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text 2018-08-13 22:42
"The Last Condo Board Of The Apocalypse" By Nina Post - reluctantly abandoned at 30% point
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse - Nina Post

"The Last Condo Board Of The Apocalypse" reminded me of a Groucho Marx quote:

"It's nice work if you can get it... but I don't get it."

 

This novel is stuffed with creative ideas, comic juxtapositions, Single Purpose Angels that seem like loner-Minions with a snack obsession, Angels of Destruction wearing business suits and grimly determined smiles and through all of it runs our I'm-good-with-disguises-perhaps-because-I-have-no-idea-who-I-am heroine.

 

The plot seems to be onion-paper thin. It doesn't drive the action so much as give a group of potentially comic personalities a place to bump into one another and produce random flashes of humour.

 

This kind of thing either works for you and carries you away or leaves you feeling like the only sober, celibate, vegetarian at a drunken orgy in a steakhouse.

 

Add to this the irritation of low production standards: missing words, typos and weird fonts in the ebook and my but-it-may-get-better hopefulness was replaced by: "I used to be an optimist, but I knew it wouldn't last." I'm moving on. 

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text 2018-08-04 22:52
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse - Nina Post

This is a sleight, whimsical piece that I keep bei g distracted from by the typos, missing words and duplicate words. I hate ebooks that shown no sign of having been through a proofread.

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review 2018-07-03 00:46
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse - Nina Post

The story concept is strong, the humour is definitely here, but the writing is weak.  Way too many needless details, a tendency to tell more than show and in terms of 'solving' the not-really-a-mystery, not enough transparency of clues to the reader.  There's a fine line between telegraphing the plot to readers too early with bulky clues, and keeping them completely in the dark until the end when the MC says "I knew all along; I had it figured out from the first." and then not explain why she knew all along.  Character developments were pretty choppy too.

 

In spite of all of this though, it was a surprisingly readable, almost compellingly so, book.  It definitely needs a strong editor and a lot of re-writes, but as is, it's still a fun read, once you get past the first couple of chapters, which is only something I was able to do because I had no other book available at that moment.  I'd have DNF'd it otherwise.  As it is, I was entertained in much the same way a B movie entertains: it was fun and frivolous.  

 

This is the first in a series, but unless there's been some draconian editing done in them, I'm not likely to read any further.

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review 2018-06-18 08:00
The Last Donut Shop Of The Apocalypse
The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse - Nina Post

Like its predecessor, The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse is a lot of fun. Nothing complicated, but a fun bunch of characters, an absurd story and an urban fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously. Two sisters, both Gorgons and owners of the two best Donut shops still standing in Pothole City, fight over a dispute, and Kelly, who now also happens to be the interim manager of Amenity Tower has to step in.

I won't write too much about it, for fear of spoiling the fun. But I found it a quick, fun and easy read, perfect to relax after a hard day's work.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-06-14 08:33
The Last Condo Board Of The Apocalypse
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse - Nina Post

This is one of the most absurd books I've read but I enjoyed it a lot.

Kelly hunts monsters and fallen angels for a living, but the job isn't the same any more and vampire hunting is the new best thing. When she takes a job to find a fallen angel in a large condo in Pothole City she does so in the most ridiculous disguises. Along the way she promotes several Cluck Snack products and meets a Condo board not only planning the next renovation but also the Apocalypse.

It is so weird, but so much fun. I can't really tell too much about it, because it won't make any sense unless you've read the book. The Single Purposes really stole my heart (some of them anyway). If you're looking for some rather absurd urban fantasy which is definitely different from the last thing you've read, give The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse a try.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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