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Dead Streets: The Matt Richter Series - Book II (Nekropolis 2) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007323875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007323876
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Waggoner's novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he's published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest and Writers' Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggoner.com.

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Praise for Nekropolis Book 1, and Tim Waggoner

“Vivid description and characterization, as well as a complex, intricately crafted setting reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe, keep the pages turning at a rapid rate… Both horror and mystery readers will be delighted by this horror-noir adventure.”
- Publishers Weekly - Starred Review

"It's hard to say if this singular novel, which boasts a wicked sense of humour to round off the horror, should be eligible for an Edgar Award or a Bram Stoker, or both."
- Elliot Swanson, Booklist

"[Nekropolis] is an atmospheric and exciting mystery."
- SF Site

"It's a classic. Sam Spade, watch out. There's a slow-footed zombie creeping up on you!"
- Bewildering Stories

"Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, fans of noir detective stories and fans of the just plain weird, rejoice! … Nekropolis is something to pick up if you are in the mood for something different and fun."
- SF Revu

"It's fresh and fun; and I didn't want it to end. Fantasy and horror fans, don't miss this fantastic release."
- SciFi Chick

"An up-and-comer who's worthy of the hype… Tim Waggoner is well on his way to being proclaimed horror fiction's leading surrealist."
- Cemetery Dance

About the Author

Tim Waggoner is an American novelist and college professor. His original novels include Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death. He’s also created tie-in works for Wizards of the Coast, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Xena the Warrior Princess and others. He’s published over one hundred short stories.

He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2010
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As a huge fan of the John Meaney Bone Song series, I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this offering from Tim Waggoner as it followed a similar sort of premise. Yet the author does more than enough to make the world one of his own devising carefully utilising an Alan Moore type scenario where creatures of fiction, both written and film appear in cameo's to aid in the tales depiction.

Carefully sculpted it really does give the reader a place that they can't wait to discover and explore, yet whilst this is the second offering from Tim in the series its one that can be delved into with no prior knowledge of the original. Its UF in a new direction and probably will appeal to a great many readers especially those who love Zombies, Vamps, Frankenstein's and of course Were's. The only problem that you have now is where to find it. I believe it's a step to the left and a jump to the right of from the centre of your usual fictional shelf. LOL
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Matt Richter the Zombie PI returns in his second Nekropolis novel, `Dead Streets'. The first book was a tour de force of genre mash-ups; crime, horror, fantasy and comedy. The world of Nekropolis was introduced as a nonstop tour of highlights from the busy Sprawl, to the mysterious woods overran by Lycan. Now that the character of Richter and the world of Nekropolis has been set up, Tim Waggoner's `Dead Streets' is a perfect opportunity to set a really meaty crime story in this brilliantly realised world. Unfortunately, this is not quite the case as `Dead Streets' takes us on another whirlwind tour of places to see - from inescapable prisons to a mad scientist's lab.

There is a still lot to enjoy about `Dead Streets', Matt Richter is a fantastic character mixing the dry sense of humour of a Philip Marlowe with the dry sense of flaky skin of a zombie. I also like the new relationships that develop in the book; this is no longer a one zombie book, but a network of cool creations. Nekropolis itself also continues to impress with Waggoner bringing out new areas to explore and deepening the mythos behind the dark world even further. I truly believe that there are enough stories to go around in Nekropolis that it could take on Pratchett's Ankh Morpork.

However, despite the great characters and setting, there is still a lack of story. The central mystery is obvious and acts more as an excuse for Waggoner to fling Richter from place to place. Now that Nekropolis is so well developed it's about time that Waggoner started to concentrate on a strong story and set the book in one area of the world, this way the characters could develop even further and the mystery would be worthy of a PI. Despite my misgivings about the main story, `Dead Streets' is still great fun to read and reeks of more promising books about Matt in the future.
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I was delighted when I found out there was a follow on from Nekropolis. This second book is a great follow on from the first. New places and people emerge and the world is as detailed as ever. I just love his imagination and the world he has created and will definitely be getting the third in the series. A must buy for lovers of the macabre, horror and so on.
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