Space travel is tough. No air, cosmic radiation, absolute lack of other life-sustaining essentials.
What better way to deal with space travel than to man ships with creatures that regenerate, or don't need air, or are immune to various maladies?
In a future world where zombies, vampires and werewolves co-exist with "normal" humans on Earth, these ships are staffed by a motley crew of various types of undead, or near-dead, creatures.
Of course, no one really knows what happens when zombies and vampires are squeezed together in the close confines of a spaceship.
Don't you love surprises?
Mercedes Lackey is a New York Times best-selling author with over 80 books in print. She is well known for creating complex multi-cultural worlds, inhabited by human and non-human characters. Her acclaimed and best-selling series of books related to the Valdemar saga takes place in the intricately woven world of Velgarth. To date, there are 27 novels and six anthologies set in this world, and many of these books have become New York Times best sellers.
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It's pretty much what you think it is - monsters in space. The worldbuilding is top notch, the characters are, dare I say, relatable and likeable, it's fun and it's funny. A perfect "lite" read. Stephen Hoye does a great job, particularly with the leading, ennui-soaked zombie - not the easiest character to enliven! Good writing and excellent reading.
This is definitely different from my favorite author Mercedes Lackey! But I think she could write about paint drying or grass growing and make a best seller from it! That's not to say this book is anything as dull as paint drying. Absolutely opposite! It's really an awesome spin from your regular zombie, vampire and all those other creatures from our nightmares! Throw in some space travel and you got the just of it! It's awesome! I was actually pulling for the zombies! How insane is that? That is just Mercedes Lackey doing her magic!