Envy of Angels
Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?
Welcome to Sin du Jour - where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.
PRAISE FOR ENVY OF ANGELS:
"Matt Wallace tells a raucous, riotous tale of culinary madness - a jaw-dropping horror-f ...more
They get a call from a chef that they had though was dead but he wants to hire them so they head over to his catering business. 'Sin du Jour'
They do a try-out to make sure they are fit for the team, then Darren goes into the forbidden pantry.
Umm now they are part of the crew.
You just thought Hell's Kitchen was rough.
The catering business serv ...more
It is a fat (pun intended) 3 star reading experience. Maybe if I read and like the sequels, I could revise the rating into 4 star. Restaurant as an urban fantasy theme is a cool idea, so I wish this series could getting better.
CON: there is not much explanations, and almost no background story could make readers unsatisfied. But more importantly, there is no character development. But Envy of Angels is a beginning p ...more
If you want a quick UF read that is loads of fun, give Envy of Angels a try. I'm a bit tired of grim-dark, the awful state of humanity, etc., and is just what the nurse ordered (because a doctor would order an anti-depressant).
Best friends and unemployed cooks Lena and Darren are job hunting after being blackballed in New York City. Never mind why--suffice it to say that they are virtually untouchable and about to be reduced to looking for jobs in Jersey (this is how you know the author actuall ...more
I have to say, so far I’ve been very impressed with the variety of Tor.com novellas. Just as I’ve gotten myself settled in with a couple stories that are rather sober, more serious-like endeavors, along comes Envy of Angels barging into this black tie dinner party like your favorite uncle, the one who gets loud when he’s had too many but is always ready to entertain the crowd with a funny yarn.
I had such a great time with ...more
I am not a writer. Nor do I have any aspirations of one day becoming one. I could take it a step further by revealing that, throughout school, English was one of, if not my least favorite subject. Part of my hatred stemmed from the reading curriculum. I’d like to give a proper tongue-lashing to the moron(s) responsible for choosing such books as Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, A Tale of Two Cities, The Grapes of Wrath, The Odyssey, and oh so much Shakespeare. All great litera ...more
I am really happy that Tor.com decided to be so kind and post the whole of the Sin du Jour series out to me, having now read the first I can see that this is an Urban Fantasy series with oh so much potential. This follows a group of people who work in Sin du Jour, a catering company who cater to the masses of Demons, creatures and more. They are speciality chefs with a talent for whipping up some of the most divine a ...more
This was just okay for me. I have heard great things about this series so this book has been on my to be read list for some time. I bought a copy of the book but had not had the opportunity to sit down and read it just yet so when I saw that the audiobook was available through my library, I decided to go that route. It is a rather short piece so I was able to finish it in just a couple of days. I didn't fall in love with this book bu ...more
I'm sure you've heard about this one. It's another fun, ass-kicking and quite inventive Urban Fantasy series, right along the lines of Rivers of London and the like. Except this time, we're talking catering. And not just any kind of catering.
I found out about this series from Tammy's blog. I wasn't going to pick up yet another new book (much less a new series), but it was so enticing that I had to give it ...more
ENVY OF ANGELS is wonderful, a combination between Jim Butcher's THE DRESDEN FILES, the Marlon Brando movie THE FRESHMAN and the TV show "Hell's Kitchen." When you go to work for a paranormal catering company, you know shit is going to go South faster than a wrong turn at Albuquerque.
There are a lot of characters and this is a short book — only 40,000 words, novella-length — but Wallace does an excellent job at making ea ...more
I wanted to like this a whole lot more than I did. There is actually a really good story kernel here. This could've been so much better if it had been developed more and lengthened, perhaps put in some subtlety and character developmen ...more
What if supernatural creatures existed? What would they be like? Where would they eat? This novella series answers that last question.
Comedy is hard to review and describe. If I even describe this as comedy, which it is, then that sets certain expectations around characters making quips and jokes. If I describe it as madcap, which it is, then that sets other expectations around pacing and absurdist situations. And if I try ...more
The nitty-gritty: A laugh-out loud skewering of the fast-food industry, filled with funny dialog and memorable characters.
I have to admit, when I first saw the cover for Envy of Angels, I immediately filed it in the “I hate the cover so I don’t want to read this book” compartment of my brain. Typically I don’t respond well to silliness, and a book cover with chicken nuggets on it was just too much for my delicate sense of humor. But then I read a couple of rave reviews, and soon after I hooked u...more
Envy of Angels is a quick, breezy, and very entertaining read. It’s also on ...more
Two chefs are hired for a new job at Sin du Jour and they soon find that this isn't a normal catering company. I don't want ...more
Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is one really sweet novella. Like others have said it is a combination of a Food Network show that would be made by National Geographic or even The Animal Planet, set inside a universe created by Tim Button. This is a food story first, a comedy second, and a horror show third. Together they are served up to perfection through witty dialogue and the writing of Wallace. What does an Angel taste like?
This is a fun read. There are many laugh out loud moments th ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can rea ...more
I love the idea of a supernatural catering. It stands out from the crowd just for that. Who even com ...more
This book was a total blast. Sin du Jour is a special catering company in New York whose clients consist of a certain branch of individ ...more
In this madcap introduction to Sin du Jour – the most exclusive and eccentric caterers in town – Matt Wallace throws the reader head-first down a wilfully chaotic, potentially disturbing and really rather entertaining path. Envy of Angels is a wonderfully formed novella which impresses with its quirky storyline and its buffet of colourful characters who delight and disgust in equal measure. With a distinctive culinary twist to its urban fantasy label, t ...more
Paramilitary kitchen staff, a six foot praying mantis, a capital-A Angel, and a fresh hot batch of meatstery - you know, that thing where you're eating meat, but fairly certain it's not meat, but are afraid to know what it actually is so you just celebrate the mystery of it?
Wallace throws all of it in one ginormous blender, hits grind, and wh ...more
You get your demons and angels and monsters and supernatural hunters, but this time, it's served up in the form of a procedural culinary drama, accentuated by a spicy sauce of inventive dark humor.
Unfortunately, despite the great premise, this book doesn't really deliver - at least, for me it didn't. The comedy is slapstick, and the action moves so fast with so little depth that there's no tension. You never really doubt that it's all going to turn out OK in the end, and you're kind of mildly interested in finding out how - but none of the characters are three-dimensional enou ...more