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Lustlocked: A Sin du Jour Affair Paperback – January 26, 2016
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"Magic and humor combine with delicious results in this unusual, wildly fun novella." - Publishers Weekly starred review
"This series continues to combine magic, food, and a hefty scoop of humor." ―Library Journal
“Each volume of this series is better than the one before.” ― SF Bluestocking
Praise for Envy of Angels ―
"No one makes me think, 'Dammit, I should have thought of that!' like Matt Wallace. The Sin du Jour series is something I read with equal amounts of envy and delight." ― Mur Lafferty, Campbell Award winning author of The Shambling Guide to New York City
"Matt Wallace tells a raucous, riotous tale of culinary madness ― a jaw-dropping horror-fantasy restauranteur Thunderdome that makes the 'monkey brain' scene in Temple of Doom look like something you'd see on Nickelodeon. It's like I dropped a heroic dose of acid and turned on the Food Network for eight hours. It's funny and demented and sticks in you like a pinbone. Matt Wallace writes like someone just jammed a needle full of adrenaline in his heart ― and then, in yours. From this point forward, I'll read anything this guy writes." ― Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Zer0es
"Envy of Angels is one of the most original urban fantasies I've read in a damn long time. Angels, demons and the New York restaurant scene. It doesn't get any weirder than this. Matt Wallace is an author to watch." ― Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things and Broken Souls
"Envy of Angels is exactly the breath of fresh air I didn't know I needed: darkly funny, sweepingly inventive, and just plain fun to read. Every time I thought I got the hang of this book, the next turn took me someplace even more breathtakingly weird and wonderful. Buy it. DO IT NOW. It's the only way we can force him to write a dozen more of these!" ― Andrea Phillips, author of Revision
About the Author
Matt Wallace is the author of The Next Fix, The Failed Cities, and the novella series, Slingers. He's also penned over one hundred short stories, some of which have won awards and been nominated for others, in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He now resides in Los Angeles with the love of his life and inspiration for Sin du Jour's resident pastry chef.
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I wasn’t totally taken with the Sin du Jour stories at first, in spite of the delightful combined sendup of Ronald MacDonald and Colonel Sanders in Envy of Angels—the character development seemed weak—but both the stories and the characters grew on me as I got to know them better, which certainly happens in this story. For instance, newly hired junior chef Lena discovers about her former nemesis, grumpy Dorsky: “He knows how to be hated, even thrives on it. He doesn’t know how to deal with so clearly and starkly disappointing someone.” Plus, the stories are wonderful crazy fun. As Dorsky says when he beholds Ritter, the unflappable head of Stocking and Receiving, stark naked and painted all over with arcane symbols for a last-ditch magic attempt that perhaps fortunately turns out not to be needed, “You look like someone rolled Silly Putty over the Necronomicon.” That’s how the stories look, too.
And oh yes, after the Sin du Jour gang finally restores the Goblin feast to some semblance of order (Goblins, incidentally, look NOTHING like what you would expect), the story ends with a whacking great cliffhanger that obviously will have to be taken up by the next entry in the series. My only regret is that I’ll have to wait almost half a year for that to appear.
In the previous book, Envy of Angels, the chefs and crew hosted a diplomatic dinner sponsored by a secret government agency in an effort to stave off war between two demonic groups. Lustlocked picks up on the heels of that event, as the company prepares to host a grand goblin wedding under the supervision of the Goblin King.
Yes, that Goblin King. In a fitting and sadly timely homage, Wallace gives us yet one more avenue to prove the immortality of David Bowie's lasting legacy. Although at the time of Wallace's writing, Bowie was alive and well, and expected to remain so for quite some time. It's a sad fluke that Lustlocked just so happens to have released on heels of Mr. Bowie's death from cancer. This is, however, a wonderfully befitting bit of fan service toward not only Bowie's iconic character from the film Labyrinth, but of the iconic performer himself. It's a pleasure getting to "see" the King once more.
As with Envy of Angels and the short story, Small Wars, which acts an inbetweenquel, Lustlocked doses out the humor, providing a keen edge to the affairs and preventing the seriousness of the story from delving deeply in the morose and macabre. While preparing for the grandiose wedding of the goblin prince and his human bride-to-be, some shady bit of spell-casting goes wildly awry and leaves the human guests transformed into horny lizard creatures that threaten to hump to death the entire guest list.
Again, these books are crafted to be sheer entertainment, and Wallace maneuvers a peculiar tightrope with aplomb. This story could have drifted precariously into dark meanness, or perhaps a bit of weirdo erotica, but Wallace averts those traps and sticks to the fun and fantastical side of things, first and foremost. There's a certain Buffy The Vampire Slayer but for Netflix vibe here that I find really appealing. He also gives his characters brief moments to shine and continues to flesh out his cast in interesting ways, right up to its sucker-punch finale.
I am now feeling the long, heavy weight of the intervening months between now and June, when the third installment releases. I think it'd be a sin to miss what comes next.
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