Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

McBride, Lish Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, 344 p. Henry Holt, 2010.  $16.99.  Language: R (72 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (off page sex); Violence: R.  Nobody told Sam, but he is a necromancer.  For 18 years he has been hidden in plain sight in Seattle, but now the resident necromancer has seen him and Douglas does not have any friendly feelings, nor kind plans for Sam.  How about torture and death?  Luckily Sam has his fellow co-workers at his minimum wage job to look after him, even if Douglas reduced Brooke to only a head.  And being caged with a hot, clothes-less werewolf girl doesn’t make things worse – even though death may be really close.  It would have been very easy for McBride to reduce Sam and his friends to a campy romp – and it still would have been a great read.  But Sam has a tender soul that transcends the possible camp and a poignant end is very satisfying.  It will be very popular when it is discovered, though the high ratings will keep it out of many schools.  HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher.

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