Necropolis (Matt Richter #1)
Given the ridiculous popularity of Walking Dead-types of zombie movies and novels out there, it’s pretty refreshing for one to come along that pretty much has nothing in common with any of them. Nekropolis is essentially your typical urban fantasy, thrown into a cement mixer with about a ton of Forumla Macabre added and mixed together.
Matt Richter is the only sentient zombie in existence, the result of a freak accident that killed h...more
I was skeptical about this book from the moment I laid eyes on it. I was conflicted because I really enjoy Urban Fantasy, but I really hate bad Urban Fantasy. A lot of Urban Fantasy really isn't Urban Fantasy at all, but Paranormal Romance disguised at Urban Fantasy for marketing purposes. It’s not that I dislike all Paranormal Romance; I just really dislike a story that uses the supernatural as a plot device to get people reading about faux romance that’s really just questionable bow c...more
I'm so disappointed to say that Nekropolis didn't live up to it's awesome cover or premise. I expected a hard-boiled detective with an intriguing mystery to solve. Instead It was a very light, very lon...more
For the second entry in Zombie Appreciation Month we move away from the end of the world toward a detective novel with a twist. I’m sure you can guess the nature of the twist? Nekropolis: The Matt Richter Series, Book I by Tim Waggoner is the first outing for the zombie detective.
Hundreds of years ago, Father Dis and the five lesser Dark Lords brought all of the Darkfolk together...more
I can understand why some wouldn't like this book. There are quite a few things to justify it. But it is so weird that I liked it.
The world's origin:
"Over three hundred years ago, the Darkfolk, rather than deal with an increasingly populous, aggressive, and technologically advanced mankind, decided to leave Earth. Led by Father Dis and the five lesser Lords, they travelled to a distant dark dimension where Nekropolis was born. This leave-taking, which the Darkfolk call the Descension, is Ne...more
Maybe it's because as a kid I spent my Saturday nights watching Stacy Keach play Mike Hammer on CBS, but I love private detectives. They're my favorite form of literary heroes. They dish out and endure all sorts of punishment in their quest for the truth. The cover for Tim Waggoner's novel "Nekropolis" hinted that readers would meet a private eye capable of enduring a lot of punishment. That's because he was a zombie, but unlike your typical zombie he had his full cognitive capablities and didn'...more
If you read this and don't enjoy it you don't really have anyone to blame but yourself.
On GoodReads it's got a higher rating so o...more
That said, I'm not so wildly enthusiastic about it that I want everyone to read it right away or anything: it was an easy read, enjoyable for that, and I liked the world of Nekropolis, but... There's not much substance there, really, somehow. I don't know how to make that make se...more
1. It needed better editing. In some places there are often sentences where a word is missing or it is repeated twice and there are some fairly obvious spelling errors. Example: something is named the 'Plain' and a few lines later it is referred to as the 'Plan'.
2. Too much exposition from the antagonists. Some of them, the ones that are clearly...more
I found the first ten pages or so mildly slow, but that was perhaps due to the world-building that had to be done. I also thought some of the plot developments were a bit too pat, but overall, this was quite a fun book, and I think I'd be perfectly willin...more
The book takes place in Nekropolis, which is a world in another dimension where all the bad things went. You know, bad things like vampires, werewolves, demons, really big bugs...
But, anyways, Matt got made into a zombie two years ago when him and his cop partner (they were both cops, not gay lovers, let me just clarify that) chased a murderer through a portal and ende...more
MATT RICHTER MAY BE DEAD, BUT HE'LL STILL CRACK THIS CASE.
Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis.
This place has always been ruled by the vampire overlords.
Now they're plotting to destroy the city.
... over his dead body.
I loved this book!
Matt Richter was a cop for Cleveland PD for twen...more
Considered a rare entity as a self-willed zombie, Richter does favours for the creature citizens of Nekropolis in exchange for fees to purchase restorative spells. Every day is focus...more
Matt Richter is a private detective in the vein of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He's sardonic. He doesn't pull punches, or one-liners. Also, he is a zombie living (or existing) in an other-worldly city filled with vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. Given that set up and the mesh of hard-boiled detective with a fantasy horror backdrop, I should have liked this more tha...more
When picking this up to read I thought perhaps the title was more a slang reference to whatever city it was going to be set in. Actually it is the name of the city itself, the story taking place in an alternate dimension where all the monsters of our nightmares have retreated to from Earth. To me is was a "con" at first (probably simply because of my incorrect assumption), but...more
Wildly inventive. Tons of fun.
Sometimes Richter irritated me though, because he wasn't ruthless, and the author presents the Nekropolis as ruthless and dangerous. People being run down by cabs. Restaurants that sell pieces of humans. People being killed during the wild celebration. It's all tongue-in-cheek, but when the hero--who is clever rather than powerful--is faced with a lyke who wants to r...more
"Of course. I'm a zombie; I don't have any feelings, remember?"
"Right. I forgot."
I knew Varvara didn't believe it, and for the first time in a long time, neither did I.
Welcome to Waggoner's world, where you can step through a portal and enter a dimension known as Nekropolis, home to all things strange and unusual.
It's a world covered in perpetual dusk, divided into dominions that are overseen by five Darklords, chosen by the creator of Nekropolis.
This was a very enjoyable mysterywith vampires, zombies, and shiftersset in a noir kind of town. Setting aside that he's a zomb...more