As a reader of several of Dean C. Moore's works, I know him to be one of the finest sci-fi/fantasy writers in the world. Therefore, I had high expectations for Blood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia and it did not disappoint.
I would have liked the story to start with more punch, but once it gets going the action does not relent and I was swept away by the author's imagination. The mish-mash of genres with robots, dragons, sorceresses and assassins in a futuristic setting may seem strange to some, but this is an approach the Japanese have been using for decades and fans of anime will feel right at home (but the book retains an American feel.) I particularly love the way anything is possible in Moore's strange world, and you can never be sure what he is gonna throw at you next. As such, every turn of the page is an intriguing prospect.
The dynamics between the Blood Brothers and their friends/family are funny and riveting. It is the author's sense of humour (and consistent internal logic) that helps justify the absurdity on display. Moore has two intentions with this book: to preach, and to have fun. And he succeeds on both levels.
Moore effortlessly switches from deep and complex narrative to delightfully crude humour and some of the one-liners will literally stop you in your tracks. Great word economy and alchemy are hallmarks of Moore's work, as are fantastic dialogue and characterisation. Basically, this book ticks all of the boxes.
Technically flawless, commercial and high-level, I found this to be a stimulating read; one which will excite the average guy on the street as much as the intellectual. One thing is for sure - if you read one of Dean C. Moore's works, it will leave you wanting to read more. This is excellent stuff.