Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: "Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse" by Nina Post

The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse review
Author: Nina Post
4 out of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this text from Curiosity Quills (the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: When hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters take over a highrise condo building, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter must team up with an unlikely group of allies to prevent the apocalypse.

Kelly Driscoll tracks down monsters for a living, but the job isn't what it used to be. Vampire hunters are the new big thing, but Kelly doesn't swing that way. When a reclusive client hires her to locate a rival angel, Kelly's search takes her to a downtown highrise that has become home to hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters.

As the fallen angels take over the condo board, argue over who's handling pizza delivery, and begin planning for a little shindig otherwise known as the apocalypse, Kelly must team up with an unlikely group of allies to find her target and keep the fallen angels at bay. In the process, she befriends a reluctant Angel of Destruction, gets tips from a persistent ferret, uncovers the mysteries behind Pothole City's hottest snack food empire, and tries to prevent the end of the world.

My Thoughts: This is Nina Post’s debut novel, which was followed by One Ghost Per Serving, which I just reviewed. (Link to that review by clicking the title.)

Kelly has been barely scraping by ever since that vampire huntress stole all her press (“What kind of a world do we live in...?). Now she’s been asked to find a fugitive in a luxury condo tower with over 500 units in just two days. I have to tell you, this book was very weird – extremely surreal, and full of ridiculousness, just like her other book.
She’s apparently obsessed with titanium sporks, as they have showed up in both books. Also weird names for things – in her 2nd book it is business names, in this book it is Cluck Snacks. Here is a listing of a few of the Cluck Snacks named: Cluck Snack Krispy Baked B’nana Bitz for Dogs and Ferrets (‘Can Be Used As Cereal!’), Cluck Snack Cereal (‘Can Be Used As Cereal!’), Cluck Snack Cake Crisps Cereal, Cluck Snack Top’n (‘Makes Anything Taste like Cluck Snack’), Cluck Snack Sweet n’ Savory Breakfast Syrup, cluck Snack Pizza Flav’r Gum (‘Not for Dogs and Ferrets’), Cluck Snack P’nut Butt’r Chunks (‘For Ferrets, Not Dogs’), Cluck Snack Frozen-Like Dess’rt Bars, Cluck Snack Steamie Pock’tz and Cluck Snack Meal’n a Box Totez (‘Take Your Cluck Snake With You’). There were many more Cluck Snack offerings named throughout the book – that was just a section with a big chunk of them all together.

I really don’t know what to tell you about this book, other than it was surreal, strange, and often silly – the various single-purpose angels were a never-ending source of amusement. I laughed a lot, that’s for sure. But I often had trouble keeping up with what was going on; it was like one of those cartoons with all the flashing lights; hard to track, but amusing. So, if that sounds like your sort of book, be sure to check it out.

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