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Botanica Blues

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3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Librarian's Note: Alternate Cover Edition
ebook, 24 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Back That Elf Up
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Tracy
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
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Daniel Swensen
Apr 24, 2012 Daniel Swensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indies, urban-fantasy
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
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Julia
Sep 10, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Terrifying and atmospheric and mysterious and SO cool.
Bandit
Dec 09, 2012 Bandit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tarl
Oct 10, 2014 Tarl rated it it was ok
Shelves: lovecraftian
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
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Jeff
Feb 21, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short exciting novella. a mix between Lovecraft and mod-noir
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An unsettling story. that I wished was longer
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Tristan J. Tarwater is a writer of fantasy, comics and RPG bits. Her titles include The Valley of Ten Crescents series, Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars,Hen & Chick and Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. She has also worked for both Pelgrane Press and Onyx Path. Born and raised in NYC, she now considers Portland, OR her home. When she's not making stuff up, she is usually reading a comic book, ...more
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