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Hang Wire

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absenc
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 26, 2015 seak rated it liked it
A killer is on the loose and Ted Hall's nighttime sleepwalking escapades are lining up directly with the Hang Wire Killer's murders. That's not information you volunteer until you know a little more.

The circus is also in town and not without their oddities.

Christopher sinks his hooks into you from the start as he slowly reveals what is going on. I had the distinct feeling of Stephen King novel throughout the majority of the book and I'm guessing that was intentional because I know how heavily t
Dec 09, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
I've wanted to read this since I was given the summary to have a go at coming up with a blurb, back when I visited Angry Robot for a day (especially with seeing the cover art, which to me seems perfect in its relative simplicity). So I gleefully pounced on the email offering ARCs, crossed my fingers, and waited. When I got back from Belgium, I had a whole package of books from Angry Robot, including Hang Wire, which I cracked open as soon as I could.

I have Adam Christopher's other books with Ang
May 03, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
4 Stars

I have been a sloppy reader as of late and need to refocus. I am a huge fan of Adam Christopher and this book shows off his talents as a writer. The story and the plot are secondary to the fantastic structure of this book. Christopher has created a supernatural thriller that spans more than 100 years and we the readers are taken back and forth across the generations.

Carnies, serial killers, and sleeping gods...enough said.

This book bleeds into genres of horror, fantasy, mystery and even
Gregor Xane
Aug 06, 2016 Gregor Xane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The first third of this book read like a textbook example of how to get the hooks into your reader. Every scene, from the very first, slides a new hook under the skin and you've just gotta keep reading to find out 'what's really going on.' Unfortunately, for me, once I found out what was really going on, I was less than thrilled about it.

But I want to be clear about this. You see, at about the halfway mark, I found out that supernatural entities that I personally don't enjoy reading about are m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Having wanted to read a book by this author for a while, I initially debated either tackling 7 Wonders or the Empire State series, but then I found out about his upcoming title Hang Wire. After reading the description, I decided right then and there that I wanted it to be my first Adam Christopher novel.

Immortal gods, pagan rites, a serial killer on the there anything this book doesn't have? And what's this, a
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Hang Wire opens in San Francisco, in April of 1906 when the city is apparently gripped by a massive earthquake, but Robert knows better. As he hauls the victims out of the wreckage, using his unusual strength to pull them out from under tons of rubble, he knows that something else is stirring, and he also must resist the darkness that is awakening in himself as a response to all of the pain and suffering that surrounds him. It’s then that we catch up with
Jan 08, 2014 AH rated it it was ok
When I first started reading Hang Wire, I was amused by the quirky characters. I mean, who gets excited when they celebrate a prime number birthday? Pretty geeky, huh? I was intrigued by the rest of the cast of characters as well. Just who was Joel? Why did he play with that gold coin? And what about Bob? Why were they all talking in surfer dude speech? And what was the Big Bad?

So a promising beginning led the way to a disappointing end. It's not that the story itself was disappointing, it's ju
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Hang Wire - what a trip! I find it so hard to adequately describe what I felt about this book. I liked it, it confused me, it left me wanting more. But ok lets go with this:

First few chapters: When you turn into a gibbering mess on the floor because there are no words to describe the enjoyment of what you're reading....yah that was me. The intro was strong but be prepared for much back and forth time jumping.

There are quite a few characters featured. And no shortage of fascinating concepts and i
Lisa Kerr
Jul 04, 2016 Lisa Kerr rated it did not like it
I'd never read anything by Adam Christopher before but io9 got me with their catchy title: "Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in January." (Source: Hang Wire was described as "noir urban fantasy in which a San Francisco blogger celebrates his birthday in Chinatown — only to have a mysterious explosion at the restaurant, followed by cryptic fortune cookies turning up at his apartment. But that's not all — Ted Hall's sleepwalking s ...more
Dec 24, 2013 Brandon rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc-reviews, 2013
Bay area blogger Ted Hall is out celebrating his birthday when an unexpected event sends his world spiraling out of control. His sleeping schedule isn't what it used to be and despite spending hours in bed, he’s no less rested when he awakes. Meanwhile, there’s a circus in town and the extracurricular activities of the performers are putting people on edge. There’s an ancient evil sleeping below the city streets and its arrival threatens us all, that is unless a few local Gods can put a stop to ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Janet rated it it was ok
I hadn't read Adam Christopher before, and was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately I think there were two major flaws in the book: way too many things going on, and not establishing the rules of the world. In this book, we had demonic circus rides, sleepwalkers, exploding fortune cookies, people with extraordinary powers, serial killers, crazy flame cults, just to name a few. As you imagine, these pieces come together, but I don't think in a satisfying way. I felt like I spent a large amou ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
An urban fantasy with old-world gods living in present day San Francisco where "The Thing Below" is starting to awaken, just as it did in 1906 and in 1989, with devastating consequences. The god of the ocean, Kanaloa, is now living on the shores of San Francisco Bay. He calls himself Bob, lives in a hut by the beach and teaches ballroom dancing to tourists who come to the beach. He can feel that there is something coming and has to find a way to stop it. Meanwhile, a serial killer is terrorizing ...more
Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“An excellent read, Adam Christopher once again reminds us why he is your go-to writer for awesome urban fantasy as he crafts an unputdownable tale that makes Angry Robot’s 100th Novel an excellent read!” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers
Brian Poole
Jul 22, 2015 Brian Poole rated it liked it
Hang Wire is an enjoyable addition to author Adam Christopher’s growing suite of modern urban fantasy novels.

A serial killer (the “Hang Wire Killer”) stalks San Francisco. Mysterious masked hero Highwire chases the Hang Wire Killer when not performing at a traveling circus that’s set up shop near Golden Gate Bridge. The circus boasts a lot of peculiar elements, including a Celtic dance troop that’s getting too in touch with its pagan roots and a creepy, classic carnival run by the macabre Joel.
Oct 26, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a comic book and horror-like quality to HANG WIRE that seems to take all that is good from the sub genres and mold it into a deliciously well crafted tale that gives life to the death that stalks the inhabitants of this semi fictitious San Francisco landscape – the place-setting for HANG WIRE.

Local blog reporter, Ted is felled by an exploding fortune cookie whilst celebrating his birthday. Suffering head injuries, he can’t account for time or the strange events that seem to follow him.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Apr 01, 2014 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf
In between errands I opened my copy of HANG WIRE, thinking I could get a taste of it and then read more that night. I spent the rest of the day cursing myself. This is one of those books where I wanted a pause button so I could shut off the rest of the world while I read.

This is an urban fantasy that starts in San Francisco after the infamous 1906 earthquake then goes forwards and backwards in time, collecting and changing characters, until we get to the action-packed conclusion set in modern ti
Dec 15, 2013 Drew rated it it was ok
I never shook the feeling that I was reading a still-nacent draft of this novel. For better or worse - does it mean that there's more to be mined from this story? Or does it just mean that this one didn't quite ever get there, wherever where is meant to be? Christopher is a smart writer and excited by what he's coming up with (you can feel the excitement in the writing) but that excitement never left the page, never transferred to me as a reader. Also, I should note: no one in America calls them ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Kdawg91 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the hell out of this, and wanna hear something weird? I have Empire State and The Age Atomic and never read them (I am something of a book hoarder)

Seriously, great book, interesting characters, wild ideas by the bucketload, crisp dialogue, only issue I had and it gets a star docked for it, all the wild ass ideas don't really tie together in the endgame in a way that satisfies me.

Go buy it, you will dig it, (now excuse me, I got to read his other books) Sorry for the short review, I am
The Goodreads blurb on the book:
Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – im
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 01, 2014 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

If Tim Powers wrote THE NIGHT CIRCUS, the resulting novel would probably look a lot like Adam Christopher’s HANG WIRE. A number of seemingly random ideas – including an exploding fortune cookie, a serial killer, and a semi-retired Hawaiian god – form together to create a mystery, tangled in history, surrounded by evil. Some emotional depth is sacrificed for the density of the plot, but each of the characters is fully-formed and multi-layered, and make
Maria Pia
Sep 29, 2014 Maria Pia rated it it was ok
Well, that was disappointing. A story that has circus elements, ancient gods and San Francisco as location should make it and interesting read, right? Nope. There was way too much happening, with too many different types of "magical" things happening, which were only connected close to the end. The characters could be great if we had spent enough time with them to actually understand why they act the way they do, and their relationships (Ted, Alison and Benny were sort of main characters, but I ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angry-robot
Each early chapter a vignette conceivably standing in its own, making you wonder however in the world it could all come together. Then after subsequent jumps back and forth in time, it all comes together. Lordy, how it all comes together. Hang Wire, Allison, Dig for Fire....firing up that "Bossanova" album as we speak.
Alisha Tarran
May 20, 2016 Alisha Tarran rated it really liked it
It all started with a fortune cookie. Ted Hall was just minding his own business, out for dinner with his friends for his birthday, when his fortune cookie literally exploded. Next thing he knows, he's flat on his back in the restaurant with fortunes drifting around him like snow.....all saying the same thing; "You are the master of every situation". That's when things started to get freaky. Ted's been blacking out, sleep walking and not remembering anything. Not only do his somnambulant wanderi ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Jasper rated it it was amazing
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Adam Christopher's books have received many praises by lot of different reviewers, I have always wanted to read one of his books to see whether it was true. So when I was presented with the chance to read his latest book, Hang Wire (luckily a stand-alone), out this February by Angry Robots, I couldn't say no. And I have to second the opinion of many other reviewers. Adam Christopher's books are that good! No wait... they are great!!

R.J. Blain
Apr 30, 2014 R.J. Blain rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
I love when I find an intricately complex book that manages to blend fantasy, drama, thrills, mystery, and action without becoming overtly confusing. While I wouldn’t classify Hang Wire by Adam Christopher as an easy read, I really enjoyed this book. It has the elements I love in a mystery-styled novel, all while having the excitement of a proper thriller. Add in the fantasy elements, and this one was a winner for me.

Before I move on to what I liked (and ultimately didn’t like) about this book,
This is going to be one of my rather long-winded reviews as I share parts of the story with you (no spoilers, promise). This read was different and interesting and ... extraordinary.

The story begins with a younger man, alone, during the land-rush claiming days of early America, in Oklahoma. Hundreds, perhaps into thousands, of men and women, young and old, their blood pumping with excitement for their chance at the ownership of a piece of land. Not just any land, but fertile land which they coul
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
I picked this up because it sounded like an urban fantasy serial killer mystery, which is just my speed. Unfortunately, I found a book with a discombobulated world and plot that builds confusion rather than tension.

If my summary above seems disjointed and confusing that’s because that’s precisely what this book is. Multiple different extremely odd plots are going on that ultimately do have some relation to each other, but the relation takes far too long to establish or understand. The book start
Kristen Rinaldo
Apr 09, 2014 Kristen Rinaldo rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
Title: Hang Wire
Author: Christopher Adam
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Horror (Stand alone)
Source: Galley received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewer: Kristen R.
Ted is a Bay area blogger. He doesn’t feel quite right after a strange event at his birthday party involving an exploding fortune cookie. Around town there have been horrific murders by the Hang Wire Killer and Ted’s own sleepwalking tendencies seem to coincide with the occurrences of the crimes.

At the same time a n
Pamela D
Feb 08, 2014 Pamela D rated it it was ok
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book follows several different characters whose lives intersect. Ted just had his birthday and had some sort of accident at his party. He is having trouble with his sleep. Joel is on a mission to follow the light. Bob has retired to the beach and is a regular tourist attraction, because he likes to ballroom dance with tourists. Finally,

The city of San Francisco doesn't know it yet but they're on the verge of total annihilation, and it all starts with an exploding fortune cookie during the birthday of a Bay Area blogger named Ted. It actually almost happened several times before (see: 1906 earthquake), but now with the circus in town, a few gods from long forgotten mythology in the mix, and a serial killer known as the Hang Wire Killer running loose around the city, things are looking a lot mor
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Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer, and award-winning editor.

The author of MADE TO KILL, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, Adam is co-writer of THE SHIELD for Dark Circle Comics and author of the official tie-in novels novels based on the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY.

Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.
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