Monday, March 18, 2013

Death Ain't But A Word by Zander Marks

Rating: 3/5

I received a free copy of this book from the author after losing the goodreads giveaway. Actually I received three copies of this book, probably due to some mistake at the publishing company. I only read one of them.

I liked this story. I liked Wilkins, who is a crackhead running from the responsibilities of being able to see ghosts. Apparently ghosts need a lot of coddling so they don't go all dark side and start enslaving and eating other ghosts, or messing with the unsuspecting living. The story is told quite simply, without a lot of fuss, but Marks seems adept at bringing his characters to life with minimal descriptions and back stories. They all seem to share a straightforwardness, however, which worked for most of them, but I felt left the villain a little underdeveloped. He's obviously a monster, but he didn't evoke the kind of emotion he should have.

I found Marks' over-use of italicized words a little distracting. In addition, the less than extensive vocabulary worked for characters like Wilkins who are presumably rather uneducated, but when the perspective shifted to other characters, it felt a less like a style choice and more like a deficit on the part of the author.

There were a lot of characters in this book, and I feel like some of their potential went unfulfilled. That is, even though they were written well enough and fulfilled their purpose in Wilkins' story, I kind of wished there had been more to them, that they'd had more of their own stories. We only just skirted the world of the "yardwalkers", and there's clearly a whole lot of history there.

In summary: decent story, likable characters, well-paced, easy to read.

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