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A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A byproduct of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

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Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was part of a blog tour for this book and in return for the book, I wrote a review.

There's something about reading detective fantasy that never quite gets old. The main character of this novel, Wolfgang Rex, is a hybird between a human and a dog. I imagined McGruff the crime fighting dog, personally. In fact, it amused me very much so to think of it that way. Wolfgang is a private eye and the tone of the narrative is much the same. It reads like a noir detective novel except there are fairies
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You've heard me say it before but I'm going to say it again: I love the private investigator genre, especially when it's combined with the paranormal side of things. Often called urban noir fantasy, it's probably my favorite urban fantasy subgenre. Something about the way it establishes fantasy elements in the backdrop of the city streets and turns ordinary crime into something remarkable appeals to me.

When I saw the cover of To Dream The Blackbane, I knew I had to read it. The cover looks like
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘In America there are many zones that humans and hybrids have learned to avoid.’

New Jersey author Richard J. O'Brien earned his MFA in Creative Writing form Fairleigh Dickinson University and teaches writing and literature at Stockton University and Rowan College at Gloucester County and has published nine books as well as stories in such magazines as 13 Horror, Sinister Grin Press's Vicious Circle Season One, Disturbed Digest, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, and Weird
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wolfgang Rex is a diligent private investigator who happens to be a hybrid: half man, half dog individual that came about when the anomaly happened in the futuristic world this novel is set in. The anomaly is some sort of event that occurred where the earth and its humans got to co-exist with the creatures of the netherworlds and the magical realms that were once the stuff of fiction and imagination. In this new world post-anomaly, there are hybrids, faeries, vampires, humans (now considered as ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seventy years ago The Anomaly happened. It blended our world with the mythical creatures from stories and blended people with objects that they were near. Wolfgang Rex, a second generation hybrid is part Rhodesian ridgeback from his father who was walking the dog when The Anomaly occurred. He used to be a police officer but now works as a private investigator.

Rex is just finished up with a case when he is approached by two vampires. It seems the scroll with the vampire history has been stolen an
John Rennie
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this book is good but not great.

It's a fantasy detective noir, and this is an idea that has been done many times, but O'Brien does it entertainingly. It's set in a future world where following an event called The Anomaly the supernatural has become mixed up with reality. For example the protagonist Wolfgang Rex is a human/dog hybrid born after the Anomaly caused his human father to become fused with his Rhodesian Ridgeback dog (his mother appears not to have been to fussed about this!).

Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel takes place on an altered present-day Earth. The Anomaly has opened portals between Earth and the faerie/paranormal realm. It also caused people to be fused with whatever animal or thing was closest to them at that moment. Pure humans, called pedigrees, have relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghettos.

Wolfgang Rex is a retired Chicago police detective who is part dog. He is now a private investigator who has been hired by a couple of vampires to retrieve an ancient scroll. At th
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Richard J. O'Brien kindly includes a prologue in his book, To Dream the Blackbane: A Novel of the Anomaly. This prologue gives an extensive overview of the Anomaly itself, how it happened, how the world was partially cut off, and the resulting bizarre hybrid creatures that came to be. This sets the stage for a unique story, one that features a hard boiled private detective who is a former cop. Wolfgang Rex is a second generation hybrid, a mix of dog and man, and if you can get past that permutat ...more
Library Love
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 2015 the world changed forever – the world we all know blended with a mythical realm I what became known as 'The Anomaly'. Half human and half animal creatures began to emerge as the Anomaly had a profound effect on the living creatures on Earth. Not all humans were affected, who began to refer to themselves as Pedigrees, forcing hybrids and mythical creatures to live in ghetto like cities second class citizens. Many years later retired police detective (and human/dog hybrid) is working as a ...more
Jessica Belmont
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I saw the cover for To Dream the Blackbane, and was very compelled to read it. I love the noir-inspired, private dective feel, and honestly, the story didn’t disappoint me. It gave me exactly what I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. There’s tongue-in-cheek humor and crime, with an interesting twist of fantasy/urban fantasy elements.

I absolutely loved the world building of this novel. There is a ton of backstory and worldbuilding, that gives us a really vivid look into the types of charact
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dream the Blackbone is a strange and fascinating story that is unique from start to finish. The story opens with an explanation the Anomaly, an event that changed earth and its inhabitants forever. The faerie realm collided with earth and people across the globe combined with objects and animals around them. The strange and creative beginning takes the reader on an exciting and intriguing journey. The ghetto zones are now filled with fairy refugees and hybrids, struggling to live. The world of R ...more
Stephen R.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read plenty of fiction books over the last decade or so, and I have to admit that few of them managed to impress me as much as “To Dream the Blackbane.” The book is set in a fictional world that came to life when a massive cosmic event caused the Earth to collide and eventually become one with the faerie realm. As a result, many people were “merged” with other beings or objects they were close to during the Anomaly. So, for instance, the main character of “To Dream the Blackbane” is part-hu ...more
Fragrant Vagrant
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Dream the Blackbane is a fantastically complex scifi thriller that provides big surprises and for me was one of those books I couldn’t bring myself to put down. Originality is a word bandied about a lot these days simply because readers haven’t read dozens of other books practically the same, but this is a book no-one could deny is completely original. O Brien manages to weave the plot between realms, species, and mythologies in such a compelling way and I have no doubt there’ll be some amazi ...more
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