‘Black Rust’ is set in a post-apocalyptic world with zombies that aren’t really zombies and then opts to ignore them almost entirely to instead focus on the mild struggles of Christian Black – who almost incidentally earns a living by killing the non-zombie-zombies.
Black is ok enough as a bland male lead with a mysterious past that slowly is drawn out as the book proceeds.
There are a few other characters, most of whom a pretty bland and blank too and there is a plot – it’s just a bit bland and the book seems to go on forever.
Nothing is fundamentally wrong with this book I just found Black a bit dull, the world a bit dull and limited in scope, and then everything that happens in the book is basically to set up the ‘twist’ at the end that sets the scene for the second book.
It’s fine, a lot of authors seem to do that these days, in particular when they can start the first book in the series with a low price and increase it for the sequels; however it does make me thankful that this was a borrowed read on a free trial of Kindle Unlimited as oppose to a book that I actually paid real money for.
And I won’t bother reading the sequel even if I can get it free
Kindle Unlimited’s free trial let me overcome my absolutely horror at a book with a main character called Colin McCool enough to try it.
There is absolutely no way I would have paid money for a book where the lead character had a moniker *that* rubbish.
I have read the first in the series of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Series and thought it was ok – if I ever found the rest of the series cheaply I would probably read it. This does mean that druids in a modern setting felt rather done to me.
However free books to read is enough to overcome most of my quibbles; this is not a young adult book – the author is very clear on that in the preface, there is naughty language, blood, drug addiction, boobs and everything; everything except for character development that would push this into being an adult book.
It felt juvenile throughout and the female characters were awful stereotypes – there is a dead perfect true love, the pretty but shy girl who is firmly friend-zoned and the slut who wants to get into his pants.
I actually ended up feeling sorry for the slutty girl as she was hideously underwritten – if nothing else I couldn’t work out why on earth she would want to get with Colin.
The mythical monsters were background noise to Colin’s pining over the dead girl and his being childishly angry at his mentor.
I much much preferred the Iron Druid – despite having got rid of that book over three years ago when it didn’t make the house-move-frantic-packing grade.
In the old world Monday was a book post, that works for me in the new world
I’m battling with the multitude of things available on Kindle Unlimited – I’m a month through a 2 month free trial and there have been a lot of bad to flat out terrible books and a couple of good books
Notable in the good books are the Montague & Strong Detective series by Orlando A Sanchez, I read the three full length stories and the two short stories in a weekend
The stories are contemporary set urban fantasy and feature a very fun hellhound, I think I’d probably have even spent real money on them – at the very least I signed up to the mailing list to hear about when the next one comes out
It was a shock to realise that ‘Blood Games’ is book 10 in the Chicagoland Vampires series – and book 11 has been out for months.
I’d held off getting 10 (or 11) because whilst I like the series I am not convinced that each book actually offers very much new stuff. For example the series can be summed up as having several core themes:
There is a big bad who usually lasts for a couple of books
Merit eats a lot of food
Mallory and Catcher are in it a tiny bit
There is usually some other supporting cast who bob about for a bit – ‘Blood Games’ didn’t even feature the shapeshifters!
Ethan annoys Merit, they then make up.
That is pretty much it and I really should be getting bored by now, however I found myself inhaling ‘Blood Games’ in one sitting.
It isn’t even as if I learn anything from these books – except having super friends is just so super… which lets be honest didn’t need 10 books to hammer home.
I know that I will probably want to read book 11 but I am going to try very hard to wait until it drops in price or I need a present from the in-laws.
‘The Dragon Conspiracy’ is a sequel to Lisa Shearin’s ‘The Grendel Affair’ which features the adventures of the SPI – the Supernatural Protection and Investigations , specifically Makenna Fraser who is their newest Seer and is rather out of her depth.
‘The Grendel Affair’ was odd but intriguing – basically whatever goes bump in the night is thrown into a modern urban setting and manages to be believable. It was a good book but on my initial read I felt it was a little light, however upon rereading it I was pleasantly surprised.
‘The Dragon Conspiracy’ had an interesting premise but felt a little speedy in terms of plot resolution. I think I need to reread it with a quieter mind.