I ducked into a niche between a cabin and the pilot house and hiked my skirt up enough to reach down into my garter holster. I've heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal. We'd see what Mr. Colt could do for a woman.
Jack Gabert went to India to serve his Queen. He returned to London a violently changed man, infected with an unnatural sickness...more
Irish nun, Sister Eileen, is small, but her spirit is tremendous. She has made it her mission to track and end a vicious werewolf disguised as a man, Jack. She's followed his trail of rampage and blood over several contine ...more
Introduce 5 or 6 first person speakers, none of whom sound at all convincing as who they're supposed to be (a Southern slave woman, an English aristocrat, a river boat captain, a gambler, an Irish nun, etc) or distinctly different from one another.
Then have most of them dead by page 60.
Thanks for wasting my time!
I'm really glad I didn't start reading Priest here or I wouldn't have picked her up again. ...more
No, it's not the start of a joke; it actually happens in this book. More important, it's not stupid.
I've read my fair share of urban fantasy, and I'll admit, I'm getting very tried of the tormented good guys. You know what I'm talking, the poor vampire who is looking for his true love, and finds her embodied in the heroine of the series. I'm not saying I don't enjoy a story where the vampire or werewolf is good guy ...more
The story jumped around more than I'd have liked for one thing. Also, part of the novel was writte ...more
Dreadful Skin is told in three parts, more like a set of three inter-connected short stories than a full novel. Because, yes, I really can't call this a 'novel': there's very little arc or development here, more ...more
The second tale is set in 1879 and starts in Texas, and come ...more
This one is different. They lycanthropes aren’t all cut from the same cloth, and they don’t lose their wits completely when then transform. During their human times, they have plans and carry them out methodically. Some are good, some are tormented, some ar ...more
In reality this was disappointing. I think the format didn't work. This is told in 3 parts. The 1st part is told in 1st person, but with several viewpoints. Each chapter is a different viewpoint- but no chapter headings nor was it obvious (sometimes) whose point of view it was. The 2nd part was 3rd person and this worked so much better! The 3rd and last part was back to 1st person. But the chapters had ...more
So: Priest loves to experiment with multiple POVs. In this case, six. This does and doesn't work. It doesn't work for the first story because we have five POVs thrown at us from the get-go, and then they're winnowed away as they're killed, but oy five POVs. It does work in that I see what she was going for with setting up five POVs who are then killed off one by one to narrow and focus the narrative.
Killing off five POVs doesn't narrow and focus the nar ...more
That said, Cherie Priest's "Dreadful Skin" is a three-part novel that slowly unfolds a truly horrifying, sometimes shocking story. She packs the entire story with historical details, well-rounded characters, buckets of gore and truly monstrous monsters -- and it has a gunslinging Irish nun hunting werewolves. What could be better?
In the years afte ...more
A number of factors contributed to my dissatisfaction, and the sum of the whole was greater than the individual problems.
First, there was the disjointedness. The book hops from head to head as if it can't stand to hang out in any particular one for more than a few pages. In the first part, where the narrator isn't immediately identified, ...more
Why it did not get raised to five stars, was the format of three sections. I saw the author's intent in splitting to illust ...more
This is probably the best werewolf story I've read since David Holland's "Murcheston: The Wolf's Tale", and it's at least as much pure fun as McCammon's "The Wolf's Hour". It most certainly isn't Twilight (thank all that is holy.) It left ultimately me feeling more than a little sad...you KNOW how it's all going to come out, and and you know it won't be pretty. But it will be necessary. The charac ...more
The first story, "The Wreck of the Mary Byrd", is hard to follow because Priest writes the story in the first person, but ...more
The story opens on the Mary Byrd, a small ship that actually did disappear somewhere on the Tennessee River between Knoxville and Chattanooga in 1870. On board the story's version is a tipsy captain, a former slave, a ...more
Narrative-wise, the book is divided into three separate stories that span years and miles. T ...more