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City of the Dead (Resident Evil #3) (edició 1999)

de S. D. Perry (Autor)

Sèrie: Resident Evil (Novel 3)

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One of a series of novels based on the bestselling video games from Capcom.
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Títol:City of the Dead (Resident Evil #3)
Autors:S. D. Perry (Autor)
Informació:Pocket (1999), 352 pages
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City Of The Dead de S. D. Perry

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Though I usually steer away from comparing adaptations in reviews, I assume that any potential audience has played the game or at least know the story, and I will henceforth compare the book to the corresponding game.

The book stays largely faithful to its corresponding game. Whether that is a good or a bad thing, I am not so sure. It takes but a hundred pages before the separated duo are both inside the RPD, where we know the game to truly begin. This is not a bad thing by any means. The characters observations, musings, and interpretations of said observations and events, rationalizing away obvious red flag ensued by slow, uncanny realization was delightfully entertaining. It made subsequent events, all predictably familiar, almost dull in comparison.

My favorite moment, which is still vividly remembered, is Leon’s drive to RC, when his young-idealistic-aspiring-cop fantasies came to an abrupt halt by the grim reality of the city’s fate in the form of, what is obvious to the reader but not to Leon, a cerberus. His contemplations about the event, coupled with the sneaky feeling that something was off, which he proceeded to shrug off as hyperactive fancy, offered a riveting, immersive introduction that the rest of the book failed to hold on to. It was still an entertaining read, and the author did mostly a decent job at justifying some of the more nonsensical character actions, but by the n’th Mr. X/Birkin confrontation I just wanted to reach the inevitable conclusion. ( )
  CoderZebrine | Apr 11, 2021 |
This is a Reading Good Books review.

When I hear “city of the dead”, I either think about the Green Day song Jesus of Suburbia or Resident Evil‘s Raccoon City, arguably the most famous zombie-infested city in pop culture. This time, it’s the city I’m talking about.

Notice that this is the 3rd book in the RE novelization series. I skipped the second one, Caliban Cove, because I just cannot wait to read about my favorite game in the franchise, Resident Evil 2. I’ll eventually get to that second one but now it’s all about Leon and Claire, my favorite video game couple.

It closely follows what looks like the “Scenario 1 as Leon / Scenario 2 as Claire” configuration. When I played it, I did it the other way around. Although I’m not quite sure. I recently finished watching a Let’s Play of RE2 and Leon didn’t get to meet Marvin when he was Scenario 2 so I figured… eh, anyway. Leon S. Kennedy’s first day as a rookie cop for RPD turns out to be a start to a nightmare. Claire Redfield, hasn’t heard from her brother, Chris (from the first book/game), in a while so she decided to go to Raccoon City to look for him. What she encounters there is anything but a happy reunion. The city was overrun by the undead.

I love how the author was able to do justice to the game. It followed each turn as closely as possible. As a huge fan of the game, I appreciated that she didn’t skip anything important. Actually, I don’t think she skipped anything. The item pick-ups maybe, but all the cut scenes were there. I loved Sherry’s portrayal. Whenever it’s her POV, the writing shifts into somewhat a kid voice. The author added insight to Sherry that was missing in the games. I loved those parts where she thought about her parents, about hiding alone, about Claire. The romantic potential between Ada and Leon was downplayed a bit in favor of the action. Again, it’s no walkthrough but it’s pretty faithful to the original game.

As with the previous one, there are very interesting ways to acquire extra ammo. How I wish they showed the usage of herbs and the ink ribbon. The journey through the RPD station was easy to follow and very exciting.

Fans of the game and franchise will be surprised that even though you – we – are familiar with the games, there are still things in this book that will surprise. I personally like the inner conversations the characters have with themselves as well as the author’s overall interpretation. And even if you’re not familiar with the game, you can still come along for the ride. It’s thrilling and scary and very exciting.

Rating: 4/5.

Recommendation: An easy read for survival horror fans. Not to mention, Leon S. Kennedy fangirls. ( )
  chaostheory08 | Oct 21, 2012 |
City of the Dead is by far the superior book when compared to the one prior to it, Caliban Cove. With a story line taken directly from the second game in the Resident Evil series, Perry does a good job at fusing the Leon and Claire plots together into one clear and concise novel. It can be slow going at times, especially once all of the characters have evacuated from the police station, but it is still a fun and well put together zombie novel.

I'd definitely recommend this to fans of Resident Evil. If you haven't played at least the first game prior to reading this, I'd suggest either going back and reading Perry's first Resident Evil novel or playing through the first game to catch up. It's hard for me to decide whether this would be a good standalone novel, but with so much reference back to the events that happened at the Spencer Mansion, it is probably for the best if uninitiated readers get some background before picking this one up. Overall, a pretty good book. Not earth shattering, but good. Three stars. ( )
  MeganAngela | May 23, 2012 |
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