The Fall of the House of Cabal 

The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#5)
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Minty, I’ve been alive and I’ve been dead. Being alive is better, believe me. When you return to life, you won’t remember any of this, but perhaps you’ll remember this much. To have a good life. It’s brief. It’s often troublesome but it’s a great deal better than the alternative. We’re all in the grave, we poor creatures. Make what you can of those years when the spark is in you.’

~Horst to Minty the ghost

All the tears. Hats off to Mr Howard at so thouroughly concluding the series and tying loose ends, so much to that I haven’t been this satisfied since Deathly Hollows

This one picks up right where the last one let’s off. Finally, the conclusion we’ve been waiting for as Johannes journey comes to an end. His quest is at the tips of his fingertips. But first, he needs a little help from his friends. Joined again by Horst, his thrice dead Vampire Brother; Ms Barrow, The Great Detective, and a few new faces, the Brothers Cabal face down their greatest nightmare in all the relms. The Red Queen. And search for the cure for death. Zombies, alternate universes, sexy spider lady, a ghost witch and a young ghost name Minty, are all wonderful additions to the series.

 
I absolutely ADORE this series as a whole. It’s funny, wordy, the author breaks the 4th wall continuously, and its absolutely hilarious, it gets my pick for series of the year. The last book was published in September. SERIOUSLY. YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

 
I will now sate my appetite with beautiful fan art and the novellas.

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The Brothers Cabal 

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#4)
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Life is an adventure. Well, mine is. Your’s too.’

‘Not by choice…If the knowledge I seek was readily available, and if society wasn’t so protective of its corpses, few of the travails I needs must undergo would be at all nessesary.’

This is probably going to be my series of the year. HANDS DOWN. THIS SERIES I’D FANTASTIC. GO READ THE NECROMANCER RIGHT FLIPPING NOW.

In the 4th installment, we have Johannes’ thrice dead vampire brother Horst (who we last saw at the end of The Necromancer burning up in the sun) caring for a very ill Johannes. While bedridden, Horst tells an amazing tale filled with zombies, werebadgers, conapiracies, Annie Okley type heroines, and enemies back from the grave. And he enlists Johannes help to save the world (again) which Johannes hadn’t meant to do prior. 

This book was FANTASTIC. I adore Horst and all his fabulousness as a vampire. He’s humourous, fantastic, charasmatic, and you can’t help but love him. And Johannes you can’t help but lovingly hate him. Since getting his soul back, he has started to develop a bit of a concious. And the brotherly relationship was highly developed in this one. 

(Fantastic fan art)

Go read this series! It’s amazing and lighthearted with a dark sense of humor!

One is often judged by the quality of one’s enemies. 

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The Fear Institute 

The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard  (Johannes Cabal #3)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

Every waking moment of our lives we spend as hostages to the terrible ‘perhaps’. We dread the unnameable that lurks beyond our doors. We collapse into ridiculous phobias with the most fleeting provocation. Clowns! Birds! The number thirteen! Each one a nail driven into the fabric of our lives, limiting our movements, hemming us in, draining our futures of possibilities. How many better tomorrows have been lost because of natural human timidity? How many wonders have never seen the light because those who dared dream them could never build them?

This is the 3rd book about Johannes Cabal, Necromancer of little infamy. He’s made deals with Satan, became a detective and now he finds himself in the employment of The Fear Institute who proposes a trip into the Dreamlands to capture the Phobia Animus, or the creature of fear. Things don’t go the way you expect (per usual) and Johannes uses his wit and cunning to get through the land imagined by HP Lovecraft. 

I absolutely love this series. It’s funny. Johannes is so unlikable he’s likable and I can really see this as a graphic novel someday. 

Be warned, there is a rather gruesome cat death but it ends on a good note. (The guy responsible ends up getting eaten by feral cats). 

I highly recommend this one. 🙂
And because I was cat less again, here’s a Betsy, whom I am dogsitting for the week. 😀

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The Detective

The Detective by John L. Howard (#2 Johannes Cabal)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

I do almost everything for reasons that might be characterized as selfish. I regard my life as a vital thread in the ongoing march of humanity from protoplasm to- I don’t know, to be honest. Something slightly better than protoplasm would be a start. Therefore, anything that threatens my life now or later has to be dealt with. Paradoxically, that often means risking my life to secure my safety. The difference is that I risk it on my own terms.

This is the second book in the Johannes Cabal series. Having just finished up the Carnival, Johannes finds himself in a bit of a pickle. He tries to ‘borrow’ a book and somehow finds himself in the waves of political upheavel. He tries to escape on a zeppelin guised as a pencil pushing government employee, and instead finds himself knee deep in a murder plot aboard the Princess. Begrudgingly, due to an attempt on his life, he attempts to uncover the murderer and uncovers more than he bargained for.
I have loved these books so far. They are funny and even though Johannes is dispicable, you can’t help but like him. Very little necromancy in this one. But lots of mystery. 
I highly recommend this series. 🙂

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The Necromancer

Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

☆☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction
Best Read 2016

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Yes! Yes, technically I am a Necromancer. But I’m not one of those foolish people who take up residence in cemeteries so that they can raise an army of  dead. Have you SEEN an army of the dead? They’re more expensive than a living one, and far less use…I want to defy death. I want to…well, for want of a better word, cure it.

Oh this book was brilliant and is probably one of the BEST books I’ve read so far this year. It was wonderfully witty and came off as a Gaiman/Pratchett/Little Nicky piece which in thought, is absolutely brilliant.

Johannes Cabal is a Necromancer. He traded his soul to Satan to gain powers in necromancy, but alas, having no soul is effecting his research. So he decides to make another deal with him. 100 souls in a year and he can have his soul back. The catch? He has to do it using a Carnival and a budget. He frees his vampire brother, Horst, from a crypt he had left him 8 years prior and they take to the rails as ‘The World Renowned Cabal Brothers Carnival.’ Along the way, they meet an assortment of odd characters and Horst has to keep his brother in check, lest he loses his humanity.

I don’t hate death. It’s not a person. There’s no grim skeletal figure with a scythe. I try to avoid hating abstracts. It’s a waste of effort.

Never discuss murder plans with the victim, he reminded himself. It takes all the spontaneity out of it.

I loved, loved, loved loved this book. It was quite wordy but deliciously so. And hilarious. It had the tone of a Pratchett novel (wit, sarcasm, etc) while posing morality in the face of evil. Johannes isn’t a very good Necromancer but his heart is in the right place. And his brother is absolutely delightful.

I highly recommend this book. 😀

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