It's been a long time since I have read a book that I've had trouble putting down, but "Cauldron" fits that category. Pretty much from the first page, you are taken, well, actually, you are figuratively grabbed by the collar and dragged along, on a raucous, action filled, sometimes hilarious adventure that never seems to stop to take a breath (a bit like the zombies actually).
Colin has a great writing style that lets you own imagination fill in the blanks. No overly flowery language or descriptive lectures that interrupt the flow of the story, but just enough to lend atmosphere and excitement that keeps you saying "Oh, just ONE more page before I go to bed" that results in another three chapters going by before you know it.
This book has plenty of loveable characters (yes, even some of the Nazi ones are eerily charming), plot twists, action and bad jokes (kudos to Colin for turning "Bucks Fizz" and "Flock of Seagulls" into actual utterances of profanity) for me to say - "Just go and buy a copy and read it".
WARNING: Do not read if you are on a camping holiday in the Australian outback near a mysterious looking 'hill'.
As another reviewer has said, it is probably just quirky enough to become a cult classic. I can see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost buying the movie rights to this. ;-)
Colins' novel is an entertaining read, and should be read in with tongue in cheek, much like his comics for the NT News. The book flows seamlessly through it's plot and provides plenty of action, humour and a few twists and turns for good measure. This was a great book for reading while I was travelling, as it was easy to pick up from where I left off. A lot of the descriptive works that might accompany a heavier novel are absent, but this means the readers imagination fills in the gaps more and immerses them deeper into his sick humorous twisted world.
I throughly enjoyed the book. Not being much of a reader I was attracted by the fact it was nazi zombies in the outback of our beautiful country. Doesn't get much more interesting then that! There were a few times where the book took turns that I don't usually associate with the 'zombie' style however it very quickly got back on track and kept me interested until the very end. I'd recommend this book for anyone with a keen interest in zombies
After a lifetime of reading Colin's cartoons, I was intrigued about his foray into writing. I must say that i am not at all disappointed. Colin has transcended his humour from illustration to the written word. Well done Colin.
A blast from the past with an outback flavour. The characters are (mostly) fully fleshed out and believable. It has a mildly insane schlock horror edge, touching sometimes humour and sometimes sadness. This is a fun read.