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Tastes Like Chicken (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Kevin J Anderson is back with another volume featuring the whacky world of Dan Chambeux! Fans of the stories know that the “Big Uneasy” has transformed our world. All of the historical monsters and things that go bump in the night are now everyday citizens. For many, death is truly only the beginning…
Dan Shamble, his ghostly girlfriend Sheyenne, his human lawyer partner Robin and best human friend Officer Toby McGoohan are up to their usual hijinks! There is a new food supplier to the unnatural quarter. The food is well received by all, but there is something weird about Monster Chow’s representative…
Vampires are going on rampages after ingesting drinks at local blood bars. A gang consisting of both humans and vampires battle it out in the streets with the law. Unaturals of all types have been going missing. Dan and McGoohan have a little vampire girl left on their doorstep, so to speak. And there are feral chickens loose in the street!
Kudos for a lot of crazy, sometimes unsubtle cameos in the story! There is the gang of hillbilly vampires who call themselves “Suck Dynasty!” Are you in dire need of assistance? Just call for the EMTs. In this case, that’s Emergency Mortician Technicians. If you are traveling, you can always count on Hellhound Bus Line. The Bigfeet (their chosen term!) are collecting for their Bigfoot/Yeti Visibility Society. “You have real trouble seeing them!” There’s Edgar Alan Troll, the Less-than-whole Food Market, and many, many more!
This is quite possibly the most fun you will have with a book that has a collection of ghosts, zombies, vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, demons, golems, Bigfeet, and much more from the realm of fantasy and horror! I love this series! I give this latest volume five stars plus!
Quoth the Raven…
Dan Shambles resides in the Unnatural Quarter. It’s the literary neighbor between Dresden Files’ Chicago and Terry Pratchett’s Ank-Morpork.
Sure, there are zombies, ghosts, werewolves, vampires and more, however just because they’re not all alive doesn’t mean they don’t have lives.
Kevin J Anderson has unearthed this series after a hiatus of several years and this is my favorite volume yet.
The seemingly disparate threads and cases all tie together in a pleasingly grotesque finale.
However, the real darling of this book is the introduction of McGoo’s and Shamble’s daughter Alvina. (You read that right.) She has been going through changes lately early onset puberty via vampirization. She really brings the characters together to create a warmth that is often missing from zombies and ghosts.
The themes of family are woven throughout with the characteristic humor and wordplay the series is known for.
Feral chicken attacks, unicorn blood frappuccinos, missing monsters, spell of the month subscriptions salesmen and more await!
I've read all of Kevin J Anderson's Star Wars books and most of his Dune novels. Beyond that, I'm ashamed to say, that I've not read much else beyond stories in the occasional anthology. That means I went into this book knowing nothing about the character other than what I've read in one short story. And yet I had no issue following the story or understanding the characters and understanding their motivations and actions. And the characters are really what drive this book. The story is slightly predictable in the way that most detective stories are so the characters have to be more than stereotypes and tropes and KJA didn't disappoint.
The humor, other than McGoo's jokes, was a lot of fun. And not so veiled references to things we all know from our daily lives just added to the entertainment value. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I tend to be a sci-fi and history reader but this book was fun. Based off of this book I'm going to go pick up the rest of the books so I can read the rest of the story of the zombie PI.