Dead to Meby Anton Strout
Series:Simon Canderous #1
Published byPenguin on 2008
A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field. Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he’s gone over to the good side. At New York’s underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he’s learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it’s not the paperwork that has him breathless. After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman- who doesn’t know she’s dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon’s not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.
Point of View: First Person
Main Character: Simon Canderous, is a psychometric young adult working for the D.E.A. (Department of Extraordinary Affairs).
Romantic Interests: Irene (a ghost) and Jane (working for the enemy)
Tone: satirical, tongue-in-cheek commentary on bureaucracy
Story Goal as I see it: Figure out why the spirits are behaving strangely, including Irene who appears more corporeal than she should.
Likes: Simon is a likeable character. He’s brave and moral. Simon is not perfect, but not annoyingly flawed. All of the other characters are interesting and well-developed.Some parts of the book made me laugh out loud.
Dislikes: Sometimes Strout seems to be trying too hard to be funny. Also, there are times that I wanted to smack Simon in the head because he seems somewhat dumb.
Overall Opinion: I enjoyed reading Dead to Me, even if it made me roll my eyes once or twice. The writing is well-executed and well-paced, the plot is solid, and the world-building is inventive. I will continue to read the series, and I would recommend it to people who want an urban fantasy book told from a man’s perspective.
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