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Night Things: Undead and Kicking (Magic Now) Paperback – May 31, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved this book and its main character Gary Hack, a drug addicted pornographer. His path and his plight was fascinating. The book itself? Dingy, edgy, bleak, harsh. Violent and heavy, it spoke to everything I desired in a read and I connected with Gary Hack. The main character of this book that I mistakingly grasped on to be a main character of this world.
After a rebranding, Heroin became Monsters and the Magic Now and a byline was added “Prequel to Night Things”. Prequel, what?! This was just before the release of Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein, the official Magic Now Book 1, which I eagerly devoured.
The cold hammer of truth dropped and I discovered that my man Gary Hack was just a cog in a much larger machine. Delegated to somewhat of a background role, taking a bow to Johnny Stücke, a character introduced as Hack’s benefactor in the previous book. I was bummed about Gary’s involvement in DvF, and when he exited in a whimper… My inner superfan was spurned. No disrespect to Mr. West, I didn’t hate the book, I just had an irrational infatuation with a character who, lets be honest, probably couldn’t have held a series upon his shoulders. It took me a long time to realize this. The plight of a reader, a fan.
So, did Night Things: Undead and Kicking win me back?
Yeah, yeah it did.
The highlight of Undead and Kicking is the introduction of new characters Carol Haddon and Jack the Ripper, the hinting at other possible future characters, and the fleshing out and expansion of cast introduced in DvF, mainly Herbert West, Gary Hack’s daughter Holly, and Abraham Janvier.
It’s easy to see that Mr. West had an affinity for all monsters, modern and silver age alike. The creatures are molded by caring hands, even if they end up destroyed by bloody claws. The genuine love of Creature Features is apparent in every page.
The read itself has some exciting moments and solid build up as characters take their positions in a burgeoning war. It is by and large a build up, setting the stage for the follow up, Night Things: The Horde Frequency, which I suspect will be explosive. I’m excited to experience the aftermath.
Overall score: 4.5/ 5
Anyways, if Night Things was Dracula vs. Frankenstein, this book could be Herbert West(of H.P. Lovecraft's Reanimator) vs. Jack the Ripper(aka Edmund Wraight). Terry M. West does a great job of jumping back and forth through time to show us the relationship and eventual falling out between these two characters.
But don't think Frankenstein(aka Johnny Stucke) won't be around. He's still a major part of the monster world and the city as some of the minor characters such as Glass, Abraham Janvier, Sheila, and Gary Hack's daughter Holly,
Speaking of Gary Hack, he is not the main character of this novel. Newcomer Carol Haddon really adds a new dimension to this series with her unique characteristics that make her an asset to have on your team.
All and all, great book. When it ended, I got a sense that there was more to come. Terry M. West created this huge build up and I can't wait to read the next book to see where this goes.