Limbus, Inc., Book II by Jonathan Maberry, Gary A. Braunbeck, Joe R. Lansdale

carriethis's review

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I wish I could agree with almost everyone else who felt this book was better than Limbus Book I. I thought it was addictive reading for sure, but whereas the first collection explored all kinds of imaginative storylines (kind of like a juicy season of Torchwood), this collection maintained the overused theme of macho, down-and-out good guys, with too much same-old lead up to a generic bloodbath, The End. I read them all though! Book III please!

tobin_elliott's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Overall, a better collection than the first one, and, while fun, I still feel like the concept is good, but the authors aren't truly exploiting the Limbus Corporation to the fullest extent. I'd like to see a bit more focus on Limbus, instead of being taken through a retread of the recruitment scene with every story.

That said, the standout, yet again, was the concluding story by Maberry, throwing Sam Hunter and Joe Ledger together.

Let's see what the third volume has in store.

lashawna1970's review against another edition

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Love Limbus

I love the idea of Limbus. If such a company existed it would explain a whole lot lol. I'd recommend the series to anyone looking for a good time and maybe a few answers.

angielisle's review against another edition

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I loved the first book - which I described to a friend as Doctor Who with the cheese-factor replaced by blood and gore - and I think I liked this book even more than the first (even though there's less guts on display).

I adore the concept - five short novellas featured within a short novella, all written by different authors who cover a different sub-genre of speculative-fiction. The stories are linked by a shady and powerful organization known as Limbus, Inc and it's difficult to describe the organization without giving away so spoilers so I won't. Just know that the purpose of the organization changes with each story.

Each story is well-written and I enjoyed all the stories but Jonathan Maberry gave me a book-hangover with Three Guys Walk into a Bar, which features both Joe Ledger from the Joe Ledger series and Mike Crow from the Pine Deep Trilogy. I haven't read the Pine Deep trilogy yet but it's now on my to-do list.

I eagerly await future installments of this series and wish there were more books of a similar design (multiple linked shorter tales written by different authors) on the market.