THE DIRTY STREETS OF HEAVEN by Tad Williams just came out in paperback, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a copy to one lucky winner! So, check out my review below, and the giveaway details, and good luck!
The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams (DAW, July 2013) Doloriel, aka Bobby Dollar, is an angel, in an earthbound body. He’s also an advocate, which means that when someone dies, he is a soul’s last line of defense in the decision of a lifetime, well, at least the afterlife. Will a soul go to Heaven or Hell? Ultimately, it’s up to the big guns to decide, but Bobby Dollar does his best to make sure the deserving get to spend the afterlife in the beautiful fields of Heaven. When he shows up at a job, only to find out that the deceased’s soul is missing, he has no idea what to think, but you can bet the Opposition (Hell’s minions) probably have their grubby little claws in whatever IS going on. Frankly, all Bobby wants to do is hang out at The Compasses with his fellow angels and his best friend Sam, enjoying good conversation and of course, plenty of drinks, but obviously, that’s not in the cards for Bobby Dollar. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that someone has it out for him, and it doesn’t help that Sam has a new trainee that is so wet behind the ears it’s almost unbelievable. Luckily, when the you-know-what hits the fan, and it will, Bobby Dollar has a knack for taking care of himself, but he also has a talent for attracting trouble, and trouble is a mild word for what’s coming his way.
Angels and demons. Tired stuff, right? Not so fast. Tad Williams is a pro (and then some), and in The Dirty Streets of Heaven, he’s given us much more than the usual fare, and much more than the usual UF offering. The first thing I noticed about this is the wordbuilding is phenomenal. Seriously, it’s fantastic. The author brings the California coast alive, and has turned it into a virtual playground for his angels, demons, and various other oddities that populate the novel. You also won’t find a ton of infodumping here. We’re given lots of information, but it’s sprinkled in with the narrative and broken into fascinating, juicy bite size pieces. This novel doesn’t just have a setting, it has a world, which is no surprise, given Tad Williams’s pedigree. Bobby Dollar narrates, and he has a sarcastic wit with plenty of edge. He’s unfailingly loyal to his friends and very invested in the outcomes of the souls he represents, sometimes to his own detriment. He also has a tendency to wade right into a sea of trouble. In spite of his lofty job, he’s also not afraid to question his superiors (maybe not to their faces), but he knows that a certain amount of subterfuge isn’t beyond his bosses, and sometimes suspects that he may be expendable in the grand scheme of things. There’s a ton of action (with noir flavor), the creatures are scary and scary beautiful in equal measure, and the intricate mystery of the missing souls will keep you turning the pages. Perhaps most importantly, there’s a ton of heart, and that’s all thanks to the angelic, yet startlingly human Bobby Dollar. Surprisingly, there’s also a romance that’s pretty darn hot, and the author isn’t afraid to break his readers’ hearts. There is something for everyone in this superior series starter. Good thing we don’t have long to wait for the next installment, HAPPY HOUR IN HELL (Sept. 2013).
2.) Giveaway is for 1 copy of THE DIRTY STREETS OF HEAVEN by Tad Williams to 1 winner
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4.) You must enter on or before 9/11/13
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