New­man, old char­ac­ters

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 405 pages | Paper­back/ebook

Au­thor Kim New­man

Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books

In many way, An­gels Of Mu­sic is clas­sic Kim New­man: a melange of fic­tional char­ac­ters, and a story com­posed of a se­ries of shorter sto­ries build­ing up to a cli­max. Be­cause of the way it ranges through time, it’s prob­a­bly most akin to 2000’s Seven Stars in that re­spect.

It’s set in Paris, with Erik, the opera ghost, run­ning his own agency, a sort of Ed­war­dian/ Vic­to­rian Char­lie’s An­gels. There are al­ways three An­gels, and over time they are re­placed – and so in each story, a dif­fer­ent trio of An­gels takes the lead. It gives New­man a chance to weave fic­tional char­ac­ters, both for­got­ten and still-recog­nised, into his nar­ra­tive. The time frame is one that New­man seems to ex­cel at de­pict­ing, and there’s a sense of flu­id­ity and fun that makes the story re­ally en­joy­able. What’s more, the end­ing is solid, and feels sat­is­fy­ing too (un­like that of Johnny Alu­card).

If there’s one thing that’s slightly dis­ap­point­ing, it’s the re­turn of very fa­mil­iar New­man char­ac­ters at the heart of the ac­tion. It’s not that Kate Reed and Genevieve Dieudonne are bad char­ac­ters, far from it, but it’s a de­light to see him play­ing with new-old char­ac­ters in­stead. But that’s a small gripe, and many New­man fans will see it as a plus point any­how. Miriam McDon­ald

The fall­ing chan­de­lier in Phan­tom Of The Opera was in­spired by a real-life death at Paris’s Palais Garnier.

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