Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, by James Marshall

Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, by James Marshall book coverGenre:  Dark Fantasy
Publisher:  Chizine
Published: 2012
Reviewer Rating: two stars
Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

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Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies by James Marshall was published by Chizine, which has always been one of my favorite publishing houses, but if I had read this one of their novels first, I might not have ever enjoyed their others. Most of their novels run through the 4-5 Star range, but NVPFZ is by far the poorest novel, I have not only seen from them, but in 2017 as well.

First off, this mess takes place in a high school, so in addition to its other faults it is supposed to be young adult. This high school is a chaotic mess of supernatural hijinks, where kids die while others sit back and watch. They drink whiskey and talk about how much cooler they are than anything else on the planet.

The school is surreal, like an arty attempt at extremism, which just becomes annoying and leaves you feeling you are not reading a story with a plot or a purpose, but rather the three am ramblings of a guy who dropped out of the creative writing department in college to pursue a career in drug addiction.

I am not trying to be overly harsh, but I have been reading so many powerful novels of late that this was like a smack in the shin with a hockey stick. Even the title is annoying, like someone fishing for tag words.

Good things, creative, a good idea of what life would be like if you entered a plane controlled by Chaos.

Still if this is a realm of Chaos, take me to the next one.

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