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Nekropolis Paperback – August 6, 2009
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Richter is a great character, akin to old noir P.I. novels. And that he's a zombie, in constant need of repair, is a wonderful twist. All of the characters are larger than life, and often humorous in nature. With plenty of twists, surprises, and undead smack-downs, Nekropolis has made my list of top reads of the year.
The setting is a lot like Simon R. Green's Nightside series with mystery, dark humor, and horror. Though I found myself enjoying this novel even more. The story is darker, a bit more complex, with likeable characters. It's fresh and fun; and I didn't want it to end. Fantasy and horror fans, don't miss this fantastic release.
My experience reading Tim Waggoner has always been incredibly enjoyable. His stand-alone novels (Like Death, Pandora Drive, and Darkness Wakes) are some of the very best I have read in the genre. Even is zombie novel, The Way of All Flesh, is in my top 5 zombie books of all time. So make no mistake, I'm a big fan of his work and honestly think he is one of horrors best kept secrets. His writing is fiercely original and uncompromisingly dark, laced many times with enough twisted sex that you find yourself re-reading passages. However, this trilogy based in a shadowy realm in a nearby dimension, populated with all sorts of familiar vampires, werewolves, talking insects, and other creatures, felt a bit too generic and familiar. A bit too PG-13. Edward Lee's Infernal trilogy was more what I was hoping for, and usually with Waggoner, just as adult. But not so. WIth the exception of a few adult descriptions and a handful of f-words, Nekropolis reads like a young adult novel.
The characters were very enjoyable to follow and some of the scenes had some nicely crafted dark humor. There were still some fascinating situations and concepts (reaching into ones chest to take out a page in someones life that they will never remember was brilliant). Although this book was not what I expected and was much lighter in tone, the writing and quick scenes had me finishing it rather quickly and interested to see what comes next. So, if you enjoy that sub-genre of zombie private detective books, like the Dan Shamble books by Kevin J. Anderson, you will find a comfortable home here in Waggoner's world, too.
The city of Nekropolis is fascinating and I never knew what was going to happen next. I found it delightfully terrifying and engaging throughout. Richter is a great character to introduce the reader to the strange occurrences since he always has a witty explanation. Waggoner does a great job explaining how the rules work while not bogging down the story with exposition.
The other characters are great as well. Devona is the attractive vampire that comes to ask the zombie Richter for help and fills the role in many classic detective thrillers while also subverting it with magical abilities and her vampire powers. Lazlo is a wild demon taxi driver that helps Richter and Devona out of jams while also creating a few hilarious situations of his own that the protagonists have to escape.
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Now here is the reason that I am giving this book a 2 star.....AWFUL EDITING/PROOFREADING/AND VERY MUCH IN NEED OF SPELLCHECK AND GRAMMER CHECK AS WELL!!!! For someone that teaches composition and creative writing at the college level, and is a faculty mentor of a major university...he has way too many issues with misspelled, ill used words. I kept with the story because I enjoyed it, but it is for the simple reason that because of the many errors in this book, I will not be reading more of the series, and leaving this author/character behind....sorry!!!!