The riveting debut work from celebrated newcomer Lish McBride, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer drops a seemingly average boy into the adventure of a lifetime. Sam can’t complain about much, even if his job isn’t the most glamorous one around. But his world gets a whole lot more complicated when he crosses paths with Douglas, a necromancer who gets paid to raise the dead. Douglas thinks Sam might have the right touch for necromancing, and when this turns out to be all too true, Sam faces unimaginable dangers.
©2010 Lish McBride (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I listened to the audiobook first, and frankly, the audiobook kept me on edge all day/night long. Just like a printed book, I couldn't put it down - i would have kept my headphones on and let myself listen to it in the dark, but I'm not going to lie... on occasion, this book gave me the heebie-jeebies.
Everything? The pacing, the plot, the character development - probably the characters, and how familiar they become. Each character is well-developed, and I can see myself knowing and loving these characters in real life, especially Sam.
I would have said it started slow, but frankly, I think it needed it, because that momentum at the end would have been too fast if it hadn't had the slow build of character and plot development - no action by any character ever surprised me, and for me, that's a good thing - I feel like when the plot finally resolved, my thoughts were "YES, this is right and correct."
I think Jonathan Todd Ross' performance is amazing - I can't imagine Sam with any other voice now, and frankly, I can hear it in my head as I think about the book. That character voice develops the character even further, putting in details about him that while not written, I think are implied by subtext in the book. His sarcasm, dry wit - even his anger and other emotions are truly drawn out by Ross' performance in a way that it just can't in print...
I truly enjoyed this book, and I would categorize it as a spiritual successor to "Good Omens" or "The Dresden Files" - NOT those sparkly vampire copycats. It's humor is sharp and dry, with pop-culture and music references all over the place. This book has brains and literary brawn.
This book was recommended to me and I will happily recommend it to you, whoever you are.
Mommy of twins
A hilarious and entertaining read with a ton of spook and even more wit, HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER is a read no fan of the paranormal should miss; think less Twilight more Buffy.
Samhain Corvus LaCroix (or just Sam) and his friends' (a motley group of misfits and slackers) reality is turned upside-down and inside-out, after an unfortunate shot during a casual game of potato hockey behind the Plumpy Burgers where they all work . One rogue spud and the gang will be forced to face horrors beyond imagination and with their eyes now opened to supernatural creatures, Sam finds himself dragged (literally) into the dangerous politics of the paranormal world with a great big target on his naive back.
Lish McBride's HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER is surprisingly a highly amusing read, despite the bloodshed and loss of life, with a touch of romance budding and many, many laughs to be had, readers will be hard-pressed to find fault in Sam's quirky and unique story. Although HMCN could easily be a standalone novel, roomers are that we have not heard the last of Sam and his paranormal pals and to that, I say Cheers!
RANDOME SIDE NOTE...
I couldn't help but draw character and over all story-vibe comparison, to the all too short lived CWTV series REAPER. With a similar sarcastic tongue and cheek charm, Bret Harrison (REAPER Sam), easily filled the role of necromancer Sam in my head as his precarious story played out.
Good story, good characters, teenbopper story, but works for an adult. Likeable characters. Bounced back and forth between necromancer and werewolf but tied in together.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I liked it a lot, but love never came.
The title ALONE makes me squeal with delight. I saw this book on a shelf and immediately added it to my TBR. Didn't even LOOK at the blurb (I assume there was one). I can't even look at the cover and not hear Elton John (and occasionally Phoebe from Friends) singing along. The chapter titles are all song lyrics, which is BEYOND awesome.
The beginning switches POV a lot, which didn't hold my interest. It was harder to relate to Sam when he's not the main character in the first half of the book.
There are some great moments (Ashley anyone?) and enough interest that I will continue with the series.
I have listened to this book three times now. I like it that much.
Sam's quick wit. He has one heck of a mouth on him, not in a bad way, but in a quirky gets him in trouble kind of way. It's actually quite endearing.
I laughed many times and people walking by probably thought I was nuts.
In the top 100
How funny it was.
"What's in the fryer?"
Loved it and I'm looking forward to listening to book 2,3,4 ect......
IMHO 99% of books are better done in audio format.
When Sam gets his first burst of real power after his mother removes her protection spell from him.
I found many exciting scenes.
I would have given this 5 stars across the board except for the fact that JT Ross pronounced the word "couldn't " In a most annoying way. Like he was from New Jersey. No ofence NJ. The book started off kind of slow but after the first hour it started to flow nicely. I hope this is the first in a series. No explicit sex if you are into that, which I am not. Thank you for that Ms McBride. I will read more by you. Worth the credit.
Sing the title of this book and you will taste a small bite of Lish McBride's humor. This book has it all - necromancers, vampires, werewolves, witches, even an awesome teenage girl harbinger. Most people kind of moan when I say that. But then, I tell them of the smart humor, somewhat dry, maybe even snarky. I looove it. It left me satisfied buy wanting more from McBride. Having the two readers helps the listener, and both are awesome in their own right, great voice texture for each really fit the characters. Enjoy!
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