What I also enjoyed was the world-building, and I couldn't help but be reminded a bit of Jim Butcher, the creator of the Dresden Files. That's one of my favorite series, and I could sense that same sort of wry humor, especially when it came to the vulture Rimsplitter. In my mind, I could hear the accent he might have had (for some reason, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer came to mind first) as I read his dialogue. Definitely one of my favorite secondary characters, and one of the most vividly drawn.
As for Matt – I loved how he was a clueless guy struck with the worst luck at the beginning of the book, but soon finds himself involved in much more that he was aware of when it came to the supernatural world. I also felt sorry for the guy as he had to deal with his coworkers and superiors, especially Roberro and Linda Marsh. Kylah was also a character I came to like as well, serving as a romantic interest of Matt's, but she's so much more than that.
Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy urban fantasy with a bit of humor. My rating is 5/5 platypires.
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About the Author
Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.
Of course, you will have gathered from all of this that Hipposync is, in fact, just a cover. What lurks beneath that thin veneer of respectability (yeah, right) is much, much more interesting. Hiding behind an office on the banks of the canal in Jericho, Oxford is the Department of Fimmigration (as in Fae immigration). Hey, there has to be one, otherwise just anyone could walk in, right?
DC’s role in documenting the work of the Fimmigration Service has, over the years, led to the realization that the world needs to know. Moreover, if he doesn’t tell someone soon he is going to burst. So, within these pages you will find actual accounts of the splendid work of the Fimmigration Service, beginning with The 400 Lb Gorilla–a sample of which is also on this site, and which will soon be published in its totality by Spence City once appropriate clearance from the ‘authorities’ has been obtained.
Some people say that this is contemporary fantasy fiction. Believe me, it’s real enough on planet hipposync.
DC Farmer is alive and well in darkest West Wales.