Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sixty-One Nails - Mike Shevdon

What if Neil Gaiman's urban fantasy novels were less dull?

You might get something like this.

Although this does share some of the same problems. An interesting start wherein an apparently normal human man - your garden variety middle aged divorced bloke, has an encounter with a strange woman.

Then a fair chunk of the middle is rather slow. This is an extremely common failing of modern novels, though - given that they all have to be X length, then generally speaking the padding gets put in the middle.

He isn't that swift, either - revealed to have supernatural faerie type heritage. However, doesn't stop to consider, that yes, shagging faerie women without using a condom could knock them up! Doh. So this part may drag or cause some to roll their eyes - possibly romance fans may like this the most.

Navigating the tricksy minefield that is the laws and mores of these people is always a problem in tales such as this - FRM or Feyree Rights Management being worse than DRM, in effect. Coz break it, they might give you a haircut at the neck.

It is also a little lower key than some - not being directly menaced from right at the top - e.g. no Queens Of Air and Darkness or Oberons that want to eat him, or feed him to the bogeys, etc.

Another interesting part is that the doohickeys of interest here are historically extant.

Nails, hammers, knives, etc. he has researched and found interesting ancient - and even ongoing rituals and positions to tie in, with some detail after the end for those interested.

The latter part of the book does improve, though.

Anyway, another reasonable Angry Robot book.

3.5 out of 5

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