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Nightlife by Rob Thurman
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Aug 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favorite-fantasy

First in a very fun series of supernatural adventure books. Similar in tone to TV shows like Supernatural, Buffy or Angel, though with a harder edge and more mythological bent, the story is told from the perspective of Cal Leandros, a self-described "half-monster" hybrid who, along with his older brother Niko, has been on the run from his monstrous heritage since they were children.

The first novel tells the story of how the two deal with Cal's non-human relatives - a race of murderous, other-dimensional creatures that were the basis for the elves of legend - catch up with the two in their new home town of New York City. The book is written to the hilt, carried along by Cal's sarcastic wit, clever world-building, one very cool twist, and a healthy dose of youthful angst.

The writing's only real shortcoming is the way the character's turns of phrase tend to become a merry-go-round. The writer stretches a liiiittle too far for that metaphor, takes a little too long to make that Chandleresque observation, and the characteristically succinct character Niko can be anything but. The result is characters that say and do a little more in their interactions than real people would, but the sense of humor and imagination at work makes up for that shortcoming.

If you dig urban fantasy or stories about monster hunters, this is the book for you. Great modern pulp fiction.
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