Re-reads, New Reads, and the Zombie Apocalypse


I’ve just finished re-reading Kate Elliott‘s Cold Magic (which I reviewed here after my first read) and I’m currently in the middle of J. Kent Holloway‘s Primal Thirst so I don’t have a new review for you today, but I do have a bit of zombie fun to share.

First of all, as soon as I finished Cold Magic, I remembered tidbits of foreshadowing here and there leading up to the story’s conclusion and I had the sneaking suspicion that there were even more that I missed, so I turned back to the front and started again. I wasn’t disappointed. It was a lot of fun to uncover these clues and see other details woven through the story that I had missed before. In a brief Twitter exchange with Kate, she confirmed that she does indeed write her books “so they can be enjoyed on a re-read with things that might be missed the first time.” In Cold Magic, that was definitely the case for me.

In regard to Primal Thirst, I am enjoying the book so far and look forward to bringing a review of that one soon.

Now, on to the zombie news I promised you. In my travels through the virtual hyperspace that is the Internet, I came across the Zombies, Run! game, a smartphone app created for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android.

This immersive running game pipes through your headphones an interactive story via orders and voice recordings. As you run, the app works with your activity level, providing impetus to travel even faster lest the zombies catch up with you and eat your brains. It works anywhere, and at any speed, whether you are jogging, running, walking, or even on a treadmill.

The game works on two levels. As you go, you collect items like medicine, batteries and ammo, which, once you reach home, you assign to soldiers or doctors, determining where extra defenses are needed and the like. The more you play, the larger your base, and the more levels you can unlock.

It will even work with your own music playlist, interjecting messages between music tracks.

The Zombies, Run! app is $7.99 and can be found here:  iPhone/iPod Touch or Android. If you want to see for yourself how it works, the developers have posted a video on their website here.

Need motivation to get out there and get some exercise? This might be just the thing. I’m seriously thinking about getting it with the iTunes gift card I have in my wallet. Hey, it might work. Exercise and fun all at the same time sounds interesting!

For now, get out there and get some exercise — and may the odds be ever in your favor. Oh, wait…I think I got that somewhere else — I don’t seem to recall any zombies in Hunger Games. But either way, the threat of death can be motivating, whether real or playfully imagined.

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