Friday, 5 August 2016

Book Review: Demonsong by Luke Romyn

San Francisco is infested. Crime stains the streets, and the SFPD battles to keep it under control. Among the department’s finest, Detective Patricia Ryder marches to her own drum, solving cases through a combination of balls and brains.

But a case comes across Ryder’s desk that leaves even the brazen detective at a loss. Multiple victims ranging in ages and backgrounds have all been found beheaded, apparently without connecting motive. From children to pensioners, the results remain the same. What kind of callous beast could perform such atrocious acts? And then she meets him.

The killer mouths a tale so incredible that Ryder is forced to laugh it off. But then he proves himself by doing the impossible. Torn between her need for facts and her inability to deny what she sees with her own eyes, Ryder teams up with a man she believes is a sociopath in order to thwart a being of colossal power, something so ancient it makes Earth seem like a newborn. It is hungry. It is relentless. It has its sights set on our world. And only a cop and a killer stand in its way.

My Review: 
This book seemed to be full of tropes that I really dislike. We start of course with the asshat cop who calls woman dykes if they dare to reject his advances. He is also slimy and unpleasant. Of course he is. We always must have moronic cop charicatures harrassing the poor attractive female who can only beat these bullies by being a cold bitch. And Patricia really is the steriotype of the female who is cold and unpleasant and has to behave like a man to get anywhere in life. I found it impossible to like her or have any sisterhood sympathy with her. In fact, I despised her.


Then we had the strange language that the author decides to use in his descriptions. He starts by telling us that 'Leonard dove through online files like a seal through a school of penguins'. Right. He goes on to say '...the source was the ultimate answer but it was disguised as a donut. At least that was how he envisioned it. Each penguin was merely masking the delicious donut at the center of their distracting school, hidden within their mass of swirling flippers and clacking beaks, ready to sidetrack him should he pause for more than a nanosecond...'


I mean seriously, WTF is the author waffling on about??? I like donuts and penguins as much as the next person but descriptions like that do not encourage my inner seal...or something. Oh I don't know what the other is waffling about. When the sociopath comes into it, he seems to talk in baffling riddles that even Bilbo Baggins would have trouble with. I barely understood a word of what was being said. That kind of confusing narrative made it pretty hard to get into whatever the plot was.

This author also likes tp publish his books with really tiny print which makes it pretty hard to read. I have perfect eyesight but had to slow my reading down to a crawl to read each word which was very frustrating. If I has sight issues, I would have found this book a nightmare to try and read so make sure you check the writing suits you before buying it if you feel so inclined.

This book is just too puzzling for me. Cold and horrible characters, weird writing style, confusing plot and descriptive passages that boggle the mind. Overall I thought this was very poor with nothing to enjoy. I had similar lack of interest in another book by the author so it is safe to say that I don't intend to read his books again!
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