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Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits (Gods & Monsters) Paperback – May 7, 2013
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The Bad: Employed by a sex crazed god who keeps him around as a body guard and a wife and son who hate him.
The Worse: When his employer is killed and he is blamed for it and his own wife and son beat the crap out of him.
So is the life of one, Cason Cole...
In a world where the gods of many cultures are very real and walking Earth, Cason learns hard and fast what it takes to survive. A man with a family that he can't be part of, he begins piecing together the strange events of that night five years earlier that led him to being employed by a god and now on the run from several others. Along the way, he meets Tundu, cabbie and friend; Frank, esoteric bomb maker and burn victim; a few goddesses, gods, and a real frickin' unicorn.
All of this pieces together to form a story that is both light hearted and serious all at the same time, which is something I love about this book. Despite the gravity of Cason's situation, there is almost always something that can be chuckled at. Whether it is the irony of the situation, the dialogue exchanged, or just flat out comedy this book is a fun romp through the world of "Gods and Monsters."
Another enjoyment was seeing all the different gods mixing about. I really liked that he didn't just go for the big names, either. He pulled from all around the world, some I had to go look up. I do have to say that Coyote was probably my favorite despite is lack of screen time.
One part I was a bit disappointed in was the role of Alison, Cason's wife. She was a strong female character, but after the initial action concerning her, she seemed to fall off the map a bit only to resurface just before I forgot she was there.Read more ›
First I will approach the setting, as this is a shared universe in which stories by many authors will likely be told. The gods have come to Earth and strapped on human flesh. The representatives of the world's myriad pantheons are having to deal with the ultimate in 'forced relocation'. There was a good spread of deities in this book that incorporates Greek, Native American, African and even ancient Sumerian mythos. I like how this is handled, with each god retaining elements of their original sphere of influence while still having to play at being human. There is a lot of potential here and I'm excited to see what will be done with it.
The main character in this tale is Cason Cole in the role of 'man struggling to reclaim his past'. He was well developed and I found that I was given just enough information about his past to keep me interested without getting bogged down in the details. The sections where dialogue fills in the exposition or backstory feel pretty organic and Cason's own thoughts are quite revealing in the more action-focused moments. That balance can be difficult to strike and I give Chuck kudos for it. Cason's family remain on the periphery of the story but they introduce us to two of my favorite characters so I can forgive their initial inaction. The primary villain's mannerisms were chilling and I think they'd be that way even without cosmic power at their fingertips. Well crafted characters all around, even in the smaller parts.
Anyone who has read a Chuck Wendig novel before will find a familiar voice waiting for them here.Read more ›
I liked the tone and style and fast pace, and the fact that the monsters and dieties were properly researched was great. The human story was a little blander than usual for Wendig but the characters were still good and active, intelligent agents.
It was over a little too quickly, but I think that speaks to how much I liked it. Admittedly it was less deep and melancholy than some other "god" books on my list, but that was not really a bad thing--there is a lot of action and the gods feel powerful for a change, which was really fun and cool.
All in all, it was a great read and perfect for a hot summer blockbuster type book, especially because I didn't have to turn my brain off. I recommend this one.
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This book was alright for the price point. It's a fairly interesting, tongue in cheek, world building, urban fantasy genre that reads smoothly and has a pretty good... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Austintacious
First off, I LOVE this writer, one of my very favorites. This book was very engaging and I loved the take on the Gods. It was interesting and well written. Read morePublished 11 months ago by GreasyLittleDog
UNCLEAN SPIRITS is another feather in the cap for Chuck Wendig. Wendig gives the reader a universe to set his Gods and Monsters series in, then promptly goes about destroying it,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dan Malmon
A thoroughly entertaining story, but what really hooked me was the main character's voice. It was authentic (for a fantasy hero), consistent, and best of all amusing and snarky. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Intriguing and inventive take on themes of exiled God's and empty heavens that he has explored in other novels but a much more satisfying ending.Published 16 months ago by Stephen Morris
I was hesitant at first, after all neil gaiman's American Gods is one of my all time favorites books. I wasn't sure I wanted someone else to cover that ground. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bethany McPherson
This is another unique and compelling read by wendig. This book rocks! Highly recommended to anyone who has an imaginationPublished 17 months ago by Greg