Today, I'm reviewing The Good, the Bad and the Infernal and Deadbeat:Makes You Stronger.
Title: The Good, the Bad and the Infernal
Author: Guy Adams
Series: Heaven's Gate #1
Published: 11 April 2013 by Solaris
Review: There’s talk of a town that only appears once every hundred years, in totally different forms. But some things stay the same-it’s always called Wormwood, and it provides a gate to the afterlife. This book follows a group of people aiming to get to it when it appears this time in the Midwest of America, and as they travel, they face many many challenges.
I was sold this as western steampunk. Sounds awesome, right?
We start by following one character, who gets saved by an old guy, and dragged along the trip. We then meet some other people, and folilow them on their travels, and then they meet up towards the end of the book. this makes The Good, The Bad and the Infernal seem more like a collection of stories about characters, a bit less of a novel. However, this is the first of a trilogy, so maybe it’ll pick up.
The characters are an interesting lot, but I don’t remember very much about any of them. There’s a freak show lot, an old guy, a religious person, and some others.
Imaginative things happen to the characters on the way along. Snakes! It felt a bit slow and confusing to me in places, but at other times, you’re really pulled in. The travels along America are good, and I liked the setting.
I think that it probably will pick up later on in the series, because the ending is a definite “something big happens next”.
Overall: Strength 3 tea to a Western Steampunk book that’s totally different, but didn’t keep me entirely.
Author: Guy Adams
Series: Deadbeat #1
Published: 11 June 2013 by Titan
Review: Max and Tom are two good friends who are in the graveyard one night when they see a coffin being today. With a girl in it. who is breathing. Drawn into the shady world of health insurance and dealing in other things, they’ve uncovered a mystery, and they are going to try and solve it.
I quite like Adams’ other stories-works on Torchwood and he also did the Sherlock casebook. I was looking forwards to reading this.
Max and Tom have an easy friendship, with other like minds, and it’s nice seeing them work together and play off each other. I really enjoyed the random side stories.
The twist, I didn’t see coming, but it made a few things make a bit more sense. Protagonists of this nature always cheer me up, and the events surrounding it for Max are interesting.
Plotwise, there’s a lot of intrigue, with different trails and backstories regarding players.
There’s dual narration, and I liked reading from both Max and Tom’s perspectives. There’s some more perspectives too when the plot calls for it.
The antagonists were hilarious in parts, as were the situaitons that Max and Tom found themselves in.
Overall: Strength 3 tea to a darkly funny mystery with a supernatural twist.