It’s Friday: Rise of the Mudmen

Rise of the Mudmen by James FW Thompson

Blurb from Amazon: Alex used to believe that bad things didn’t happen on sunny days…but now he knows better. On an otherwise normal October day, his neighborhood becomes a place of horror. Missing parents, a chaotic evacuation and a school in flames are only the beginning of a nightmarish world overrun by bloodthirsty creatures–creatures who were once neighbours, friends, and family. Thrown together by chance with no adults coming to their rescue, Alex, Nicole, David and Kaitlyn must rely on themselves and each other to survive. As they struggle to defend themselves, create a safe haven, and learn to work together, they discover that there’s more than one kind of enemy…and that sometimes the worst ones come from within… Set in Cape Breton in 1986, Rise of the Mudmen will take you back to a time that never was.

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I was so excited to read this book! It is set in the year a graduated from high school, in the city I grew up in! It has a YA flavour to the writing, and there are some pretty gory parts. Review to follow, but I wanted to share some excerpts to give you a taste of this apocalyptic novel.


Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.





The story starts off with description of creatures (we aren’t told what exactly) chasing a female in the forest, which turns out to be part of a TV show. I’ll jump in just after that part and get right into the story.

Just as suddenly as it began, it was over with a quick flip of the dial.

“Hey,” Alex said, “I was watching that!”

Shadow, his black lab, woke up with a jerk at the sudden noise, Alex had hoped she might take more of an interest in her canine relatives, but evidently the show was too long for her.

“Yeah, I noticed,” his dad replied. “But it’s supper time, and I don’t want you getting any ideas.”

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from page 56:

Occasionally people were released and sent through the tunnel to the Colby side. They came wrapped in splints, or with fresh stitches, or just bandaged and were sent to the sleeping areas that, earlier that day, had been elementary classrooms.

“I bet if I could just get in there,” Nicole said, motioning to the guarded door of St. Joseph’s, “I could find out whatever we wanted to know.”

“Wow,” David said flatly. “You are really going to figure this all out for us, huh? My hero.”


What do you think? Is this a book you’d be interested in reading?

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!