Breaking the Lore
Inspector Paris #1
by Andy Redsmith
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
15 Apr 2019
A magical, mischievous mystery perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Ben Aaronovitch How do you stop a demon invasion... when you don’t believe in magic? Inspector Nick Paris is a man of logic and whisky. So staring down at the crucified form of a murder victim who is fifteen centimetres tall leaves the seasoned detective at a loss… and the dead fairy is only the beginning. Suddenly the inspector is offering political asylum to dwarves, consulting with witches, getting tactical advice from elves and taking orders from a chain-smoking talking crow who, technically, outranks him. With the fate of both the human and magic worlds in his hands Nick will have to leave logic behind and embrace his inner mystic to solve the crime and stop an army of demons from invading Manchester!
Love the introductory sentence as it
really sets the scene for a very different novel.
Inspector Paris and Manchester seem to go
together well. This is book 1 in a new series that I really want to read more
of. The Sergeant is wonderfully dumb and
there is plenty of grisly and sarcastic humour to keep me interested. Fairies
being crucified is new to me, but then it was new to everyone as Paris says ‘How
do you kill somebody who doesn’t exist?’ ie a fairy!
We are then introduced to a talking crow,
a female baby rock troll princess, an elf, and the Vanethria and yet more such
creatures who shouldn’t exist. All of which with a sly humour and great writing
A Potter's Tale
by Dave Davis
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: 03 Apr 2019
1935. Roz Lhulier and his team unearth the massive tomb of Pakal, the greatest Mayan king. It’s the discovery of the century, they think. They’re wrong. Instead, deep in the pyramid that holds the seventh-century ruler, hides a primitive Codex, a book of prophecy, predicting the collapse of the solar system. Raising the question, “Does the world end?” The codex is deciphered by Alan Turing, the genius who broke the German’s Enigma Code during WWII, but its message is jealously guarded by the Astronomers, a lethal cult inside the Catholic Church. They’ve compromised or killed anyone with knowledge of the secret—presidents and prime ministers, for starters. The Codex pulls Noah Scott into its deadly orbit, a physician-turned reporter, and his partner Kate. When they investigate the murder and memoirs of DiShannia, a highly precocious teenager who’s achieved national recognition for her research on the demise of the Mayan civilization, Kate and Noah are led from Washington DC, to the British Museum, to the Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva, to Melbourne, Australia. Each step enlightens them, offers them clues, frightens them. And us. The Potter’s Tale weaves two strands of the novel—the Codex and its rich human stories—with another, creating an unsettling narrative DNA. This third strand involves the Potter, who crafts the story. And the genes that craft us all. Does the world end? The Potter knows the answer. Noah, Kate discover it. We learn it too—on the last page.
A novel about an alternate universe – or an alternate
history of ours. I found the beginning chapters on the slow side – perhaps
there were too many threads to the story too and I started to find it difficult
to remember everything that had happened in each one.
There were also still quite a few proofing errors such as
‘well healed developers’ ; ‘members
of a leafy sect’ [location 1320]
I also thought that the story could have been shorter –
maybe reduce the threads and be rather cruel – there was, for me, too much of a
tendency to ramble. The story line needed to be tighter.
All the above aside, the novel got an extra star for the
great final twist to the tale.