I noticed that Iron Dwarf posted this book in his top 10 and I'm actually reading it right now because the movie was FUGGIN AMAZING! A must see film, but the I'm really disappointed by the book. The book has received a shit-ton of "best-ofs" from all the newspapers and even won the pulitzer but I don't care for it at all. Great concept but I can't take the writing style and getting tired of the descriptions of the landscapes (OK, I know it's cold and it's snowing and there's ash everywhere) yet there's almost ZERO about the characters.
And then when there is dialog it appears like:
OK, it's cold.
I know you know so we're leaving.
But I'm scared.
Don't be scared.
I can't figure out who the fuck is talking! Same reason I dislike Hemingway.
Those that have read it please give me your opinions on the following -
1) Why in the hell did the MAN ever want to travel in winter? It's a suicide mission.
2) Why did they leave the underground shelter? Makes no sense. There's no food left on earth except for that shelter yet the MAN and BOY just have to go south?
3) I find it implausible there are NO animals left that could be used for food. Any animal is more adept at outdoor survival than man is.
4) I'm assuming it's about 8 years after the cataclysm. How can there be no clothes/shoes/guns left (the marauders are mostly using pipes - there's a hundred million guns in the US)? All characters are in dressed like hobos but if most of the people were killed by whatever happened the shops should be full of guns, shoes, etc.
5) The OLD MAN that they give food to would not be alive for a week in that world. I don't buy that the geezer, who can barely walk and see, could find food or not have been killed by the marauders years ago.
ADDED 6) How could I forget to mention - The MAN is pushing a shopping cart on a post-apocalyptic road. I doubt that I could get a shopping cart to my house from the corner grocery but this dude has got a cart that he's pushing through the snow? No way.
Thanks. Again - MOVIE is AMAZING but the book is like a mediocre short story.