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Dead Things (Eric Carter) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Praise for the Eric Carter series:
"Blackmoore can't write these books fast enough to suit me. Broken Souls is hyper-caffeinated, turbo-bloody, face-stomping fun. This is the L.A.-noir urban fantasy you've been looking for." —Kevin Hearne, New York Times-bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
"Demons and dark magic and gods of death: what's not to like? Blackmoore's hard-charging prose hits like a bullet fired from a cursed gun.... Fast becoming my favorite urban fantasy series, Broken Souls is a welcome addition to the necromancer chronicles of Eric Carter. Read this book. Read it now." —Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds
"Eric Carter's adventures are bleak, witty, and as twisty as a fire-blasted madrone, told in prose as sharp as a razor. Blackmoore is the rising star of pitch-black paranormal noir. A must-read series." —Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker novels
"Broken Souls is a deliciously gritty thrill ride. I can't get enough of Stephen Blackmoore's warped imagination and superb noir sensibilities. This is a must-read for any fan of awesome things." —Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane series
"Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels." —Publishers Weekly
"Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore’s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success.... Snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives.... With wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric’s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more." —RT Reviews (top pick!)
"Stephen Blackmoore’s Dead Things is a demon punch to the face. It will make you sit up and notice. Or fall down spitting out broken molars. Don’t mind the bloody drool, either way you’ll be smiling." —Pulp 300
About the Author
Stephen Blackmoore is an author and a blogger. His first novel is City of the Lost, a paranormal noir with zombies, demons, witches, and a lot of action. He can be found at stephenblackmoore.com and on Twitter @sblackmoore.
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Mr. Blackmoore can definitely write but his delivery to me was just off.
In the beginning the main character is going to cash in on a bad guy and says (Paraphrased) You make gods angry and they may not want to deal with you, so they send something worse, me!.... I read that and thought, oh wow, this is going to be good but when he shows up to fight, and he starts saying that he may have bit off more than he can chew. It just seemed weird to me. There were more than several instances of this all throughout the book, he kept referring to the people chasing him as amateurs but he always ended up pretty much on the losing end and just narrowly escaping, or tied to a chair with a missing tooth, broken ribs and his eyes swelled shut.
All of that wouldn't be a problem at all, I definitely don't mind the main character being shown to not be invincible but when you build him up with catch phrases before he enters a room of bad guys, such as: I knew before I even walked in that I was going to kill everyone...... Then he makes it through the door frame and gets a tazer to the neck and wakes up again tied to a chair.
Throughout the book demigods keep saying that he is way more powerful than he knows and nothing ever comes of it.. Then at the very end the goddess of death lends him her power and the most spectacular thing he does with it is goes to a cemetery and makes a corpse fall out of a casket.
I'll buy the second one because on top of all I said, Mr. Blackmoore does write a good story. I'd just rather the description of how much of a badass the guy is really matches up with what he actually throws down.
Even if this weren't the case, I think Stephen Blackmoore's DEAD THINGS would stand out. This is an example of that rare thing, the fantastic Urban Fantasy. It's sharp, clever, tough and unrelentingly noir. It wears its influences proudly on its sleeve (HELLBLAZER, anyone?) while being far from a knock off.
Excellent read! A no-brainer for fans of Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM books, Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels and Chris Holm's Collector series.
The magic made sense in the world created here -- fitting in with the mythos. And the character had goals -- internal and external. And the plot was filled with conflict -- on large and small scales. Everything just seemed to work together so well, creating a book that was a fun, quick read and thoroughly rewarding. Well done.
None of the above?
This book and hero feels like it belongs somewhere between Butcher's Dresden and Kadrey's Sandman Slim. Carter, though no boy scout, essentially has good intentions and gets by with wits and a double fist full of magic tricks (that mostly center on dead things). And he has an investigation to unravel. That would be the start of a vintage vintage Harry Dresden story. But the plot he finds himself in is cruel, and things go south. And awful things happen to people around him caused by soulless things, supernatural and otherwise. Stephen Blackmoore is not afraid to strike downward notes. And Carter has to struggle with that.
While some urban fantasy is about world shaking events, everything in the novel seems personal. Eric and probably the reader have a hard time knowing who to really trust. I certainly appreciated that part of the writing. In a sense its even more a Noir novel, than a modern fantasy. The blending of styles is very strong. I am reminded a little in feel and themes of the old Micky Rouke movie Angle Heart. I love that movie. Will Eric Carter ultimately come to an equally dark fate? Its not clear by the end of this book. But it is clear Eric is not going down gently.
I really liked it.