Ghosts of Gotham
So. This book could have been boring as fish. Oh yes, most definitely. I mean, a Bibliomystery Type Thingie (BTT™)? About a reporter hired by an eccentric, reclusive heiress to locate and authenticate an obscure Edgar Allan Poe manuscript? YAWN, right? Been there, read that, ultimate cure for insomnia and stuff, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Clueless Barnacles will be clueless, as usual. ...more
It is a cross of mythology, The Supernaturals, Alfred Hitchcock, and a mash of every horror show I've seen. So many twists and surprises that I gave up on trying to figure it out and just held on and rode this wild ride to the end! Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they say they are...
Ghouls, goddess, an old Po ...more
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Release day: April 9, 2019. Publisher: 47North. Rating: ★★★★★
Craig Schaefer once again proves he is genius-level in the paranormal noir genre. This is my 15th? book and it may be my favorite yet. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the world-building … just gets better and better.
Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? Yes. Good job. I approve. Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? No?
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Now that we've all stopped laughing...all bias aside, this is a great book. It's a new series, with a new hero/manic ...more
What can I say? Craig Shaefer has done something really special in Ghosts of Gotham. He has taken an Edgar Allen Poe story and made it the focus of a mystery that delves into occult, that in itself is a good story. But he has also taken two characters, which on their own might not be incredibly sympathetic and turned them into the heroes of this tale and made me wonder how long should someone pay for the sins of their past? The magic in t ...more
Actual rating: 4.5/5
Lionel Page has made a name for himself digging into hoaxes, frauds, and con artists. As an investigative reporter, he’s busted psychics, faith healers and miracle men, exposing their powers for nothing more but parlour tricks.
He’s proved repeatedly that magic didn’t exist. Craig Schaefer’s proved him wrong.
Lionel’s new case gets weird fast. He must believe in the unbelievable or die. Simple.
Schaefer is one of my favourite storytellers. His insane plotting skills im ...more
When a story from his past threatens his livelihood, he accepts a quest from Regina Dunkle to verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City. In exchange she promises to make his problem go away. Ah, Lionel we all know how that goes. The tale that unfolds introduces mythology, supernatural elements and paranormal ...more
Take a reporter dedicated (like a Geraldo Rivera) to unmasking charlatans, frauds, faith healers and the like and send him in a mission to recover a lost manuscript In Manhattan. What could go ...more
I loved everything about this. Lionel is the sole survivor of a brutal massacre, but he tries to keep his past hidden. When his past was about to be exposed, an unexpected source offers to help as long as he tracks down something in return. Then lots of murder, mystery, magic, and mayhem ensues.
Lionel's career revolves around debunking magic. Little did he know magic did exist. While tra ...more
Lionel Page is a Chicago reporter who’s addicted to debunking mysteries and because of his past, he cannot resist them any more than he breathes. However he’s clueless as to how to solve his own personal mystery. His penchant for risk ...more
The book is classified as “occult mystery”, but it’s really more a meld of myth, fantasy, horror, and mystery, with a little Dan Brown-style conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure. It has an interesting premise, and I liked the way Greek mythology had been used to explain certain aspects of magic. It was quite a clever re ...more
I read this book with some high expectations because this author rated so well. However, when the supernatural was introduced, it was clumsily done and well, just plain dumb. I should have expected more from such a celebrated author.
Secondly, I would have liked to see the protagonist’s past a little more a little earlier to make the story make more sense to me.
The writing w ...more
Would you like a story that has ghosts, witches ghouls - and an almost crim noir plot with an intrepid reporter. Have I got the story for you.
Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, referred to as little lion occasionally, a thirty-something investigative journalist. Lionel is given an investigation by a mysterious woman, Regina Dunkle. Is she just a wealthy reclusive heiress with a fascination ...more
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the title. I'm a huge comic book fan, and I honestly thought this would be somehow relating to DC Comics in some way. (Spoiler alert: it's not.) But do not fear; this book is incredible; and when I read that this book also focuses on the supernatural and mythology, I was sold. I ...more
Would you like a story that has ghosts, witches ghouls – and a crime noir style plot with an intrepid reporter. Have I got the story for you.
Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, referred to as little lion o ...more
Buddy read with the MacHalos
This was my first Schaefer experience, and it was exceptional! The best part is now I get to sit with the cool kids in the Schaefer Cult.
Ghosts of Gotham fits snuggly in the Urban Fantasy genre. It had all the juicy bits I come to expect from an UF. Action, magic, gods, creatures, and a dose of gore. Schaefer also threw in some romance and sex to give it that exceptional spicy taste.
One of my favorite aspects in a good author is how well he uses dialogue in te...more
My English review
I was very curious when I discovered the theme of this novel. An impossible manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe or even the somewhat paranormal side that the author has added? All this could only intrigue me! That’s also why I plunged into the story with pleasure.
Lionel is a journalist whose mission is to find and expose charlatans. But now, his past catches him up, a past he does not want to hear about, or even to remember. To prevent this, he spends a deal with a ...more
Ghosts of Ghotam was different, entertaining, and kept my attention. I love stories about magic in a modern setting and this one didn't disappoint. This story is whimsical and yet heavy at the same time. Fast paced plot and an edgy tone made for interesting characters without seeming superficial. The writing was good, ...more
ARC provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This was full of twists, turns and devious machinations, and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. I love a book that has twists and conclusions that I don’t predict, and this has that in spades. It had a good pace. There was little lull, and when there was, I didn’t feel like it was too much. It was a balance that worked for me. The beginning dropped us straight in the middle of the ...more
Ghosts of Gotham is a unique and peculiar read, written by Craig Schaefer. The novel follows an investigative reporter, but not the kind you’re used to. Lionel Page specializes in debunking the supernatural. Have a guy claiming to be a faith healer? Lionel will be there, and he’ll prove just how fake that guy is. Have a cult that needs to get outted? He’ll take care of it.
I went into Ghosts of Go ...more
Fans of Schaefer's Daniel Faust and Harmony Black series will feel right at home with his writing style, although while not too far removed from his other books, Ghosts of Gotham takes s ...more
I have to admit that I was a little afraid to read this book. The first one outside the Daniel/Harmony/Messa universe? EEK!
Yeah, I don't know what I was worried about. This is Craig Fucking Schaefer, after all.
As I sit here and struggle to find the words, I realize that Craig's books are a lot like a scrambler: sm ...more
Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, a journalist who makes a living out of exposing conmen and proving that there’s no such thing as miracles or magic. An expert skeptic, his life quickly takes a turn after a meeting with the mysterious Regina Dunkle who wants him to find a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript for her and verify its authenticity. In exchange, she offers to protect him and saf ...more
I don't only love his books books for those reason ...more
I love that the story is rooted in reality, making the supernatural and fantasy aspects feel like they might well be happening around us. While we delve into magic and witches and ghosts, the content never feels far-fetched. So I now believe in secret magic societies. Go ahead and judge me!
The characters are all well developed, unique, and fascinating. ...more
Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact. His home on the W ...more