14th out of 31 books — 25 voters
City of Roses Vol. 1: "Wake up..."
by Kip Manley (Goodreads Author)
City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon—an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where duels are fought in Pioneer Square and union meetings are beseiged by ghost bicycles. —It's the story of Jo Maguire, a highly strung, underemployed telemarketer, and what happens when she meets Ysabel, a princess of unspecified pedi...more
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Published May 23rd 2011 by Supersticery Press
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This took me forever to get around to writing a review of this because feelings are complicated or something? Basically the thing you need to know here is that this is volume 1 of a serialized story set in Portland (the other one, the west coast one), with urban fey weirdos and punk rockers and fabulous parties and excess and street people and bacchanalia. It's confusing in places because the main character, Jo, has no idea what's going on most of the time and she's working off instincts and try...more
I finished this a long time ago! Why didn't I update it? Very enjoyable bit of urban fantasy kit with such sharp notes as fairies versus comercialism, the human sexual spectrum, and soul versus job. I should maybe reread it again before the year is over.