Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: Death Mill Mansion, A Light-Hearted Comedy

This book counts towards the Shifter challenge.

You've read about them, seen them in movies, you know how they work.  Big, mysterious mansions atop a lonely hill that induce mysterious car trouble for anyone traveling alone at night.  You go to knock on the door and ask for a phone, and you disappear forever.

Robbie, predictably, experiences car trouble while driving past one such a mansion late at night.  He promptly finds himself trapped in a house of robots, vampires, werewolves, old ladies with secret agendas, ghosts, psychos, musical squid, and a whole host of other creatures.  But Robbie isn't just going to sit back and disappear without a fight...


This book is hilarious.  It's snarky, clever, and unique.  I loved it.


Although essentially Death Mill Mansion is a compilation of cliches, it still manages to be intelligent, interesting, unique, and exciting.


I loved how the authors turn cliches on their heads, sometimes exaggerating them (one of my particular favorites: the main characters attract a vampire by dressing a female party member in a nightgown and putting her in an old-fashioned bedroom; the vampire arrives within minutes, irresistibly drawn) sometimes overturning them, and in general breathing new life into them.


I don't think I've ever read anything similar (except maybe Terry Pratchett) and I absolutely loved it.  There were hilarious footnotes (books with footnotes are almost always great), I could visualize everything perfectly, and I enjoyed reading the book which is of course the most important thing.

End Result: five stars.  A really excellent book.  Read it.

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