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review 2018-10-30 15:48
Gods and Monsters: Mythbreaker
Mythbreaker (Gods and Monsters Book 2) - Stephen Blackmoore

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Fitz has stolen money from his drug dealing boss. Fitz is also what is called a 'Chronicler', someone with the gift of hearing the voices of gods, something he's always put down to hallucinations. He learns that he the only Chronicler left and as such a hot commodity within the 'god' community. He's on the run being aided by the god of the internet in an effort to stop the ultimate bad guy gaining control of him and therefore humanity.

Urban fantasy that was a lot of fun, lots of black humour and the mythology interwoven into the plot was done well, keeping me engaged in the story in moments when the action was lighter.
Recommended.

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review 2018-04-23 01:31
Not for me. Should appeal more to horror, mystery/thriller and grimdark fans.
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

I'm abandoning this one.

 

The writing and worldbuilding are very good.

 

The story and the main character are just not for me at this time.  Too dark.

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text 2018-04-22 23:53
Reading progress: 18%.
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

Well, so far, this is well written with potentially interesting worldbuilding.  Anyone else read this seris?

 

It's rather grim and violent with a main character who says he's done stuff like bleeding out black Rams as sacrifices, lines of cocaine, and sees detailed murders.

 

I may switch, but nothing on the shelf called for Bookshelf BINGO was really grabbing me.

 

I sympathize with Eric Carter based on what his life seems to be, but I don't like him yet and am not invested in his story.  I like finding a new series and I like the writing style--that's why on the fence about DNF or continue.

 

It is making me want to go buy some Johnny Walker Black (no liquor sales here on Sundays though).  I really don't need any because well stocked with bourbon for Derby ... just not Johnny Walker Black.

 

I will DNF if the book starts doing detailed animal sacrifice (at least the main character says it's too extreme for him to nail a dead cat to the window to ward off the haunts -- if that changes and any pets are harmed, I'm out).

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text 2018-04-19 01:10
Just starting for Bookshelf BINGO
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

Today's call is shelved as Necromanvers.

 

New to me author and first in series.  Some reviewers say remniscient of Harry Dresden (I can take it or leave it when it comes to Dresden Files so we'll see).

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review 2017-11-13 05:01
Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore - My Thoughts
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

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. 

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