Jul 4, 2009

YetiPreview: Nekropolis

Hopefully by this point I'll have finished Moxyland and moved on to Tim Waggoner's Nekropolis. Nekropolis, like Moxyland, is a debut title from new publisher Angry Robot Books.

The publisher's description:
Meet Matt Richter. Private eye. Zombie.

His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. In this first case, Richter must help a delectable half-vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it’s used to destroy Nekropolis itself. That is, if he can survive the myriad horrors that infest the city itself.

Pulp and proud, cracking wise like we just dug up the rotting corpse of Dashiell Hammett and put him back to work at his typewriter, Nekropolis is just the first of a trio of fabulous urban fantasies Angry Robot will be bringing you from the mighty Tim Waggoner.

Originally published as a limited run novella, the expanded Nekropolis is the definitive version of this massively entertaining series opener.

At first glance this appears to be part-Jim Butcher/part-China Mieville. Supernatural detective in a supernatural city. I'm expecting something fast-paced, fun, and profoundly weird.

Based on the description, it appears that we've got some vampires and zombies running around the city of the dead. Vampires and Zombies are some of the more overused elements in urban fantasy, so it will be interesting to see what unique spin, if any, Waggoner uses. This will also be my first book by Waggoner so I'm not sure what to expect from him.

Nekropolis will be available in the UK on August 1st but doesn't hit US stores until January 2010.

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