Harry Priest just wants to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t take away his visitation rights, and his dead-end job cleaning up crime scenes for the past ten years isn’t doing him any favors.
But when Harry attends what he thinks is a routine death, he stumbles onto a secret multiverse of alte ...more
I had a nice surprise when I picked up Department Zero. The book initially caught my eye as a cross-genre science fiction and fantasy adventure about infinite alternate realities, as well as a secret society of agents who have to traverse multiple worlds to clean up interstitial messes. But as if that isn’t cool enough already, Paul Crilley doubles down by tying everything into the Cthulhu mythos and giving this one a ni ...more
H.P. Lovecraft fans may recognize this sentence as a description of his Cthulhu mythos. Not only does the author play homage to H.P. Lovecraft but he also recognizes the "Men-in-Black" and Matrix film series and film director Christopher Nolan's Inception. ...more
So here’s the thing. When I set off after the guy who stole the spear, I really didn’t expect to end the night chained to an altar in the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral while my blood is sucked from my body by a group of insane (and unfit) cultists frantically working foot pumps in an attempt to bring the rotting corpse of a Martian invader back to life.
But them’s the
This is probably just a matter of taste. I found the 70 pages I read too ridiculous to enjoy, thought there was too much dialogue and exposition, and the whole thing was just too close to a Men in Black rip off for me. Maybe it improves if I were to give it more than 70 pages. But already I was dreading picking the book back up and I wasn't even a 1/4 done. Best to just back off now.
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Department Zero by Paul Crilley is a neat mashup of humor and horror, of interdimensional fantasy and Lovecraft. First person narrator Harry Priest has a lively voice and a lot to learn when his life gets turned upside down after one really bad day at work. If you like acerbic British humor and the Old Ones of H.P. Lovecraft, this is a book f ...more
Fast paced, and action packed would be the best way to describe this book in short. In more depth I would have to say that although this is meant to be a fast paced, there were a few places where slowing down for an extra page or two could have really helped. The ...more
Another problem is the humor. A good humorous book is very hard to write. Most of the time, it ...more
Quick & Dirty: A world in which Lovecraft written work is all true.
Opening Sentence: The polite term for what I do for a living is “biohazard remediation.”
Harry Priest is a crime scene cleaner, and one night he recives a phone call from a contact within the LAPD, so he and Jorge (the boss’s son) head out to the crime scence to clean it up. However, when they get there they quickly realize that something is different. Harry is sure that th ...more
A story of an inter-universe police force stopping crimes between ‘rips’ is my cup of tea. The story universe, premise, world making, and plot are all incredible in this novel. Time and time again I found myself pausing to visualize what I was reading and imagining the world’s crea ...more
The unfortunately named Harry Priest is a divorced father, a pretty average guy whose main priority is reading to his daughter Susan nightly (mostly over the phone, since his wife Megan has custody).
Harry cleans up the aftermath of crime scenes for a living. He took the job 10 years ...more
Loooooots of Lovecraft, which I still am not as familiar with as apparently a SF fan should be. Also a weirdly strong kid theme. Nice universe hopping. My one bitch is that some of the characters kind of disappeared with no explanation (and of course they were the ones I wanted more of, woe). ...more
Should appea ...more
He has written eight novels, worked on five computer games, and also written comics for IDW. His previous novels include The Invisible Order books, a middle grade series ...more