Unremarkable (Unremarkable #1) by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kisse - Book Review

Write on: Tue, 26 Apr 2022 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 310

I love the 1920's and historical fantasy, so any combination holds an obvious allure :)

What to Expect

Expect a short novel about a good Jewish boy from Chicago getting caught in the notorious gang wars between AL Capone and Bugs Moran. Not only is that bad enough, but there's a supernatural twist that bubbles up around him.

What I liked

I love the setting, and Habiger & Kisse provide an excellent rendition of the period. You do feel immersed in the period and locale, with plenty of Yiddish slang (explained quite naturally within the text) and 'colourful' characters of the period. The supernatural elements are slowly introduced, an interesting twist to an already tumultuous period.

What to be aware of

Saul (the protagonist) is an 'average Joe', who gets sucked in to events over his head. Not always the most active, and for modern reader of supernatural fiction some of the clues may be a bit obvious. Still, it's true to the character and the period, and it's engaging enough to be enjoyed to the end.

Felix's Review

Felix wasn't surprised at the criminal element crossing over with supernatural entities, he's dealt with enough himself. He thought Saul did reasonably well for himself, and as kept his head (literally and figuratively) firmly attached he can certainly see a future for him in the business.


A fun quick read for those who enjoy historical-fantasy blends, especially around the Roaring 20's

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.

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Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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