I hear well of Cherie Priest but don't think I've ever had the opportunity to try her work until now.
I'm glad I did.
I almost put the book down whenI hear well of Cherie Priest but don't think I've ever had the opportunity to try her work until now.
I'm glad I did.
I almost put the book down when I opened it and saw Father Rios was coming in response to a call for help from a nun. I have issues with religion and prefer to avoid it in my escapism. I read on.
The storytelling is subtle. Enough so that a reader can tell that up to the last time they are mentioned, Father Rios looks and listens in a way rather more keenly than most. Enough so that a reader has a clue that Sister Eileen of the ageless face may have a secret dogging her steps. Enough so that I am almost curious to hear more of Ranger Korman's tragic love story.
The powers of love and emotion and of vows as a theme were what ultimately held me to the end.
I'm not a fan of alternate universe steampunk due to the societal issues around the setting, but I'm piqued enough now that I may just seek out the first book and challenge myself to come out of my comfort zone....more
This novella ended up in a Humble Bundle, and I've heard good things about Kelley Armstrong. Unfortunately this book was an absolutely terrible jumpinThis novella ended up in a Humble Bundle, and I've heard good things about Kelley Armstrong. Unfortunately this book was an absolutely terrible jumping on point for her series.
Gabriel is an understandably emotionally stunted character based on his tragic and messed up backstory. But he's an arrogant, selfish, insensitive, self involved prick. He has a horrifying disdain for other people and a lack of empathy often played for laughs at the expense of his feckless victims.
He leads a life of privilege to quell the gaping insecurity caused by his messed up mother messing him up as a child, eventually dying and leaving him homeless on top of having trained him to be a pickpocket.
Hes a poor little rich boy pining over screwing up his relationships without ever trying to fix them. Therapy, Gabriel. Get some.
I'm supposed to be impressed he pulled himself up by his bootstraps. Except I HATE the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" MYTH more in fiction than I do in RL, where real people are actually done harm by it...because fiction is supposed to be AN ESCAPE!
It was only the fae blood and his connection to Liv and Patrick, plus the hitchhiking ghost urban legend that kept me piqued enough to read all the way through.
I was also intrigued by some of the other characters I got to glimpse. But if Gabriel Walsh is the main character of this series, I will not likely pick up another Cainesville book....more
Fun, in the way Dresden Files side stories are... Often more so than the main slog of book after book.
I found the third and last story first, in someFun, in the way Dresden Files side stories are... Often more so than the main slog of book after book.
I found the third and last story first, in some anthology I flipped through in a bookstore while waiting for someone. I was very amused about the whole idea of Dresden having to explain away a car in a dorm room, and the dorm itself engaged in an orgy.
I only found out upon reading this novella that two stories had come before, and they were equally as fun....more
These two sentences are the skeleton on which Mira Grant [aka Seanan McGuire] built a story longer than a shorHorror movies rule.
Horror movie rules.
These two sentences are the skeleton on which Mira Grant [aka Seanan McGuire] built a story longer than a short story, shorter than a novella, and full of keep-all-the-lights-on creepifying terror. But even though horror movies rule... There are rules. Breaking them breaks a trust between storyteller and reader. But that's the heart and crux of this mini novel.
Esther Hoffman is a reporter like Lois Lane with a Batman level hatred for regression therapy because it tore her life apart.
Jennifer Webb is a doctor like Moira MacTaggart with a benevolent heart, who has harnessed the power of horror movies to unlock the power of love.
Corporate greed threatens Jennifer's work, and she hopes to win over the hard boiled hard sell that is Esther. But corporate greed has plans.
The story is told in the most creatively jarring way I've ever read, shifting tenses, viewpoints and scenarios in a faithful and predictable manner that still manages to whiplash a reader's psyche around almost painfully.
As usual, the author's skillful faculty with words weaves scenes the mind can embellish on. I was so squirmed out by the opening scene I had to put the book down 8 pages in and do something else before I'd knuckled up enough mental fortitude to dive back in. The storytelling is immersive enough that I didn't put it down again until I was done.
My main complaint is the same complaint I always have of this author's short works. Too short! Characters I care about are gone too soon, leaving too much of their background history unexplored. My other complaint is that although she usually makes a careful and respectful effort for diversity in her works, this one suffers from Black Dude Dies First. I understand it is there because it's a Horror Movie Rule, but it still chafes a little.
So is it worth a read? Yes. Absolutely. But I'd suggest having all the lights on, a warm comfy blanket, and a soothing cup of herbal tea on standby. You'll need it.
Slightly spoilery Content warning:
It's Mira Grant . The genre itself should be spoiler warning enough.