I ducked into a niche between a cabin and the pilot house and hiked my skirt up enough to reach down into my garter holster. I've heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal. We'd see what Mr. Colt could do for a woman.
Jack Gabert went to India to serve his Queen. He returned to London a violently changed man, infected with an unnatural sickness...more
Irish nun, Sister Eileen, is small, but her spirit is tremendous. She has made it her mission to track and end a vicious werewolf disguised as a man, Jack. She's followed his trail of rampage and blood over several contine...more
Introduce 5 or 6 first person speakers, none of whom sound at all convincing as who they're supposed to be (a Southern slave woman, an English aristocrat, a river boat captain, a gambler, an Irish nun, etc) or distinctly different from one another.
Then have most of them dead by page 60.
Thanks for wasting my time!
I'm really glad I didn't start reading Priest here or I wouldn't have picked her up again.
No, it's not the start of a joke; it actually happens in this book. More important, it's not stupid.
I've read my fair share of urban fantasy, and I'll admit, I'm getting very tried of the tormented good guys. You know what I'm talking, the poor vampire who is looking for his true love, and finds her embodied in the heroine of the series. I'm not saying I don't enjoy a story where the vampire or werewolf is good guy...more
The second tale is set in 1879 and starts in Texas, and come...more
This one is different. They lycanthropes aren’t all cut from the same cloth, and they don’t lose their wits completely when then transform. During their human times, they have plans and carry them out methodically. Some are good, some are tormented, some ar...more
A number of factors contributed to my dissatisfaction, and the sum of the whole was greater than the individual problems.
First, there was the disjointedness. The book hops from head to head as if it can't stand to hang out in any particular one for more than a few pages. In the first part, where the narrator isn't immediately identified,...more
Why it did not get raised to five stars, was the format of three sections. I saw the author's intent in splitting to illust...more
The story opens on the Mary Byrd, a small ship that actually did disappear somewhere on the Tennessee River between Knoxville and Chattanooga in 1870. On board the story's version is a tipsy captain, a former slave, a...more
The characters are sketched in with Priest's usual deft touch, though due to the length of each story and to the propensity to change points of view with each scene change...more
Narrative-wise, the book is divided into three separate stories that span years and miles. T...more
I confess I liked more than loved it, but it's not so much my thing; I had it on my Kindle because I'd been going through a completist phase. But if it is your kind of thing, check it out.
Eileen Callaghan, left the Irish convent to hunt down a monster who left her scarred for the rest of her life, and she is willing to stalk it across the whole globe to cleanse the earth from its existence. As Cherie puts it "I've heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal. We'd see what Mr. Colt could do for a woman."
A must read for the fans of Van Helsings' stories.
The main problem here is that the extreme disjointedness starts to just get weary as the book goes on. The pacing suffers, too. Some of the individual sc...more
The author gives us a different mythology of werewolf's, not unlike Anne Rice did with vampires. In a sense the auth...more