It was good. It was dark and interesting and I liked Morpheus's character a great deal. I found some of the stories better than others (the last, withIt was good. It was dark and interesting and I liked Morpheus's character a great deal. I found some of the stories better than others (the last, with Death was a particular favourite) and some a little slow on the pacing (first and the ones that included the Justice League, PS when was there ever a Martian and who thought that was a good idea?), but overall I liked it enough to want to read volume two. ...more
Much of this story is horrific. Brom explores the darkness of the world through the eyes of the lost children that actually exist, the victims that thMuch of this story is horrific. Brom explores the darkness of the world through the eyes of the lost children that actually exist, the victims that the world creates. Add to that a sociopathic Peter, lost and diseased religious fanatics, and a host of fairies of the old tradition and the tale woven here has only the briefest glimpses of light.
It is definitely a disturbing read; violence is written bluntly and there is no lack of death to be found in the pages of Brom's novel. It is worth the read, though. The writing and description is amazing, if horrific most of the time, and the plotting of this story is fast-paced and gripping. The characters that lead the story - Peter and one of his human lost boys, Nick - are believable and enthralling and their struggles, both physical and internal, make the book more than just a dark fairy story.
While the basic premise of this book is right down my alley, Huston is definitely not part of the urban fantasy niche I usually inhabit (Jim Butcher,While the basic premise of this book is right down my alley, Huston is definitely not part of the urban fantasy niche I usually inhabit (Jim Butcher, Kate Griffin, etc). His paranormal New York is inhabited by all the darkness of our world plus a few supernatural viruses that make HIV look welcome, some warring and politically-minded vampire clans and some pretty sad walking corpses. Not that the 'darkness of our world' holds any punches... abusive parents, druggies, rape, HIV, prejudice, lost children, it's all here if you're looking for it. Most of the time, I'm not. I like me a flawed character who is basically good, a world that has its baddies and their shades of grey, but one in which the white horse can come on in with a few wise-cracks and the day can get a little brighter for the good people by the end. Anything else is just kind of depressing; when the world of the book is made up of people trying to fuck over everyone else, plus the real monsters in the shadows, I find myself wallowing around my house in despair for days after a reading.
However, ever once in a while I find an author who manages to write a really great character in the midst of a dark book like this one. Joe Pitt is not a flawed angel hiding in the pages of the noir novel. He is definitely a part of the world Huston has created, with all his flaws intact by the end, but he is completely compelling. He doesn't grandstand about ideals, though he has them. He has the typical wise-guy attitude of all the UF male leads, but with a darkness that often overtakes it. His stand-alone stance in his dangerous world leads him into corners he would rather not get into, and I found Huston was not afraid to write him powerless, when it was realistic for him to be so, which I liked.
Joe is the saving grace of the series, for me. Although I did enjoy the plotline, and would have enjoyed the book even if Pitt had been less enthralling, this protagonist will keep me reading the series because I really want to see what happens to him in the overarching development Huston introduced.
The secondary characters were hit or miss. I thought they were all self-serving, which is fine since that is very much the world Huston is writing. Many of them read like a stereotype, which I found kind of amusing, but not always in the best way. I got into most of them by the end of the book, and I found that they all served their purposes well.
The plotline was excellent. We figured out the mystery as Pitt did, without any hints introduced that Pitt did not pick up on. I think that was most effective here, since Huston didn't have to dumb Pitt down in order to create suspense or drag out the plot, and there was no awkward hint-dropping scenes that always bother me a little. The plot was a good one, with plenty of twists. I really liked Huston's writing of the action of the book. He circles around situations some (view spoiler)[ Does Pitt really need to be held by the Society three separate times? (hide spoiler)], but overall I was kept engaged and reading, and there didn't seem to be anything that really bogged me down. I wish he had been traditional in his dialogue structure, because I often found it difficult to get a finger on tone or intent of certain pieces of dialogue. Less often, I had trouble tracking who was speaking which pieces. However, you get used to it after a while, and the dialogue wasn't ridden with hidden meanings, so it was easy enough to follow along most of the time.
I think if I enjoyed the dark worldview more, I would have really liked this book. If you like the kind of world Huston has written and haven't read this book, you definitely should add it to your to-read. It was only that personal preference that kept me from getting into the book completely, and I recognize that. I'll keep on with the series happily, and am looking forward to seeing how the character fares in the next installment. ...more
This has to be one of my favourite books. Turner is a genius at plotting and characterization, and even though this is classed as a YA (or younger, maThis has to be one of my favourite books. Turner is a genius at plotting and characterization, and even though this is classed as a YA (or younger, maybe) book, it is worth the read for older audiences as well. If you have time, pick up The Thief and read it and its sequels. ...more