Necropolis (Matt Richter #1)
Centuries ago, when the Earth’s Darkfolk—vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures—were threatened by humanity, they departed our planet’s dimension and journeyed to a shadowy realm, where they built the great city of Necropolis.
Matthew Adrion is a ...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 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
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
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
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
and Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. had a baby, and somehow some Dresden files bled in too for good measure. Yes, I know two series came before this and one after but I couldn't help but compare all the similarities. So for lack of originality I would have gone with 2 stars.
I'm compromisin ...more
Pulp, hard-boiled detective, horror genre wrapped up in one, not-always-so-neatly written yet entertaining novel.
This has the flavor of many of the older pulp novels put out in the 1950's which featured a hard-boiled detective getting mixed up with a femme fatale who would drag him to hell and back before the case is solved. These novels tended to have some awkward writing, as did this one, (maybe done on purpose in this case?). The characters in this novel were likable in spite of a ...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
There was also character growth. Something that I'm finding a lack of in a lot of series. So, good job on that Mr. Waggoner.
That's all for now pretties. ...more
My experience reading Tim Waggoner has always been incredibly enjoyable. His stand-alone novels (Like Death, Pandora Drive, and Darkness Wakes) are some of the very best I have read in the genre. Even is zombie novel, The Way of All Flesh, is in my top 5 zombie books of all time. So make no mistake, I'm a big fan of his work and honestly think he is one of horrors best kept secrets. His writing is fiercely original and uncompromisingly dark, laced many times with enough twisted se ...more
Waggoner is certainly creative. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the different creatures and constructs in Necropolis.
However, he isn't particularly careful. He constantly contradicts himself in this series.
At one point Matt mentions that he may have seen a gargoyle move, but he tries to convince himself that it didn't. WHY!? Why is it so hard to believe that gargoyles might be alive, or at least ambulat ...more
Note: for anyone bothered by typos,misspellings, etc., the last quarter of the book had quite a few, shame on the editor.
However I found I quickly got engaged with the characters, the world and the mystery. The pacing was excellent and at no point did the story lag or feel forced, every charter fit, their motives and reactions felt appropriate and real and while the author worked at making t ...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 city of Nekropolis is fascinating and I ne ...more
I think the best review I can give this book is that after finishing it this morning, I went out to purchase the Night Terrors. An excellent new series ...more
Matt Richter, former member of Cleveland's finest, has been dead for two ye ...more
Matt Richter Series, Book 1
I had thought, going into this book, that I would fall in love with it. It has so many elements that I typically enjoy. I feel like I was more interested in the idea of the world and plot than in the actual execution by Tim Waggoner.
The plot felt as slow as molasses. It just meandered on without any real build up or fire. There was very little intensity as the whole book, up to where I stopped at least, maintained the same voice and ...more