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- Publisher: Rampant Loon Media LLC (March 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UO08J18
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Tyler expertly weaves backstory into the narrative in a way that helps place the reader into the setting and know what’s going on without being an awkward info dump. The story is fast paced in a good way and I didn’t feel bogged down or bored while reading. It kept my attention, which is getting harder to do these days. Dialogue of the characters flows naturally, and the characterization as a whole is well done. Tyler uses nice imagery and descriptions that helped the scenes and settings come alive to me without being too wordy. For instance, on the first page the characters are watching men flense whales and “ribs arched against the twilight sky” stuck out at me. It might seem like a small thing, but I was impressed with the way, in one short sentence, the scene and time of day was set. Other writers might have dragged this on through several sentences. (I’ve seen it happen).
It took me a while to read this book and get a review posted, but this is a good thing! I commit to a lot of book reviews and often rush through them just to get the job done, if I’m honest. I wanted to savor Doctor Dead. I enjoyed reading it, and therefore I took my time with it and didn’t let myself worry about deadlines. I simply allowed myself to enjoy a well-told story, which is what reading is supposed to be for, right?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
Just when you feel Percy and Quincey are safe, a tumult of terrible springs up, leading our heroes into one fight-for-life after another. Along the way, Tork introduces characters who help, hinder, or harm the boys and their mission.
Peopled with unique personalities, peppered with unexpected alliances, Doctor Dead delivers an easy-to-read page-turner with a plethora of imaginative villains, situations and resolutions.
I eagerly await the next Percy and Quincey adventure!
The structure kind of puzzled me. Is it a YA thing to break up the narrative so that each section dealt with one "adventure" instead of one uninterrupted flow? The novel is essentially one story -- the evil Benoit abducts Quincey to use his blood to extend the lives of his "army" of zombies, but Percy helps Quincey escape and from then on, it's the two boys vs. Benoit until the end. Not sure it was really necessary to break up the narrative the way it was.
As I look at my notes, some quibbles, questions, and missed details catch my eye that I'll list:
-- inconsistent term for "vampire" in different languages without explanation of what language goes with which term. The German word is "vampir."
-- Chap. 6: Quincey has albinism? This detail I'd want to know at the beginning. It really makes him unique. How does he protect himself from the sun, for example? Does he need to? He does wear "smokey glasses." How does he feel about his condition?
-- When last female zombie awakened with "Miss Huber's vampire blood treatment -- I wanted to see this. How'd they get the vampire blood? Not clear.
-- Quincey "wanting to hide his vampire heritage" -- really? He has vampire heritage? Why? I wanted to know this much, much earlier. Not clear if it was there.
-- What is Mina and Lucy's plan for the potion and prominent people in chap. 17? Only to create scandal? Why? Seems like they'd be interested in doing more.
-- How did Percy et. al. find out that Benoit was building the time machine? Only because Benoit stole the notebook? How did they know what the notebook contained? Huber didn't know about machine.
-- "you dog, you!" This expression jarred me in chap. 22 and stopped my reading. I doubted strongly that it existed in the early 20th century and used in that way.
-- Leukoplast patches? Did they exist in the time in which novel is set?
-- At the end, I wanted to see Funston arrive to provide a true end to the boys' situation.
-- The prose had numerous instances of dropped words, inferred from the context thankfully, but it slowed my reading. I think overall it could have benefited from a careful line edit.
What I loved:
-- The connections to Stoker's Dracula. That was a lot of fun!
-- I kept thinking of the old TV show "The Wild, Wild West" as I read this story. I could see Percy and Quincey as Jim West and Artemis Gordon as teens.
-- The action sequences were well written and clear. Thank you.
-- As I said earlier, the characters. The female characters were real people and interesting as well as the male characters. The changing POVs didn't bother me (except wanting more from Quincey's POV), but I wondered at the end what the story would have been if told only from Percy's point of view.
I know Tyler Tork but he didn't send me a free copy of his book in exchange for a review. I bought the book from Amazon and he doesn't know (as I write this) that I've chosen to write a review. Would I read another Percy & Quincey adventure? Yeah!