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Nekropolis (Matt Richter #1)

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Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. And in his first case, Richter must help a delectable vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it's used to destroy the entire city.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 416 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Angry Robot (first published April 15th 2004)
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Mostly, I have only Past Carol. to blame. You see, I realized my TBR list had over 600 books, over four years of reading if I ever tried to get through it. As I try to actually make these things functional, I was going through removing books that no longer appealed. I don't know what I was up to in 2011, but I sure was frivolous about adding books. Necropolis was one of those 2011 reads, and one I could have done without. While I'm often looking for a new take on urban fantasy, this was MadLibs: ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

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
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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

Carolyn  Storer
I have wanted to read this book since August last year when I bought it because of the awesome cover. But as we all know, we shouldn't judge a book by its cover (although we all do) but we hope that the story is as good as it's visual counterpart. Unfortunately this wasn't the case with Nekropolis.

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
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“This place has always been ruled by the vampire lords. Now they are plotting to destroy the city. Over my dead body”.

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
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars

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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tim Waggoner is a pretty talented horror writer. I've enjoyed some of his past titles and so when I read the blurb for Necropolis and it described a zombie private detective who plies his trade in a hell-like world filled with witches, vampires, and other ghoulish fiends, I was sold. Sadly, the idea was a lot better in theory than in execution. I enjoyed seeing the different cities in the world, but I thought that Waggoner used his story as simply a vehicle to describe the world-building rather ...more
Mark Nunn
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
was a little surprised to see that readerson WeRead had only given this book 2 stars, not because it's a wonderful piece of literature ( I don't think you'd see this on the shortlist for the man booker prize) but because by reading the back it's very easy to tell if it's the kind of book you'd enjoy.

File Under:
*Zombie Detective
*Undead City
*Crime Overlord
*Sexy Vampires

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
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure if I'd really enjoy this series, but I picked up the book and devoured it in a matter of hours without even getting distracted, so, you know. I even read two of the short stories that slot into the series.

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
Hunter Shea
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love monsters and adventure, look no further! Who knew a tale of a wisecracking zombie private eye could be so damn funny and creepy and just plain fun? This is the first in a series that I will be devouring.
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Tim Waggoner has published over forty novels and four short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He's won the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for both the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggon ...more
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