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August 3, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: The Blue Blazes, by Chuck Wendig

Book Review: “The Blue Blazes” by Chuck Wendig

Meet Mookie Pearl.


Criminal underworld? He runs in it.


Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.


Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.


But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…


I really have mixed feeling about this book, The Blue Blazes, by Chuck Wendig. On one hand it is a fresh look into urban fantasy. On the other…well, let me explain:


The premise was interesting. What’s that you say? You want to write an urban fantasy book where the protagonist is not a private investigator? That’s great! I am (almost) completely over the gumshoes by now. The problem is that most of those other characters are PIs for a reason-that reason being that their investigations drive the story. At first there was drive. Mookie needed to find (insert spoiler here). After awhile, though, that search fell by the wayside and I was left with…what? Confusion, ladies and gentleman. Plot confusion. Though I will say that Wendig was able to wrap up the ending nicely, I feel like the book could have been better if there was a clear goal presented.


Speaking of our non-PI protagonist, I was a little underwhelmed.Mookie Pearl is-for lack of a better phrase- dumb as a box of rocks. He is also odd. A thug who likes to prepare fancy meat products? Alrighty then. His daughter, Nora, was more interesting, what with her revenge and hidden motives. Together they put the angst-laden-daddy-issues in “dysfunctional family”.


Wendig is a good descriptive writer. A great descriptive writer. He’s so good that I could literally picture the entire scene with no problems whatsoever. I do think he took great pleasure in writing the scenes involving gore. Once again, though, the pacing was slow and the plot was weak, which led to two hundred and eighty-something pages of…descriptions, with a few fight scenes thrown in. They were really good fight scenes though!


Overall, the book was an interesting read. It was definitely not your average urban fantasy. I just wish it would have been a little more developed.


If you’re a big fan of this genre you should check it out here for about $7!


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