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Botanica Blues

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
As a former soldier and police consultant, Luis Quintana has seen the horrors of war and the brutality of crime on the streets. But when a ritualistic mass murder links an old friend to a lurking supernatural terror, Quintana must uncover a truth he'd thought long hidden, and face a horror he thought he'd long escaped.

Tristan Tarwater, author of THIEVES AT HEART and SELF-
ebook, 1, 24 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Back That Elf Up
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Botanica Blues is a pithy thriller in the Lovecraftian mode (which this book made me realize can segue quite seamlessly into detective fiction). Our hero, Luis Quintana, is a private investigator who is called in on religious crimes. His assignment? A grizzly murder scene that has his guts roiling and his mind reeling.

Although I often find myself quibbling with authors on word placement, or other issues of style, I found myself stashing those surface complaints in the face of a tightly paced st
Daniel Swensen
After reading Thieves at Heart and its prequel, Little Girl Lost, I have to say I enjoyed Botanica Blues more than both. Fast-paced, gritty, and atmospheric, Botanica Blues is a tight little urban fantasy / horror tale with some strong Lovecraftian influences -- right down to the ending.

Tristan Tarwater's writing is strongest when it comes to detail -- every page bursts with sensory details and evocative imagery, and Botanica Blues is no exception. In terms of description and setting, it's a big
Terrifying and atmospheric and mysterious and SO cool.
This one was just ok. I'm not familiar with the author, judging by this story there is definitely potential there, but the story itself was not a real stand out and could have been better developed. Told in a tough guy narration style with short clipped sentences, it was almost like it was trying to be a noir set in modern day NYC with supernatural elements, like another supernatural/paranormal detective story. I didn't care for the style very much, but it did get pretty spooky toward the end.
I was recommended this book by a list of good, modern Lovecraftian tales. Looking for something new, I picked it up only to be horribly disappointed.

Tarwater has created a story that could have been ultimately successful but gets bogged down by a number of things within the story. The major one of these is the stylistic choice that Tarwater has decided to write this book in. Rapid fire, short sentences bombard the reader from the get go until the end of the story. Where this is fine in the acti
A short exciting novella. a mix between Lovecraft and mod-noir
An unsettling story. that I wished was longer
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Tristan J Tarwater is the author of The Valley of Ten Crescents series, as well as several other stories that hope to see the light of day. Born and raised in New York City she remembers reading a lot, visiting Museums and the Aquarium frequently and wanting to be a writer from a very early age. Her love of fantasy and sci-fi spills over into what she reads and watches in her free time as well as ...more
More about Tristan J. Tarwater...
Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents, #1) Little Girl Lost (The Valley of Ten Crescents, #0.5) Self-Made Scoundrel (The Valley of Ten Crescents, #2) Red Moon Rising (The Valley of Ten Crescents, #3) Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars

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