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Botanica Blues by Tristan J. Tarwater
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: indies, urban-fantasy
Read on April 24, 2012

After reading Thieves at Heart and its prequel, Little Girl Lost, I have to say I enjoyed Botanica Blues more than both. Fast-paced, gritty, and atmospheric, Botanica Blues is a tight little urban fantasy / horror tale with some strong Lovecraftian influences -- right down to the ending.

Tristan Tarwater's writing is strongest when it comes to detail -- every page bursts with sensory details and evocative imagery, and Botanica Blues is no exception. In terms of description and setting, it's a big step up from Tarwater's previous work.

Unfortunately, while I really liked the protagonist, I found myself with the same complaint I had about Thieves at Heart -- the protagonist runs around a lot, but doesn't really seem to accomplish much, instead just commenting and observing while things happen around him. In this case, an ineffectual protagonist serves the story a great deal better, so overall this is a mild criticism.
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