The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life

The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life

  • The Walking Dead Volume 6 This Sorrowful Life
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. Trapped in a town surrounded by madmen, Rick must find a way out or die trying. Meanwhile, back at the prison, the rest of the survivors come to grips with the fact Rick may be dead, and a major turning point in the series is reached. Reprint Edition

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Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent (The Walking Dead Series)

Written by Jay Bonansinga, based on the original series created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: Descent follows the events of The Fall of the Governor, and Lilly Caul's struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor's shocking demise.

Out of the ashes of its dark past, Woodbury, Georgia, becomes an oasis of safety amidst the plague of the walking dead - a town reborn in the wake of its former tyrannical leader, Philip Blake, aka The Governor. Blake's legacy of madness haunts every nook and cranny of this little walled community, but Lilly Caul and a small ragtag band of survivors are determined to overcome their traumatic past... despite the fact that a super-herd is closing in on them. This vast stampede of zombies, driven

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3 Responses to The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life

  1. Lucretia Katz says:
    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    I enjoy the comic books and love the television series, December 1, 2014
    Lucretia Katz (Farmington, MO) –

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    I gave this novel one star because Amazon doesn’t allow a score of zero stars.

    Let me begin by stating that I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead and the universe in which the characters exist. I enjoy the comic books and love the television series. But, as a reader, I much prefer novels. Therefore, I was delighted when the first novel, Rise of the Governor, was released in October 2011. While nobody could claim the novel is great literature, it was entertaining and a solid parallel to the comic books. Novels 2 through 4 were equally enjoyable (even though I was a bit miffed about 3 and 4 being split).

    However, novel 5 “Descent” is AWFUL! The new characters are weak, one-dimensional, and downright moronic. The recurrent characters, except Bob, behave as though they’ve learned nothing since the inception of the zombie apocalypse. Furthermore, even though the entire premise of The Walking Dead universe requires the reader to stretch his or her imagination to its limits, there is so much in this book that I just couldn’t stretch my imagination to accept (such as Bob’s ability to create the underground safe haven).

    This installment is simply a money grab that takes advantage of a loyal fan base who, until now, would buy anything that includes “The Walking Dead” in its title. But, after this installment, stick a fork in me. I’m done.


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  2. AudioBook Reviewer says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent was a subtly tense flight from the zombie horde, November 5, 2014
    AudioBook Reviewer (Madison, WI, United States) –

    Now I do not think that it is a coincidence that this fifth book of the Walking Dead Novels came out within days of the new season of the TV show. I have been waiting a long time for both to come out and I really hope it has been worth the wait. As you and I both know hype and anticipation can sometimes kill something from being successful.

    I for see this one to be more about, the Governor’s dead, now what? With Lilly taking the reins. Other than that I am not so sure where the story will go. Rebuilding Woodburry? Venturing out to create a new society? Pretty much wide open for Kirkman to create with a clean slate.

    A zombie horde of hundreds, maybe thousands is what Lilly, Bob and the rest have to deal with. Woodburry is destroyed, the Governor’s dead. Now is the time for our ragtag group to create something new.

    Without going into a summary of the story I will say there were low points and high points. This is definitely a transition book, you the sometimes painfully slow and confusing. Doing little more than to build story lines for future books.

    Kirkman and Bonansinga have mastered the evolution of deep and expansive characters within these several books. Along with that they have been able to create a sense of urgency, despair and terror within my mind. Always thinking I know what is going to happen next and turning left when I thought it was going to go right. Keeping the listener on their toes or ears?

    Decent was a subtly tense flight from the zombie horde. With exquisite action sequences, all the gore that one expects from the novels. Sure there were some sleep and WTF moments, however I will continue to be an fan of this franchise. Just keep them coming.

    Oh Fred Berman how I have missed thee. He is one of the narrators that I love to listen to and he did not disappoint here. I would go as far to say that this is one of if not his best performance I have heard to date.

    Characterizations done to perfection, emotional injection superb. Making be believe that he is in the middle of everything going on. Expressing the torment so well. Berman’s slightly raspy imperfect voice lending so well to the zombie apocalypse.

    Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.


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  3. Sam S. says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not as good as the others. I’m tired of hearing “cyclone fence” & “cordite”, August 20, 2015
    Sam S. (Kansas) –

    I started out really liking the series, but as the books have gone on, they’ve started to become repetitive.

    By now you know as soon as they describe an interaction between one of the main characters and member of the opposite sex, which men she’ll want to hook up with next. 4 books and 3 romantic relationships. She doesn’t even let the bodies cool before she’s crawling on people.

    This book goes off the main path a bit and has some interesting thoughts that haven’t been addressed before. It’s a major fiction story, so it’s hard to say something isn’t believable. However there are a few things here that when you consider all the rest of the WD universe, they seem far fetched, or they don’t fit in? Does that make any sense? It’s kind of like when cousin Oliver showed up on the Brady Bunch. It just leaves you thinking WTF is going on?!

    You know how the main characters are, but when they walk into a scene, they’re completely described again. Martinez is described as wearing a camo jacket and bandanda. So every time they have him enter a scene, instead of saying “Martinez walked up” they say, “a figure appears, it’s a large male, wearing a salvation army jacket and bandana over his long black hair”. The book would be half as long if they got rid of that.

    Another annoyance that has really gotten to me as I am almost done with the last book in the series. I realize there are only a few ways to describe certain things, but the same words are used nearly every time something is mentioned.

    Every gun fight smells like cordite.
    Things are bright as phosphorus
    Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence, Cyclone Fence
    salvation army clothing
    copper smell

    Just to name a few. There’s a term they use to describe the walker’s eyes, but I can’t think of it right now.

    Overall, they books have been really good filler while I wait for the new spinoff series to start.


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