Monday, May 21, 2012

Lily's Review of What Our Eyes Have Witnessed, by Stant Litore

My Rating:
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)

Father Polycarp has a Gift. He can bring peace and rest to the restless dead.

At his touch, each hungering corpse lies still at last. But to do this, he must first look into each one's blind eyes and find the remnant of the soul caught within the shambling corpse. He must witness each one's secrets, each one's suffering -- all that each had loved and feared and regretted in their brief lives. Only then can he absolve them and set them free. Only then will they cease to walk and feed.

But Polycarp may be burned for it.




After reading the first book of this series by Stant Litore which I reviewed earlier here: Death Has Come Up Into Our Windows  I started thinking... maybe I need to revise our rating system? Because 5 stars is our highest rating, and this book is a 5 star plus.  

I very enthusiastically picked up this second installment already expecting great things. And once again, Mr. Litore failed to disappoint.  His writing is superb. His imagery is engaging. Once again, I was punched in the gut, but most definitely in the soul, with the depth of his story telling. 

Whereas in the first book I relished in the zombie deliciousness of gory images and death, and faintly attuning into the surprisingly profound story of its main character, I was fully prepared for it in this book.  Yet, even so, this book took me by surprise, and stunned me with its incredible underlying plot line of such well developed characters whose faith was tested, again and again, and stood strong before the utter hopelessness of their situation. 

Set in Roman times in this installment, we follow different characters now. One man who struggles with his love for Rome, and his idea of honor while he faces the horrors that surround him and threaten to break him. Another man who has been entrusted by God with an amazing gift, and persecuted for it, even though it can prove to be Rome's salvation. A woman who yearns for stature, and betrays those that took her in for a richer piece of clothing. Another, who was a slave and treated worse than a mangy dog, who found love and a sense of self whose unwavering faith makes her stronger than the strongest Roman.  All intricately woven into a fantastic story that keeps you on the very edge of your seat.

One paragraph in this book hit me deeply. Made me think differently of what I was reading. I have a hate and love relationship with Zombies. I cheer for their demise, the dirty rotting walking fiends, may they die a thousand pulverizing incredible deaths!! But this paragraph changed my perspective forever.

" It is a fearful thing, yet something each of us yearns for - to be naked before God or before another human being.  To be intimate and loved for who we truly are.  And if this is so with you who live, it is so, too, with the dead.  Think of how burdened your hearts are.  Those who die so burdened yearn and hunger even in death.  Desiring intimacy, they rise and devour, for consuming another is the only way they know to take another into themselves.  But I think there is one very great difference between the dead and the living.  If I were to touch one of the dead and gaze into its eyes, it would be far readier than any of you to lay down its burdens and rest. "

How amazingly profound, that paragraph. Each rotting corpse was once a person too, with dreams and hopes... and now all they can do is shamble about in horrible hunger. 

Sigh... Thanks Stant. Now I feel that unwelcome feeling of sympathy.  Now you have made me think profoundly and with sadness about those poor souls... 

 

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K enough of that! Time to read some "Walking Dead" graphic novels! 




But in case you guys didn't get the memo, you seriously need to check out the Zombie Bible by this amazing author. 

So listen up people!!! 






I will personally gift one very lucky reader with BOTH installments of this series.  Check out this contest, and enter for the chance to win a Kindle copy of both novels!  Good luck! You won't regret winning this one!




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14 comments:

  1. Excellent review, Lily! I'm so glad you liked it. It is better than the first edition isn't it? Can you imagine how clever and emotional the third installment will be. Keep up the good work in the war "for"?, "against"?, zombies. ;)

    I won't enter the giveaway, I already own both books and I don't want to lessen another living person's chance at reading such wonderful tales.

    Dev

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    1. Thanks Dev. I loved it. I am really enjoying this author, and I have to tell you, it's going to be really difficult waiting till October for the third installment!

      Lily

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  2. Oh My! Thanks so much for the great review and for introducing me to these great books and author. I Have Got To Have Them!! Heres hoping:)
    P.S. Love your blog design!

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    1. Thank you Laura. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

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  3. Awesome review...I'll have to add these to my must read list...

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  4. Great review...so into the zombie genre right now!! Haven't heard of these books until today but based on ur review I cant wait to read them!! Definitely on my tbr list!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!! GFC as Traci Loyal!!!!

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    1. Hi Traci! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the giveaway!!!!

      Lily

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  5. Lately, I get as captivated to purchase and read by titles and cover art as by blurbs-I just love these titles. Oh, my favourite zombie films are the ORIGINAL Night of the Living Dead (still terrifies me) and the totally hilarious camp Aaah, Zombies!

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    1. Can't say that I have seen the last one you mentioned but now I have to check it out!

      Thanks! And good luck on the giveaway!

      Lily

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  6. My Favorite Zombie Movie is Dawn Of The Dead 2004 and one of my Favorite Zombie books is probably Joe McKinney's Dead City.

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    1. I really liked Dawn of the Dead too! I don't think I have read 'Dead City' but will definitely check it out!
      Thanks for stopping in Kristin, and good luck on the giveaway!

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  7. Found the giveaway on goodreads so glad I did as this book sounds fantastic. My fave zombie read is The Infection by Craig DiLouie totally awesome. A friend read it after seeing my review and had a PTSD panic attack during, despite that she still loved the book well maybe because of the strong reaction she loved it even more. Great, great book that one.

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  8. CONGRATS TO Archie Standwood Author FOR YOUR WIN OF BOTH INSTALLMENTS OF THE ZOMBIE BIBLE.

    WE HOPE YOU LOVE IT!

    Lily & Erin

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  9. Congratulations, Archie! Enjoy the read. -- And my thanks to Lily & Erin for their enthusiastic reading and support of the books! It's an honor to have been featured in your Zombie Month.

    Stant Litore

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