Book Review: Suicide is for Mortals

Suicide is for Mortals is a recently published book written by Alyson Miers, an author who you might recognize as a commenter on some of the FtB sites, and a participant in the atheosphere. When I learned that she had a new book out, I decided to give it a read.

Book Cover for Suicide is for Mortals. Subtext "Do not take death for granted." Alyson Myers.  Cover art is a nebulous pink, blue and white shape
The story weaves together the lives of three beings: the ghost of an ex-US President, a talented human artist who can see her, and an undead journalist who spent much of his mortal life exposing the links between vampires and organized crime. They live in a country that has magic and a complicated relationship between the magical and the mundane.

Let’s get the worst out of the way: I picked up Suicide is for Mortals (After Rezata Book 1) about two weeks ago, and it took me about that long to chug through the first half of the book. The story started out slow and I set it down many times over that period. Miers takes a long time to set up her world. With that said, it is a unique world, and I do think that it will pay off in future books in the series. The story picked up in the later half; I was glued to the pages and found time to finish it in two evenings (and one of those evenings involved a UHaul and moving out of my old place into a new house in Minneapolis!).

Suicide is for Mortals is an urban fantasy and Miers very gradually metes out the fantastical elements that she has decided to incorporate. Each new introduction was a moment of happy recognition for me, so I won’t spoil it by telling you which creatures make appearances. Well, except for the vampires. The vampires show up early on. Vampires of all sorts. Miers has taken the vampire mythos and used it to create a species as varied, as problematic, and as worthy of redemption as our own.

Miers weaves in topics that those involved in social justice activism will recognize, such as injustices experienced by minority or oppressed populations (women, lesbians, women of color, survivors of abuse). A large number of the main characters are women with fully written backgrounds and unique personalities.

I would recommend Suicide is for Mortals for fans of urban fantasy. I found it worth the time – it had some novel elements that will stick with me for a while, and it set up characters and a world that I’ll be happy to come back to.


Book Review: Suicide is for Mortals
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