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One Hater, our Hater, Danny, bounces from place to place, preferring to remain alone. He finds comfort in the shadows and the outskirts, believing that his ability to remain hidden, his hunger for killing, and his desire to find his 5 year old daughter Ellis is what has kept him alive this long. Yet, ironically enough, it's during his search for Ellis that Danny finds himself captured by a group of Unchanged people Can Haters be taught to control the urge to kill?
Will they ever be able to walk among the Unchanged and blend in with society again? David Moody creates a bleak and devastating world in which man has turned against man, where trust and companionship no longer live, a world of constant turmoil and chaos. He takes us deeper inside Danny's head and introduces us to the filthy, brutal life of a Hater. Though Danny appears to be selfish and self serving, we discover that looking out for number one is the only way to ensure ones existence. It's the new way of life, and one that most people quickly adapted to.
Brilliantly narrated, violent and ferocious, unlike anything I have read before it - With his Hater Trilogy, Moody ushers in the newest fiction monster craze! Moody's Haters are taking the world by force, and leaving a sea of bloody corpses in their wake. And their sights are set on you! A gigantic thank you goes out to author David Moody, who made these review copies available to me! May 05, Jo Anne B rated it really liked it. In the very beginning I felt the author took a cop out when he said it didn't matter what caused this to happen, it did, now we just have to deal with it.
I was looking for more of an explanation and this made me feel like the author couldn't explain it so he made it seem irrelevant to the characters in the book. Now, I praise Moody all the time for his books being realistic and if this were to happen I 3. Now, I praise Moody all the time for his books being realistic and if this were to happen I can bet people would still wonder how it happened despite also having to struggle just to survive everyday. It is not unimportant.
I just felt the author made it irrelevant so he didn't have to offer up any further explanation. That being said, I did enjoy the book. I was quite surprised at the turn of events. I thought the Haters and Unchanged were headed in a direction that turned out not to be the case.
It was for the better.
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This whole book Danny tries to find his daughter Ellis and he encounters some interesting people along the way such as Joseph and Sahota, who were pretty cool. We are also introduced to Mark, an Unchanged and follow him as he tries to survive the Haters with a pregnant girlfriend and in-laws housed up with them in some tiny apartment. Then they are forced to take in an Asian guy and are also taking care of some other woman. His part was not merely to show us the perspective from the Unchanged but to play a role with Danny later on in the book. After this encounter, the book gets really interesting and once again I didn't see that coming.
This and the ordeal with Joseph and Sahota were the best parts of the book. So this book continues the story of the Haters vs. Jun 01, Badseedgirl rated it liked it Shelves: This novel is still told from the viewpoint of our favorite anti-hero Danny McCoyne. It is some kind of a miracle worthy of a visit from the Commission of Miracles, Danny s not the biggest arsehole in this book.
Apparently becoming a Hater instantly turns a person into a giant murderous douche. Danny is actually one of the sensitive ones. Most of the novel is a run through and around England with Danny looking for his daughter Ellis. In the process we find out that apparently Haters come in different flavors. In their killing rage they will kill hater and unchanged alike. Did I mention they do it mindlessly?
Mar 29, Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it. Those inflicted by this vicious change of heart only feel satisfied when in the throes of violence and attacking the Unchanged. Complete annihilation has become the only thing that matters to people that were once very much like us. While the Unchanged—in an effort to continue some semblance of normal life—have moved into small-sequestered city centers trying to follow the safety in numbers survival rule.
Food is scarce; the system has completely broken down and in the few months since the change no place is safe. Danny McCoyne, infected by the Hate, has one challenge and a singular unstoppable goal, which is to find his five-year-old daughter. His single-minded goal has slightly separated him from the pack of killers making him more important to the leaders bent on destruction. The world has quickly turned into a post-apocalyptic night mare following a change in about a third of the population known simply as The Hate. The people infected with it are called haters. Those who have gone through the change have an overwhelming desire to kill those who have not.
The unchanged masses are pushed into secured areas patrolled by heavily-armed soldiers. Rations and living space are becoming more and more difficult to come by as any excursions out of the secure zones are general The world has quickly turned into a post-apocalyptic night mare following a change in about a third of the population known simply as The Hate. Rations and living space are becoming more and more difficult to come by as any excursions out of the secure zones are generally met with hordes of homicidal people attacking relentlessly.
The haters themselves are attempting to organize to better battle and eliminate the unchanged. For the most part, their people are simply roaming randomly from place to place to kill the unchanged as frequently as possible. We also find that the haters are not all the same. There are those among them who are much more aggressive and brutal, which is saying quite a bit with this bunch. The main character of this novel is Danny, a man who has evolved or devolved if you want to think of it that way into a hater. He is on a quest to locate his daughter, who he found to be like him in this series' first book; Hater.
Danny is attempting to track down his former spouse in order to locate his daughter in a post-apocalyptic war torn England. Needless to say, this is no easy task and there are numerous obstacles and distractions from his own kind and the unchanged. I have to say, this is my favorite book of Moody's thus far. It is well-written and easy to fly through. I found myself really enjoying the thoughts and actions of the main character and wanting to see what happened at the turn of each page.
The violence and action are both quick and easy to picture for the most part. Moody does not seem to feel that it is necessary to share every gory detail of every drop of blood shed and I am fine with that. It becomes dark and depressing at times. At other times you might find yourself filled with hope. Any of this can be shattered or changed in a heart beat. Expect the unexpected and don't trust anything or anyone at face value.
Although this story is filled with action, it also takes time to explore the confused thoughts of Danny. After all, he still has all of his memories from before he changed. I would like to mention that I listed this on my Zombie shelf. The haters are not zombies per se, as they are living and breathing people. They are similar in the manner of the infected of 28 Days Later although nothing like them beyond their aggression toward those not affected in which I consider it close to a zombie outbreak.
I'm sure that bit can be debated left and right. I just wanted to make it clear that by the book zombies do not play a part in Dog Blood. Anyway, pick up both books in this series. I highly recommend them and will be picking up the third book in this series soon. Sep 17, Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it Shelves: You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads. After being blown away by Hater I was quick to run out and buy the remaining books in the series, Dog Blood and Them or Us.
Hater had the perfect build up, and I was right there with the McCoyne's as the world went to hell. In Dog Blood we are once again treated to alternating perspectives, but here we have, of course, Danny's perspective and we alternate between that and a third person narration following an unchanged named Mark around as he trie You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.
In Dog Blood we are once again treated to alternating perspectives, but here we have, of course, Danny's perspective and we alternate between that and a third person narration following an unchanged named Mark around as he tries to survive in a changed world. While this one was definitely less exciting than its predecessor, it was a worthy follow up in the intensely strong world building. I loved how the two stories presented in Dog Blood intertwined throughout the novel and we got to see the characters tales blend together a bit.
Danny's story is intense as he charges through, trying to find his daughter Ellis, who he knows is like him but was taken away by her mother. I was worried in the beginning that the novel would be a dragged out journey as he works his way to his daughter but the roadblocks he encounters really served to make it an interesting journey. This one gets a bit more political as the changed plan an uprising and a way to infiltrate the unchanged. I do feel that the first page of the novel stating that it doesn't matter why or how the change occurred was a cop-out and I really hope that those answers are still coming.
I mean you can't have this happening to people and the world falling apart at the seams and not tell the reader what made it all happen. I don't care if it's a disease that comes from the saliva of bunnies, I just want some sort of reason. Once again we are left with an intriguing set up for the final installment in the series. I am dying to see more of the changed children and just what they are capable of even though I am certain it will not be pretty.
What sets this series apart for me is really brought to light in this second installment; the changed have a method to their madness. This is a frightening concept, and it's what keeps me hungrily turning the pages. I have no idea what the outcome of this series could be, there are so many directions it could go in so I can't wait to dig into Them or Us. I love the premise of these books, and this was a good read, but I think "second in a trilogy" syndrome applies here. The couple of issues I had with the first book still exist, and my questions have yet to be resolved.
Nevertheless, it's a good read and does introduce a couple of new elements to the mix. Like the first book, I felt that the first two thirds of this were a little slow, but once it picked up momentum it really packed a punch. David Moody really knows how to finish a book!
I can't I love the premise of these books, and this was a good read, but I think "second in a trilogy" syndrome applies here. I can't help thinking that the final instalment will make up for the relatively minor issues I had with the other books. I stand by my review of Hater though, I think this would have made a near-perfect single novel.
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By splitting it into three, padding it out, muddying and diluting the messages, it loses a little credibility for me. Moody has some seriously big and important ideas that are hinted at throughout these books, and I would have loved for him to sharpen and hone this element of the books a little.
Much as I appreciate straightforward narrative prose, I think the writing felt a little bit too lean even for me. I would have loved a few poetic phrases here and there to create a stronger mood. Don't get me wrong, the violence and horror elements are fantastic, but I think that with a little more finesse, they could have had a lot more impact. That's not to say there aren't some truly horrific scenes though -If the last part of this book doesn't punch you in the guts, I'd be very surprised!
I have a bunch of questions jotted down about the plot, but I'm going to hold onto them until I finish the third book. If I've learned anything by now it's to trust Moody to finish things up well! This is a weak follow-up to Moody's Hater , the first book in this series. What I loved about the first book was the main character's development arc -- how Danny reacted to a world going to hell, mostly by not reacting until the end of that book.
In this second book, the world is already hell, and remains hell. In the first book, the world changed, but Danny didn't, and it worked. In the second book, the world stays the same, but Danny's changes, and it flops. Problem is, the changes Danny und This is a weak follow-up to Moody's Hater , the first book in this series. Problem is, the changes Danny undergoes don't make any sense. The plot twists don't make any sense either -- the mad scientist with initially ambiguous motivation comes to mind how did he manage to fool so many people?
What I really loved about Hater was how Danny, the main character, was an everyman. He represented probably how most people would react to a "rage virus zombie" outbreak -- a bit of concern, but mostly just hoping the whole thing will blow over. In Dog Blood , Danny's special.
He's got a skill that will help his side win the war. Suddenly he's a character that matters to the world , not just to his family and the reader. This is a big step back for the series, or at least for my enjoyment of the series. It was inevitable after the end of Hater -- how else could Danny have a plot line, given the ending of Hater , except to become important in the war?
How else could the character and the world-building continue apace? But it is a shame. I would recommend this book to someone who liked Hater , liked the world Moody created, and wants to see it through to the end. Hopefully I'll be picking up the third book in the trilogy, Them or Us , and my perseverance will be rewarded. I really liked this book in the beginning.
I enjoyed the way the author layed out the story on a day to day basis. Internal narrative of a person. Followed by the first person of the man character. The work interaction was funny, bringing back fond memories of office space and TP reports. The protagonists kids in the story were annoying and left me thinking they needed that nanny from the reality show. Then it just got boring. I can't say exactly when it happened, but it did. At some point what I I really liked this book in the beginning.
At some point what I was reading just wasn't interesting anymore and I found my mind wandering while sitting on the train thinking of twenty eight days later and how the book reminded me of it in a way. The first person narration was repetitive and vanilla. I wanted more of what he was going through, more feeling, more anger? Moody had the potential to write something interesting, engrossing, and fairly original, but he fell short of claiming that victory.
We got a taste of different factions; if you will; of Haters I have the feeling that the children were much worse, than the adults. This is why this book received 3. I did not need to know his every waking thought or mood. At times it was a little too much. His flashbacks and thought processes, drove me nuts. Glad I am not in his head anymore. For the most part, this was another great read from a great author. Cannot wait to read the next book; Them or Us.
Feb 06, Michelle rated it really liked it. This is the 2nd book in Moody's Hater trilogy. I really enjoyed this one as well, it didn't lose my interest and was just as good as the first, in my opinion. No vampires or zombies, just human monsters; but monsters nevertheless. These books are about a Hate that has taken over some people and this book focuses on the fighting between the Haters and the Unchanged.
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Very violent, with blood and gore, along with a human side. Really enjoyed the first and the second, now onto the third. Jun 01, Shanon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had a hard time putting this book down. We continue to follow Danny and get more insights into the mind of a Hater. He was stronger and less whiny about his situation. View all 3 comments.
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Jun 13, Helen rated it liked it Shelves: Somehow not as satisfying as 'Hater', probably because it's the second book of the trilogy. Feels akin to a difficult 'second album'. Although it does have some vaguely interesting social commentary on the nature of war and the pointlessness of terrorism, there wasn't the same thrill and terror of the unknown that was part of the first book, and the sections on the experiences of Mark, one of the 'Unchanged', felt incomplete, and the lack of explanation as to what caused the outbreak of 'Hate' i Somehow not as satisfying as 'Hater', probably because it's the second book of the trilogy.
Although it does have some vaguely interesting social commentary on the nature of war and the pointlessness of terrorism, there wasn't the same thrill and terror of the unknown that was part of the first book, and the sections on the experiences of Mark, one of the 'Unchanged', felt incomplete, and the lack of explanation as to what caused the outbreak of 'Hate' is really annoying, which why I'll still read the next book!
May 08, Corey rated it really liked it. No mistake, Dog Blood is not for everyone, and there are many who will see little value in its intense cynicism and graphic violence. But connoisseurs of the genre will realize the craft behind the mayhem, and will appreciate Moody's refusal to enliven his grim fairy tale with humour or hope.
This is the horror of blood and guts, the horror of vintage Romero and Fulci, and if you're not prepared for it, why are you reading it? Read the rest of the review here. Still out of control and brutal as the previous. Story developing to something deeper as Danny is trying to understand the meaning to all this madness. More finesse to the story. Meanwhile some more splatter and death as the Haters looking for someones face to kick in. The second book which was an easy one sit read, was very good, fast paced, with characters, whether good or bad The action and violence was fierce yet easy to visualize.
Sep 08, Sg rated it really liked it. Really well written apocalypse horror. Would have given it 5 from 5 if not for the predictable ending about pages from the end, but a fab read nonetheless. Am saving book 3 to read as a treat, hoping its as good as the first two. Feb 13, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: Not my sort of read..
I went into this thinking it was more zombie based since I hadn't read the first book, Hater. I was naive and wrong. Aug 23, Chelsea rated it liked it. There are many references to the destruction of London so I assume that is the ground covered. The Haters en masse behave just as classic zombies do and bloodshed ensues. Towards the end of this opening chapter we follow one of these killers in the third person as he stalks and brutally dispatches his quarry.
This marks the difficulty of the book. We are asked to identify with a relentless killer. Readers will naturally balk at this.