This past weekend was actually a good reading weekend. I managed to finish The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams. I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were gripping, the plot is intriguing and Williams definitely left me wanting more.
I think what I liked best about this introduction to Bobby Dollar and his friends is that they felt real. Yes, they’re angels, yes they have different powers, but those powers aren’t crazy magical powers where they can blow people up. They have very basic powers of being able to open a “zipper” into Other time in order to defend newly departed souls. Additionally, while asleep, Bobby and his other angelic friends can visit Heaven, checking in with superiors or researching. A little extra healing, a little extra strength and speed round out Bobby’s powers. He’s the most “human” supernatural I’ve come across in a while.
I remarked last week that Bobby reminded me of Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s fabulous Dresden Files series. At the end of the novel, Bobby is still reminiscent of Harry- going after unattainable women, getting caught up in events beyond his ken, but continuing to fight the good fight against the forces of evil.
Bobby also questions his superiors. Why is it that he can’t remember what his life was like prior to 1990? Was he a human who died and was then made into an angel? Was he always an angel? Lots of questions raised in the pursuit of why souls started disappearing.
Williams definitely has a hit on his hands. Bobby Dollar and the cast of Advocates are definitely fun to get to know. I’m looking forward to the next installment.
In the meantime I’ve started Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. So far it’s excellent. A lot of mysterious characters… A family of psychics, prep school boys in search of a legend… And a 1976 Camaro.