I went back and forth on this one. It had more than its share of faults (too long, too much gun porn for my tastes, MC who was a complete Gary Stu, etI went back and forth on this one. It had more than its share of faults (too long, too much gun porn for my tastes, MC who was a complete Gary Stu, etc.) but it was also one helluva an entertaining ride. What ultimately cost this work a fourth star in my mind was the complete hash it made of the whole Lovecraft Mythos.
Curiously, this one of those three ratings where I can say with certainty I will be looking for the sequels. Even if you don't impress someone like me, you'll get me to take another drink out of the well if you entertain me....more
In terms of sheer entertainment, I think this is the best book I've read thus far in 2014. Zombies, vampires, dwarves, elves, set in a UK where the laIn terms of sheer entertainment, I think this is the best book I've read thus far in 2014. Zombies, vampires, dwarves, elves, set in a UK where the laws of physics have changed (think Ariel) told from the perspective of a rather bemused Realtor-in-Training who has just been Zombified (think the Dan Shamble series, at least back when that one was good). ...more
Note 1: I was given a copy of this work at no cost with the understanding that I would write an unbiased review.
Note 2: Curiously, the ISBN on the PDFNote 1: I was given a copy of this work at no cost with the understanding that I would write an unbiased review.
Note 2: Curiously, the ISBN on the PDF I received (978-1452387420) does not appear on this page or anywhere else on GR. First time that's ever happened to me.
Sigh. I simply could not get into this book, nor at any time could I engage with the plot or the characters. Which is a pity, because I was quite taken with the blurb. Yet this one was simply flat to me, and I'm at a bit of a loss as to describe why. Possibly, too many characters, too many shifts in POV, too many errors of historical fact (particularly as relates to the Romanovs) and in few places some downright painfully silly use of simile and metaphor. About page 175 or so I simply checked out and shut down.
Since the main reason I read books like this is to be entertained, well, I must say this one fit the bill and then some. I suppose one can't really goSince the main reason I read books like this is to be entertained, well, I must say this one fit the bill and then some. I suppose one can't really go wrong with zombies...then again I thought the same thing about vampires once upon a time. But that's a thought best expressed elsewhere.
And rather curiously there's nothing I can see on the book to indicate it is the second book in a series. I did actually wonder about that, since (a) the title seemed a bit on the cumbrous side, and (b) nobody writes just one book about vampires, werewolves, zombies, tax auditors or any of the other creatures out of a nightmare any more. Even if they make them sunshine sparkly, fallen angels or necromancer slacker artists with a drinking problem.
Or to knock off the bloviating: I can report that this book works, and works quite well, as a stand-alone novel. I'll probably seek out at least the first book in the series at some point, but as of the time of this review, I've not read it and don't feel any overwhelming urge to go hunting for it. This is one you can read on its own. And enjoy.
However, I couldn't quite bring myself to rate this one as five stars due to some rather strange false leads planted in the reader's head, dead ends and other miscellany of the sort that should have been caught by some blue pencil wielding editor. If such beings have not yet themselves been confined to the realm of myth. (Or nightmare, I suppose, depending upon the author.) There were also some rather surprising omissions, though these are of the sort that I'm assuming authors do not typically owe anything to readers by way of explanation.
I'll give an example of each below, but though to my eyes they don't qualify as "spoilers," they might to some. Caveat emptor, etc...
>>> First, a "false lead:" at several points in the novel it is implied that Zoey has some sort of zombie connection, and that she is somehow supposed to be some sort of savior. Nothing ever comes of this. And in a book of only 230 or so pages. Huh?
>>> Second, an omission: We never find out what it is that makes Milton into the "Zombie Whisperer" (the possibly unfortunate nickname I pinned on him as I was reading along) that he obviously is. Not even a peep of speculation. As in, why do they do what he says, and more importantly, why don't they want a snack of Milton tartare? We never find out, indeed, all the characters take his special nature for granted.
But if these are complaints, they're mild ones. For what I'm looking for, this one worked. And possibly these and other issues are addressed in the rest of the series. But, as noted, I approached this book unaware that it was in fact part of a series. So I consider the issues raised fair game....more