The Beast of Talesend
Private eye Nick Beasley lives in a world where fairy tales ended a long time ago – where zeppelins now soar the skies instead of dragons, and where the first automobiles have taken the place of flying carpets. He’s made a name for himself across the Afterlands by debunking fake magicians and exposing fraudulent mo...more
DISCLAIMER: I am personally acquainted with the author, though I wouldn't describe us as close friends. We say hello when we meet; that's about it. He's always struck me as a rather likable fellow, but I know very little a ...more
Still awesome and hilarious and my favorite. XD
Re-read (listened to the audiobook) September 2017
Read my audiobook review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Original Review, May 2017
Beauty and the Beast + 1920s detective story + alternate history where all the fairytales were, well... actual history + snark + humor + lovable and entirely unconventional characters = The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz, a.k.a. The Book You Need To Read Right Now.
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I loved the setting, and Nick’s general outlook/personality. He and Crispin were hilarious, and I laugh ...more
(In advance, I apologize for the strong overuse of exclamation marks. Tis a fangirl's favorite punctuation mark.)
Oh. My. Goodness! What an incredibly fun and great book!
I loved Nick right from the beginning and my fondness for him only grows as the story progresses. He was such the gentleman, even as a monster! I greatly can't wait to see where his story will go and as he learns more about the world of magic. (That one scene though! Gave me ...more
In a nutshell: The Beast of Talesend had me smiling from cover to cover. Normally I don't like retellings because (in my personal opinion) I think they lack novelty. Kind of like eating stir-fried leftovers. HOWEVER, that is NOT the case with this book. I kept forgetting it was a retelling at all. It's not a long read, but Kyle Shultz manages to pack so much fun in the pages, it's really astounding. It had some Artemis Fowl vibes as well, which is always a plus.
What I wasn't s ...more
Imagine a 1920s detective-story and then set it in a world where fairytales aren’t just stories…they’re the world’s history. Add a heaping cup of humor, loveable (and hilarious) characters, magic, and a downright fun ride of a plot, and you’ve got yourself this book.
Yeah. Everyone needs to read it.
It’s written in first person, which isn’t always my favorite but I honest ...more
(Review originally posted here: https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/...)
I have flailed elsewhere (see link at end) about how much I love this book, and this time I’m here to talk about the absolutely delightful audiobook version.
I remember thinking, when I heard about the audio version, that The Beast of Talesend would make a positively fantastic audiobook. Add to that a British narrator and the levels of fantastic go through the roof. Fast-forward to my ecstatic reaction when t ...more
Here's the thing: I was expecting to adore it. The first chapter was my favorite thing ever, and it gave me high hopes for the rest of the story. Not to mention the fact that some close friends of mine recently read and loved it. AND THERE WAS SNARK SO IT HAD TO BE AWESOME, RIGHT??
*awkwardly clears throat*
Well, yes and no.
- The snark. OH YES MY FRIENDS. The snark was r ...more
This is a very fun read, full of fairy-tale craziness. Poor Nick discovers everything he’s believed about that world is wrong. Loved the reference to ‘The Dragon Delusion’ and holding my thumbs in the hope that Reginald is more than a frog!!!
I should've read it sooner than I did. Really. Like go out and buy it this minute. It is written with the same sort of witty, wry, laugh out loud humor of the Percy Jackson series or My Lady Jane. So many great off-hand remarks. Times when the characters didn't respond to situations in the cliched manner, but with a totally unexpected remark. I couldn't stop laughing thro ...more
Characters - all great. Cordelia is a nut case with a touch of sanity and I loved her. Nick tries to be a hardboiled detective, but isn't really. The villains were appropriately dramatic and monstrous. They all combined for a really fun cast in which you like everyone, even the villains.
The dialogue was snappy and fun and had me laughing out loud for a good portion. ...more
*stares happily at the ceiling*
Well. THAT was glorious.
I loved how FUN this story was. It wasn't only fun; there was meat and substance to it, too, but--it was also fun. Fun-ness is a virtue that a lot of stories seem to forget, it seems; but not this one.
Years after all the fairy tales have ended, the world still turns on, growing and changing, filling up with cars and zeppelins. Magic seems, at best, like a half-forgotten memory; at worst, an invention and a myth.
Nick Beasl ...more
The plot is so unique and creative. The story-world is amazing ...more
The world was also built really well. Magic was included in a really interesting way without making the world seem unrealistic, and I think the rules helped with that.
Overall, awesome story! I'm looking forward to reading the next one!
BY FAR my favorite character was Crispin, our main character's hilarious younger brother. ...more
(That epilogue though. It was a stroke of pure genius.)
I LOVED the characters. Nick is an awesome, sarcastic, witty skeptic of magic, and this is the story of how his life literally gets turned upside down as he discovers that magic is indeed very real. Cordelia was a great character also, a Charmblood who is trying to save her father from the corruption of the evil Rose: the main villain in the story.
I loved how a lot of the traditional fairy tales came into play to set up the story and the plot. ...more
Yes, this is definitely one of my favorite books.
EDIT: Third time around and I've finally gotten one of my siblings hooked. Sure he despises Cordelia and wishes she actually died (sorry not sorry for spoilers). AND he rants to me about her every chance he gets.
However, this is one of the rare books he actually wants to read by himself. I will always appreciate that, because it's this crazy b ...more
Steampunk + Fairy Tales = Awesome
This is wonderful and hilarious and generally awesome. It's not exactly a mystery, even though the main character is a detective, but the book is so good that that's not really an issue. I love the world (yay, steampunkery and fairy tales!), the unique take on some classic fairy tales, the character interactions, everything. The only disappointing thing was ...more
this novella was cute and adorable and hilarious. also snarky. <3 the characters are amazing (Nick is my favorite), and the premise was really unique and cool (an alternate world where fairy tales are actual history << SO COOL).
but, idk, a couple parts fell a little flat? and i was confused about the magic and the Rose. idk. also it was really short. i am definitely going to finish this series, and i can't wait to see what happens next. ;) ...more
I did not expect this to my new all-time favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I'd read some reviews. Thought, "Oh, that sounds cool!" added it to my TBR and promptly forgot about it like all the rest of the books on that ever-growing list.
And then that magical thing happened, where I had a little bit of money spare from a gift card and I rummaged around that list and saw this ...more
The plot follows the well-established detective and "magical" debunker Nick Beasley as he seeks to crush the hopes of wishful thinking people everywhere. There is no such thing as magic. Period. ...more
I was captivated from page 1 as the characters leaped off the page and took me along on a wonderfully quirky and exciting ride. I couldn't put this book down.
The writing is superb, the dialogue feels real, and the story itself was perfectly paced. And this is only the beginning! I have a feeling I am hopelessly hooked on this author, and will ha ...more
It was very clever, subversive, and deliciously entertaining, playing off of tropes while also providing a breath of fresh air.
There were a couple info-dump dialog moments that I thought could have been cleaned up, but otherwise the writing was sharp and witty. The characters weren't super deep, but they were enjoyable and worked for the genre.
It's a short read too, and ...more
The suspense, the MEEP, the Talesend, Peter Pan (O____O), and a cameo of A COUPLE OF CHARACTERS WHO I LOVE AND WILL REMAIN NAMELESS BUT ALKDJFLKJDL THAT WAS MY FAVE. <333
I WILL SAY NO MORE BECAUSE EPIC SPOILERS OF A SPOILER-ISH NATURE.
Read The Beast of Talesend first. But read it. :D
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