They were three teenagers with the power to reanimate dead bodies, students at an elite and secretive school where they learned to hone their abilities and command the dead. And they just wanted to get laid. Because even teenagers with powers over the dead have hormones. What starts as an innocent booty call with a seemingly normal girl turns deadly as they unwittingly summon a dark force bent on slaughter. And as they try to fight the demons of their own conjuring, they find that commanding the dead just might be the easy part.... It's commanding the living that's infinitely more complicated.
About the author: Brian Rappatta's short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, both online and in print. His recent publications include Shock Totem #1, Steampunk Tales #1, the first venue for original short fiction designed exclusively for the iPhone, and the anthology Zencore: Scriptus Innominatus (the 7th volume of the Nemonymous anthology series, which was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Anthology). His novelette, "Tongues", won second place in the annual Writers of the Future competition in 2006. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, where he studied with World Fantasy Award winner Jeanne Cavelos and number-one New York Times best-selling author George R.R. Martin.
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Quirky and Fun
No - the narrator's voice is very dull. The performance is lackluster at best.
For what it is (a novella about teenage necromancers fighting midget demons), Chomp is very good, fun and quirky. The first part is very awkward teenage hijinx, and the latter part is good ol' fashioned demonslaying. Each part is paced well, transitioned nicely, and the three characters are consistent and reasonable.On the downside, it is short; we don't get a lot of detail about the world, the Order the characters are in, the Enemy (other demons), or really a whole lot of anything - the story is tightly focused on the events as they happen. The author has a habit of using certain words repeatedly, sometimes in the same paragraph, which can be tedious.