Crap My Friends Make Me Read (6): The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (The Governor Trilogy #1) by Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

Borrowed from Hubby’s friend

I really, really wanted to like this book, but the best way I can describe it was that it was just mediocre. Don’t get me wrong, there are some super interesting parts and some of them go back to the comic series where you go, “oooooh.” And those parts were amazing. They fill in little gaps that you didn’t know bothered you. But the brutality in the books gets a bit much as the main characters fall farther and farther from humanity. And I knew it was going to happen and I know what kind of character the Governor is but I guess I was just hoping for the best.

The mechanical part of the book I didn’t like was that the authors would find a word that make you go, “nice word.” But the they’d beat it like a dead horse. Kind of like the guy in the Princess Bride who said “inconceivable” all the time.

I’m not going to read book two because by the end of book one I was rooting for a person who becomes one of the most deplorable characters I’ve ever experienced. I can’t handle what he’s going to become. Someone else with a stronger stomach can read it.

Read it if you dare but I’m not up for anymore.



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