Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1)
In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares-and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.
He and his half-brother Niko have manage...more
Nightlife isn't terrible, but it isn't great. It's been-there-done-that territory for me and just wasn't worth my time. The plot is somewhat original: The Auphe (apparently another name for elves) need a human/Auphe child to help them open a gate to the past. The problem? A...more
One of the most interesting things about the series is that the relationship between the brothers is a...more
There was just a little too much, if you know what I mean. Does the older brother have to have long luxurious locks AND be awesome with s...more
Think about it.
The story here while not completely original (I mean what story is?) this is a pretty original take on it. Ca...more
Basic storyline: Cal is half demon/Auphe/Grendel - whatever you want to call it. His mom got paid to give birth to him. (His mom was a drunk and a whore.) Cal...more
My biggest problem was that I didn’t understand why the Big Bad was/were so bad. We were told the Grendels were horrible but we hardly witnessed, why.
The Grendels and Darkling felt a little cardboard. Or like a James Bond antogonist who is bad, but you don't really know why. Bec...more
Why? Too much snark. Niko is too perfect, which is a liveable flaw, but damn it, Cal will just NOT SHUT UP with the snarky inner commentary. Some is apparently required in the Urban Fantasy genre, but constant? Really, move on with the story and quit with the quips for a minute, will you?
It annoys me more because what Mr. Thurman has started here is a pr...more
The book does have many cultural references that are rather hard to understand for someone who lives on a different continent though. It's not names and places but phrases that pop up in famous TV sho...more
I didn't feel like the separate narrative voices were distinct en...more
I must say that this book surprised me. I thought it wouldn't be a good book because of the slow beginning, but the ending was amazing.
I love to read first person books, so that was something I re...more
Specifically, what I'm calling interesting and ambitious is (view spoiler)[the decision to take the main character - the book is from his POV - and have him get possessed by the bad guy... and continue the book from that same POV, which is now the bad guy POV....more
Good Premise, I was impressed with the idea of the book and its potential and who doesnt love a good ass kicking antihero on the run right? Wrong. The potential of this book falls flat right as you finish the pro and never redeems itself. The writing from a male perspecive is wonderful and refreshing in a world were most fantasy books follow a heroine but the dialouge seems to constantly beat you over the head with the fact its written b...more
The author used more metaphors than clear sentences, making the scenes extremely difficult to follow. Which lead to a general lack of interest, and I found my mind wandering, even in the most intense scenes. I didn't even realize I wasn't processing all of it. I had an overall sense of boredom.
There was a redundancy throughout the book that got on my nerves. 'Yes, he's the spawn of a monster, I get i...more
NIGHTLIFE by Rob Thurman is as much a tale of family values as of demons and darkness, with the brotherly bond between the protagonists forming a basis for the plot. The novel contains a multitude of supernatural elements, from conventional vampires and werewolves to new creations of the boggle and Auphe. Fight scenes are scattered throughout the text, displaying a mastery of various weaponry.
The protagonist, Caliban Leandros,...more
Yep - I'm late to the party with this one, but that just means I don't have a long wait between books. If you like UF but haven't tried this one yet, I recommend it.
I liked the brother dynamic, Niko and Cal make for an entertaining read. The brotherly dynamic was believable and is probably my favorite part of the book. Robin Goodfellow - GREAT.
Sure, Cal is really cocky, but he's also freaked out of his gourd and his body is 2 years older than his brain, so I can...more
Any way, Cal Leandros, half monster, half human, and his fully human brother, Niko. The story is filled with witty humor, a twist on well known monsters and beings, and most of all, the depth of human relationships. Not only are we immersed in a fantasy world that challenges the truth of our own...more
Cal Leandros is my kind of hero: volatile, snarky, irreverent, scathingly sarcastic, with a closet full of baggage that would drive the sanest person batcrap crazy and a morality that sees the world...more
I Was A Teenage Half Demon
A great plot driven urban fantasy with a male protaganist. Romance is not even remotely a plot point, most of the character interaction is driven by the relationship of two brothers. Plot is primary and we get an interesting perspective as our first person narrator for much of the book.
The writing is a little thick and more than anything else, I wish more paragraphs were broken up. I had trouble getting into it because I look for dialogue to break up scenes...more
The author reimagines paranormal creatures we're already accustomed to and new creatures that are just as scary. The necessary backstory was spread out throughout the novel in a strategic way that kept to coming back for more. Everytime Cal and Niko turned around, there was some sort of paranormal creature to deal with or run from or learn about, but it never felt like too much.
Pace: 4 Stars
This novel was non-stop action. The brothers really knew how to fight, and fight they did....more
The first novel tells the story of how the two deal with Cal's non-human relatives - a race of murderous, other-di...more
. . . Well, half of one, anyway.
Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side – and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human....more
Caution: There is a lot of foul language and tons of violence. Some people aren't fond of that. If you're one of those people, you have been warned. :o)
Summary: Caliban "Cal" Leandros is only half human. His father's side of the family, the Grendels/Auphe/Evil Elves/Monsters wants to bring Cal into the fold, so to speak. Naturally, the thought of spending the rest of his life with dear ol' dad does not appeal to young Cal. With Niko, his health-obsessed, ass-kicking older brother to h...more
Actually, I take that back -- I really didn't like the protagonist. Caliban Leandros is a half-monster, product of a scumbag fortune-telling woman, and one of the beastly elves known as the Auphe. He's half-monster who fights off his own monstrous impulses and lives a really sucky life.
And he tells you that, over, and over, and over. He's snide, he's snarky, he ends every paragraph with some pithy observation or ironic twist-o...more
Rob has also written for a Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner Anthology, WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE. This year, Rob contributed a post-apocalyptic, "grim" faerie tale Western to the anthology, COURTS OF THE FEY.
Rob's work is dark...more