Star Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Buy the book: Amazon
Fun fact: I don't like post-apocalyptic stories. Maybe it's because I just came across a glut of them a few years back, or maybe a certain series - naming no games of hunger - put me off of them... -.- << That's my unimpressed/annoyed face for anyone who doesn't know. Anyhoodles, futuristic, yep, totally cool. As soon as a book says, "There was the war, and it destroyed the whole world!" I'm kind of out. Maybe it's all the woe and wailing and misery. I dunno; still trying to figure out why I have such a distaste for anything that falls into that realm. That being the case, ***teeny spoiler alert*** it speaks volumes for James Fahy's Hell's Teeth that I like it so much, because it takes place in, you guessed it, a post-apocalyptic society. ***End spoiler alert.***
The list of what I liked about it is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. Look at that, a segue into the first thing on the list: references!!! Maybe it's just me, but I loved all the references the Phoebe, the main character and narrator, makes. The best one IMHO? Captain Kathryn Janeway, folks! The oft-overlooked badass of this quadrant, the Delta Quadrant, or any other quadrant you wanna name! Sorry, my Trekkie love got really strong just there. I also liked, though I don't know if this one was intentional, the use of the surname Trevelyan, because that is the name of the human Inquisitor from one of my most favorite video games: Dragon Age Inquisition. Right, so lots of fun references! What's next? The sass! Phoebe has such a great voice in this book, full of sarcasm and dry wit. She's so enjoyable to read. After that comes the great turns of the book. There's one in the first chapter, which I think works especially well if you read the description on Amazon, which is a pretty safe bet to take. More than once whilst reading this book I was pleasantly surprised by a shift or trick in the plot, most of which left me thinking, "Oh...snap. That's gonna suck." *GRIN!* Aren't we readers sadistic sometimes in how we enjoy a character's misery? >:D Here's something else interesting. Fahy does something that I think is rare with a lot of books and only works sometimes, but he pulled it off really well. Parts of this book read like a movie because the descriptions were so...visual. The picture painted for us as readers is vibrant and powerful, and that pulled me along in the story, making it one of those tales that was effortless to read through and provided proper deep enjoyment. Finally, Hell's Teeth does something else that I think fantasy and sci-fi stories can do in such a subtle but efficacious way. People who are different from us are dangerous, a threat to what we hold dear is such a common mindset in our world, and I appreciate it when stories can provide an objective look at an issue like this and discuss both sides, which this one does.
Well, that was quite a lot of praise and truly well deserved, I think. So why the half star deduction? It's a little bit of a technical issue actually. There's always going to be a typo or two in any book. Finding one is a game I like to play, but I found a couple bigger ones in Hell's Teeth that I felt like really should have been caught by the editor or someone in the process*. Yes, I know I sound like a teacher grading papers, but a few of them were actually distracting.
*For the record, I don't count comma use. That is the wild west of the punctuation world.
All in all, I think it's pretty clear that I absolutely loved the experience of reading this book. I've already bought the second one in the series, and I heard there's a third one coming out soon. Eh? *Waggles eyebrows*. I'll be keeping an eye out for that one too. Thanks for reading!
As promised, here's a fun new recipe!
Gingered Dark Chocolate Syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/8 of a teaspoon salt
1/2 ounce ginger root, grated or sliced very thinly
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Drop all the ingredients except the vanilla extract into a small pot. Stir occasionally and cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble. This shouldn't take more than about five or ten minutes. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved and then remove from the heat. Let sit for fifteen to twenty minutes to allow the flavor of the ginger to really infuse into the syrup. Then add vanilla extract and stir to combine. You can strain the mixture now if you want, but I leave my ginger bits in so that they can continue to give off flavor. You'll just have to either avoid or deal with ginger bits down the road if you do this. You can then use the syrup to flavor your coffee, make hot chocolate, drizzle over ice cream, eat it off the spoon...hey, no judgement. What you do with your syrup is your business. And it can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Enjoy!