The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
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This is ridiculous, she thought. I’m possessed of terrifying powers. Why am I relying on a ridiculous little gun that I picked because I thought it was cute? I don’t need this thing. She threw it contemptuously over her shoulder.This book is X-Men meets X-Files meets The Bourne Identity meets Johnny English. And that may sound like a clusterfuck to end ...more
There’s something foul wandering the underground tunnels beneath my office, something that’s invisible to my vaunted powers.
Where’s my gun?
Finally! First great read of 2013. Admittedly, that's because I'm hoarding Days of Blood & Starlight and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There like a survivalist with canned goods, or a chocoholic with a secret stash of Toblerone in the back of the freezer (not that I'm speaking from experience). And while I tempered down my five stars to a more reasonable four, the fact is this was a perfect read the first time through.
I'll save the detailed summary; this is one time ...more
the narrative is propulsive. the ideas are automatically right up my alley. the whole thing is clearly built for fun; i gave it to a colleague and he immediately halted the book he was reading because th ...more
As Daniel O’Malley’s 2012 supernatural thriller The Rook (book one of THE CHECQUY FILES) begins, Myfanwy Thomas comes to herself with complete amnesia. She’s standing in a London park at night. Surrounding her is a ring of motionless bodies. They are all wearing latex gloves.
Myfanwy (“rhymes with Tiffany”) finds two letters in her jacket pocket from her former self:
Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine… I’m writing this letter fo...more
I tried to like this book, I really did. I have disliked so many books lately that I am afraid of becoming a book curmudgeon. But this book deserved my dislike - it ASKED for my dislike.
This book reads like the beloved project of the geeky high school junior who has been told by too many English teachers that he has talent and should be a WRITER. What little action takes place, does so between enormous wads of italic description. You know how you've read books in which a character finds lette ...more
Latex gloves...They're not just for proctologists anymore.
This was a promising plot idea from a decent writer who got carried away by his own cleverness. He lost me after about 100 pages.
Fortunately, the former occupant of Myfanwy's body knew her memories would be wiped clean and thoroughly prepared for this event. In the pocket ...more
It did pull off a very well-done pie ...more
To put it quite simply, the book has an intriguing premise that's destroyed by a hackneyed writing style, a juvenile approach to character, and a narrative that is grossly overshadowed by the writer's apparently high opini ...more
Basically, this is about a paranormal Secret Service in Britain. There's an American counterpart that split off from the Brits after the Revoluti ...more
It was all Ghost Busters + Men in Black + Austin Powers.
I'm trying to think if I want to do a list/ recommendation/ thing with actual content, but really, it is just this: how diverting this is. How amusing. How entertaining.
This was a fun read with a few minor snags. It could have been more fun if there weren’t so many letters, but the overall story was enjoyable. Good urban fantasies are hard to come by these days. We must always cherish the ones with great potential, yes? Even if their execution is uneven, clumsy, and/or awkward at times. Because a majority of UF out there are complete and utter bores (and the rest are terrible PNRs). And I say that as a fan of ...more
OK, that was more fun than I'd expected.
The tone of this book might be summed up "X-Men meets Charlie Stross's Laundry Files". Adventures within and with a secret British organization dedicated to protecting the country, and its public, from the supernatural, very inventively imagined. I kept running across reviews of it, none of which quite conveyed the level of humor deployed; since I am hungry for humor at present, this hit the spot, despite its occasional dark or gross-out nature. (Also its ...more
The book opens with our protagonist in the rain, surrounded by a ring of ...more
The book open with Myfanwy (pronounced like "Tiffany") Thomas waking up amidst a group of bodies. That's as in "dead bodies", corpses, stiffs...ex-humans. And she doesn't know she's Myfanwy (pronounced like Tiffany) Thomas. There are no memories stored where people usually store memories...but she has a letter. The missive opens "The body y ...more
Why didn't someone think of this before? Imagine there was a secret service branch that had to deal with supernatural problems. And one of the people ...more
Well, this is pretty similar to the book's description and most reviews, but it needs to be said as this is the way the book is set up.
The story starts off with a bit of confusion on the mc's part, as she is surrounded by bodies and has no memories of what has transpired or of anything else for that matter, including who she is. Luckily, she has a letter in her possession which tries to explain ...more
Great book. I should say, audiobook because, this is one of those times when I think the narrator really did a brilliant job with the narration. To me she reminded me of Audra Hepburn or Lynne Redgrave from her Camelot days. I don't know if reading this book will be as fun as listening to it but I liked it so much, I bought the kindle version so I could read it.
The monsters are creative and very "Dr. Who." The c ...more
The novel is a paranormal fantasy set in our world and it reminded me of Harry Potter, the X-files and the novel "Never Let Me Go." But I name those works only to point out some similarities. "The Rook" is unique and I liked it a great deal on its own terms and not because it reminded me of other stories.
I don't want to say too much about the plot, except to mention that it begins with the female lead waking up having lost her memory ...more
I wish that I could give this book higher marks as it is a really stylish and well executed urban fantasy, but in the end, I was left feeling very little at all. I never really felt myself engaged with the characters or the plot. The ending is fairly flat and did not bring things together as I would have liked.
The book itself is an urban fantasy that plays out as if it were a cross of a Bourne series with that of a season of the tv show Heroes. The supernatural parts of the book, along w ...more
The Rook is an interesting and innovative novel, combining favorite aspects from various genres into one odd 500 page gem of weirdness. If you were to mix up the most prevalent aspects of some of the most popular books and movies out there today, The Rook is likely what your mixture would spit out as an end result. Take, for instance, the school for only British magically/supernaturally gifted kids - much like Harry Potter's Hogwarts with a dash of ...more
-All the talk about the opening lines gave me unreal expectations. I liked it, but it seemed a little desperate (Look at me! I'm so cool and unexpected! Read me! Love me!).
-A lot ridiculous. I mean fortune-telling ducks and meat cubes and random, bloody deaths.
-Rook kind of has dissociative identity disorder. Am I a serious thriller? Am I a "light" read? ...more
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"You have a scary face?" Ingrid sounded skeptical.
"Yes," said Myfanwy indignantly. "I have a very scary face."
Ingrid surveyed her for a moment. "You may wish to take off the cardigan then, Rook Thomas," she advised tactfully. "The flowers on the pocket detract somewhat from your menace.”