Alive in Necropolis

Alive in Necropolis

by Doug Dorst
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Alive in Necropolis 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is wonderful. I cannot believe it is a first book for the writer. It is one of, if not the best debut I've read. The writter has many story-lines happening at once, and he does an excellent job of tying it up at the end. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colma, CA has 1200 living residents and 2 million residents already dead. 'No one knows for sure what (the dead) do - if they do anything but lie mute, immobile, decaying - but some of the living have their suspicions.' So starts the story of Officer Michael Mercer, Colma Badge 13. Mercer feels that his life is heading in the right direction - a new job, a new girlfriend, and now hailed a local hero for saving the life of the teenaged son (Jude) of a famous film director. However, Colma's dead have also taken an interest in Mercer because, unlike most of Colma's other residents, he is able to both see and hear them. After Mercer receives 4 boxes of questionable incident reports from the widow of Officer Featherstone, the man he replaced on the Colma police force, he begins to recognize his unusual link with the dead and realize this 'communication' was something he had in common with Featherstone. Mercer soon finds himself saddled not only with Jude's case to solve, but also the pursuit of 'Doc' Barker and his gang of ghostly thugs who are harassing the deceased population of Colma. The real question is, if Mercer will be able to actually defeat 'Doc' Barker or if he will suffer the same fate as his predecessor, Featherstone. On the whole, Alive in Necropolis is a wonderfully entertaining read. The author does a fantastic job of bringing all of his characters fully to life - even when they're dead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just begin with an exceprt of the publisher¿s description of the book, as I don¿t think I can describe the premise of ¿Alive in Necropolis¿ nearly as well as they do: 'Colma, California, is the only incorporated city in America where the dead outnumber the living. The longtime cemetery for San Francisco, it is the resting place of the likes of joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and aviation pioneer Lincoln Beachey. It is also the home of Michael Mercer, a rookie cop trying to go by the book as he struggles to navigate a new realm of grown-up relationships¿ But instead of settling comfortably into adult life, Mercer becomes obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor in the police unit, Sergeant featherstone, who seems to have become confused about whether he was policing the living or the dead¿' This is not a typical description of the books I read. It sounds like an odd cross of mystery and fantasy. I read almost nothing in the mystery genre and not much in the fantasy genre, and there mainly in young adult fantasy. However, I figured that I had a review copy and I might as well give it a chance, branch out a bit. I am extremely glad that I decided to be openminded about this book! Surprisingly, the whole `policing the dead¿ aspect turned out to be less prevalent than expected. ¿Alive in Necropolis¿ was more about relationships, about being `alive¿ in this city most notable for graveyards. I was quite impressed with Dorst¿s skill, particularly as this is his first novel. I figured that the book would feature some ridiculously inventive plot that would excuse a lack of substantial writing. This wasn¿t remotely true. Yes, there was a fantastic aspect to the plot, but this book was primarily made by the writing. Dorst gave his main character(s) in particular a good deal of depth and was able to show the reader this depth through the actions and reactions of the characters. I would recommend this book for those who love good, solid, well-written fiction, fantasy fans or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of inside jokes in this book, such as one person wanting to move to Mendocino - a small town in Nor Cal famous for potheads and growers, then details the horror of ghost paranoia abroad in Calmo.  A police officer whose college-minded friends continue to smoke weed and an affluent heroin addict are some of the characters in this book. It's been awhile since I picked up this book so I don't want to scruff up the paragraph about the 500-page novel that I can remember, but it was hard to follow along through the sometimes maze-like direction of the book. I do recall the bullying ghosts being particularly humorous though. It looks like the author has gone on to write two more novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this book because my husband works in Colma, but about the only thing positive about this book is that the author is a great descriptive writer. There were too many storylines none of which really made any sense as a whole. I'm mostly disappointed because I feel this book had great potential, but the author needs to learn how to focus on the story he was trying to tell as a whole.
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dear_tiger More than 1 year ago
I suppose I was expecting something different from a story set in a California cementary town. Looking back, if the author wanted to get rid of the ghost plotline, he could have just thrown out some sections about ghosts without having to do much editing on the rest of the book and without loosing much of the volume. I have no idea why it's even there, seeing how the major part of the book is dedicated to personal drama. Every once in a while, the main character would see a ghost, but then he is not sure what to make of it and does not really care because he has too much going on in his personal life. So if you want a story about relationships, this is a good book about age difference, growing up, teenage love obsessions, finding out what you really want in life, etc. And it has an awesome cat named Criket. But if you are looking for a ghost story, don't try this one, because the whole supernatral plotline serves as a rather bleak background here.
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Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
I did not want a story that constantly slaps you in the face with do what you love, live your life, and if you don't like who and where you are, change it. Guess which story I got. It quickly became boring and melancholy reading about a character who is just hovering in the status quo surrounded by other characters full of regret. Very blah.