Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
Audio Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
Total Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
Life shouldn’t be hard for dead guy, but for Jack the only thing that seems to make him happy is pixie dust. He’ll stop at nothing to get some to, taking on odd detective jobs, such as searching for a Goblin Queen’s missing cats. Little does he expect that the search for cats unveils a plot by a former acquaintance to destroy Pandemonium and return to the “real” world.
In a story reminiscent of many adult cartoons – such as Rick & Morty and Futurama – Dead Jack takes on an almost cartoonish, but still fantastical and creepy, approach to a dimension filled dead and undead creatures alike. With the help his homonculus partner, Oswald, as well as from a half-pixie witch and an insane bat god, Jack inevitably is forced to save the day. The characters are fun, unique, and ultimately charming in their odd ways, even if Jack can be petty.
A straightforward story with interesting characters is always the type to keep me engaged. It might not be for everyone, since it does start with Jack behead a leprechaun after a disagreement. He is a zombie (addicted to pixie dust) after all. Dark and twisted in the best ways, you’ll want see where Jack’s antics take him next. Overall, it’s fun, and that’s what matters.
I do wish we could have spent more time with Oswald and some of the other characters. To an extent, Jack as our narrator is one of the more normal and less interesting characters. That probably why he makes a good narrator though. He’s zombie, but he’s fundamentally human at heart. Even though he claims his soul is gone, to an extent, I think he has more soul than anyone else. He just hides it under an exterior of nonchalance.
The story of the Pandemonium Device wraps up nicely, but with enough of a cliffhanger that readers will be back for more. Is his dear little buddy okay? Will he find his soul? Will the Leprechauns get their revenge?
I guess I’ll find out in the next book.
What’s it about?
Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device kicks off a wild and irreverent fantasy / horror series following the exploits of a zombie detective and his homunculus frenemy. In the fast-paced novel, the drug-addicted zombie detective and his shapeshifting sidekick battle and outsmart supernatural creatures, from tough-guy leprechauns to sex-obsessed shark women and insane bat gods, in a hellish, alternate New York City of the 1940s.