Necropolis (Matt Richter #1)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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