Book Review: Eddie And The Kingdom by Damian Trasler

Book Review: Eddie And The King­dom by +Damian Trasler

I was look­ing forward to read­ing this book (is it a novella or a novel­ette I can never remem­ber the word lengths?) basi­cally from the moment I read the preview chap­ters in Damian’s previ­ous short story collec­tion.

That can be a danger­ous thing, because expec­ta­tions have a way of build­ing unrea­son­ably. Fortu­nately in this case the story didn’t seem to suffer from any assump­tions or daydream­ing on my part.

The set up is simple enough. Edddie has managed to survive the zombie apoc­a­lypse mainly by keep­ing his head down and think­ing things through. He’s rela­tively content (all things consid­ered) with the home he’s set up for himself and doesn’t really seem to have any long term goals.

All of which gets thrown into chaos when he first rescues Jackie from a horde of zombies and then finds out about the King­dom of Denby which it seems is about to swal­low up his fortress of soli­tude.

And things build natu­rally from there. The rela­tion­ship between Eddie and Jackie is an inter­est­ing one and it changes over the course of the story in some inter­est­ing ways.

The whole zombie apoc­a­lypse setting is one that’s been done, re-done and then picked apart in recent years but the use here in Eddie and the King­dom feels reason­ably fresh. Perhaps because it really is just a back­drop for the char­ac­ters and the zombies never become the focus of the story.

Eddie comes across as a very ordi­nary person. He’s not a hero. He’s compe­tent and has a strong survival instinct but he has blind spots and strug­gles to sepa­rate his emotional reac­tion to things from what his brain tells him is the logi­cal action.

The story takes a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. But not in a way that gives you whiplash. They feel natural and inter­est­ing, not surpris­ing just for the sake of it.

But that actu­ally leads to my frus­tra­tion on getting to the end of the story. One of those twists doesn’t feel like it was fully explored.

Don’t get me wrong, the story is complete. The story is Eddie and the ending is a logi­cal conclu­sion to the char­ac­ter arc he is set on at the begin­ning.

But.… but.  There’s so much poten­tial that doesn’t get touched on here. I’m not talk­ing about some epic story of discov­er­ing what caused the zombies. I’m talk­ing about that central rela­tion­ship between Eddie and Jackie.

There’s a lot of meat there left undi­gested. I demand a sequel.

Eddie And The King­dom — http://​amzn​.to/​1​d​2​G​ISt

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