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Book Review: Eddie And The Kingdom by Damian Trasler

Book Review: Eddie And The Kingdom by +Damian Trasler</span>

I was looking forward to reading this book (is it a novella or a novel­ette I can never remember the word lengths?) basi­cally from the moment I read the preview chap­ters in Damian's previous short story collection.

That can be a dangerous thing, because expec­ta­tions have a way of building unrea­son­ably. Fortu­nately in this case the story didn't seem to suffer from any assump­tions or daydreaming on my part.

The set up is simple enough. Edddie has managed to survive the zombie apoc­a­lypse mainly by keeping his head down and thinking things through. He's rela­tively content (all things consid­ered) with the home he's set up for himself and doesn't really seem to have any long term goals.

All of which gets thrown into chaos when he first rescues Jackie from a horde of zombies and then finds out about the Kingdom of Denby which it seems is about to swallow up his fortress of solitude.

And things build natu­rally from there. The rela­tion­ship between Eddie and Jackie is an inter­esting one and it changes over the course of the story in some inter­esting ways.

The whole zombie apoc­a­lypse setting is one that's been done, re-done and then picked apart in recent years but the use here in Eddie and the Kingdom feels reason­ably fresh. Perhaps because it really is just a back­drop for the char­ac­ters and the zombies never become the focus of the story.

Eddie comes across as a very ordi­nary person. He's not a hero. He's compe­tent and has a strong survival instinct but he has blind spots and strug­gles to sepa­rate his emotional reac­tion to things from what his brain tells him is the logical action.

The story takes a couple of twists that I didn't see coming. But not in a way that gives you whiplash. They feel natural and inter­esting, not surprising just for the sake of it.

But that actu­ally leads to my frus­tra­tion on getting to the end of the story. One of those twists doesn't feel like it was fully explored.

Don't get me wrong, the story is complete. The story is Eddie and the ending is a logical conclu­sion to the char­acter arc he is set on at the beginning.

But.… but.  There's so much poten­tial that doesn't get touched on here. I'm not talking about some epic story of discov­ering what caused the zombies. I'm talking about that central rela­tion­ship between Eddie and Jackie.

There's a lot of meat there left undi­gested. I demand a sequel.

Eddie And The Kingdom — http://​amzn​.to/​1​d​2​G​ISt

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4.5 / 5 stars     

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