Title: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
Author: Paul Krueger
Page Count/Review Word Count: 288
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
This book is probably the best book that I’ve been sent so far this year, and I get sent a lot of books – usually a couple a week. Now, I’m not saying that it’s a masterpiece, but it is a cracking little read that’ll keep you entertained from start to finish.
Loosely speaking, it’s set in our own world, except for the fact that evil creatures called ‘tremens‘ are prone to manifesting. All that stands between them and us are the bartenders, people who know the true secrets of alcohol – if you mix your cocktails correctly, they give superpowers to whoever imbibes them, at least for as long as it takes for them to metabolise the alcohol.
Written in a style that reminded me a little bit of Douglas Adams, although with more of a mainstream feel and a sense of easy readability, the book’s chapters are also separated by recipe sheets, which detail the secrets of a range of different cocktails. Unfortunately, you need the right spirits if you want the cocktails to work properly, and whilst you can get the mainstream equivalents at your local corner shop, the magical variants might take you a little while to track down.
All in all, this was a well-written, well-edited novel with a beautiful finish – for me, it’s a must-have, especially if you like a drink or two. It’s also a reflection of the times we live in, and I like it when that happens.