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Posted December 9, 2012
Sudden Death Overtime by Steve Vernon is one of those books that scares you while making you laugh. If you haven't gotten your fill of hockey this year due to the NHL strike, this book can help. Hope's End is a tough little town on the Northern Labrador Coast of Canada. When the weather turns cold, old-time hockey player Sprague Deacon and his three elderly friends set up an ice rink and everyone in town plays hockey. So when a black painted tour bus full of vampires comes to town and people start to disappear, there is only one thing to do, challenge them to a hockey game.
Sudden Death Overtime is a horror comedy dripping with blood that has memorable characters and a lot of action. There is a lot of depth to this short story starting with the opening scene where an older woman named Judith contemplates where her life went wrong and how it's changed over the years. Judith is lonely and fears death which comes for her in the form of a black bus. Sprague and his friends are also over the hill and the vampires represent old age and death. When death comes knocking these Canadians do what you do best and play hockey and whats more fun then hockey playing vampires? If your going to have to face death you need to make it beat you at your own game.
Steve Vernon manages to create some great characters in a short amount of time. The beginning of the book is character driven but when the vampires show up on Sprague's lawn, it turns to non stop action. There is a lot going on in this book, I like how the style changes midway through and the ending is hilarious. Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the afterword called Time Out which gives you an idea of what inspired the story. Sudden Death Overtime is a lot of fun and will make you want to read more from Steve Vernon.
Posted September 23, 2012
This is not my typical genre, so I thought it would be a nice break for me to pick up this book. What a wonderful surprise to have a few laughs thrown in and not just have a gross-out apocolyptic slaughter book. Vernon does a fantastic job of painting a rich character picture for this small, icy town. It was so easy to see these townspeople in my mind. This was a good, scary, creepy story, and the dialogue was so well written with some humor intermixed to make these people even more lifelike. Ands the ending was incredibly brilliant! Just perfect! Not my normal fare, but I am really glad I gave Vernon a go. I will be checking out his other books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.