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Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass
Dark Days by James Ponti
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood
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Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Crazy Critter Race by Maxwell Eaton III
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
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Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 3: 1983-1984 by Ed Piskor
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper
The Master of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Nothing Up My Sleeve by Diana López
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean
The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
The River by Alessandro Sanna
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen
The Sleepover by Jen Malone
Threadbare by Monica Ferris
To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

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Dark Days: 09/22/16

Dark Days by James Ponti

Dark Days by James Ponti is the conclusion of the Dead City trilogy. Before you do anything, though, do not, under any circumstances read the book blurb. It is full of spoilers. Major spoilers.

Molly and friends are hoping for Natalie to recover from her harrowing battle with Marek at the close of Blue Moon. Meanwhile, Omega's been disbanded and there's a new squad of undead police officers in the NYPD.

One of the things I adore about the Dead City trilogy is that the rules for zombies are well thought out and consistent. The geology of Manhattan made the original undead, and can under the right set of circumstances, make new zombies. Zombies, of course, can also make more zombies through the usual means. However, all zombies must stay near the Manhattan schist to stay healthy. As the zombies have a slow evolution into madness (and brain eating mayhem) they don't feel compelled to eat and turn the living population. As they also have to stay on Manhattan to stay undead, the zombie problem is further contained.

That's not to say that some corrupt zombies, such as Marek, aren't interested in completely controlling the city (and either turning the living population or just killing it off). That's not to say that the zombies aren't a threat, but they are and underworld threat in the literal and crime sense.

So Dark Days isn't a solution to the zombie problem. Zombies aren't vanquished at the end, but a crime boss is. The how and why of that is the fun of this final volume.

Five stars

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