliness that feels surprisingly genuine.
One day 99% of the world’s population drops dead. A few days later, about a 1/3 of the dead get up and start walking around. Ahhh… the zombie apocalypse, my favorite genre. And this book was awesome!
As the book progresses, that tension on the reader’s shoulders becomes heavier along side the main characters. It’s just beautifully done to a point where the reader has suspended all belief about walking dead and is completely engulfed in this new world.
I love Zombie books, stories and movies, but David Moody brings it all on a completely different level. He knows how to deliver a haunting scenario and knows how to get the goosebumps to rise. There is a perfect balance between the very well told story, and the captivating characters. Like the first book, the intensity and suspense is almost unbearable.
I absolutely loved ‘Autumn’ with its very downbeat and low key depiction of a zombie apocalypse.
It isn’t simply because it’s a good book, or series of books. It’s because the autumn series are great books that show us the raw decaying inner workings of everyday life and how we are so lucky and fortunate enough to be in the places that we are right now.
I had a hard time putting this book down and when I did, I made sure all my doors were shut and would peek out the curtains to make sure nothing was moving around that shouldn't be.
I absolutely loved this book. It is a great read even for people that aren't familiar with this genre. It hooks you from the very beginning and will leave you wanting more after your turn the last page.
By now, David Moody can be considered a poster boy for the new century publishing success story.
It’s not very often that an author can follow up a successful cult hit with an even stronger sequel. But then again, it’s not very often we get an author like David Moody.
Autumn: The City is a fast-paced, compelling story, another great addition to the zombie genre.
Wow, was für ein hammer Endzeitroman.
With his cadavers not exhibiting the usually more culturally popular and expected characteristics of gruesome dining, Moody deals with the post-apocalyptic angst his survivors are going through instead.
Although almost the entire population drops dead this is not a blood and guts type of thriller it's more a cerebral thriller that keeps you asking the question "what would you do if all your options pretty much sucked?"
Autumn is a solid, slightly shuffling first step into an interesting shadowy zombie filled door.
This is one of those milestone zombie books, one of those books that helped the genre move forward in a big way.
I never once thought, “...that could never happen...” even though it was a zombie novel.
...a unique take on the classic zombie apocalypse.
A good bit of escapism all in...
Hands-down one of my favorite reads of 2010. DON’T MISS THIS ONE.
So the verdict on “Autumn” is that it’s a great book, nay- one of the best I have read all year and the beginning of what I can hope, will be a great series. It’s available at all the major retailers and I can’t recommend it enough for being one of the best jumping on points for the genre of “survival horror.” The price is right as well, for just fewer than 15 bucks you can pick it up, and you should. But make sure to clear out the rest of your evening, because once you start you’ll have a hard time stopping.
Without ever using the "Z" word, David Moody manages to recreate the walking dead apocalypse.
A beginning that grips you right away, an ending that has you eager for the sequel and a whole load of stuff in the middle that is more than worth the price of entry; all set against a beautifully disturbed landscape. ‘Autumn’ is a very English apocalypse reminiscent of ‘Survivors’ or ‘Day of the Triffids’ and required reading if you are a fan of zombies. Highly recommended.
Autumn recalls more the bleak atmospherics of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend than contemporary schlock.
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If you're looking for a different kind of horror or zombie fiction, you can't do much better than this creepy start to a new series by David Moody.
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Between his “undead” series and the Hater series, Moody is cornering the market on British “nasty virus” novels. And that is a very good thing.
This is a must read for fans of speculative fiction of the apocalyptic variety and especially for zombie enthusiasts. And for those who are burnt out on the zombie subgenre or have lost faith in its ability to frighten, Autumn is the perfect book to reinvigorate your dulled senses.
Autumn is the perfect book to get your adrenaline pumping, forcing you to stay up late and read page after page because you need to see what happens. Highly recommended!!
Readers who relish a different bite on zombies will appreciate the grim moody atmosphere of Autumn.
Autumn is one of those books that will keep you tense, worried, and frightened from beginning to end.
A great suspense novel...
I would suggest not reading this one late at night all by yourself.