on April 14, 2015 :
Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Very tongue-in-cheek throughout, and pleasantly gory at times. Reminds me a bit of the Goblin series by Jim C. Hines (which I also highly suggest to anyone who enjoys seeing things from a dungeon monster's point of view). Here's to hoping Dreth stays evil!
(review of free book)
on April 16, 2011 :
Tired of zombies? Tired of valiant heroes? Tired of the fantasy genre in general? If you answered "yes" to any of those three questions then 'Tired of Death' could be the cure for your lethargy.
In a way it's kind of difficult to label 'Tired of Death'. Sure, it's a fantasy novel but it's not like any other fantasy novel I have ever read. If pushed I think I would compare it to being the fantasy equivalent of what the movie 'Spaceballs' is to 'Star Wars'!
At the beginning of this novel the story appears serious and almost a horror novel but then it lightens up a lot and becomes a comedic fantasy without ever really leaving it's horror elements behind. Put like that it sounds like a recipe for disaster but it turned out to be the exact opposite and all the way through I was smiling from ear to ear.
A lot of the comedy is played out through two zombies, Percy and Cuthbert, who very much have their roots planted in dumb, classic comedic characters such as those used by Shakespeare and who often appear in movies. Once or twice the comedic element got a bit too silly for my liking such as when Percy, who used to work in a beauty salon before he became a zombie, gave Medusa a makeover as she had terribly dry skin. However, parts such as the one just mentioned were few and far between. The writing itself was also very clever and I enjoyed the zombie related lines such as, "Percy blushed, or would have done if he had any blood circulation."
The main character is an undead by the name of Dreth. He overseas part of a dungeon (more of an enormous labyrinth than a dungeon) and is responsible for stopping treasure hunters and adventurers from leaving once they have entered his realm. However, having been there hundreds of years Dreth himself wishes to leave the dungeons and the story follows him on his quest to escape from them. Along the way Dreth, with his bloodthirsty sword 'Darkblood', encounters all manner of classic characters such as Golems, orcs, mad wizards, angry dragons and wild elves. Along with Percy, Cuthbert, Sprat (a child zombie) and Redthorne (a mage) they fight, negotiate and con their way through obstacles, trials and the traps that lay before them. As they struggle with what lays before them they must also keep one step ahead of a giant Golem sent by the Dungeon Management to kill Dreth for abandoning his set role in the dungeon.
The pacing of the story never lets up and it was one of those novels that had me reading "just one more page" time and time again when I should have been attending to more pressing matters.
As you can tell I very much enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy or zombie novels. It's a winner!
(review of free book)