March 4th, 2008

ariel dreamy

2008 Books #13: Dead to Me, by Anton Strout

Warning: This book contains ghosts, zombies, bureaucracies, psychometry, cultists, hilarious smartassery, and PEZ references.

Dead to Me started out funny and kept getting funnier; my first laugh-out-loud moment (of several) occurred when I was reading page 48. Simon Canderous, a newbie in New York's Department of Extraordinary Affairs, finds himself surrounded by paperwork and events beyond his control and understanding way too often; the Department's seminars and pamphlets (such as Dealing with the Dearly Departed) don't seem to be helping him to figure things out. His love life is a mess, and his heavy caseload isn't improving matters.

The tone of the book reminded me of Ghostbusters, sometimes, and P. N. Elrod's Vampire Files books, other times, but Strout's own voice came through in the writing, and it was entertaining all the way from beginning to end. In case I haven't made this point clearly enough yet, Dead to Me was a lot of fun to read, and I look forward to the next books in this sparkling new series.

Dead to Me at Amazon
Anton Strout's website
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Progress report

70 Days of Sweat, Day Four: 1,100 words

Total: 4,200 words

Current story: 7,400 words.

In other news: Felix's eye is much better now, in the sense that it can open like a normal eye, with a crease in the eyelid and everything. On the other hand, he didn't nap until 4 pm-ish. I kindly chose not to work the baby bootcamp magic this morning, figuring that he ought to have the opportunity to use his energy to reacquire binocular vision.

I'm mushy that way.

I'm *tired,* too. My plan is to shift my sleep schedule later in the remaining 15 days before my trip to Norwescon, because no good will come out of showing up there and being ready to crash for the night at 7 pm, local. This is one of the hazards of being a morning person.