Extending Greywalker

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I’ve been itching to do one for Greywalker since the end of the series.

For those who haven’t followed my rambling reviews of Greywalker, it’s a series of novels about Harper Blaine, PI who can also see ghosts. While she continues working cases to pay off her bills, she also has to solve the problems of ghosts who she can see and interact with.

I am still salty about the end of the series,1 but let’s try to do something about that.

Television

Really, this would make an interesting series that actually falls into an interesting niche demographic. It’s that paranormal show for the people who are starting to feel a little too old for Teen Wolf or who are disillusioned by Supernatural’s insistence to make everything about implied sexual tension between Dean and Castiel.2 Doing it as a series of hour long episodes, likely for Netflix so it’s a lot easier to have uneven length seasons, could make for a very faithful adaptation.

It could also bring in a much wider audience in television and speed up the pace of some of the investigation. The books don’t really get going until the half way point, but you can do it different for the show. Merge a few elements. make the first five books into one season and the second four into the second one. Two episodes a book. It could be good.

Blog

Seriously, someone give Cameron a blog. In the first book, we meet Cameron, who is still trying to learn the ropes of this vampire thing. Because the series is not about him or the vampires, we only get glimpses into vampire society and very little idea of how becoming a vampire actually works. Cam documenting his experiences as he slowly comes to terms with what he’s become could be really interesting. Plus, he’s a college kid. He’s probably going to be on some social platform. A blog makes sense.

There’s also the matter of the second half of the series. After book 5, Cameron takes quite the position of power in the vampire underworld and I have no idea how that went down. We see him briefly once and then he’s gone again, never to be heard from again. I want to know what happened.

In terms of execution, I’m thinking you throw a cipher into each episode somewhere and Cam’s blog link shows up in an episode early on. You go to the site, enter in the initial username and password to get access to Cam’s vampire journey, with blocked content that is only accessible with the solved cipher in the episode.

Comic

At the end of the last book, we have two magical children in Spain by the names of Soraia and Brian.3 They are going to be taught by an Irish witch the ways of magic, or so I assume, and there is another baby that is also possibly gifted with magic as well. This could make for a great series with the pair of them learning about magic and generally getting into trouble with it, while occasionally getting visits from the main characters of the series.

I am leaning for something of a Books of Magic feel from it, where they get in actual trouble and have to deal with the consequences. It would deal with things related to the main series and maybe calling on Auntie Harper or Uncle Jay to find out more, not to mention looking to Brian’s parents, the witch and the paranormal researcher, for a few answers. And, of course, Soraia’s mother, the doctor, has a subplot of coming to accept magic that is much more dangerous than she realized. Ultimately, though, it could stand apart from it and they have to learn a lot of stuff on their own.

  1. Seriously, that is not the ending of a series []
  2. Or maybe it stopped. I haven’t watched since Season 8. []
  3. Well, a potentially magical one and an actually magical one. []

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

So I have started to binge-read all of the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson based on a friend’s recommendation of the series. I am now on book 5 of it, so I figured I’d go back and go through my thoughts of the previous books as I keep going.

Fair warning, there’s not going to be a lot of recap in these so much as my thoughts about books and elements of the book. If you wanted to know more about what actually happens in them, I do suggest reading them. Or, you know, finding someone who reviews in a much more standard fashion.

The first book in the series has Harper Blaine, our heroine, dying and coming back changed. Now she can see into the Grey and not only can she spot a ghost, they can see her. Also there’s vampires, which is much more important to one of the cases at hand.

This was messy. It’s the first book in the series and there’s a lot to set up, but it’s really messy. Harper is working on two cases that I knew would eventually tie into one another because I have read a novel before, but that connection doesn’t happen until the last 10% of the novel. Up until then, it feels like there’s two separate cases, one of which ends up with its very own romantic subplot spin off that isn’t even related to the case.

The three plots running through this were: Trying to find an old antique for a mysterious client, finding a runaway college student that turns out to be a vampire, and a romance with Will Novak. Besides Will Novak being the least important,1 I’m not sure which takes precedent in this book. The vampire plot line has more to do with the long term arc, but the antique is also given a lot of weight. Like, much more weight than necessary, despite its involvement in the conclusion.

Most of the events are presented as things that happened as opposed to things that lead into one another as well. Because there are two completely separate cases tied together by individual characters, there’s a lot of jumping back and forth between all the plots and there’s never any real parallel between them. One doesn’t present a lead for the other, and there are some scenes that seem to just come out of nowhere, happen, then never get touched on again.2

Harper’s newfound abilities with the Grey are all right. She is pointed to a witch who can help her understand what’s happening to her by a medical doctor, because you know medical doctors are totally into explaining things away with witchcraft, and she doesn’t go through a long process of denying it, which is good. She is frustrated by it frequently, but that doesn’t stop her from believing it’s happening, which is a nice change from some other stories where the protagonist will deny it until they are forced to accept it.

It is nice that the story takes place in a real time and place, though. Seattle feels vivid and like it probably really is.3 I do wonder if that’s hammered in a little too much because she drinks coffee as her only beverage ever,4 but after a while I figured it was a character trait. Harper also uses a pager and has no cell phone, so you know this story probably happens in the early to mid-nineties, which I can still kind of remember.

Overall, it was on the low end of okay. The biggest problem was that it was messy and the twist at the end seemed like it was pulled out of nowhere despite the fact that I know there was build up to it throughout the novel. Everything just felt so disjointed that I couldn’t really put the pieces of the story together until I thought of them as entirely separate stories.

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  1. Because I don’t care []
  2. Until much later. Like, other books later. []
  3. For some reason I’ve never been. It’s not even that far away, so I don’t know why. []
  4. A thing I have never encountered before, but I do know the stereotype about Seattle and their coffee []