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Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.) (edition 2012)

by Kevin J. Anderson

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Title:Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.)
Authors:Kevin J. Anderson
Info:Kensington (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:2013, Your library
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Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Detective, Dan Shambles

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First, here is an extended blurb, as the one on the site doesn’t tell you much:

Dan Shamble was killed a month ago, shot in the back of the head by an unknown assailant, but he isn’t letting that stop him from solving cases. Including the case of his own unsolved murder. During the course of his invenstigations, Dan helps vampires, zombies, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, and even the odd human or two.

In fact, he does so much, and has so many active investigations going, that I had a hard time keeping track of characters and what was going on. Considering that I read this through in two sittings, people who read it over a long period time might have even more trouble.

The writing is very formulaic, to the point where I knew what the ending would be by the time I was midway through the book.

In addition, the villians plot is so over-the-top that I had a hard time taking the villian seriously, especially towards the end of the book.

The redeaming features of the book are the writing, which is snappy and easy to read, and the main character. ( )
  Madison_Keller | Sep 14, 2014 |
Entertaining story set in a world where zombies, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, mummies, trolls and other creatures (Unnaturals) exist, mostly due to an event ten years prior they refer to as The Big Uneasy. A curse in a book was accidentally activated and now all of these creatures exist. Dan Chambeaux is a private investigator who was killed a month ago while investigating his girlfriend’s death. When he crawled out of his grave as a zombie, what could he do but go back to work? He and his friend, Robin Deyer who is a lawyer specializing in cases to enact reforms for the Unnaturals, partner up in a business with the office now being run by Chambeaux’ dead girlfriend who is a ghost. These three make a great trio both as characters as well as how the abilities of each compliment the things they take on.

Funny, imaginative tale, a number of unique cases are worked on at once, including investigating his own death. Many humans aren’t especially accepting of the monsters, which for the most part are just going about their own business as usual. This provides a back story which is carried forward into at least the next book. We get humorous descriptions of the different species, as well as the good and the bad about various conditions.

My friend called me to suggest I get this book when she was only ¼ of the way into it; the book was being offered for free. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve purchased the next two books in the series.

There are times when the author repeats something, such as who a character is that we’d met earlier on. I found that to be a good thing in some places—there are a lot of characters in this book—and others where it was totally unnecessary.

A light, fun read. ( )
  dearheart | Aug 10, 2014 |
Dan Chambeaux, a private investigator, and his girlfriend Sheyenne, a med student, recently died. But thanks to a weird event now called ??The Big Uneasyƒ? which happened a decade ago, dead no longer means dead. A certain percentage of folks (usually homicides and suicides) return from the grave as some sort of ƒ??Unnatural.ƒ? Thatƒ??s what happened to Dan and Sheyenne. Now heƒ??s a zombie and sheƒ??s a ghost. Thatƒ??s not stopping them from living life, but it is stopping them from touching each other.

Dan has returned to his job and heƒ??s working on several cases involving Unnaturals (divorce, stolen painting, missing persons, etc.). In his spare time he tries to figure out who killed him and Sheyenne. His investigations bring him into contact with werewolves, wizards, witches, necromancers, ghouls, vampires, mummies, goblins, trolls, and various other weirdos.

The publisherƒ??s blurb... Read More:
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/death-warmed-over/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Does the genre really need humorous sub-Lovecraftian urban fantasy? Kevin Anderson seems to think so and I have no problem assenting that he achieved his end of producing an entertaining enough send-up of hard-boiled detective cliches crossed with the current (hopefully waning) craze for all things zombie. Do I really need more though? That remains to be seen.

If I had a relevant criticism it might be that the setting of New Orleans really doesn't come through, even as a set of cliches that are also given the comic treatment; the locality might have well as been Detroit. ( )
  Shrike58 | Sep 26, 2013 |
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This book just didn't work for me... I've started it several times, as I owed it a review. It took a lot of determination to finish it. It wasn't a bad book, I just had a very difficult time getting into it. It's a cross between a pulp detective story and urban fantasy. Dan Shamble is trying to solve his own murder, as well as other cases as a detective. I thought the murderer was pretty obvious, so I found the bad puns the real reason I kept picking up the book.
Like I said, it's not a bad book, it turns out I like my zombies to act like zombies and not so much like people. ( )
  Radella | Aug 15, 2013 |
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Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival".

But just because he was murdered doesn't mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business — with a caseload that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question — Who killed him?

For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P…. with a vengeance.

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Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves and other undead denizens on the world, it's been hell for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeau who works with a human lawyer as his partner. His cases now include a resurrected mummy that is suing the museum that put him on display, two witches that were victims of a curse gone terribly wrong seek restitution from a publisher for not using "spell check" on its magical tomes. And Dan must also find out who caused his own death.… (more)

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