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Lumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long-suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him. But when the opportunity to steal a rare book from the man who sentenced him to prison puts him on the wrong side of the wrong people, Moss finds himself on the run. And it’s not just the book he stole that these ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Arche Press
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Natalia Osoianu
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel of artist Richard A. Kirk (the illustrator of such famous authors as Thomas Ligotti, China Mieville, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Clive Barker) immerses the reader in the surreal atmosphere of a fictional world, which level of technological development roughly corresponds to the beginning of the XX century, but it is filled with bizarre and frightening magic. Immersion in this world happens spontaneously, without any intro or explanation, so the reader has to stay focused.
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Jen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
**I received this as an egalley from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately, I had to finally give up on it at about 80%. I know, I was almost done, but at that point, the story had been dragged out beyond reason since the halfway point, and the characters were just so uninteresting that I could not even care what happened to them in the end.

The premise of the book was really interesting, but also a little hard to follow. There was some
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nikkia neil
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.

This novel is hard to define. It's a wacky, atmospheric, spooky, horror novel
Annie
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although he considers himself a smooth criminal operator, I think it’s fair to say that Lumsden Moss has no idea what the hell he’s doing in Necessary Monsters, by Richard A. Kirk. At first, Moss is only involved in a little identity theft and a little vengeful larceny. Then his plans almost immediately go wrong and he finds out that there are much bigger fish in his pond than he realized. His little schemes are derailed when one of those bigger fish tells Moss that he has to find a women he ...more
Kieran Delaney
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really didn’t get on with this. There is a lot to like, but an infuriating lack of detail in the world. A lot of the plot points end up unexplained or unanswered and there are gaping holes in the prose - there were several points where I thought I’d skipped a page by mistake. Annoying.
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I would love to see this book as a movie or animation!!
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marked this as a DNF since I haven't touched it since my last update. I'll still write a review on the reasons I DNFd. Since this was an eARC :/
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Richard A. Kirk is a Canadian author and visual artist.

He is the author of the short novel THE LOST MACHINE published in 2010. His novel NECESSARY MONSTERS was published by Resurrection House, Arche Press in
June 2017. MAGPIE'S LADDER, Magpie’s Ladder an illustrated short story collection will be published in May 2019 by PS Publishing and can be preordered now!

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