Simon R. Green's audacious, go for broke schtick never gets old for me, although he's done this over and over in his writing career. As always, one of his chapters presents enough wild ideas to satisfy other fiction authors for an entire book. I even like that Green occasionally inserts these bits of non-sequitur, some past adventure or anecdote which has nothing to do with the current story thread, and yet they serve to flesh out Eddie Drood's very improbable world. Green jampacks his books with widescreen and extremely violent acts of derring-do (my favorite action bit may be of how Eddie disposes of one frightening dragon), and Green's all over the place in terms of introducing vile, loathly creatures in need of slaying and despicable arcane artifacts in need of safeguarding or destroying. A villain in the piece is one of those patented mad scientists, but this one historically had been more of a low-rent nuisance than a bonafide threat. Except now Doctor Delirium has gotten a hold of the Apocalypse Door. But Doctor Delirium would turn out to be the least of Eddie Drood's concerns. Returning from his eff-up in Los Angeles, Eddie's world is topsy-turvied by a murder of devastating consequences. For one thing, it implicates his wild witch girlfriend, Molly Metcalf. And for the Drood family, the other shoe finally drops. Although, as crazy things have been happening to the Droods of late, this is probably, like, the fifth other shoe to drop. But it's a big one.