Nekropolis (Matt Richter #1)
His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. And in this first case, Richter must help a delectable half-vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it’s used to destroy Nekropolis itself. That is, if he can survive the myriad horrors that infest the city itself ...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 Nekro...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
Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner is the first novel in the Matt Ritcher series. What could be better than a mystery series led by a detective named Matt Ritcher? How about a story that also includes pretty much every urban fantasy supernatural creature imagined? Hey, why not have the protagonist be an undead...zombie? Make it all fit together by taking place in a world adjacent to our own... This is the making of fun stuff.
This really is a dream series for urban fantasy lovers that enjoy a bit ...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
Pages - 401
Publisher - Angry Robot
Blurb from Goodreads
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.
More pulp than Pulp Fiction, more butt-kicking than Buffy, Nekropolis is the first in a deathly new series.
My Revie ...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
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
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
Note: for anyone bothered by typos,misspellings, etc., the last quarter of the book had quite a few, shame on the editor.
"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.
Zombie detective ...more
A commencer par le personnage principal et narrateur, Matt Richter : policier a Philadelphie, en suivant la piste d'un tueur en série étrange, il s'est retrouvé à Nekropolis, une ville dans une dimension parallèle ou se sont enfuis tout les démons, vampires, changeurs de forme et autres sorciers devant l'inexorable progression des humains. En concluant ...more
This is also one of the novel's flaws. There's so much going on, so many critters and places squashed into the pages, ...more