Dead Things (Eric Carter #1)
He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.
When he left L.A. fifteen years ago he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to ki ...more
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This necromancer, Eric Carter, isn't trying to rule the world; he's just trying to get by in it and avenge the death of his sister. He's a messed-up dude and I would never want to meet h ...more
I loved this book for all its faults, I am not sure if it was what the author was going for, but for me it was a cheesy horror flick. The main character is that heroine you love to hate, the one who you scream at to not go down that dark alley, the basement are you crazy, and you stupid bitch why are you leaving the group to go it alone.
Eric Carter has been running from his past for fifteen yea ...more
+ the hero
Eric Carter was my ideal Urban Fantasy hero. He embraced his power, and even better, he didn't hesitate killing bad guys with it. With great power comes great responsibility to kick ass and make them stay down — permanently.
I loved how he owned up to his bad decisions and personality flaws. ...more
There are so many things I like in this book, I don't know where to start. True, there are some I don't, but it's still a good story.
The main character is an urban fantasy hero (or anti-hero if you like) done right. A warning though: he does things that those who got used to last moment solutions that help the hero avoid ugly or distasteful actions trope might find a bit hard to accept. Eric Carter doesn't get off easy only because he is the main character. After he gets back to L.A. to find ...more
For the first story in a series, I mostly loved it. But I did have niggles.
Okay, the good part first:
Just like my friend, Expy, I loved how Eric embraced his dark power. I was refreshing to see the hero who didn't hesitate to kill the bad guys (like what he did with the cab driver) and didn't went back and forth on questioning the 'morality' of it. Those people (dead or alive) that he killed was the bad guys and Eric got the job done. Period.
The villains were vicious and i ...more
I read this a while ago, but with the sequel coming out I thought I would show some love a write a quick review on this because I loved it.
I also think Stephen Blackmoore is an excellent and underrated talent in this genre.
Eric is a necromancer. That's right, our protagonist actually uses the "bad guy's magic". One of the things that intrigued me about this novel was the fact that Eric dabbled in the dark side.
The story is a bit of a mystery where Eric is returning home to L.A. after s ...more
First off, the setting: Los Angeles. LA has always been hellish for me, so a story set there with a rampaging, ravenous ghost, the personification of Death, gangsters, a magical hitman, it all worked.
Eric is our hitman. His magical talent is control of the dead. He left LA after avenging the death of his pa ...more
What really drives this book is the main character, Eric. I don't like to leave reviews with spoilers, so I'll just give you the basics. He's a necromancer. A powerful necromancer at that. He pisses off a lot of people, and a lot of people, and not people, want him dead. I don't blame them. He's kind of a jerk. I'm gue ...more
The story is about a necromancer named Eric Carter who is called back to his hometown of Los Angeles by the sudden death of his sister. And hey, who says you can’t go home again? It’s only been 15 years for Eric and now that he’s back some big bad juju is stirring in the City of Angels and he’s at the center of it all. H ...more
If you have been jonesing for a fast-paced, darkish whodunit urban fantasy with an MC stricken with a checkered-past, then give this book a try, or I should say series. A series I'll definitely continue on reading. Especially with the twisty-esque ending!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Another YA death-is-my-hope-for-meaning-in-my-life book? Another hack-the-zombie book? The cover looked good, and the synopsis was promising: but, I've been fooled before.
I'm glad this wasn't one of the times I was fooled, and I'm looking forward to the next volume Broken Souls when it comes out. The protagonist is a bit of a narcissist (but what human being isn't?), leaps to a lot of untested conclusions, and let's his mouth get him into more trouble...more
Eric Carter is a necromancer. A shitty title, but hey, that's how he makes a living. And we get to see him in action right from the beginning. However, once the job's done, he gets a call from someone that manages to drag him back into his past. And that's how he finds out his sister is dead.
So he heads back to LA after fifteen years away determined to find her killer. Except he finds a whole lot more, because th ...more
WHAT I LIKED
* Protagonist - A damn fine anti-hero. Seriously flawed yet somehow seriously likable.
* Pacing - Nice and fast, plenty of action, great cliffhangers to keep you turning pages. I read it in two days.
* Necrom ...more
Well, I just read DEAD THINGS, and I'm here to tell you, he hit it.
DEAD THINGS is a two-fisted paranormal noir that starts swinging from the first pages and never really l ...more
Eric Carter was born with a knack for the dead that set him apart even in his magical family and c ...more
If Harry Dresden were a necromancer instead of a wizard, he probably would have turned out to be someone like Eric Carter. Same breed of snark (slightly more gallows, of course) but different city. Where Dresden is the wizard of Chicago, at least in the beginning; Los Angeles is Eric Carter’s city.
And his power comes from death.
It’s not that he is dead or even that he intentionally causes death, but that he speaks to the dead, and very definitely vice-versa ...more
This was different. The world completely sucked me in, with evil guns and creepy tattoos and a terrifying... pocket watch?! And bad guys. Oh the bad guys: Awesome, amazing, fear-factor-and-hate-factor-ten-thousand bad guys.
Our lead? Necromancer. Eric. Doesn't mean he's a cloak wearing weirdo with pet bats and zombie minions, nope. He's hopping parallel dimensions back-and-forth between gritty L.A. and the land of ...more
But I'll get to that.
First, the world-building. This ...more
Stephen Blackmoore's Dead Things was while an intriguing read, one that I just couldn't get into 100%. Don't get me wrong, it was still entertaining, but I wasn't fully invested in the storyline. I'm not sure why I wasn't fully invested in the story, it sounded interesting enough and while I did enjoy bits and pieces, it just wasn't a fave for me.
Eric Carter is a necromancer and ...more
When i picked this book up it was because i read kevin hearnes review of book two "broken souls" and said to myself "self you need to read this". and then i did. and my life has been forever changed.
eric carter is a nasty, rough, sarcastic asshole. like me. he is a wanderer...like me. and a necromancer...like i wish i was. from start to finish this book kicked my ass and i was left begging for more.
do i sound like a fanbo ...more
His first novel, a dark urban fantasy titled CITY OF THE LOST is out through DAW Books and is available at all the fashionable bookstores. Hopefully some of the seedier ones, too. ...more