Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: City of the Lost

City of the Lost
City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love pulp. I especially love well-written pulp, and this is great pulp. It's also my kind of urban fantasy: a bad-ass hard-boiled crime tale that begins with a living death worse than zombies, delves into Nazi mad scientists with razor-fanged homonculi, demonic barkeeps and a sharp urban bruja. Blackmoore keeps you guessing and the story is full of surprises, from this world and the beyond. He keeps it on the level and never wipes out into the realm of the ridiculous. I hope there are more Joe Sunday tales in the haunted L.A. that Blackmoore has envisioned in this balls-out entertaining psychotic romp through the underworld.

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Thomas Pluck said...

I'd also recommend the Mongo books by Gary Chesbro, though they are quite different from these in tone.

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