It’s been an odd week, due to a small (and I really do mean small) influx of cash and a few annoyances at work I decided to treat myself to some cheap rubbish that promised to be fleetingly entertaining.
Which is how I ended up buy the sequel to a book that I wasn’t even sure I was ever going to reread – Keith Melton’s ‘The Zero Dog War’ was ok once so I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to by ‘Dark Ride Dogs’.
The book is irreverent and mildly amusing, but the team’s constant bickering is slightly grating – I didn’t need reminding quite so many times that the Andrea is holding together a team of misfits who don’t play well with themselves or anyone else.
The sex crazed goblins were more creepy pervy than serious villain material and the ghost clowns were under used.
It was distracting and mildly amusing – which was the aim of buying it, but it did demonstrate how much the original book relied on sheer novelty value to hang together.
Even at the bargain basement price of £2.50 I feel slightly cheated.
‘The Zero Dogs War’ had been on my watch list for well over a year, I presume that it was recommended by someone. I knew that it was meant to be funny and silly, I also knew that the book version as £14 but the kindle version was £4.50 – a year ago it was £3.50 so I wasn’t rushing into buying it.
But then I had an iffy week coincide with payday and decided that a potentially amusing book for under a fiver was worth a punt.
The Zero Dogs are a mercenary team lead by Andrea Walker – who is a pyromancer, her team are an eclectic combination of people who I can’t summarise without spoiling some of the fun!.
The plot is also hard to sum up, but I will say that it features zombies, gelatine and lots of sarcasm.