Sunday, November 12, 2017
Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
Eric Carter - Book 1
I've said this before, I'm not a huge fan of the paranormal horror novel, but this series came recommended by one of my favourite authors, so I figured, what the hell, give it a try.
And I enjoyed it!
I liked the main character - the book is written in the first person POV - Eric Carter, who can talk to dead people and can wield some magic. He's what they call a necromancer. His voice is easy to read and he has a sense of humour that hit me in my sweet spot - seasoned with a bit of sarcasm. He's basically a good guy, but he has issues, some of which he actually confronts in this first book of the series. And he likes to dress for the occasion - suit and tie. *LOL*
The setting is contemporary Los Angeles and it abounds in lots of paranormal denizens. Eric has friends there, friends he hasn't really spoken with in 15 years. I liked his friends. He also has enemies. They are good evil enemies. Ghosts and monsters and gods. And when you make a deal with the devil, so to speak, ... well, it's a deal.
Now, there's a lot of blood and gore. Things, living and dead, exploding and melting and destroying and causing mayhem. And lots of blood and gore. Usually it turns me off, but I was willing to go with it this time.
So the book has a paranormal noire detective type feel and noire detective hits a lot of my sweet spots - the paranormal I can take or leave. But this was good. I enjoyed it and I'll be reading the next one.