Recently, a cool dude by the name of Jason Beymer gave me one of his books to read, called Nether. It’s an Urban/Paranormal fantasy set, of course, in the modern world where things are much more freaky than Tolkien could have ever imagined. Now, I dig Urban Fantasy, having published one (shameless plug here) Things to do in Denver when you’re Un-dead, and having two more on the way, so it was a no-brainer that I’d read this book.
Glad I did.
As a master of sarcasm (yes, I know…hard to believe) I appreciate the craft when practiced with some skill, the skill I found Beymer employing all through his novel. That was hook #1. Hook #2 was the talking dog. Hey, what can I say…I’m a sucker for smart-aleck canines (only problem…why did it have to be a dachshund? Why?) and their semi-competent masters. Although I learned waaaaaaay too much about female dachshunds, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book. Hook #3 was Beymer’s gritty, no-nonsense approach to the material–yes, even with the talking dog, a shapeshifting lady, a demon and more, he kept the tongue firmly in cheek and still managed to punch you between the eyes.
All in all, this was a fun read…I thought there were some subtle plot errors, but they were in no way egregious enough for me to suspend my happiness in reading the material. Overall: Good Job, Jason.
Next time on Mark’s Blog: I have no clue…haven’t got that far yet. See ya, folks. Same blog time, same blog channel.