- File Size: 1467 KB
- Print Length: 77 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I6DFLS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,777 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Necromancer: A Novella (Necromancer Series) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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"Death and Waffles" revolves around Ashley, a little, bubbly 10 year old girl who died of cancer and now works for Death with supernatural powers, and her childhood friend Matt, who is now in his late teens. A friendship forged from the love of Batman perseveres through death itself. This section could use a thorough copy-edit, particularly as there was quoted dialogue noted where it was actually narrative.
In the larger portion of the novella, "Dead Man's Party," we follow a fry cook named Sam, who apparently smells like the grave and blood and is as cold as death to those with sense keen on finding those things. The portion of the narrative that we encounter is primarily exposition that establishes the character well and sets up the plot, which developed quickly once there was some action...right at the end. This certainly felt incomplete and that there is far more that we have to learn about Sam and Death and everything that relates the two; however, with it being a novella, and noted as part of a larger work, Hold Me Closer Necromancer, I can understand how this particular compilation was meant to be a teaser for the larger work….and it was successful in making me want to know what happens next.
What it's NOT is a bunch of teaser chapters from other books.
Two unrelated chapters to other books, which were interesting if nothing else, and then just as I reach the 50% mark, the "story" abruptly ends and the rest is advertisements for another book that I refused to even scroll through.
I want nothing more to do with an author who uses such deceptive practices.
This item is confusingly called "Necromancer". In fact it consists of a fine and interesting short story called "Death and Waffles", (which introduces the running character of Ash), and a sample excerpt from "Hold Me Closer, Necromancer".
The bottom line is that the short story is very good, the sample really will entice you to get the actual novel, and it's all free. Since I'm reasonably happy plowing through free not-so-good stuff, I'm especially happy to find free stuff that is very, very good.
It's good because the hero is a failing/confused/sort-of-a-sad-sack while still being funny, insightful and engaging. So many of these lead actors are just whiny or pathetic or lame, and it is refreshing to read the thoughts of a hero who is actually interesting. Judging from the sample, his crew of friends will be equally well-defined and entertaining. Judging from the short story, our author is also very good at action, secondary characters, descriptive prose, humorous by-play, and identifying the telling or touching detail.
Not bad, huh? A very worthy find, and definitely worth the bandwidth.
This whole thing was a little on the deceptive side. This book is labled as a novella. When going on word count, a novella is usually between 10,000 and 40,000 words. There is no way this was a novella. I am not even sure it was a novelette, most likely it was just a short story. And to even get to the short story, the plot of which I describe above, one must first read an excerpt from a full length novel. However, the excerpt is not, in my opinion, presented in a way that makes me want to read the novel, it is presented in a way that makes this whole "novella" confusing.
Posting excerpts in ebook form and calling them a free book download is somewhat surreptitious if you ask me. And I see it becoming a big trend on sites that support various e-readers. It tends to be ill received by those who do download and read the book. Sure, free is free, but when you are doing it to promote a book people need to pay for, you are somewhat shooting yourself in the foot. There are better, more forthcoming ways to do this that do not alienate a reader. Write a prequal. Or in this case, write a really good novella, an actual novella, and put the excerpt at the END of the ebook, not the beginning.
It made me sad that this turned out to be so disappointing. Both the short story and the excerpt did seem to have a lot of promise, but the whole experience of the book being not what it purported to be just sort of pushed me away as a reader.
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