Friday, 8 February 2013

Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse by Nina Post

Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse is a slightly confusing comic-fantasy-detective story written in the hardboiled style. Kelly Driscoll is a private detective cum monster hunter who is hired to find an angel bent on ending the world. The angel is living in a tower block full of fallen angels who are bound to the building, so they cannot leave it. They therefore spend all their time having committee meetings about small things and watching the television show that the building manager records.
I liked the book. I love hardboiled detective fiction, and I thought this was very amusing. I really liked the various single-purpose angels that follow Kelly around (including Tubiel, the angel of small birds that are lost and Kermit, the angel of the 3:00am hour). Kelly herself was a great character, and I am also a fan of Af - an angel she meets whilst investigating the tower block.
It reminded me of Jasper Fforde, except without all the witty cultural references (although I did wonder to myself if the references were there but I didn't get them because I am British). I think that fans of Fforde should give this series a go.
Due to the streamlined nature of the style and the inclusion of fantasy creatures such as giants and the scorpion bartender in the elevator this book did feel quite trippy at times. It is very surreal and some people might find it a bit difficult to follow. I am, however, keen to read the next one.
Score: 8/10

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