Tuesday, February 25, 2014

the rabid mind

THE RABID MIND

We all know of Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming, of Grid Down Reality Bites gianormous door stopper novel fame. Luckily for us, Grid Down has continued in much shorter format. You spend a bit more this way, but you don’t have to wait four years between books and it isn’t such a huge project to tackle. Book number three is out in that series, and you have all been warmed that I will review it really soon, but for now let’s talk about another one of his newish books- The Rabid Mind. This is an attempt at zombie fiction, which I would normally run screaming from. But since I was offered this one for free-and if there is one weakness I have it is for books, and if they are free you might as well have penciled in cartoon boobs on them because I simply can’t resist- and since it is after all Bruce writing it, it seemed a safe bet to partake in.

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You can all rest easy, because while there are zombies here, they are not as frightening as the normal zombie tome ( scary as in money wasters and time killers ). The zombie apocalypse science foundation is explored, and the cardboard villain is at least accompanied by a young hottie so it isn’t too bad ( the book warns of graphic violence and explicit sexual situations, but Bruce must be an old school prude like myself because all the situations were so mild mannered and not really very explicit at all it wouldn’t even count as soft porn ). But then the book veers into the authors normal pattern of “adventurers holed up in a wilderness cabin, fighting off the forces of evil and falling madly in love”. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing- just as your favorite TV show is formulistic, so can your favorite post-apoc writer. If you enjoyed his other books, you will enjoy this one, even with zombies.

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In “Rabid Mind”, the zombies are given no more overriding importance than the criminal masterminds on crack or the savage attacking packs of killer canines ( the author does really seem to have a rabid fear of rabid wolf/coyote attacks as they feature in all his works ). The zombies are just more asswhores to battle. And for once, thank all the gods that guide his hand, the author gives more consideration to supplies than the average zombie writer. It isn’t much more than carefree shopping the typical books portray, but it is at least an attempt to be a bit more realistic. The ammo is always running low and hard to find, the batteries are dead and the gas only hit or miss in the finding. It isn’t just another mindless video game of never ending shooting and never ending food to pilfer.

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I think you can consider this one worthy. Certainly not the best of post-apocalypse, but one of the best ( realism wise ) of zombie books.

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14 comments:

  1. Now. I haven't posted any comments for a week. so, DONT BLAME ME.

    Say Hi to the old senile man Ardmore.

    C. Nile
    Egypt.

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    1. Someone has to take the blame, and you weren't here.

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  2. Per Jim's recommendations, I purchased my first bike since I was a boy. This will be my post apocalypse bike.

    This is the one that I got:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Genesis-Onyx-29-Cruiser-Bicycle/16203481#Product+Reviews

    It's a single speed beach cruiser model. It's very hard to pedal, and I'm going to have to look into lowering the gear ratio somehow?

    I had initially inquired about the 26" Kent La Jolla cruiser for $94.00. But after seeing this 29" bike for $150.00, decided that it would be a better choice due to my above average height. For you Bigfoot types out there, they also offer a 32" beach cruiser for $200.00.

    http://tinyurl.com/ln9awyc

    I read through all 300+ reviews, and many of the complaints were that the bearings were too tight, and that the bike was often shipped with little, or no grease in the bearings? Knowing this when I purchased the bike, I performed a complete inspection, and found this to be the case with my bike as well.

    Definitely a nice bike, and well worth the money. But bear in mind that these low end Chinese bikes do not have the quality control of the better bikes. Still, even if you are not a bike mechanic, and had to take the bike to a shop and have them maintain it, it would probably still be under $200.00, and you would have a nice, low maintenance bike.

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    1. Soon you will be so happy about your investment you will cry to the heavans that I am indeed your hero. Of course by that time you won't be able to send me gifts, the mails having stopped working. Glad to see I have at least one listener. I've found just getting an extended seat post works for me and the 26 inch bikes.

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    2. It was mentioned in the reviews James, that seat height is a critical factor in how hard the bike is to pedal? That will be the first thing that I try. Longer cranks=easier to pedal at at higher speeds, harder to pedal at lower speeds. I think I'll leave these as is?

      Is your bike that hard to pedal? As in top gear of a geared bike hard to pedal? I do have to put in a lot of effort to get those big 29" tires a rolling.

      As time permits, baskets, both front and rear will be added, along with a chrome bullet headlamp.

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    3. He's not the only one listening to you. I'm too. I don't have a bike but I have roller skates. It's a better and faster for short take off. Wont work off road.


      Tres Passin
      Mexico

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    4. Are you showering me with love, or peeing up my leg?

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    5. Wayne- I was commenting on the seat height inasfar as staying with the more standard 26 inch. I can't see it being hard to pedel as normal.

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    6. Ok, I see what you meant Jim. No matter how well thought out we think a decision is, we (well, at least I?) Always second guess it? I'm thinking now that a standard 26" with an extended seat would have been a better choice? My bike does not use standard tires, and the tubes are even more specialised.

      Cheers,

      Wayne

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    7. OK, far from any kind of expert, so this might sound stupid ( not that I ever let that stop me ). Can you attach regular 26 wheels to your current bike? And then if necessary, does it take a differant crank assembly ( I'd be lost guessing this one, or even if they are differant sizes ). Still learning terminology. The big sprocket twixt the pedels for the chain. Is it "crank sprocket"? Is sprocket the right term? Anyway, if possible I'd think the next time you need a tire you could save up and switch over. I'll always be learning, even on something as simple as a single speed.

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    8. Not sure on this James? I'm no bike expert either, but I do believe that the frame and forks are specifically sized for the bigger wheels?

      My best option is to change the rear sprocket, as I have more room in the back. In order to change the front sprocket, I would need to go with another crank, as the sprocket is permanently attached to it, and I might also need to change my chain guard if I went with a bigger front sprocket?

      Wayne

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    9. I was just thinking a larger frame should in theory hold a smaller wheel. Unless the width on the frame/wheels is differant.

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  3. Well James, you see what happens for leaving California?

    Someone found your buried gold coins worth over ten millions. Now you gonna have a hell of a time claiming them back. (check out the news).

    signed.

    Sylfithia Rottrencrotch.
    Germany.

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    1. Same thing here about ten years ago-Carson City or Reno dude dies and stockpile of gold was tens of millions if I'm not mistaken. Long court battle.

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