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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but lacking something special, 23 May 2008
This review is from: HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED (Paperback)
This book is not your usual urban fantasy story. The author's writing style was very amusing with our heroine, Amanda Feral, a zombie who's learning her way about her new state, making lots of amusing comments, some of which are in footnotes. When a friend Liesl disappears Amanda starts to search for her and the story moves along with various flashbacks to events that caused Amanda's transformation to Zombie and how she met some of her new supernatural friends.

Although I liked the author's writing style I couldn't quite get into the story. This is no soft-focus supernatural book - Amanda and her friends kill people, eat them and dispose of the evidence and this was somehow just a little too much for me to stomach, even if done in an 'amusing' manner. Amanda herself isn't a particularly original character, apart from the zombieness - she's into shoes, make-up, coffee and would be at home in lots of chick-lit books, provided she were still alive. Her friends seem both formulaic and also wacky and their adventures together definitely fit into the gory mock-horror world. There are some fresh aspects to this book and some very familiar aspects. It didn't work for me as a good read as it seemed too directionless and I couldn't empathise with the characters but it was certainly a good writing style with lots of amusing one-liners, thoughts and events.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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