Review – Deadtown
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  • April 20, 2010

So, I’ve been reading a lot of mixed reviews about Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown. People seem to either love it or hate it. The biggest gripe comes from some obvious resemblances to Kim Harrison‘s Rachel Morgan books. Having recently read those I can see some similarities; the vampire roommate, the supernatural boyfriend, the plague killing off a bunch of humans…yeah, ok, but that’s all they are, similarities.

I don’t remember who said it, but some writer is captured in my brain as saying that all writers are basically writing the same 8 stories over and over again. I agree. It’s in how you twist the tales that make them stand out.

Does Deadtown stand out? Absolutely. From the word go.

Vicky (Victoria) is a shapeshifter from a Welsh line called the Cerddorian. Vicky battles demons in people’s dreams, and those that stray outside as well. She only shifts three times a month and mostly passes for “normal”. In Deadtown, a secluded part of Boston where the Paranormal Americans live, normal is relative. The PAs have only recently come out into the limelight and then the plague hit transforming the human population into Zombies. The norms hate Zombies. They hate Vampires. They hate Werewolves. They hate everything that is not them. Vicky’s boyfriend, Kane, is a lawyer gunning to advance the civil rights of PAs despite numerous complications and hindrances legally opposing him. Massachusetts is currently one of the only states that even recognize PAs as people and not monsters. It’s hard to disprove the theory though when demons keep Vicky so busy.

Deadtown surprises at several turns. It’s fun, it’s exciting to read… it’s good solid Urban Fantasy, but it’s also about being human…and inhuman. The civil rights aspect reminds me more of Daniel Waters’ Generation Dead books than Kim Harrison, but it’s neither one of them. It’s Nancy Holzner all the way, and I thought it was a blast. Enough to earn a 4 out of 5 star writing, with a bit knocked off for some grammatical annoyances. I’m looking forward to the sequel Hellforged. Very much.

-BP

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