Not that the reader of The Detective (the next novel) is far behind. If you love steampunk, alternative history, the picaresque, loveable villains, dry wit, and great writing, you'll love this.
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THE SERIES WAS WORTH THE LISTEN. I AM GLAD TO HAVE FOUND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.
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I bought this after listening to the Brothers Grimm, hoping for something similar. In that, it didn't disappoint. It was less epic, but still a fun story with interesting characters. Looking forward to the next one.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
A unique slant on the devil. I loved the twist at the end. the characters and their interactions were great. Some great ideas. Enjoyable to listen to.
This was a well done production of a well crafted engrossing and humorous story. The second book , Detective something or other story was ho-hum. I will give JLH another chance if he writes another book about Johannes, I love him.
I thoroughly enjoyed both this book and Christopher Cazenove's reading of it. It delivers on every promise it makes and does keep you guessing until the end.
Towards the end of the book, while listening, I felt that some things were thrown in just to make the story longer. A lot of it seemed unneeded. After finishing the book I realized that it wasn't.
I gave the story 4 stars because of this. I think the author could have worked the extra material into the book in a much better way so the story didn't seem to lose direction.
All things considered though, this is a wonderful book and I can't wait to listen to the sequel.
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If you are seeking that hidden gem seek no more. Jonathan L Howard has done for horror what Terry Pratchet did for fantasy. Not that I believe this is horror this is more paranormal (black comedy at times) but horror is how book shops seem to class this piece of brilliance.
Enjoy it then move onto Book 2 The Detective.
Highly recommend, especially for fans of Terry Pratchett & Christopher Moore. Can't wait for more!
I was surprised to find how much I came to care about Johannes, but his brother Horst won my heart. I hope Howard writes the earlier story -- how Johannes and Horst ended up in that crypt, and what happened to Johannes' wife. Johannes isn't an easy character to empathize with, but his story enthralled me.
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This was a fun book. Dark, humorous, and creepy. Cabal is a narcissitic mess of a wizard-like, necromancer-ish guy that upsets townspeople when he brings his deadly circus into town and takes souls. The devil made a contract with him. Cabal must meet the deadline. He enlists some folk that are not happy with his evil ways. Insanity ensues. Good times. Good listen.