Murphy's Lore: Through the Drinking Glass
Written by Patrick Thomas
Published by Padwolf Publishing
Reviewed By Jon Minners
Patrick Thomas continues to amaze me with the Murphy’s Lore series. Just when I thought he could not top himself, he proved me wrong and created another equally enthralling blockbuster. This third installment goes back to the roots of the first Murphy’s Lore book, and sets the stage for another over the top adventure through the eyes of the mere mortal John Murphy.
John Murphy is not your average mere mortal, for he is destined to one day save the world. His stories showcase his adventures with a band of misfits who are more powerful than anyone on the Earth. Murphy allows us to see that gods and other supernatural beings are just like us, if not more twisted. Congregating in one place, Bulfinche’s Pub in New York City, where Murphy bartends, our everyday mortal gives us the inside story on the world’s most interesting deities and legends. The Norse god Loki rubs shoulders with the likes of Greek legends and gods like Hercules and Hermes. Bulfinche’s Pub is the one place where everyone is on equal ground because of a spell that keeps people from being their magic inside the bar. With an unlimited number of formerly one-dimensional characters, the story possibilities are endless. Thomas presents his third novel in the Murphy’s Lore series, Through the Drinking Glass, a book containing 14 short stories, focusing on the many faces of Bulfinche’s.
In a place where so many unique characters dwell, no two stories can ever be the same. The previous Murphy’s books have introduced us to the more famous characters of the series including Loki, the god of mischief who actually has a heart; Hex, the cursed magi, and Pan, the lord of the Satyrs, who gets all the chicks. Through the Drinking Glass continues their adventures and more. Through the Drinking Glass introduces Death, who witnesses a murder so foul, that even he cannot allow the killer to go free. Then there is Lucas Wilson, a vampire, much like Nick Knight of Forever Knight fame, who no longer drinks human blood, but eats pie filled with blood from an animal. He gets into some very interesting scrapes that will hold the readers’ interest and make you feel for the vampire who tries to control his bloodlust. There is an awesome piece about Guardian Angels sent to surround Bulfinche’s in an attempt to capture the renegade seraph Matthew and his succubus wife Ryth. Even Uncle Sam makes an appearance. He and his secret government organization do not try to be a secret at all. They tell so many people that they exist that no one believes them. Add this to stories about already established characters like Hex, as he confronts a serial body snatcher-Think Anne Rice’s Tale of the Body Thief, only less dramatic and more twisted. This was a fascinating read as was the tale about the Devil and his quest to get revenge on Paddy Moran and his squad inside the bar.
There were so many stories in this book that one could only get excited about things to come in the future. There are so many great new characters who I would like to see interact on a grander scale. I just hope the fourth book in the series, much like the second, is a full-length tale. While I enjoy the short stories, I love the full length tales not just for their adventure, but the dealings between the characters, which makes Murphy’s world seem not so far fetched. In the end, follow the rainbow to Bulfinche’s Pub, order up a drink and ask Murphy about the dragon, that big dog and the Devil’s hitman. “Hey Murphy, can you tell me a story?”
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