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1st To Die notes; Chapters 3 & 4

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 3

This author drops his bombshells early in the game.
Lindsay has a rare condition – Negli’s aplastic anaemia. Which her G.P., Dr. Roy Orenthaler assures his patient, can be fatal if not treated successfully and perhaps this may be the real reason for her behaviour during the prologue. Difficult to say, since I’ve only just met Lindsay.
Dr Roy, is being as honest as possible, without the sugar coating. Continue reading


The Gates notes; chapters 3 to 5

The Gates

Chapter 3; In Which We Learn About Particle Accelerators, and the Playing of “Battleships”
I’m introduced to two scientists who, when slightly bored, aren’t very scientific and play battleships when things get a little dull (how anything can be dull at the Large Hadron Collider is anyone’s guess), while unbeknownst to them, evil things are afoot in the LHC. Lurking and waiting.

The LHC was a particle accelerator, the largest ever constructed: a device for smashing protons together in a vacuum, consisting of 1,600 electromagnets chilled to -271 degrees Celsius (or, to you and me, “Crumbs, that’s really cold! Anybody got a sweater I can borrow?”), producing a powerful electromagnetic field.

There’s quite a decent overall of what happens in a particle accelerator and why anyone would want to use one, should the reader be interested. Written in the same layman’s manner injected with humour, as before.
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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 4

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 4
More back history for Jaz’s character, (specifically her worst childhood memory – her 10th birthday), and of her family.
During this memory, I learn that Dad was an active soldier serving in the first Desert Storm campaign, her sister Evie cries whenever Jasmine cries and that the young Jasmine had to contend with a particularly vindictive twelve year old neighbour at the Quantico base where they lived.
A lesson is hard-learned at this stage in young Jasmine’s life.

…nothing ever goes according to plan. Nothing. Not ever.

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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 4, Jesika Hendricks.

This young woman has lost her family, and yet tries not to think bitter thoughts. I’d like to think that makes her a good person, or at the very least, a compassionate person.
No, maybe being compassionate is the better deal.
Being a good person relies too heavily on what other people think of you as a person, defined by society’s rules.
Compassion may be what allows her to continue to help clearing Canada’s lands of dismembered body parts, regardless of her own personal tragedy.


Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 5, Mary Jo Miller.

Considering pre-war, Mary was just another typical mother/worker, she’s shown herself to be a smart lassie.
Yeah, she helped build & manage Troy but her views; she accepts her share of the blame, for the mismanagement of those early days. She and her family were one of those that bought into Phalanx, she believed in the fallacy of a cure.
She knows different now and it shows in her final comments.

At least we’re cleaning up our own mess, and maybe that’s the best epitaph to hope for. “Generation Z, they cleaned up their own mess.”

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World War Z notes; Total War chapter 4

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 7, Total War; Chapter 4, Father Sergei Ryzhkov.

So Russia has turned itself into a Holy religious state.
I have never really understood religion. Faith, yes. Sometimes faith in someone or something is all you have in the dark, be it a loved one or science or God. Religion, for me, has always been confusing. School and parents indoctrinate their children before the poor kids can even write their names, how can they possibly understand God when the concept of death is totally foreign.
It is with this lifelong odd feeling that I read this chapter.
Father Ryzhkov explains the after-effects of Russia’s decimations, how it’s soldiers would perform any task but would never again to be ordered to kill a fellow soldier. Under any circumstances, including infection.
Of how the senior officers took up this grisly task, with drastic effects. Suicides were the most common after-effect, followed by desertion.
I think the worst kind of suicide that the Father mentions, is that of “suicide by combat”. An increasingly desperate soldier, trying to find peace by the hands & teeth of a ghoul. Actively seeking at a macabre death, and a painful one. As if the pain of being ripped apart might atone for the unforgivable act of killing a comrade, regardless of his of her’s infected status.
I can see why the hierarchy decided to let these poor soldiers take their own lives. Sometimes in the company of groups, like some twisted head of a cult group; focused on the idea of a mass suicide.

Father Ryzhkov was a member of the 32nd Motor Rifle division, one with the oldest kind of Russia’s stockpiled, antiquated weaponry. He admits that many rounds of ammunition were duds, that’s why the amount of soldiers who became infected was so high.
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