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Necropolis by Guy Portman
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Necropolis follows a lovable, pedantic sociopath named Dyson Devereux. The story is mature, dark and not without it's genuine laugh-out-loud moments. While Dyson is the only true character of focus in the story, we never truly get a sense of who he is or what he is capable of. Rather than there being any character development, there is only simply character reveal but Dyson is interesting enough that this can carry one through the story in a seemingly effortless motion.

The story is written as if it were the personal thoughts of Dyson, the language becomes stumbled and broken if the character is tired, names are consistently forgotten and the narration gets hung up on small details that would only interest the character. This unusual form of story-telling strangely suits the style of being a very individual focused book.

Often, however, there are times where there story focuses on something seemingly redundant or repeats itself. This is more noticeable in the early parts of the story. The main criticism of the novel is that there is no clear indication of what the main story is. The plot is not void of its interesting, even action filled moments, but of the numerous potential stories none seem to take precedence and we are left with feeling like we are just reading an excerpt from Dyson's life, rather than following an adventure. Once one thread is tied up, it does not seem to have any impact in the rest of the story.

Overall, this is an enjoyable book, a refreshing break from the hero-centric novels. Despite the inherent flaws in Dyson's personality, there is enough complexity there that a reader can find at least one way of empathising with him, which may or may not leave the reader with a slight sense of discomfort.
Warning: best approached with a sense of humour or a lack of fondness for cats.

I received this book free through the Goodreads Giveaways.
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Reading Progress

May 5, 2014 – Started Reading
May 5, 2014 – Shelved
June 23, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 6, 2016 – Shelved as: giveaways

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