Not as awing as some of Holly's other work, but still at her worst outdoes most other authors, in this not-so-humble reader's opinion.
At the center of...moreNot as awing as some of Holly's other work, but still at her worst outdoes most other authors, in this not-so-humble reader's opinion.
At the center of this fantasy lies the moral that to create is man's highest calling, and therefore, every time we allow our dreams to be quashed, we by default yield to entropy that mission which God created us to accomplish.(less)
An OK short story. Not a mystery in the traditional sense. Not too heavy on the suspense. Nor did the characterization or character development blow m...moreAn OK short story. Not a mystery in the traditional sense. Not too heavy on the suspense. Nor did the characterization or character development blow me away—in fact, I thought the central character change was insufficiently motivated. No thematic elements jumped out at me, either. Nor any great humorous lines (unless you find other people's problems humorous), though with mildly humorous moments. "Cute" is the word that comes immediately to mind, but with a bitter twist that left me wondering mostly, Where do the characters go from here? (Although on second thought, that's a twist that Hitchock might've been proud of, and definitely makes the story re-readable.)
The ebook also includes a sampling of Stacy Juba's work: worth checking out if you think you might like it.(less)
I read Hunting the Corrigan's Blood many years after the Baen Books edition went out of print. I got a copy of the new One Word Books edition direct f...moreI read Hunting the Corrigan's Blood many years after the Baen Books edition went out of print. I got a copy of the new One Word Books edition direct from Holly Lisle's website shop.HollyLisle.com. (I bought the print version, not the ebook.)
The story reads slowly sometimes and rambles in places. But in the end, that didn't seem to matter. Because the characters have staying power. This is one of those stories that having read it, I now feel a loss at having finished it. I so want to continue on with Cadence Drake that I'm having trouble imagining reading anything else right now.
To echo another reviewer, "Damn fine story."(less)
From the first pages, I was rooting for bad-boy hero Derrick Weston— Or is that used-to-be-bad-boy hero Derrick Weston? He definitely has secrets, and...moreFrom the first pages, I was rooting for bad-boy hero Derrick Weston— Or is that used-to-be-bad-boy hero Derrick Weston? He definitely has secrets, and he's got stuff happening in his life and in his heart and in his mind, and it's bound to cause him trouble. I was rooting for him, and rooting through his psyche. A wonderful, three-dimensional character, who did not let me down.
The heroine and narrator of the story? She started off feeling to me like a "Bella Swan," just along for the ride... Which I guess would have been a fine choice à la Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes (though not usually one that lends itself to a "romance" story). She did grow stronger as the story went on, although this novella turned out to be more suspenseful than romantic.
My biggest gripe was that the prose (at least of the edition that I read) really needed to be edited. (Prose that Twilight fans would be comfortable with. I am not a Twilight fan.) I found myself constantly falling into line-edit mode: Delete that sentence; it adds nothing to the story. Or Get rid of the copulative, strengthen verbs, and elide redundant adjectives: ‘The night felt chilly and uninviting as I pulled the jacket collar up around my neck, trying to block out the invasive cold.’ Change to: ‘I huddled within my jacket collar, as the night chill invaded my body.’
But overall, it was a not-half-bad story—which means it was more than half good. Good, pretty solid characters (which seem so hard to come by nowadays). A compelling plot. A charming, small-town milieu (although in my experience, people from rural areas are more friendly than that—out in the country, y'all have to watch out for each other, and they do). Based on this short novella, I would try another of Lazette Gifford's works, one of her novels, and I intend to.