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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Seven Habits is definitely not your traditional zombie novel. It

    Seven Habits is definitely not your traditional zombie novel. It was so close to being an absolutely amazing read for me, but there was just one thing that irked me. The book begins with Bosley talking to detectives about the strange turn of events that lead him to their interrogation room. Bosley's chapters are written like a conversation, but we only ever get Bosley's side of the story. I was intrigued by the style, but initially felt a strong distaste towards the fact that this man got his time traveling powers through the heavy, and I mean HEAVY use of drugs. Drugs give you super powers!? Interesting concept, but not one I am entirely comfortable with. It very nearly put me off of the entire book. That is, until I read my first chapter about Ocean.

    Ocean is a fourteen year old girl of the future who has never known a world other than the post-apocalyptic one she was born into. As the synopsis says, she suffers daily in her search for food, water, and comfort. I was irrevocably pulled into the story when Ocean was forced to kill her mother to survive. This is where my entire perspective on this book shifted and I realized there was a world of depth here that I had only begun to uncover. I looked forward to each of her chapters with increasing intensity as the story went on.

    More often than not, I can make a fairly accurate guess at the final plot twist the author is hinting at throughout the book, but this time, I was caught completely by surprise. I can't really go into it without giving away any spoilers, but I can say that what actually was going on with the underground clan was much more horrific than anything I had guessed at. When it comes to Ocean's story and the final plot twist I have to give Rose a standing ovation. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

    One other thing that I really loved about Seven Habits is that it had me questioning Bosley's sanity for half of the book. Taking in the fact that he had been under the influence of a massive amount of drugs and his attitude toward the events leading up to his arrest, I was very nearly convinced he was a psychotic serial killer who had created this fantasy to justify what he had done. I absolutely love a book that keeps me guessing, that keeps my mind racing trying to figure out what is really going on. If you do to, this is really the book for you.

    The Final Verdict: I'm really not a fan of making druggies heroes, but honestly it works here in the end. Bosley becomes quite loveable throughout the course of the book and the final twist had me near to tears. The duel stories being told here are some of the most compelling and emotionally visceral I have read all year. The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective People is on my zombie essentials reading list. If you love zombies, or just thrilling storytelling, than this should be your next read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Most of the time you can guess at the final plat but this one ca

    Most of the time you can guess at the final plat but this one caught me totally offguard. The author bypasses the normal zombie stereotypes and focuses on the character developments. The story is set in two timelines. Bosley Coughlin, a druggy, who is able to cross the plains of existence and see into the past and future. And Ocean who is a young girl trying to survive in the future where zombies roam the streams. I found the book to combine all the elements..horror, science fiction and suspense, but just a bit slow in the beginning to grasp. Once you got passed the first chapter and understand the character was interacting with you, it rounds out nicely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    Life for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things t

    Life for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's something about him that sets him apart from everyone else. You see, he can travel through time. He's never sure as to where he'll end up whenever Time comes to claim him, but the things he experiences wherever he goes leave him scarred for life. Most especially since he's repeatedly given glimpses of how the world will end soon enough. Mind you, it's not pretty.

    With every trip he takes, he becomes privy to the circumstances that lead to the Earth's demise. Chaos and destruction now reign supreme. Cold, callous beings, shells of those formerly living, now walk the streets, eager to prey on unsuspecting souls. Falling into their hands guarantees a quick, merciless death, a certainty survivors now do their best to avoid.

    Bosley knows what caused the apocalypse. He was there from the beginning. Clarice Hudson has been an integral part in contributing to man's downfall, something he did his best to avoid. Beautiful and alluring, he knows she's unaware of the demons that now exist inside her. Everything about her calls out to him, yet that's a luxury he can never give in to.

    The girl is tainted and it's up to him to fix the situation before it can get out of hand. It's the only way he can ensure that his beloved Ocean can lead a normal life within the dark and murky world she now lives in. Her very existence depends on him taking matters into his own hands. For her, he will do anything. For her, he will make things right, if only to give her that fighting chance she so very much deserves.

    This book hooked me in from the very beginning. William's style of writing is so engrossing that it catches the reader off the bat. I had a hard time putting the book down once I got started. He's painted such vivid picture of a world spiraling into madness. A world where the undead are everywhere and those left remaining must do everything they can to survive. I totally recommend the story - a gripping tale that will leave you wanting to read more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Bosley Coughlin is a stoner. If it's an illegal drug; he's tried

    Bosley Coughlin is a stoner. If it's an illegal drug; he's tried it. One day he gets hooked up with some premium grade weed and combined with his previous drug use, he becomes a time traveler. Thing is, the pharmacological titan can only time travel mentally, not physically. So while he can use the Aeons to move about through time, it's basically as an observer. It's like being Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol", only without actually being there.
    The problem our resident Stoner Claus has is two-fold: He can see the future to the fall of civilization and the Hell on earth that results, plus he can see one of its causes in the present. His present situation, observing Clarice Bleeping Hudson, revolves around the seven signs that mark one's transition from human to zombie.

    The story switches between Bosley in the present and Ocean, a 14-year old girl in future who lives in what remains of the human race. Both story lines advance at a steady rate, though the story in the present is marked by Bosley's asides to whomever he is telling the story. Bosley's storytelling brings you along and gives you hope that Ocean's life can be changed for the better.

    Overall, the book has good pacing and is a decent read. Some readers may have an objection to someone with a drug habit as a hero. In an attempt to bring something fresh to the genre, I have no objections to the use of the anti-hero trope. Many of the heroes of the genre have their own flaws, but while Bosley has a drug habit, he manages to hold down a job and otherwise comports himself as a law-abiding citizen.
    Surprisingly, there are very few actual zombies (in fact, I don't even recall the word zombie being used in the book). But, the slow transformation of Clarice Hudson from attractive woman to savage beast is interesting to watch.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for a zombie gore-fest, you won't find it here. These seven habits involve more drama and horror.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Enjoyable, early-career-ish zombie novel by an author worth foll

    Enjoyable, early-career-ish zombie novel by an author worth following

    (Please note that I always give three stars: if I could, I wouldn't give stars at all and would just write the review. Always giving three stars is my compromise.)

    Fans of zombie stories and stark, stage-style settings should enjoy this novel. The main narrative appeal are the voices of the two main characters, one of whom is very emotionally appealing, the other of whom is interestingly "cosmic" and quirky. The settings are drawn simply, cleanly, and effectively. 

    The limits of the novel, which I felt were sufficiently overcome by its strengths, were that the sometimes-incoherent voice of the main character didn't always earn its cosmic weirdness, and lacked some emotional resonance because of it. Earning that character was always going to be the main challenge of writing this novel, though, and the author is more often successful than not.

    At its best, this novel reminded me of Jim Thompson; quirky, dramatic first-person narrative carried by one main, unique voice. Where it falls a bit flat are its slightly-too-typical settings and not-quite-managed but extremely high-difficulty main character voice.

    I am not the biggest fan of zombie stories, but I will continue to watch this author for interesting books as his career develops.

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