Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book 14 of 2009: The Hunger of Empty Vessels by Scott Edelman

Scott Edelman's novella, The Hunger of Empty Vessels, tells the tale of a man named Portabello, who is dealing with divorce and not being able to see his son, Joey, on a regular basis. As the days go on Portabello starts to see someone watching Joey. When bad things seem to happen to him, he believes this "person" is the cause. Portabello decides it is his duty as the father to protect his son, but will protecting his son do more harm than good?

This is the first thing I have ever read by Edelman and I am quite impressed by his writing style. His choice of subject is far scarier than most "monster" type horror books as it hits closer to home with some people and makes them really think. Kudos to Edelman for writing about it in such a lyrical way. Recommended.

(Review also posted on MonsterLibrarian.Com)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Book 13 of 2009: Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner has expanded upon a previously released novella, Necropolis, to take readers on a wild ride with a zombie private eye name Matt Richter. Richter lives in a shadowy realm known as Nekropolis that is made up of various beings such as vampires, lykes, demons, etc... Richter meets up with Devona, a half-vampire, who is distraught about losing a special artifact of her father's called the Dawnstone. Richter offers to help her retrieve said artifact. Of course, that's easier said than done, and Matt and Devona run into all sorts of trouble along the way!

Nekropolis is an urban fantasy that also weighs heavily on the mystery angle. Waggoner did a wonderful job with this story and I'm thrilled to hear that there will be two follow-up novels. Waggoner’s writing is very descriptive. While reading I was able to picture all of the various beings included in the story and see them battling it out. Nekropolis would be a great addition to any library. Fans of the paranormal will also enjoy Nekropolis, as it crosses several genres. Recommended.

Contains: Mild Violence, Drug Usage, Profanity

(Review also posted on MonsterLibrarian.Com)