Review: Apocalypse Weird: Hoodoopocalypse (Hoodoo Book 1) by Kim Wells

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March 6, 2015

Kalfu, the ultimate evil-twin and Voodoo Loa of the afterworld and crossroads kicks off his plans for possession of the Southern Mississippi corridor. Dark half of Papa Legba, Kalfu sets off events that cripple New Orleans, tries to take control of the over 9 million visitors to the Big Easy a year, and seeds his Hoodoo mafia, the Guédé, across Louisiana and the world. If the fire, category HUGE hurricane spawned by magical means, and roving mobs of mayhem-inducing zombi astrals don’t get you, the angry goddess and nuclear meltdown might. Laissez the End Times Roulez, y’all. The Apocalypse just came to the South.

About the Author

Kim wrote her first critically acclaimed (if you call her fourth grade teacher a critic, and she does) short story when she was 9 years old. It was about Christmas in a Cave, and it featured such topical, ground-breaking subjects as homelessness & cave dwelling. She's been writing ever since. The state of publication depends on who you ask.

She has a Ph.D. in Literature, with specialties in American Lit, Women Writers, Feminism, Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Film Studies but please don't hold any of that against her. She sometimes teaches academic writing and how to read literature at a university in her hometown and tries to convince college students that it really is cool to like poetry.

She lives in the South, has twin children (one girl, one boy) and a husband who is the model for all her best romantic heroes. She also has two cats-- one black and sassy, one stripey and fat.

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My Thoughts

[Note: I received an advanced copy of this book from the author for review.]

With the apocalypse in full-swing in Los Angeles and Texas, Kim Wells brings the mayhem to the Louisiana's French Quarter. In Hoodoopocalypse, we get voodoo, spellcasting, the birth of a massive hurricane, an angry demon god and his violent acolytes, a mysterious magic shop and...gladiator fights?

Yup, gladiator fights. Mad Max has apparently been a solid influence on the Apocalypse Weird writers, and Wells gets all nice and Thunderdome-y here, turning the Superdome into a bloody combat zone where fighters square off against one another, as well as lions, hyenas, and trigger-happy gunmen. Oh my.

There's a good amount of fun on display here, and those AW readers that have been paying attention to the growing series of books under this banner will recognize a ton of nods to Chris Pourteau's entry, The Serenity Strain. Those looking for some serious glimpses of interconnectivity between the disparate apocalypses need look no further than these two efforts.

Wells puts on display a lot of tantalizing hints as to where future installments of her Hoodoo series will go, and I'm eager to see her cash in on a number of these elements and the cross-over potential with the neighboring apocalypse in Texas. One weird element that I was really looking forward to was sadly fleeting, but I won't spoil the details, only that it comes during the book's climax and that it's an element that I hope to see more of in the next volume.

Still, what Wells does pull together here is a nice primer for future Hoodoo stories, and it looks to be a solid epic in the making in its own right should the Tarot cards land properly. Hoodoopocalypse itself is yet another solid entry in the shared universe of Apocalypse Weird titles, and already has me craving more Cajun craziness.

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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