The New Deadwardians: 50 Word Friday

 The New Deadwardians

Title: The New Deadwardians
Author: Dan Abnett (Author), I.N.J. Culbard (Illustrations)


In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire in order to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! When the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.[1]


I wanted to love it. I settled for liking it. Maybe a bit too much mystery for my “meh on mysteries” tastes. Or maybe not enough time to develop the story / characters so I was not invested enough. The conclusion was satisfying, the art was lovely but I left unenthusiastic.



Five Star February: The Change Book 01: Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change
 Title:  Dies the Fire (Emberverse #1)
 Author:  S.M. Stirling
Summary The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race-and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined. [1]
Why I Loved It: If A Canticle for Leibowitz was the first post-apocalyptic book I loved, this and The Road reminded me why I love the genre. This one tackles an interesting question.  Not necessarily which people would survive, but which groups.  Pagans, survivalists and SCAdians all fair well and lead to interesting post “Change” society.
Who would like this: Again if you like The Road or The Stand, try this one.  If you are all caught up in absolute explanations and “realistic” fiction, skip it.  As an aside, realistic fiction exists, it is called non-fiction.  People who quibble about minor details in fiction annoy me.  Reason #1 why I hate going to Superhero movies with my husband.  Hello, it is about a rich guy in a costume fighting crime, but that one spot of minor dialogue is unrealistic.  Nope, let’s have fun playing pretend.
Favorite Quotes: “Perhaps because now it’s my home – a refuge from horror and death. Home isn’t a place. Home is people.”