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MrsJoseph: Books, Life & Wine

I’m currently on the run from the Amazon Empire. The Empire recently used it’s planet sized money to destroy devour my previous safehouse: Goodreads.


I read a lot. Have a bit of a tendency to review as well. So…this is mostly a book review site. Unless its not. But I’m not taking review requests.


Cause sometimes I’ll write about whatever I feel like, book or no.


Things I [currently] like:


So, I’ll talk about that stuff. Unless I don’t.


That “life” part in the site title is all about flexibility, lol.

Currently reading

Mistborn: The Final Empire
Brandon Sanderson
Starting Strength, 3rd edition
Mark Rippetoe
Amanda Quick
Progress: 25 %

Review: The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1)

The Umbrella Conspiracy - S.D. Perry

Another Vacation Read


I’m not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed it for what it was…I was entertained.

I have a bit of a thing for video game novelizations. I love the Diablo series (currently I’m waiting for the Diablo III expansion pack: Reaper of Souls to be released). I managed to pick up two of those novelizations and I enjoyed those as well.


I decided to pick this book up because I really enjoyed the Resident Evil movie (the first one, of course) and my husband and I have one of the games (don’t ask me which one). So I had some familiarity with the franchise but not very much.


The book was interesting. Like the (one game) I’ve played there were a series of puzzles that the characters had to solve. The familiar zombies and horrible mutated zombie dogs were present and the nasty zombie crows even make a guest appearance. The Umbrella is still the location of the main action and Jill Valentine is a major character.


But that’s where the similarities end. There were a lot differences that bothered me – and I don’t know if the book did its own thing or is truer to the video games than the movie. First, Jill is a S.T.A.R.S. member in the this book – and she’s is one of two women in the book (the other is a younger woman named Rebecca) and I don’t think they speak to each other at all.


But where was Alice? Where was The Red Queen? I really wanted to run into those characters – so I was disappointed – but in being honest…I have no clue where Alice falls in the scheme of things so…


I was also surprised to find that the Tyrant Virus (T-Virus) doesn’t seem to infect people outside of the original infection of the Umbrella employees and test subjects. I kept expecting to run into a zombie S.T.A.R.S. member but that never happened. The book did set a decently creepy tone so I avoided reading it at night.


The book ended on a cliff hanger: A phone call to the deserted S.T.A.R.S. helicopter pilot from a stranger named Trent is the only reason they were saved.


All in all, it’s an entertaining book. Can’t say it’s much more than brain candy but I did enjoy it for what it was. If I run across any more of these books I’ll grab it.

Source: http://bookslifewine.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/the-umbrella-conspiracy