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Imagine, if you will, J.D. Robb's "In Death" series redone with the deathworld of Chronicles of Riddick, the sensibility of a Batman graphic novel, and the magic of California Bones. It's an unusual combination, a Dagwood sandwich of a book if you will, and much of my reading was occupied by puzzling out the details of the world.
"Donal sketched a fingertip salute to the shadows beyond the stone steps. Stuffing his hands in his overcoat pockets, he ...more
Anyway how was the book - well I will admit I wasn't sure what I was going to be greeted by since I have only read John Meaney's science fiction work in the past. however it did't take me long to realise there was something about his work which I didn't pick up on before.
This was the fact that he is an incredible world builder which ...more
The idea of bones having power to run cities, and for necromancers to kill gifted people so they could harness the power of their bones, was something I have not encountered in my reading. It was pretty gruesome, at times, ...more
The world building. Seriously, I love the concept of a ...more
The setting is very different from what I'm used to seeing, combining gothic horror, new weird and film noir into a pretty slick package. 6000 years into an alternate reality future, energy reactors run off the bones of the dead, zombies run not off brains but ...more
About halfway through, though, it seemed to have a schizophrenic breakdown. The previously tight and compelling POVs (split between two main characters) mushroomed into multiple, shallow ...more
Best part is the worldbuilding. Fantastic. Dialogue is pretty good. Biggest problem is that I failed to give much of a crap about anyone except perhaps that fliratious elevator ghost who's, alas, more of a secondary character. MC is a dish-sponge just starting to develop a little odour--some texture ...more
In the beginning of ...more
Honestly, not that interesting of a premise. Felt like the author was trying way too hard to be gothy. I mean, why bother describing the color of something when 90% of the stuff in your 'creative' 'new' world are the same color? To me, it seemed like just another New York City noir-thriller, but with everything colored black and with a few vague references ...more
I picked this up on a total whim and didn't open it until I needed reading material while waiting at the doctor's office.
Then I ended up reading most of it while on "typing breaks" at work. (I do have RSI, but perhaps I did sneak in more chapters than strictly necessarily...)
It's grim and gritty and unflinching and just a touch of wry, set in a world where people swear, "Thanatos!" and wraiths operate the elevators. I think I got captivated when the main character, Police Lieutenant Donal...more
Now that I'm done- again, wow. ...more
I couldn't begin to care what happened to the main character or why.
The main plot line was handed to the reader in the first 70 pages, then wash, rinse, repeat - supposedly enjoy that the main character doesn't quite repeat himself during the second climax.
Watch main character fail at logic repeatedly!
Watch main character question his sanity while you question why you're still reading!
Read something else instead.
This book is the first of a series. Honestly, I bought it almost reluctantly because the premise seemed almost trite and adolescent. It got some glowing reviews from authors I respected though, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm very glad I did. Bone Song is a hard-boiled detective story in a Gothic noir setting where the conveniences of modern society are powered by necromantic sciences. The story is well-paced with a nod to most of the hard-boiled detective ...more
This is a police procedural with overtones of international intrigue. The difference is that Meaney has created an inventive completely different alternative to the modern world based on magic. It describes a modern society which has skyscrapers, cars, planes, power generation, etc but all done by a magical technology. It has humans as well ...more
Honestly, the Tristoplis novels aren't pseudo-noir thrillers, they're 80s action films with necromancy.