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1st To Die notes; Chapters 5 to 7

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 5

Detective Inspector Lindsay Boxer is called to the scene of the homicide, protocol is followed even though she is still reeling from her doctor’s appointment.

I kept hearing the doctor’s words sounding over and over in my head. In severe cases, Negli’s can be fatal.

The reader is then following her as she approaches the Mandarin Suite and the final resting place of David and Melanie Brandt. 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.

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 5

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 5
Sensitivity to vampires comes with an unerring sense of direction. Ho-kay. It seems these skills came along after, whatever incident I still don’t know about and come on! give me a hint. Jaz is CIA now, did she bodge a mission which maybe came with a whack against the skull? It would explain the blackouts she now has to cope with.
At least this new internal GPS allows her to get back to the pink suite at the “Diamond Suites”.

What?! Vayl is afraid of snakes? Phobias. A few of them. Continue reading

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

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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 5

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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 5, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Choi.

I was beginning to wonder if the resources were available to hunt down all those underwater ghouls. Seems that’s the job for Michael Choi and others like him.
I don’t like the idea of donning a mesh suit or other such combat gear. Not underwater. Where there are still millions of them. They to calculate that there are somewhere between twenty and thirty million ghouls. Some washing up on shore or being caught in fishing nets, the majority still remaining in the oceans. Unfortunately they don’t rot, what fish in their right mind would want to try eating a zombie.
Like animals, they know that something is wrong with the ghouls and do their best to avoid them. The human population can’t afford to, and resorts to hunting them.
I think they are attributing too much to the ghouls, I don’t think they would have any way of predicting their movements. The ghouls don’t think, they just eat. They swarm where the food is and keep moving about until food is located.

Hunting them using Atmospheric Diving Suits, ADS, is preferable to scuba gear.
Unfortunately the Master Chief has seen or heard of many a diver having to surface too quickly and then succumbing to the bends. Being attacked by zombies with no escape other than surfacing is a terrifying prospect. A simple spear gun isn’t going to prevent Zack from trying to get your insides on your outsides, regardless of manoeuvrability.
However, who wants to die screaming into their demand valve (of their diving regulator) and who wants to pull of the mask of a diver who has died in such a manner. Continue reading this post

World War Z notes; Around The World And Above chapter 5

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

Part 6, Around The World And Above; Chapter 5, Sensei Tomonaga Ijiro.

Sensei Tomonaga, a victim of the H-Bomb, a survivor of it’s destructive power. Totally sightless, thanks to the image of the bomb burning out his retinas. He is, & will forever be, “hibakusha”.

In Japan, hibakusha, “survivors of the bomb,” occupied a unique rung in our nation’s social ladder.

Pre-war, this meant he was considered a social outcast. He believed that his blindness made him even more of a burden, not only to his family but to all of society. He was politely refused employment because of his disability. An unjust situation and I can understand his constant feelings of unworthiness & suicide endeavours. It is not his fault, it is merely society’s manner of brainwashing. Even in the West, people are expected to think & feel in a particular manner and to never question if it truly is the right way. Thankfully, Sensei Tomonaga stayed his hand. Deep within him, regardless of his desire to do the “honourable thing”, his sub-conscience found a reason to live.

In Sapporo, I met an Ainu gardener, Ota Hideki. The Ainu are Japan’s oldest indigenous group, and even lower on our social ladder than the Koreans.

If memory serves, the Ainu were treated quite harshly & inhumanely during World War II, it is fitting then that these two outcasts should find each other.
Ota-san kindly teaches Sensei Tomonaga many things, even employing him when no-one else will. Were it not for Ota-san, this poor wretched self-loathing man would have perished given either time or the presence of the infected.
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World War Z notes; Home Front USA chapters 4 & 5

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

Part 5, Home Front USA; Chapter 4, Roy Elliot.

Roy’s tale is very different from the previous tales.
Unlike some other refugees who are deemed an F-6, a person of no useful skill-set, he manages to find a use for his pre-war vocation. That of a film maker.
He explains about a condition now labelled as ADS.

Asymptomatic Demise Syndrome, or, Apocalyptic Despair Syndrome, depending on who you were talking to.

How this condition had cost the lives of hundreds of people every day, simply because these poor souls had lost the will to try. They were not suicide cases. So many people had finally found a safe area to rest their weary bodies and simply did not wake up again.
Roy found a way to use his old skill-set to do some good for a lot of people who were suffering from ADS.
His landmark movie “Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges”, made quite the difference. It was not an immediate effect on the communities where the movie was shown, but it had the effect of a pebble in a lake. A ripple effect.

As it turns out, the very night after Avalon made its “debut,” ADS cases dropped in LA by a whole 5 percent!

That ripple effect only grew with time.
What is truly amazing about Roy is that he had no funding but his own money, no endorsement from the officials. The government either didn’t see the importance of what Roy was attempting or simply didn’t have the time & resources to plan it all out. They had a monumental task ahead of them and Roy’s proposition would have gotten lost in a sea of requests.
Luckily Roy had his own pool of resources to tap in to, namely his former associates of camera operatives, film editors, sound editors & so on.
With the growing success of his Avalon film, Roy then sought to expand. More films were made & like the first, produced en mass & distributed as far & wide as possible.
Roy and his colleagues had so much success with giving hope to the people that the government had no choice but to pay attention, not only to Roy’s films but to the ADS problem as a whole.
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