Dying to Live: Life Sentence

Dying to Live: Life Sentence

by Kim Paffenroth

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BN ID: 2940148274926
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Series: Dying to Live , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 399,447
File size: 580 KB

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Dying to Live 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As far as he knows, which he admits to himself during his lonely muses as very little, Jonah Caine wonders if he is the last human alive? Wherever he travels he finds zombies whom he tries to avoid not always successfully. Jonah feels the solitude eating away at him at time though he is a loner by nature. This is compounded by survivor¿s guilt and he wonders if staying alive is worse than letting the zombies go at him.---------------- After months of finding no one, Jonah miraculously meets a small commune of humans hiding in a museum. After telling his tale of woe, Jonah is accepted without a second thought by the leaders Jack, Tanya, Popcorn and Milton, but first he must undergo a religious rite of initiation involving a pilgrimage into the realm of the Undead.-------------- This is an interesting tale of survival in which those who still live establish new rites of passage in a post-apocalyptic world owned by the living dead. The fascinating story line focuses on the rituals that include risking one¿s life while proving one¿s worth by a willingness to slice off the heads of the undead. Although the museum encampment seems filled with too much rapport and positive vibes especially in the situation they find themselves in, fans of zombie thrillers will appreciate this deep look at a small group of humans simply DYING TO LIVE in a world gone to hell.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any zombie fan ever read day by day armegeddon? If not read it because this book is pretty much an exact copy of it and is much better than this pile of rotting crap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The world has been taken over by the walking dead, some people call them flesh eating monsters, while the word, Zombie is more commonly used. Only a few living humans are left and they must ban together to repopulate and rebuild what is left of this Hell on Earth. Jonah Caine knows his wife and child have crossed over to the side of the undead, he just prays he does not run across them only to slay their rotting corpses. Living in tree houses for nearly a year and foraging what he can from homes and stores seems to be working. When Jonah finds himself surrounded by the Zombies he fears the worst. Thank heavens someone was looking out for him and was prepared to risk the lives of others in order to save him. Inside the Museum of Science and History was a community of the few survivors, they all opened their arms to Jonah and sooner than expected Jonah became comfortable with them as well. He made a few good friends like Jack, Sarah, Tanya, and the very strange but useful Milton. Milton possessed a gift, a gift that would possibly give everyone a chance at life....once again. When Jonah joins a few of his friends on the search for more living people, they are captured and held hostage by the inmates of the prison. Jonah knows they may not escape, especially when he smells the putrid smell of death walking. Can Jonah escaped with the help of his new friends, or will he die only to be reborn to something so sinister and dark, the devil himself will shy away? Kim Paffenroth entwines the want to live with blood and gore. This book is violent, bloody, and somewhat sickening. A true horror novel at its best. The few main characters could have a little more detail, I easily pictured the grotesque Zombies but I could not conjure up in my mind Jonah's image or Jack's for that matter. There was always excitement happening and not one moment in this novel did the characters let their guards down. Dying To Live is a novel any horror reader would enjoy, and possibly read many times over. So if you're looking for a good novel to read in a haunted house this Halloween or anytime for that matter, then I suggest you get to the nearest bookstore and pick up your copy today...you never know when Zombies will invade the world and time will run out. 4 Hearts
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I've seen a lot of zombie movies and read a lot of zombie books. Dying to Live blows them all out of the water. It's intense, thrilling and easy to get wrapped up in. The perfect book to get you in the Halloween spirit.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Dying to Live, both the original and this book, the sequel, are heralded as "the intelligent man's zombie novel" and I can't think of a better description than that. The second book picks up twelve years after the first as Zoey, the baby rescued at the end of the first book, prepares to be inducted into life as an adult-in-training. Between Jack, Will (aka Popcorn) and Milton (the other zombie Christ figure) the survivors have branched out quite a bit from their initial encampment in a museum. Now part of a prosperous town, with the zombie threat so far diminished that terror and survival has given way to a ritualistic reverence of the ambulatory dead, Zoey concentrates with precocious skill on the nature of their existence and surviving in a new kind of world. As she faces danger from zombies and other humans she slices into the nature of the people around her (dead, living and somewhere between) with a painfully keen intellect. Harder-core horror fans shouldn't be disappointed. Through the commentary on human nature there are fights, gore, moaning undead and more. There are also peculiar things happening among the dead, including a pair of zombies who seem to remember their lives before death, and who refuse to be dismissed as mere mindless creatures of hunger. Truman, once a philosophy professor, now a dead man, challenges the town's perceptions of the creatures who destroyed the world with his refusal to eat flesh and his joy of reading. And because Paffenroth himself is a shrewd flayer of human behavior, there are not-so-subtle reminders that the walking dead are far less sinister than the living who embrace cruelty and savagery. It's very readable, smooth and insightful. Intelligently horrific and outright beautiful in places, it's a must-read for zombie fans looking for something more than a zombie uprising story of a motley crew being picked off one by one.
magnumpigg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Engrossing read with empathetic characters and a style that is surprisingly literate (Surprisingly? Let's face it, zombie books aren't meant to be the pinnacle of literature). Certain scenes are very memorable and, not to raise spoilers but referred to obliquely, they are: the initiation; the rooftop; the smoke trail. You¿ll know to what I am referring once you¿ve read it. If I have any criticism, and, oh, it is so very minor, is that the religious symbolism in the midst of the smoke trail scene is a little too¿um, apparent; I think if it had been shrouded just a little more it would have been better.
MJ_Crow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dying to Live is Kim Paffenroth's first novel and quite an outstanding first attempt. The story follows Jonah Caine who is the all-in-one underdog, hero, and saint. Wandering, alone, across the apocalyptic terrain Jonah eventually joins up with a group that has holed up in a museum. The group is lead by Milton, who the rest of the group looks up to as some sort of messiah. Jack, on the other hand is tactical and logistical leader of the group. From their first meeting, Jonah and the museum folks fight the undead and other evil in the world just to have a merger existence. Dying to Live is by no means a simple zombie bash. No, it also takes a page from Paffenroth's Gospel of The Dead and is very much an examination of humanity. Many comparisons are made between the living and undead. This quote (taken from memory, so I hope it is correct) "We are not evil, just dumb and clumsy" highlights this aspect of the book. The living, just like the unliving, are prone to be dumb and clumsy. Often Jonah struggles with killing the zombies, as he still identifies with them. He also observes that in many ways that the living are much more cruel than the dead. Also, those who read the biblical story of Jonah & the novel Moby-Dick will see some familiar ideas. For instance the beginning of the book will surely remind you of Moby-Dick, while later; the story of Jonah is invoked. While Dying to Live is the most intellectually stimulating zombie novel I have ever read, fear not, there is plenty of action, gore, and fright to go around. There are some very well described combat sequences, some downright frightening parts, and one particular scene during Frank's story that will both make you sick to your stomach and scare the crap out of you. Dying to Live is an absolute great piece of writing that will both stimulate your mind and deliver the action and gore that we all love so much. With this book Kim Paffenroth shows that there is more to zombie fiction than eating flesh and killing with head shots. Dying to Live is a welcome break from the typical zombie book and the new favorite on the top of my list.
jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh. Rather mediocre tale of a world ravaged by zombies. Solo survivor finds others, joins community, thinks all is well till the meet another group of survivors that remind them all that people can be the worst monster. Not alot of depth in story or complexity to the characters. At least it was a fast and easy read.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I saw this book on Amazon and was intrigued by the title.....Dying To Live: A Novel of Life Among the Undead. I read the short synopsis and decided that I wanted to read it. Good choice for myself. Seeing that I have enjoyed David Moody's Autumn series, I figured that this was going to be somewhat the same kind of story. I always enjoy a good zombie book (and movie too, as long as there are no cheesy effects!). Well, this book follows the lives (or attempted lives) of a survivers of a plague that killed most of the world's population and made them the living dead. The action has already taken place when the story starts out. So right from the beginning we're following a lone surviver, Jonah, who thinks that he is the last. We go with him on his journey of killing the occasional zombie while making his way through the baren lands and then he finds more survivors hiding in a museum because he sees writing on a wall that say: ARE YOU DYING TO LIVE OR LIVING TO DIE? (Hence the title of this post......). This book contains lots of action and other obstacles that the survivors have to face that are not of the undead! Please if you like zombies, go out and grab this one. This is an attention grabber and keeps you turning the pages again and again!
Skout on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great & refreshing work ... They call it the thinking man's zombie novel ... I must say I enjoyed the cerebral aspects of the story - along with the standard fast-paced horror fare ... Definitely would recommend this book.
skiewulfy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rather than flowing as a continuous narrative, the book stalls through episodic encounters and cliched character introductions. This can be forgiven, due to the pulp nature of the zombie genre. What can't be forgiven is the arbitrary final act that has characters so two dimensionally evil, they defy suspension of disbelief, while failing even to give the characters a worthy nemesis.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Five out of ten.

One man believes his is the lone survivor of a zombie outbreak and struggles to come to terms with what and why it all happens. Except he is not alone - and one day he happens upon another group of survivors and learns that maybe the zombies weren't so bad after all.

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steelyshan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Its not just a 'run around scared and shoot zombies" book. It was a real social commentary about how our lives intermingle, the good and the bad in everyone, and the way people react when grouped together. This is a book that really breaks the mold of typical horror fiction and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a bit more that nightmare and adrenaline.
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wicker762 More than 1 year ago
This book, the third in the Dying to Live line, was an excellent read. I've found Kim Paffenroth's books to read a bit differently (style and his thought process) but I've also found this to be a refreshing change. These books are a unique take on the Zombie theme that will make you think about larger issues. If you're looking for more than just another apocalyptic work then you've come to the right place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good writing, interesting, kinda slow at times.
1-Angry-Man More than 1 year ago
The author admits his main influnces are the Bible and Dante's Inferno and you can tell because he quotes them about every other page, a little annoying. The story pulled me in right away but came to an aprupt ending, but what can you expect for 180 pages.
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AngelinnaJolie More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy watching George Romero,Resident Evil films then ,,,Kim Paffenroth Trilogy "Dying To Live" is a Must Read. Warning you will get Addicted One of the Best Trilogy I have read .Great Work........ *** Bram Stoker Award ****
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TraceyD More than 1 year ago
This is just one of those zombie books you should really read. This is the first zombie book I'd ever read at the time, and i really enjoyed it. I love the characters, the gore, and Milton definitely gives this story a twist!
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