Friday, July 31, 2009

So a vampire, a werewolf, and ghost share a flat in Bristol...

Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that the premise sounds like the setup to a joke, I've really gotten into the BBC show, Being Human.

It really *is* about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost, all sharing a house in Bristol. The vampire and the werewolf are two guys trying to blend in and keep their "conditions" distant, and the ghost is a previous resident who was murdered.

It's quite good, and I hope that the short season doesn't indicate the quality of the show.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

I've discovered why zombies are always after braaaaiiiiinnnnzzzzz...

They're all migraine sufferers, and are in search of a brain that won't cause them to shuffle around in a vacant-eyed, slack-jawed stupor.

In other news, I'm going into Day Three, here, and if experience serves me well, I predict that if it doesn't let up, I shall start developing involuntary tremors and/or becoming incredibly clumsy within the next day or two.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Review: Nekropolis, by Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner

August 2009 (UK), October 2009 (US/Canada) – Angry Robot Books

Matthew Richter is a former cop from Cleveland, now deceased and making a “living” as a private investigator (or rather, a Person Who Does Favors for People) in the underworld city of Nekropolis – a ghastly and fantastical realm filled with all manner of dark and undead creatures, where the “technology” is alive (in a gruesomely Lovecraftian way), and everything is lit by a reddish “sun” called Umbriel.

Hard-up for funds to pay for continuing voodoo treatments to keep his rotting zombie corpse from falling apart on him, Richter takes on a job helping the daughter of the vampire mafia boss to solve a theft from her father’s collection (of which she is the caretaker), and retrieve the stolen item before her father finds out.

But what starts out as what seems like a simple investigation turns up something far more sinister. Joined by a cast of lively characters, Richter must find a way to keep himself together (literally) in order to help foil a plot to destroy the entire city.

Nekropolis is the first in what is slated to be a three-book series from Tim Waggoner, whose body of work already comprises over a dozen novels and more than fifty short stories and novellas. Those familiar with his work may recognize this as an expansion of his 2004 novella, Necropolis (published through Five Star Press). The story is witty and engaging, seamlessly blending genres in a mix of urban fantasy, horror, a little bit of romance, and old-fashioned pulp detective mystery.

Nekropolis launches in August (in UK, October in the US/Canada) as part of the debut of Angry Robot – the new adult science fiction/fantasy imprint of HarperCollins.

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