Reviews of the Living Dead: Dead Matter

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • List Price: $7.99
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441018440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018444

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Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan.

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn’t appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he’s being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he’s not…


Any Simon Canderous novel is always a fun read. The detective has a wonderful balance of snark, pop culture and hero to not only keep me interested, but keep me laughing. Not to mention he is like the Timex of Urban Fantasy – he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Speaking from experience with the amount of head trauma the poor man has suffered, it is amazing he remembers his own name! Although he might just be using his psychometry to fill in the blank spots.

His main strengths are his ability to read the history of objects (aforementioned psychometry), his extendable bat, his pop culture knowledge and – in a pinch – using his ability on living people to knock them out. Of course this usually means he is knocking himself out, but all in a days work for the Department of Extraordinary Affairs.

This book tackles not only the undead but also the history of the Department. This time it is not Simon’s past coming back to bite him in the ass, it is the Department’s. Literally. Did I mention undead?

Like Simon, I too miss the glory days of Buffy and Angel, and this book definitely has the feel of that sort of story. The feel and tone of the Whedonverse was something that I was finding at every turn. If you are a Whedon zombie, do yourself a favor and pick this book up. If you have not read the first to, start with Dead to Me and Deader Still first. You will not be disappointed. You will likely do what I have done and pick up several anthologies where Anton has included short stories relating to this series. All are fun filled reads.

Overall I give the book 4 and a half stars out of 5. Well worth the money, as always. If you are following me in social media or a friend, you have an 83% chance of being a Whedon zombie which means 100% chance of loving this series.


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