Centuries ago, when 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 an...more
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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 ...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...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 ...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 ...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
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 ...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 ...more
I DNF-ed this at about 45%, because I didn't care about the plot anymore.
Starts reasonably strong - a zombie detective, living in Nekropolis -a city of undead and magical things in another dimension - and he comes upon a came, guess, hint, cliche, a half-zombie damsel in mistress, who also happens to be really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Reminds you of someone, something, somewhere? Yes. Harry Dresden!
There are tons of similarities, including the ...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 ...more
I have never read a Tim Waggoner novel before, but I am very impressed with his writing. He was able to take the above elements and mix them into an entertaining and engaging story. This book is only 248 pages long, so it's not ...more
there's a lot of strange, bizarre, but still intriguing creatures that we are going to find here. to me, goldang, it's like another Christmas present unwrapping and dancing itself. I develop the fondness of learning and knowing extraordinary creatures nowadays--wait no, since I read A Conspiracy of Stars actually. thank you, Tim, for creating such creatures for me!
besides the variety of creatures, I, somewhat enjoy the world building so so so much. it is real atmospheric for me, ...more
In a literary world saturated with urban fantasy worlds another one may not seem like such a great thing. Been there, seen that, didn't that just get a movie made from it? Nekropolis though comes off less like its trying to be a fresh new urban fantasy and more like a noir that ...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.
Ostensibly this story is about Richter's latest case, recovering a stolen artifact for the daughter of a ...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 ...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 ...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 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
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 ...more