Staying Dead (Retrievers #1)
Manhattan's night life just got weirder...
It starts as a simple job— but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.
As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing— and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in...more
No reader should be forced to excavate characters, setting, and story from writing that is...more
Spunky feisty female protagonist: check.
Calm and collect male partner with mysterious past: check.
Potential romance between the two: check.
Magic powered by electrical current: pretty cool.
A Council of mages: check.
Secret organization that manipulate behind-the-scenes: check.
A variety of magic creature blending into the urban landscape: check.
Dark hints of things to come: check.
Word by word, scene by scene, it is all generic. Plot, cha...more
It's modern fantasy variant #7: mages/magical animals/etc. are in hiding, have their own politics and so forth. Butcher, Buffy, yadda yadda yadda.
Our heroine is a re-thief: she takes stolen items back to their rightful owners. I can't imagine there is *that* much work in it, but I can suspend disbelief. I can also imagine that her definition of "rightful owners" is pretty flexible.
The story plays out like a heist movie: she has a mission, she finds...more
Someone has stolen the cornerstone of a very large business building. Wren has been hired to bring it back, but there is a soul locked in the cornerstone, and when that soul gets out, it opens a big can of worms for Wren to peck away at. Who wants her dead? Who...more
The main characters are attracted to each other, as they should be - the series is enhanced by their ever changing relationship and chemistry.
The female lead has abilities that help her locate missing stuff, which the series throws in for a pretty good side-story. The main stuff is secret societies and politics, which thankfully don't dominate the story! Poli...more
The characters are (maybe) tolerable, but none of them are compelling. The writing is barely acceptable (I've read worse). But the series is one set of post hoc contrivances after another to try and salvage a world whose logic is self-contradictory, and a plot full of unpa...more
The hints of fun characters are still there, but they're awkwardly paced, for my money and while the Torres books have still some problems with tell not show, here it is much worse for my taste. Wren is set up as such an uberelite Retriever in the eyes of her partner and everyone else (they say she is and everyone agrees) but you never see her be...more
New York City is a vibrant place at any time, but in LAG’s world talents (those who feel and manipulate current) and nulls...more
My one complaint was I got a little lost as to the focus of the story about halfway through but picked it right back up after about 20ish pages. It might have been because I read it over the span of about 4 weeks...I don't know......Now, really, this portion was probably the auth...more
In the Cosa Nostradamus world there are two types of people - the "talents" and the nulls. The talents can feel and manipulate energy currents while the nulls can't. There are varying types and levels of both (for example nulls that can feel the currents) and Wren's particular skill is retrieving objects. Specifically, she's a thief who gets hired to steal (or steal back) various o...more
"Wren Valère est une enquêtrice d'un genre très particulier. Pour mener à bien ses missions - récupérer des objets volés ou perdus - elle se sert de ses dons exceptionnels de magicienne, captant la formidable énergie née des orages sur Manhattan. Elle appartient en effet à l'élite des magiciens, les Talents. Mais ce que Wren va découvrir, au cours d'une mission périlleuse, c'est q...more
I really enjoyed it. The writing style is easy to get into, and it has it's own definite universe and style. Probably the closest thing I could compare it to is the Kim Harrison "Hollows" series in tone, though it's third person rather than first person.
A lot of the other reviewers seem to feel that the mythos of the book is somehow disappointing, but this is an irritating view to me. It's sort of like if...more
I've only read one book by Laura Anne Gilman before, and that was the first Vineart war novel. This is so different--in tone and genre--that I'm really surprised. Pleasantly so.
1, I don't really read urban fantasy novels of the female-wearing-leather-on-the-cover variety (I don't think it's trashy, as far as books go, come on, I read regency romances when I feel down!). It's only that I prefer books where people drink tea with their...more
I am torn on my feelings about this book, for one it took me entirely too long to read and at no point did I really have that moment where I couldn't stop. On the other hand, I didn't want to not finish it and I think it became after a while that I had dedicated so much time to it that I just needed to finish on principle's sake. The details of this book did not really stick with me from page to page and I found myself forget "important" event...more
This is a story about a modern day world in which magic and technology try to co-exist...more
Businessman Oliver Frants wants the cornerstone of his office building...more
I really enjoyed reading this one, even if I had some difficulties keeping up with dialogue or changes in scenery and characters fr...more
As with Staying Dead, Laura Anne Gilman's first book in the Retrievers series.
Wren Valere is a Talent, or more simply put, a mage. She can use and control the energy currents in the world around her, to various ends, for good or ill. She is also a lonejack, someone who works freelance jobs, free of the controlling i...more
By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).
After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the Nebula Award-nominated Vineart War trilo...more