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Nightmare City: Part One: A Steampunk-ish Lovecraftan Tale of Action and Horror by [Conner, Jack]
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"Jack Connor can write! The book is well plotted. Great characters are found in each chapter, and nicely developed . . . Gritty scenes, with plenty of violence, and excitement. I read Part I in a single night and Part II in two nights. Loved every minute of the story!"

--Phillip Tomasso,
Author of the Vaccination Trilogy

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  • File Size: 3450 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jack Conner; 3 edition (June 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZOTUIC
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Nightmare City is well written. It captures interest almost immediately with Katya, our young thief on the run from her victim who intends to kill her. From there, she goes from the frying pan to the fire, as she gets mixed up in a world of mob bosses who are much more than what they appear to be. While the story has a strong heroine, everyone else seems entirely self serving, insane, or a zombie, until the final few pages.

The mob bosses were larger than life, one that reminded me of an ancient warrior, while the other was clearly a megalomaniac with the Herbert fetish for reanimation. I must take issue with the labels post-steampunk and Lovecraft adventure in regards to this story, while the labels surely help in searching, I have seen little evidence other than some tentacles and unexplained mechanisms, that either title applies. Part two may hold the key, so I will withhold my final decision until then.

My biggest issue, and why the story got three stars instead of four, is that the book just stopped as one story arc was winding down, and another was in full swing - just stopped. No more text, nothing there, just the authors information. I find more and more authors doing this, and along with those who create a trilogy out of a single book, I just wish the trend was away from this not toward it.

Other than the ending, the story was really quite good. I enjoyed it. I will see what happens in part two.
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I had just read The War of the Moonstone: an Epic Fantasy (The Song of the Broken World: A Dark Fantasy Adventure Series) by Jack Conner (really great dark fantasy,) and wanted to see what else he had written so I picked this up. Actually, I'm not sure if this is really dark fantasy. It's more mystery/adventure, but on another world. Anyway, a really fun read. It gripped me from beginning to end. It's full of running from zombies, investigating evil mobsters and fighting monsters. There's a big H. P. Lovecraft influence in this book. I don't know how many readers know who Lovecraft is, but to me that's a good thing. It adds a sense of cosmic horror to Nightmare City.

Mainly, though, it's a light action novel, and the main character is fun. She's trying to stop this creepy kingpin from summoning an Elder God, more or less. Plus there's zombies and other things, such as ancient ruins, a zeppelin, and monsters with tentacles that eat your mind. Good stuff!

The world is neat. It had been a steampunk world, but now it's slowly changing into a more modern era, through there's alchemy and a few horse-drawn carriages. Also, there had been a war in the recent past and some of the buildings are bombed-out.

It was really exciting and different. Good popcorn entertainment. There's a little sex and gore in it, and it is kind of a horror novel in some ways, so not for kids.

Recommended!
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A lot of reviews describe this book as "steampunk," which it may well be, albeit I am not familiar with steampunk, so I understand this story as set in a different world - the religious scheme is clearly not our world - during the (maybe) 1920s - there are cars and guns and crowded urban slums and something of a labor movement - where science has taken an odd turn - alchemy in place of chemistry and homunculi and "returners," which I understand to be something like Frankenstein's monster. In any event, Jack Conner has richly imagined his world and developed it with a level of detail that reminds me of Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun.

Jack Conner, the author, is a superlative writer. His writing is engaging and captivating, drawing the reader into his interesting and mysterious world. As I write these words, I happen to be watching Penny Dreadful: Season 1 [Blu-ray] via Amazon Instant Videos. It occurs to me that if you want a feel for the kind of world that Conner has imagined, that series is a good approximation. Contrariwise, if you liked that show, then you will probably enjoy being introduced to Lavorgna.

The storyline introduces Kat - a very small time thief who has gotten sideways with a gang in her hometown, the Fifth Ward of Upper Lavorgna. In her effort to flee she gets a ride from Death's Head Jack, who takes her to see Ravic, the chief boss of the Fifth Ward.
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I really enjoyed Nightmare City. Full of mystery and derring-do. There are Frankenstein like undead creatures, ghost monsters called haunts and other dangers in a city that seems like early 1900s New York, but somehow gone wrong. Think the Shadow meets Frankenstein. The heroine was great, a foul-mouthed ass-kicker!

Okay, now I have to talk about the plot, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, skip to the end. SPOILERS START HERE: Our heroine Katya, a thief who is in trouble, hooks up with the local mafia boss, who is himself in trouble. Another mafia boss has declared war on him, and this is right when the ghost-things are attacking people etc. Crazy supernatural stuff. Anyway, the “good” mafia boss isn’t anything like the Godfather. He’s more like the Road Warrior, a big fighty kind of guy that hacks zombies up with a chainsaw.

So he sends Katya, who needs to get away, undercover into his enemy’s lair to find out what he’s up to and stop him. At first I thought it was going to go in some weird direction, but nope, Katya finds out what she needs to and escapes, with zombies and mobsters and haunts chasing her every step of the way. She has to navigate these things, avoid the bad guy, hook up with an underworld figure and find a way to stop the villain from doing what he’s doing. I won’t give that away, and to say anything more would be to ruin it. So END SPOILERS.

In conclusion: I haven’t read much steampunk, but I’ve read some, and this felt very different. I guess it’s like the title says: it’s post-steampunk. There’s some steam-men and reference to the Age of Steam, but that’s about it.
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