The TV show the Walking Dead has created a very vivid world. I have always found Zombie stories fascinating since The Dawn of The Dead Movies were first aired on
TV. I happen to live in the area in the State of Georgia and see the topography depicted in the show, everyday. So I am always imagining the Walking Dead appearing before me.
When the novels first appeared at my public library I eagerly snatched them up. I am not a reader of comic books or graphic novels but have always enjoyed movies based on them.
I had hoped they might flesh out (pardon the pun) the back stories on some of the show's characters. Particularly, the late Governor.
The first two novels did a great job of giving you a feel for Woodbury and the Rise of the Governor. I loved the little asides for characterization of characters and the mix of zombie action and human reaction to the apocalypse.
The last two, which should be noted, were intended to be one novel originally, I struggled with a bit more.
Partly it was the glaring differences from the TV show's characters stories. It also far darker and the language quite salty.
After taking into consideration Robin's review of the comics, I reflected on the story and decided it had a very interesting ending.
I particularly enjoyed the character Lilly in the novels and her evolution as a character. I also liked the way the prison battle unfolded better than the TV show pulled off.
The novels offered an opportunity to understand more about the many characters presented than I have felt for many of the characters we have seen come and go on the show.
I would love to see some more novels set elsewhere in the world of the Walking Dead, although not necessarily written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.