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Nekropolis Archives: Omnibus Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Praise for ""Nekropolis"": "Vivid description and characterization, as well as a complex, intricately crafted setting reminiscent of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe, keep the pages turning at a rapid rate as Richter embarks on an enthralling tour of the dead city, from the vampire-filled streets of Gothtown to the bustling clubs and seedy dives of the Manhattanlike Sprawl."- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"It's hard to say if this singular novel, which boasts a wicked sense of humor to round off the horror, should be eligible for an Edgar Award or a Bram Stoker or both."- Elliot Swanson, Booklist
About the Author
Tim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include the Nekropolis series, Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death. His tie-in novels include The Lady Ruin series and the Blade of the Flame trilogy, both for Wizards of the Coast. He's also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the videogameDefender, Xena the Warrior Princess, and others. He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University's Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The author lives in Centerville, OH.
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“The Nekropolis Archives” is an omnibus that collects the first three books in the Matt Richter series along with three Richter short stories. The first short is more of a prologue, setting the reader up for the first novel. “Nekropolis” introduces us to Matt, the only sentient zombie to ever exist, who lives out his days working as a sort of Private Investigator, a livelihood held over from his days as a Detective with the Cleveland Police Department. Here he meets the Hybrid-Vampire Devona, and takes on her cause – a missing artifact from the Vampire Lord’s collection. A great deal of twists and turns ensue, and the day is saved. A short story is inserted before the second novel and the third, detailing some events that occurring not seen within the novels. Needless to say, Matt and Devona find more adventure, madness, and horror in every book.
There are vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, and the dead in Nekropolis, and those are just the major nationalities. There’s a Gorgon whose snakeheads’ have video cameras in them, a brothel run by the descendent of Mr. Hyde, a gossip columnist who is ‘reality-challenged,’ a bar run by a man with just a skull for a head, golems that work as a security force, and hundreds more. There are vines that eat people, living cars made out of flesh, burning rivers that separate the five dominions, a black sun in the sky casting a perpetual gloom over the dimension, and oh, Chihuahua-piranha hybrid creatures that attack in hordes at random.
This massive tome was 900 pages, and never once did I consider putting it down for something else. I got bored with Jim Butcher quicker, and while I like Simon R. Green, he lacks the wit found among the pages of Tim Waggoner. Most other genre work of this type I don’t find nearly as dark – or as funny. I highly recommend this to fans of Paranormal Fantasy, for those looking for something more.
This is a collection of three novel length stories which detail Richter's adventures in the Nekropolis and how he comes to be a major player in this dangerous world.
Waggoner writes a great story. These swing along and keep you interested and intrigued to the very end. As I read these in series I found his habit of repeating explanations of previous events at some length to be a minor annoyance but not enough to spoil my enjoyment os these funny, tense, intriguing books. Highly recommended