The House of Daniel

Tor. Jun. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780765380005. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466871335. FANTASY
During the Great Depression, Jack Spivey flees his hometown of Enid, OK, and the wrath of a low-level criminal by joining a traveling semipro baseball team, known as The House of Daniel. For Jack, wearing a fake beard and a long-haired wig is a small price to pay for playing one of the best teams in the country.
VERDICT While alternate-history king Turtledove (Bombs Away; In the Balance) unsurprisingly has a firm grasp of the tale's time period (especially the baseball of the era), his incorporation of vampires, werewolves, and zombies fails to be integral to the story. In addition, the plot moves at such a leisurely pace that even those readers with a high tolerance for detailed descriptions of baseball games might lose patience.
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