The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
Series: The Walking Dead #1
Published by Image Comics on February 19th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
Pages: 144
Format: ebook
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Illustrator: Tony Moore

How many hours are in a day when you don't spend half of them watching television?

When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?

How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?

The world we knew is gone.

The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

In a matter of months society has government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

Sherriff Rick Grimes wakes up in a hospital after being in a coma for a month, only to discover that the world has changed forever – dramatically. Shortly after awakening, Rick runs into exactly what has caused the virtual end of the world – an infestation of zombies of unknown origin. Rick slowly makes his way home, only to find that his neighborhood – and his hometown – have been abandoned.

Rick meets a pair of strangers, a father and son, who ultimately opt to stay behind as Rick heads off for Atlanta in search of his wife and son. After a long journey, involving both a car ride and hitching a horse, Rick finally runs into Glenn in the heart of Atlanta. Glenn shows Rick the ropes, including the importance of restraining from using gunfire when hordes of zombies are lurking.

Glenn leads Rick to his family – his wife Lori and son Carl – who are shocked to see him alive, living in a camp with other apocalypse survivors – Allen, Jim, Dale, Carol, Andrea, Sophia, Amy, Donna, Billy, and Ben. Rick meets and greets the additional survivors and slowly begins to trust them – they are one. 

While Rick and the others attempt to block out memories of the past, Rick becomes suspicious of his old friend and partner, Shane, who seems unusually close with and protective of Lori. 

Soon after Rick’s arrival, the group debates leaving the camp; however, Shane vehemently stands against doing so. Meanwhile, Rick teaches Carl to shoot, much to Lori’s dismay. Ultimately, Carl’s newly developed gun skills pay off, as he saves Rick’s life in an unlikely way.

The thing I enjoyed most about this first volume is the fact that it is similar to, yet vastly different from, the AMC TV series of the same name. For instance, Daryl is not introduced in this installment and the whole scene which involves Daryl being handcuffed to a pipe and then chops off his own hand to free himself never occurs. 

I was grateful to discover that the show does not follow the graphic novels exactly – I actually quit watching the AMC series when it became so convoluted and goofy that I didn’t know what the plot was anymore. Volume one is a great introduction to the plight of the survivors of the zombie outbreak.

Like most of the graphic novels I’ve read, Days Gone Bye is fast-paced and features amazing illustrations. With 28 total volumes to date, I look forward to following the adventures – and misadventures – of Rick and company.

Love, Maggie

Standing Around

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Well, I’m taking a little break from the behemoth Stephen King novel, The Stand, for a bit to pursue some other, lighter reads. I’m enthralled with King’s post-apacolyptic epic – I never dreamed I’d love his writing as much as I do, but it’s so engrossing. I’m right at 60% finished with it, which is further than I expected to be by now – I’d set September as my goal month to finish it!

I’m doing my first ever buddy read with one of my Twitter pals and it’s such a blast, even though I keep getting behind! We’re reading a cozy mystery – a genre which I recently discovered I love – by Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It’s the first in the Flavia de Luce series and I’m really enjoying it! 

Also, I’m listening to Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle via Audible. I really like this quirky tale, but since I usually listen to it at night, I’m bad about falling asleep and losing my place! I love audiobooks, but I do have a tough time focusing on plots while listening as opposed to actually reading.

Just Finished

I’ve been on a serious Walking Dead graphic novel kick lately, although I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago, as it got really convoluted and confusing for me. However, reading the story makes the show make so much more sense! I’ve noticed a lot of plot points in the books that didn’t make it on screen that I wish had been written into the show, but, oh, well.

In the past few days I finished reading Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars and Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire. I’m anxious to get on to volumes five and six, alas, I have them on hold from the library for now. Le sigh…


I really don’t know what I’ll read next, other than volumes five and six of The Walking Dead, which I’ll read as soon as they become available. I am dying to read, err, listen to, Caitlyn Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life, which I have on Audible, so it’ll probably be my next read.

Plus, I’ve absolutely got to get to reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury and then A Court of Wings and RuinI FINALLY read A Court of Thorns and Roses in January, so I’m anxious to find out how Feyre’s story continues and ultimately ends!

Love, Maggie

Hello from the Recliner

Why, yes, I am participating in the 2017 edition of Armchair Book Expo!  Due to my severe blogging slump, I’ve put off introducing myself to other participants and I’m behind on challenges, but, I have taken part in one-and-a-half Twitter chats with the community. So, here I am, world!

Hi! I’m Maggie!

I am a cheese loving book blogger who adores reading and writing – quite naturally – as well as playing like I’m still a child! I’m a mommy to two precious baby boys and a wife to my wonderful husband, who is also my best friend ever.

Currently, I’m anxiously awaiting the return of my two-year-old, who has been staying with my in-laws the past few days – I miss him so much! Plus, since summertime, or at least the heat, has finally arrived, I cannot wait to go to the local pool and play with my family!

I love my precious family and my life in general – there are always ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade who I am for the world!

My favorite thing to do, aside from spending time with loved ones, is to perch on the couch – or my bed – and binge all of the TV shows crowding my DVR!

My least favorite thing to do is argue about politics – especially in the current political climate. I’ve always been told that religion and politics are very personal value systems that shouldn’t be attacked – everyone has a right to his or her own opinion.

My current reads include a gigantic novel by the brilliant Stephen King, The Stand, in which I am so very absorbed! Clocking in at over 1000 pages, it’s the fattest book I’ve ever attempted to read. Tonight I began listening to the audio edition of Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. Plus, I started The Walking Dead, Vol. 3, Safety Behind Bars. I’m so sick of The Walking Dead show, but I’m loving the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman!

I reckon I’ve listed plenty of tidbits about myself – I tried to keep this post short and sweet! To everyone at the real BEA, have a total blast! The same goes to all of we armchair attendees! 😀

Love, Maggie