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Shadows Bite (The Art of Arrow Cutting #2)

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Hungry L.A. Women

Something is amiss in Los Angeles. A body vanishes from the morgue. The errant son of L.A.'s most notorious necromancer has unleashed demons that not even his father can control. Women hungry for more than love are suddenly appearing among the vampire wannabes at the Crypt, a local goth cafe. And a yakuza boss has put a contract out on stuntman Charlie Ta
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Tor Books (first published 2001)
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JW
Jul 15, 2008 JW rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another great outing from Stephen Dedman.

Dedman surprises in this one, remaining true to myths (well researched, this guy, holy shit) but upending stereotypes (or skewering them).

The action is good, the characters well rendered (partially through a tendency to ramble and/or overqualify statements) and always interesting. No one is one dimensional, except for characters that are believably shallow. Great writing, great characterizations. Definitely one of my best finds since, um, Daniel Abraham.

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Lori Whitwam
Aug 05, 2008 Lori Whitwam rated it liked it
Good. Unusual take on vampires, a much less organized society than in most books in this genre. Metaphysical abilities by Mage make things interesting, and all the characters seem very realistic and likable. Some of the fight scenes read a little stilted, though, making me think that the author should "show instead of tell" more in these situations.
Meagan
Nov 08, 2010 Meagan rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires-adult
Shadow’s bite is based around two main characters, Takumo and Mage. When the body of a young boy vanishes from the morgue, questions are being asked when he is seen by a young woman outside the window of her 5 story building. The son of L.A.'s most notorious necromancer created a vampire in the attempt to save the life of the woman he loved. Meanwhile, Stuntman Charlie Takumo fears for his friend Michelangelo "Mage" Magistrale, a powerful magician who has a contract taken out against him. Takumo ...more
Barak
Mar 08, 2012 Barak rated it it was ok
This book is very readable and mostly flowing, thus being on the whole quite enjoyable.

Having said that, it suffers from several problems:
(i) Too many characters – it is not clear why the writer is introducing so many different characters, each described in such detail that the reader find it hard to choose their protagonist.
(ii) Character development – the writer almost doesn't discriminate between the characters with relation to the level of internal insight we get into their psyches. Though p
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Lisa
Jan 11, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Meh. It started out pretty good, but then started feeling like it was rushed - like the author just wanted to finish it and move on to something else.
Emy
Jun 11, 2015 Emy marked it as library-check
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