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When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit ...strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist....more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Roc Trade
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Kelly Maybedog
2.5 stars rounded up to three because it's Seattle and you know it's Seattle even though it's only a small area of Seattle. I can say Seattle a few more times if you'd like. :)

This series has a lot of potential. I think this is a good start but it's still rough. Something about the book was off and I can't tell you exactly what. For one thing, even though this was published in 2006, it felt more like it was written in 1995, specifically around technology. (She's a PI but uses a pager and doesn't...more
Rebecca
I picked this up after reading the short story by Kat Richardson in Mean Streets, which also featured Ms. Blaine. First off, it's nice to see a female paranormal detective character whose actual cases seem to have more weight than her love life. Normally there seems to be a strict gender divide in these things -- men like Harry Dresden and John Taylor occasionally have girlfriends and occasionally have horrible luck with women*, but generally that's not a major focus of the books' attention. Fem...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It's very hard to write a helpful review of Graywalker. It simply didn’t leave any kind of impression on me – good or bad. The first half was far more interesting than the second. It had the tone of a hardboiled detective novel and it was quite refreshing, so I was more than a little disappointed when it all went straight to hell in the other half.
Harper Blaine is a good, strong character, but some of her choices weren’t quite clear to me, and the love story (well, lust story, to be precise) wa...more
Clouds

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.


2.5 rounded up to 3 because my wife and my mothe...more
Callista
Jul 09, 2014 Callista rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Jim Butcher and/or Caitlin Kittredge
Overall, a pretty good book. Richardson definitely knows her way around a well-crafted sentence and a well-imagined world. But definitely, progressively, weird and dark.
I like Harper for the most part; she's complex and not a cliche. Aspects of the story reminded me of the Harry Dresden novels, although Harper is not nearly the smart-alec Harry is. A little more humour would've been nice. Harper is the first character I've ever seen with a pet ferret, and that added a few moments of much-needed...more
Taters
Supernatural fiction is on the rise. Unfortunately in literature, a rising tide lifts all boats, even those of less than stellar construction.

Greywalker is an ok premise with faulty execution. The pacing is off, the story jumps around like a 9 year old on a sugar high. And it's set in Seattle - which would ordinarily be great, except that even as someone who lives in Seattle, I can tell you that this is one vast injoke of locations and happenings that people outside Seattle won't enjoy.

Characte...more
Gary Foss
In the interest of full disclosure I have to start with a note: I'm so sick of vampires that I'm considering going full Van Helsing on the next person who even recommends a freakin' vamp story to me. Old style Van Helsing too; not pretty, Hugh Jackson in a floppy hat Van Helsing. I'm talking head chopping, mouth stuffed with garlic, burned up at sunrise. I need another vampire book in my life like I need to test drive a late model AMC Gremlin. At this point, anything I read that is going to have...more
Anne
Harper Blaine is a private investigator. In the first few pages she is brutally attacked by a man she was tracking down for a client. After she leaves the hospital, Harper begins to see strange shapes and disorienting mists all around her. Thinking she is experiencing the lingering effects of head trauma she returns to the hospital. Once there, her doctor informs her that she actually died for two minutes as a result of her attack. He thinks the new sensations she is now having are not medical a...more
Cathy
I'm 63% into the book (ebook, sorry, no page numbers) and I don't hate it, but I don't really like it either. I like Harper, and her ferret, and some of the supporting characters, but there is a lot of weird, disjointed stuff going on and the pacing and transitions are jarring and odd. She resists and resists getting pulling into the paranormal, and boy is it a slow first 1/3 of the boom, but suddenly she's deliberately stirring up trouble for the most dangerous guy in town and associating with...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: After being dead for two minutes and then revived as a result of a clobbering by an angry perp, Harper Blaine discovers side effects that complicate her Seattle life in unexpected ways. She now sees ghosts and attracts otherworldly business as she pops in and out of a shadowy overlapping world. Harper seeks the assistance of Ben Danziger, self-proclaimed "ghost guy" and linguistics professor, and his wife, Mara, a witty Irish witch. They educate Harper on the Grey, "a place between our...more
Angie
Once again, the cover struck me first. She looked interesting to me. Like she knew things. And I liked the slanted city she leaned up against, looking like a character in its own right. I love it when a particularly city or a particular building is a main character in a story. The whole thing is that much richer for it. The good news is I wasn't wrong. Harper Blaine does, in fact, know things. Things she'd rather not know, as it turns out, but know things she does. And the Seattle of Greywalker...more
Schnaucl
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the protagonist. I wasn't really sure of her age. Usually in urban fantasy books like this one the protagonist is early to mid twenties but I think Harper may have been more in her thirties. That, or she doesn't have a problem with dating people much older than she is who she believes to have a teenage son.

I really liked all of the second tier characters. They were fun, interesting, and seemed to have some depth.

I do have a few concerns though. First, I'm a l...more
Meredith
Whenever I travel, I like to pick up books I don't have to put much emotional effort into to enjoy - for some reason, this usually means I find myself reading books about hardboiled female PIs whose investigations bring them smack-dab into a paranormal mess of some kind or another, and that is exactly what this book is. It's refreshing because the main character is a bad-ass not because of any particular special powers she might possess but because she's tenacious and experienced at the PI game,...more
Maggie K
Yeah, so I did read this, and I just finished it yesterday, but I had to sit and think a little bit to remember what it was about....

It isnt a bad book. The premise is interesting, the plot moves in a mistly forward direction, but it just didnt execute very well. The sentences are all properly honed and all, I just wanted to skip most of them.
It might just be because the protaganist was so confused about her situation that it really was hard to make sense of her motivations. She would plan out...more
Beverly
Very enjoyable. Strong writing. She has harsh situations as well as humor along with a bit of romance hovering about the edges. I was very engaged the entire time I read it and immediately started the second book. I like the way she uses light to accentuate the dark and vice versa. I recommend this book highly.
Robin K
Greywalker is a spooky book. A true alternative reality is created by Kat Richardson in this novel. The book is literally filled with ghosts, smoke and mirrors. The main character Harper was a mystery for me the entire book. You do not get much background on her and all of the supporting cast are as new to Harper as they are to the reader. Though interesting it did made the book a bit harder to follow. Many of the characters were developed enough by the end of the book to give me a good feel of...more
Chichipio
Towards the end, it redeemed itself a little, so it's maybe a 2.5.

I liked the premise and the plot wasn't bad at all. I usually complain when characters are made to make stupid decisions just to advance the plot. Especially because most of those times the characters are super cool and I hate to see them acting like idiots for the plot's sake. I prefer the story forcing itself on the characters and see them react to it. I love when a writer does such a job that no matter how clever the character...more
Karen
2nd read-thru: Read below for my original take. I re-read this book to remind myself as I prepare to read the books in the series I haven't yet. I enjoyed this book as much the second time so know that it's worth reading at least once if I like it more than once :)

1st read-thru: This book starts off pretty brutal, but don't judge the rest of the book by this. Her ability comes about from her 2 minute clinical death (and revival). We don't truly understand what's happening, however, because she d...more
Sarah
For me this book was just okay. I thought the worldbuilding could have been a lot better. The "Grey" is barely explained and since this is a first-person book and the main character doesn't know squat about the grey neither does the reader. This doesn't change much by the end of the book. The heroine spends most of the book tired and dizzy and nauseous and in pain because of the grey. It got quite old after a while. Really, it felt like the heroine was the most inconsequential person to the stor...more
Beth666ann
This is about a heroine who, after dying and then coming back to life, can see/inhabit "the grey," which is the overlapping area (think Venn diagram, the book prompts us) between the supernatural and the world that we live in. She is a private investigator, and since she is obvious to beings in the grey (whom most humans simply can't see), they start to ask for her help with cases. Much of this book is taken up establishing the properties of the grey, the parameters (thus far) of the heroine's p...more
Stephanie
I was very interested in this one when I first heard about it. I liked the the Dreseden Files and this sounded somewhat along those same lines.

Having read it, I still like the premise, PI investigates the paranormal, but this first one was a little bit difficult to get through. I realize the author was setting up the characters and the scene for the next books in the series but I found myself a bit bored in places and things slowed in spots where it might have been better to keep the momemtum go...more
Cara
When Harper Blaine dies for two minutes something happens. She doesn't remember dying, and in fact, had to be told that she did by a doctor. She sees things out of the corners of her eyes like a mist, or fog. She finds finds out that what she's seeing is the Grey. The Grey is the energy between death and moving on. Other things live there too, like ghosts and vampires and other things Harper never believed in. While working a case, (she's a PI) Harper ends up tangling with vampires, and if she d...more
Linda Poitevin
This was a 3.5 for me.

I'd heard a lot about the Greywalker series, but the books weren't high on my TBR list until the first one came up as this month's read for the Vaginal Fantasies Book Club. So...my thoughts.

I had a really hard time getting into the book, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't have continued if I hadn't been reading it for the club. I found it very difficult to connect with the heroine, Harper, who struck me as rather ditzy and muddled. I also found that the first half of t...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
This book took me FOREVER to finish! i just couldnt get into it... the story wasnt boring or anything im pretty sure its the way the book is written.

Harper the main character was pretty cool sometimes and had a pretty awesome personality then other times she would be highly annoying and drive me nuts i dont know how Mara put up with her.

Mara was prob my fave character in the book - she's an Irish witch.

i prob wont be reading the next book in the series.
Melissa
This book has many of the tropes implored in Urban Fantasy novels, but it progressed slowly and then climaxed too quickly. It felt a bit hurried and underdeveloped in the end. I wish it had skipped some of the early world building and spent more focus on the actual plot. Huge hunks of the plot weren't really touched on (Wygan especially) which was disappointing. But it was still a decent read. The characters are interesting. Harper isn't the super BAMF that a lot of urban fantasy protagonists ar...more
Irena
Harper sees the other world, the world of ghosts. She died once and got that ability. Now that ability is there to open a new world for her: world of witches, magic and vampires.
Jamie
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Tamsin
it was ok....nothing spectacular, although the story did pick up towards the end. I felt for our protagonist, Harper, at the beginning of the novel as she comes to after a nasty accident only to find out that she had actually died for 2 minutes and now can see and interact with the Grey, the kind of inbetween world where ghosts and creepies live. She struggles to control this new power and makes new friends in the 'convenient' colleagues of her doctor who are also into that kind of thing. Howeve...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
The shame. Greywalker was a title I purchased when it first released, in 2006. Eight years later I finally read it. Oh, the shame. Because Richardson is part of the Urban Fantasy movement as I like to call it. When the genre finally started to hit big in the 2000s. Ironically 8 books later it's clear this is a top series in the genre, so much so that I've been faithfully buying them without ever reading a single one. Which for me is big. It was magic when I finally started up Greywalker and it j...more
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Author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Lives on a boat in Seattle with her husband and the ghosts of ferrets.
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