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Wake up..

(City of Roses #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  6 reviews
City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon—an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where duels are fought in Pioneer Square and union meetings are beseiged by ghost bicycles. —It's the story of Jo Maguire, a highly strung, underemployed telemarketer, and what happens when she meets Ysabel, a princess of unspecified pedi ...more
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Published May 23rd 2011 by Supersticery Press (first published May 1st 2011)
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Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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There are seriously no words I can use to describe this. It's like Twin Peaks had a baby with Once Upon a Time. I don't know what it would like reading this if you're not from Portland--enjoyable, certainly--but for me it put a film on my city, making me see things that weren't there or look at mundane objects with a new sight.

It suffers from obscure and flowery language, and the intense devotion to in media res with a snooty eye towards exposition. And it is really very long, sections where no
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Jo has good friends, she has her tiny apartment and she has her awful job cold calling people. It’s not a great life but she manages – until a night out partying leads to a duel with a fae knight

Which she wins.

She is now responsible for Ysabel. The Bride. Fairy princess and the centre of so much intrigue – and it’s Jo’s job to keep her safe. And fed. And entertained.

This book has an excellent concept – Portland split between 4 very different fae factions, the political manoeuvring between them,
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
City of Roses is an original form of urban fantasy. The main character, Jo, comes to the aid of a gal being harassed in a diner. The damsel in distress turns out to be a Fae princess which makes Jo her new champion. Jo is now responsible for her so she takes her home to her crummy apartment and gets her a job at a call center. A Fae princess working a phone! Imagine that. There are sword fights, Fae punk house parties, some new and different magic and interesting social structure that you find o ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I finished this a long time ago! Why didn't I update it? Very enjoyable bit of urban fantasy kit with such sharp notes as fairies versus comercialism, the human sexual spectrum, and soul versus job. I should maybe reread it again before the year is over.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how far in to an ongoing serial it's fair to get before writing a review, but I've been finding City of Roses to be genuinely as engrossing as people keep alleging prestige TV shows are, while having a lot more respect for its audience.

Sure it's about a faerie court that overlaps with the hipster and gutterpunk community in Portland, which is wicked cool, but that's minor detail. What you really need to know going in is that Kip Manley violates traditional writing advice whenever it
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This took me forever to get around to writing a review of this because feelings are complicated or something? Basically the thing you need to know here is that this is volume 1 of a serialized story set in Portland (the other one, the west coast one), with urban fey weirdos and punk rockers and fabulous parties and excess and street people and bacchanalia. It's confusing in places because the main character, Jo, has no idea what's going on most of the time and she's working off instincts and try ...more
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