Wednesday, December 28, 2011

City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!
City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release: January 3, 2012
Paperback: 224 Pages
Publisher: DAW Trade
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.

Quick Thoughts:
I didn't realize I had been waiting for this book- a fresh new take on Paranormal Noir. A zombie crime novel with fascinating characters and a brilliantly written plot. This plot jumps up and down- so action packed, there isn't a dull moment. I dove straight into this novel and didn't let up until I finished. So much fun. The quick, witty dialogue added to the awesomeness. This is a super fast read too at only 224 pages.

I love anti-hero Joe Sunday. Even his name sings to me. Joe is somewhat dry, but there is some definite dark humor going on here. Almost reminds me of movies such as Death Proof or Planet Terror- I can't remember who to give credit to for those movies... But I got the same vibe from this book. I don't know if this is going to be a series by the ending- maaaybe? I hope so!

Highly recommend this book to those that love Urban Fantasy but need a new twist, different feel. Not for the faint of heart, lots of swearing and violence. I find one or the other necessary in my fantasy action (zombie crime!) novels. This is one wild ride that I would love to take again- More please, Mr. Blackmoore?

1 comment :

  1. Can't say I've ever read a zombie noir novel--but it does sound like it's a genre mashup that would work well! Though, I will say I don't think the cover does work well--the font and background made me think this was going to be a scifi book, not a paranormal. But either way, looks like a fun read!




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