Friday, 7 September 2012
Nekropolis; Tim Waggoner
"His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. And in this first case, Richter must help a delectable half-vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it’s used to destroy Nekropolis itself. That is, if he can survive the myriad horrors that infest the city.."
This one definitely stood out from the crowd. It's pretty unique in its choice of protagonist. A self-willed, ex-cop Zombie PI isn't something you get to read about everyday.
There are no end of beasties here to enjoy, from giant insects to Warlocks and Ghouls. Waggoner world builds brilliantly. Plot-wise though, it's pretty uninspiring, and you can't help but wonder if the huge cast of interesting characters is intended as compensation.
Matt is hugely likeable, which is great, but it does make it hard to work out how he survives in such an environment. The 'nice guy everyone owes a favour to' reasoning only goes so far I would've thought. As for the lurve angle here, again, it's really quite hard to take. I have a feeling it was thrown in as something the UF crowd would expect, but for my money it would have been better off without it. It's not convincing.
Weak plot and perhaps overly vast cast aside, this is undeniably a fun read. Waggoner's world showcases a wonderful imagination and originality. If you like the idea of a sort of un-dead Inspector Gadget, you'll enjoy this.
Would I read the next in the series? Definitely. I want to see how the plotting improves as the series progresses.