An Atomic Moo Book Review of Tim Waggoner’s New Novel
EISBIBER! I can’t stop saying that, and I think it’s become my new favorite word. If you’re not familiar with the world of Grimm; an Eisbiber is kind of like a “were-beaver”. I don’t know what sort of bad karma you have to accumulate in a previous life to be reborn as a were-beaver, but it’s got to be pretty bad. Not that this book is about were-beavers, it’s not (but that would make one hell of a good story…). However; it is a story about a deadly shape shifting wesen, a Wechselbalg, preying on Portalnd residence to sustain it’s own life! Here’s the synopsis:
A mysterious creature stalks the streets of Portland, looking for a new identity. With one touch it can dissolve its victim, assuming their appearance, personality, and memories. When Portland homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin are called in to track down a missing person, Nick comes face to face with the changeling, but its powers have an unexpected effect on the Grimm, unleashing a deadly Wesen plague and untold chaos.
For the most part I enjoyed this novel. Written by veteran horror novelist, Tim Waggoner, This is the third “Grimm” novel published by Titan Books, and like the previous two novels, Killing Time does an excellent job of representing the characters and “vibe” established by the television series. Waggoner is an exceptional writer and his prose translates into mental images with incredible ease. My only complaint about this book, and novels like it, is that there isn’t an enduring consequence to the actions that take place with in it’s pages. Because this novel exist between already produced episodes and seasons, I (the reader) already know that the essential characters will survive intact with no effect on future events of the story and all things will revert to the “status quo” by the end of the story. In a way, it’s like this book exists, but also doesn’t exist at all! Which, is kind of frustrating because a good story should surprise it’s readers and take risks that most serialized novels (of any t.v. show) just aren’t willing to take. That being said; Grimm fans should still be able to enjoy this novel, and the opportunities it provides to visit familiar wesen like Monroe, Rosalee, Capt. Renard, and Bud the were-beaver. And yes! I know he’s not a were-beaver, but from and outsider looking in, he so totally a were-beaver.
Grimm: The Killing Time is available in all major book stores, or you can get your copy (and the other Grimm novels) at Titanbooks.com!