Grimm: The Chopping Block by John Passarella (book review).

March 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

‘Grimm: The Chopping Block’ is a bit of a shock to my system. Having watched ‘Grimm’ from its inception and enjoyed the various twists and turns in the plot that sees a modern day slayer of beasts and demons take to the streets of Portland, as a homicide detective I should not have been quite so surprised to get such a gruesome plot. It is always the novel version of these kind of TV shows that can get into the meat and bones of the show and this is what this novel does. Not for the faint-hearted then (and that would be me!) the plot is about humans as food. It’s not cannibalism, though, because it’s no surprise to find that it is Wesen that are chowing down on a nice piece of person crackling. Eat your heart out Heston as someone might say but please don’t do it literally.


This is an enjoyable read and it is set in a recognisable part of the series towards the end of Season Two when Hank is hopping around on his crutches and prior to Grimm going all…erm Grimm. It takes time to explore the new relationship Nick has with Juliet since she regained her memories and also takes in Monroe’s issues with having to deny his Blutbad inheritance and just what it means to be a vegetarian.

I like ‘The Chopping Block’ because it doesn’t stand alone from the TV show and discover a little more about the characters but I must admit to not having a very strong stomach when it came of some of the descriptions in there.

‘Grimm’, the series, was co-created by David Greenwalt, in at the start of the TV version of the original slayer, ‘Buffy’ and also Jim Kouf who worked on ‘Angel’ so we look at some similar themes here including Nick’s attempts to live a normal existence in the face of great evil. I recommend the series and the novel and I’m looking forward to more of both.

Sue Davies

March 2014

(pub: Titan Books. 336 page paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-78116-656-7)

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