Friday, September 21, 2007

Bone Song - John Meaney

Necroinvestigations.

This is to all intents and purposes a detective novel first, complete with tough guy detective, corrupt politicians, gangsters, and the rest of the trappings.

The thing that is different is the setting, which in other ways could be like any other Western type city.

The book most similar in flavour I can think of would be Walter Jon William's Metropolitan/City On Fire, but without the politics and socioeconomics.

However, this one is fueled by the bones of dead people, and spells and hexes and zombies and wraiths and intelligent deathwolves all exist.

So, necropower instead of electricity, and other weird stuff aside, the major character has to investigate the continuing deaths of people who are famous and as such have collectable bones.

Secret nefarious cabal, and all that. A dangerous guy to be around tihs detective, whether you are a forensic Bone Listener, or a cabal member, or his zombie boss.

Perhaps a touch more interesting than a 3.5.


3.5 out of 5

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