Fade to Black is a darkly humorous tale. It’s a first-person, present tense narrative about Jeffrey Grobnagger. I’m honestly glad I picked it up because it’s a quick little tale of loneliness and paranormal intrigue.
I have to be honest about a few things. The biggest issue was the first person narrative from a character that just want’s to be left alone. It was a bit difficult to imagine myself listening to a character that didn’t really want to talk to people. What the first person cost in suspension of disbelief, it gave back in humor value. After about the half-way point, I stopped caring and just enjoyed the fun. The other issue is less an actual problem and more of a pet peeve. I buy a book wanting a beginning, middle and end. So cliffhangers and I aren’t friends in any way. I wouldn’t have bought and read this book when I did had I known about it, but I will happily wait for the end of the series (not sure how many books it’s planned for), then sit down to enjoy the whole thing.
Cliffhangers are trend these days. I should get over it, but I won’t. I hate with movies. I didn’t like it with The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I was lucky to have started the series after it had all been written. Same thing with the Divergent series. The down-side is I’m not going to pick up the second book, Bled White, or any other book until I know the series is doen. I will, however, pick up the series once I know everything is told. If you’re okay with cliffhangers, then don’t wait. I read the book in a few days, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is the kind of book you can read at a good coffee shop or restaurant (I read the majority of it during a WONDERFUL Sunday evening at my favorite local restaurant).