Ian Dex is a genetically-enhanced individual – as are most of the team of the paranormal police in Las Vegas. These enhancements also make him- and the rest of his team, very horny – which is frankly a weird thing to make a core part of your world building, but whatever it’s different I guess…
In terms of plot the book is largely about how Ian has slept with most of his team and pretty much anything female with a pulse, although there is a number of super-sized and super-strong vampires, werewolves and succubus picking fights all over town
Apparently this book is meant to be action and comedy – urban fantasy with a bit of police procedural and a sense of humour, I noticed the action and it was ok however the comedy aspect passed me by almost completely. I’m wondering if I just wasn’t in the mood for it as the Amazon reviews for ‘The Merging’ seem really positive and I was totally indifferent to it
The only real impact this book had was to generate a thought-chain about why HR hadn’t got involved over what was very clearly appropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace
Netflix is a relatively recent novelty in our house, I tend to prefer films to TVs series simply because I can have a start, middle and end for only a couple of hours of investment – although films are starting to have such long running lengths that I may soon need to reassess this logic
There aren’t many films that I’ve been that taken with on Netflix so I was excited by the trailer for ‘Bright’ which looked like a mismatched buddy cop movie with added fantasy elements such as orcs, elves and magic
It also reunited Will Smith with ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer and in many ways it felt similar – funky ideas and hints of really super things that didn’t make it onscreen
There were dragons in the sky, centaur cops in the background of a couple of scenes as well as references to a Dark Lord and a prophecy – however disappointingly none of these were explored.
Despite that it was a fun enough film, it is essentially a cop film set in a slightly different version of contemporary America – where orcs are the underclass and elves are the distant (and under-explored) upper class.
I really wanted more world building and more detail, however perhaps the sequel will provide some more depth
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
‘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.