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Not Flesh Nor Feathers (Eden Moore #3)

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Down by the river, the first to go missing were not much lamented. Disappearances of homeless men foraging through trash or nuisance skater kids who rolled their boards along the planked piers at night were not noteworthy enough to delay the city's development projects.

But deep beneath the riverbank, the evidence of a terrible crime has been covered up twice. When a TVA da
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Paperback, 365 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Tor Books
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Miriam
Jun 07, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This third installment moves away from the I-hear-dead-people theme into a grislier but less convincing aquatic zombies direction (you don't know what direction aquatic zombies are? Just head toward the water). Eden's ghost-whispering abilities don't come into the story too much, and there isn't the nod to traditional superstition to make suspension of disbelief easier for the reader. I can accept the possibility of ghosts and magic that I am unable to see; however, if everyone who was wrongfull ...more
YouKneeK
Apr 02, 2015 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
In this book, people are starting to disappear if they get too close to the Tennessee River, and the river is starting to flood so it’s reaching closer and closer to where all the people are. Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, which were primarily ghost stories, this book turns into a full-fledged zombie story with zombies sloshing through flooded downtown Chattanooga. I think this is the first zombie book I’ve ever read, so I couldn’t begin to say whether it’s derivative or original, bu ...more
Laurie
Apr 04, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Eden Moore can see and speak with the dead, which is a good thing, because Chattanooga is not only being flooded, but is also under attack by zombies. But the zombies have nothing to tell her, so she must seek information from ghosts, both a well known, fancy-historic-hotel residing ghost and the new ghosts of skater kids and homeless people who the zombies have killed. At the same time, Eden is seeking information about the curse her many greats-grandfather put on her and is about to have a vis ...more
Chris
Jan 14, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Disclaimer: I really like Priest. I think Dreadful Skinis a really great werewolf novel. I fully intend on reading more Priest. I, however, am a reader of and not a fan of. If you don't know the difference, think about it.

I'll admit,part of my reaction to this book is the zombies. I really, really don't like zombies. I'm sorry, the walking dead doesn't do it for me. There's zombies in this book.

Cherie Priest is a good writer. Everyone who likes fantasy, steampunk, vampires, or werewolves should
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Shannon Ross-albers
Aug 23, 2013 Shannon Ross-albers rated it did not like it
This book started off with a promising hook, but it didn't hold my interest beyond the first quarter. I kept at it though. There were so many meandering conversations that didn't help the plot at all. In one conversation, the characters complained that when ghosts spoke, their messages were unclear and not to the point. The living characters were not much better. About three-quarters of the way, I just started skimming to the end.
Nadine Jones
Nov 17, 2008 Nadine Jones rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Ms Priest; her stories defy categorization, the best I can do is call them paranormal mysteries. This one kept me up until 1am reading, and it freaked me out sufficiently that I kept thinking I saw "things" in the living room when I walked out for a drink. Some sort of zombie ghosts rise from the Tennessee River when it floods during a rainstorm; much much better than that sounds. Thankfully, it was not raining outside while I was reading.
Marilyn
May 18, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This has been a wonderful series, with characters that feel like old friends. This was my favorite, and I will miss my old friends now that I have finished the series.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Oh my. Zombies?!! Stick with the ghosts. I'm not interested in adding zombies to this trilogy mix. Should have stayed true to the ghost story line.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jun 23, 2017 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
Narrated by Eden Moore, Priest puts a paranormal twist on a natural disaster.
Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when the river floods, it brings with it
a supernatural terror.
After the conclusion of the story, Priest explains about the terrible coincidence
of Hurricane Katrina, and the differences between her fictional story and
the actual tragedy.
jillian
Dec 25, 2008 jillian rated it really liked it
Shelves: goth, americansouth
I re-read the entire Eden Moore trilogy recently. And I remembered how much I like these books. They remind me of my own late 1990s existence: hanging out in coffeehouses, the vaguely bohemian existence of early twentysomethings in Victoria. Cherie Priest says she's been accused of writing in a Chattanooga that only exists in her memory, around 1996 or so. That explains the association I have with my own life as it was in 1997. I can only imagine though, how much better this book would be if I h ...more
Angela
Dec 09, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Cherie Priest's novels about Eden Moore, who sees ghosts and other sorts of dead in Chattanooga, are consistently excellent. Not Flesh Nor Feathers, the third book of the series, is happily no exception to this rule. She continues to bring the Creepy to Chattanooga, drawing on the rich and oftentimes genuinely creepy in real life history of the South to lay down her tales. And this time around, she does it with bonus zombies.

As of Book 3 Eden is still struggling to get a handle on what the event
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Audrey
Dang near stayed up all night reading this, getting through the first two-thirds of it. I made sure to read it when a good big thunderstorm was forecast, so that as I read the flooding sections the rain beat down outside. And the flooding sections are just so vivid: the futility, the terror, the resignation, the loss of control. Beautiful and deadly and all the rest of that bug stuff.

Now let's talk about the last third of the book.

Chattanooga holds up. The history holds up, and my, isn't this a
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Jennie
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Aki
Mar 04, 2017 Aki rated it it was amazing
...Let's talk.

So, Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Eden Moore, #1) by Cherie Priest was awesome, but a bit slow. But it lays important groundwork.

Wings to the Kingdom (Eden Moore, #2) by Cherie Priest, was good. Really good.

Not Flesh Nor Feathers (Eden Moore, #3) by Cherie Priest was fabulous.

I'm not and never have been zombie fan. There's something positively revolting about seeing something that had been human snack on live humans.

That's probably just me, but I'm not a zombie fan.

But see, they come from the river, where they were thrown. And the water is rising. Most likely a combo of massive rain and the river skipping it's bed, but they're in the river and
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Zephfire
Oct 23, 2009 Zephfire rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by this book, pleasantly so! Zombies really aren't my thing, but this book was! I didn't realise that it was #3 in a series, I will get the others to read as I enjoyed this one so much!
Eden as a lead is a really enjoyable character, strong but vulnerable, determined and with an ability to see ghosts (not that she always appreciates that fact!) I loved the descriptions of the setting, I've never visited that part of the USA but the descriptions alone gave me plenty of menta
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Althea Ann
Mar 28, 2012 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
This is the third, and as-of-this-writing, last book in Cherie Priest's Eden Moore series. I really like these, and hope that Priest comes back to revisit Eden one of these days!

Eden's a regular young Southern woman who just happens to be able to see ghosts - and has a bit of a voodoo legacy from her evil great-grandfather. As this story opens, Eden's trying to get her life together a bit and act like an adult - she's just agreed to buy a condo at the new development they're building down by the
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T.S.
Sep 28, 2008 T.S. rated it liked it
I fell in love with Cherie Priest this time last year, when I read "Wings to the Kingdom." That was the second novel in her Eden Moore trilogy, Eden being the name of her main character/detective/clairvoyant. This is the final installment; it, like the others, is perfect reading for the Halloween season.

As an aside, I'll tell you that Priest embraces the Southern and Appalachian folklore concerning ghost stories and "hoints." She does it justice with her storytelling, and what Anne Rice did for
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Aug 20, 2013 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it
***3.5***
Eden is moving into the city. Finally. Or so she thinks. People are disappearing near the river, right where those new apartments are.

The water in this book has a life of its own, its own personality. Cherie Priest can really make water creepier than it usually is.

This is a story of hate, stupidity, unforgivable past deeds and unlikely heroes. I wanted to cry in the end. As much as the past was horrible, the things some of the characters do in the present are beautiful and heroic. Hell
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Calamity
Jan 08, 2015 Calamity rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, e-book, 2015-reads
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Jenn
Jun 14, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
(Bk 3/Eden Moore series) Modern southern gothic. Set in Chattanooga, we meet up with Eden Moore again. She still sees & hears ghosts, which is a good thing because there are things in the river, things that are killing people and as it rains endlessly, the river starts to flood and Eden finds out the zombies in the water are empty - except for the angriest little gril (cue creepy music). So Eden has to turn to a ghost to find out why the things are coming and what they want...Or try to. Inte ...more
Felix
Oct 09, 2007 Felix rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fantasy/ghost/horror fans
This is the third of a trilogy featuring Eden Moore, a psychic young woman whose adventures take place in Chattanooga, TN, which happens to be my home town.

I like ghost stories, so I have now read all of the Eden Moore books, since the author has indicated she has no plans for more. The books are briskly plotted, I like the lead character, and there is an abundance of local color, which interests me as a native.

Cherie Priest, the author, is an engaging writer, if somewhat breezy and prone to te
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Christopher Hoover
Oct 25, 2010 Christopher Hoover rated it it was amazing
Funny how individual tastes vary. Other fans of the Eden Moore books have said here they found this to be less strong than its two predecessors, but for me it's the strongest of the trilogy. The entire series has a genuine emotional depth, and Priest's fictional city-wide catastrophe gives her an even broader canvas on which to paint that emotional portrait.

In particular, there is a death near the end (and I won't say who so as not to spoil) that I would never have believed would affect me as mu
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Layla
Jul 22, 2014 Layla rated it liked it
I think I'm a romantic at heart and so while I found "Wings not for the Kingdom" compelling, I found this "Walking Dead: Chattanooga" too contrived. The idea that a local "ghost whisperer" would help the restless spirits of a mass war grave is one thing. That same character illogically hurling herself into a natural disaster to talk to a disreputable skateboarder who may or may not be lying about missing friends, who may or may not know something about KKK murals in old buildings is another.
Disb
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Amanda Steinhoff
Mar 20, 2014 Amanda Steinhoff rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2014
I had read other books by this author but none from the Eden Moore series. I failed to realize until I was halfway in that this was actually the third book in the trilogy - oh well. I still really enjoyed it. I liked how Eden was sort of the every girl average jane type of psychic. She was just the right amounts of sassy and tortured. There were a few moments when she'd get a little damsel in distress-y, but not to the point where I wanted to stop reading. The mystery of the monsters was nothing ...more
Brooke
Apr 18, 2008 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, horror
The final book in the Eden Moore trilogy finds our main character faced with dead people she can't talk with - zombies. Cherie Priest does an excellent job building dread and horror, not just with the supernatural elements but also with the flooding of Eden's city and the havoc it wrecks. I almost felt damp and clammy by the time Eden finally got to dry land.

I'm now eager for Priest to write more, because there's something about her voice and style that I really like. All three of the Eden Moore
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Tiger Gray
Jan 27, 2008 Tiger Gray rated it liked it
Priest has a great Southern Gothic atmosphere that I really enjoy. This book begins with all the trappings of that atmosphere, and is actually quite spooky. Unfortunately I find Eden difficult to connect with as a main character. Personally, I thought the romantic tension between her and her friend Nick was out of left field. I also found myself wanting more details of the mystery, and less of Eden running away from it. I felt the build up was too long and the resolution lacked punch. However, I ...more
Hope
May 27, 2011 Hope rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Why I picked it up: I loved the first two books in the series, and had to finish it off. (Too bad there probably won't be any more of the Eden Moore series - apparently they didn't sell well enough to get the publisher to ask for more).

Why I finished it: flaming zombies, a supernaturally induced flood, Eden Moore's quest to figure out what is going on.

Who I would give it to: Anyone who likes a snarky, kick-butt heroine. The audience of Ghost Hunters. People who like a good story with interesting
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Nupur
I haven't read the first book, and at least for me, the previous ones did not have to be read in order to understand the plot. The last of the trilogy, with an opening into a possible spin-off.

For those who've read the previous books, it starts out as more of the usual, but then takes a very strong and different turn. The story is much more fast paced and characters which have been built up earlier and were on the margins of the earlier book come into play and hold their own in this one. If you
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Eleanor With Cats
Sep 26, 2012 Eleanor With Cats rated it it was amazing
The last Eden Moore book, sadly, at least unless Cherie Priest writes more. I have loved all her stuff through Dreadnought, but Ganymede and Bloodshot left me somewhat cold. I suppose I'll give The Inexplicables a try when it comes out though, because Priest's early books make me love them blissfully. I think I like the Eden Moore books best because they're about ghosts and old secrets. Good stuff. Beautiful writing, tense and thrilling plot, eerie atmosphere. Not the pointless scary stuff in ho ...more
Kingsgrave
Apr 26, 2010 Kingsgrave rated it liked it
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Eden Moore (3 books)
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Eden Moore, #1)
  • Wings to the Kingdom (Eden Moore, #2)

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