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Blood on the Ice

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Highly recommend

    A fun read. Ian has a way with hockey and violence...A ton of fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Blood on the Ice

    Calling "Blood on the Ice" Urban Fantasy might be a stretch. Not because it doesn't have the elements of this genre, as I understand them, but because calling Fort McWilliams urban feels like it is pushing the definition. However, it isn't rural or suburban, so what else is left? Urban Fantasy fans with a sense of humor should find it to their tastes, but if vampires would normally send you running, don't run yet.

    If you could take away the vampires, "Blood on the Ice" would still be a funny story. Much of the setting is ripe for humor. Sports teams, especially those that aren't doing very well, are good fodder for comedy . The idiosyncrasies of small towns and the cluelessness of many young males are always good for a laugh. Healy takes advantage of each of these. Throw in the vampires (good for a laugh in itself, given the apparent need for so many books to have them these days), add Healy's approach to dealing with them, and you have a winner. Although there is plenty of tension and conflict in the story as Hammie Hamlisch, the protagonist, tries to stop the infestation of vampires on his hockey team, which kept the story interesting, what sets it apart from others is the humor.

    One thing in "Blood on the Ice" that I can't remember seeing before is a narrator who interrupts the story from time to time to comment, but whose identity isn't apparent. It is obvious early on that the narrator isn't Hammie and I quickly stopped wondering. I just viewed him or her as the all-seeing, all-knowing narrator. In the end, the narrator reveals his identity, and ties together a few loose threads in a very clever way.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Hockey and DEATH

    Hammie's parents make him wear a mouth guard when he plays hockey for the Fighting Aardvarks. Why wouldn't they? They're dentists. The Aardvarks are going nowhere, until a new player joins, and half the team is sucking down raw-meat smoothies. It's up to Hammie, an incompetent vampire hunter, a hot librarian, and pair of dental extractors to save the team...and the world.

    There is nothing like a good farce like this (think Hudson Hawk) to put a smile on your face :)

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Fun Read!

    Three things Healy does especially well in this book: 1) his treatment of the female characters and the romance brewing alongside the action is not in any way sappy, but completely realistic: his women are strong yet feminine, Hammie's adorable-yet-not-cloying attention to his new love spot-on, and his inclusion of a Goth girl is perfect within the panoply of characters. 2) Healy's action sequences are exciting without being confusing, detailed without being weighty, and gory to the funniest degree. Of course, we should expect Healy to be good at action scenes, as it's a bit of a specialty for him. 3) the thread of the wry Narrator is gripping throughout-sort of a Chorus to the main throughline of the action.
    Overall, this is a thrilling, funny read, and I highly recommend it.

    (For full review, go to website Nerds in Babeland.)

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