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Robin is a YouTube celebrity gone-viral with her intensely-realistic witch hunter series. But even her millions of followers don't know the truth: her series isn’t fiction ...more
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I thoroughly enjoyed Malus Domestica, from the kick ass heroine that didn't need a guy to save her to the fact that there was multiple black folks in it. It was a lot of fun to read. I took away some stars because the book got a little too convoluted and unbelievable towards the middle, and yes I say unbelievable even for a fantasy/horror novel. To me any book with supernatural or fantasy elements still has to have some base in facts or, if the facts are made up, they need t ...more
The description on the jacket makes it sound like Robin is the "main" character, but in the beginn ...more
Now, more details. First thing I want to say is that, thanks to me winning a little contest on Reddit, there's a character named after me in Malus Domestica. And that character gets brutally murdered, which is AWESOME. My mother didn't seem to appreciate it all that much (philistine), but I love it.
As for the book itself, I'll start ...more
There's a pretty big cast of characters in ...more
I need to finally write this review so this book can go back on its shelf at last; it's been next to my bed for months, to remind myself that I owe it a review.
Actual rating 3,5 stars, but I'm feeli ...more
The story opens with Our Heroine, Robin Martine, coming back to her home town. She's been hunting down witches, which very few people know really exist, and posting videos of her exploits on YouTube. The populace think ...more
A young woman, Robin Martine returns to her hometown, Blackfield, ...more
This is hands-down my favorite horror novel since…I’m about to verge on blasphemous here and say since Lost Souls. (Lost Souls is a religious experience, yes.) Guys this book. THIS BOOOOK. I don’t know how Hunt can have such an amazing grip on both the fantastic and the mundane. The real world looks real. The small town, the people, the flies on the wall, the pizza-grease stains on a paper plate…every detail you can name is in 3D technicolor when Hunt is behind the wheel. And yet, while it’s all ...more
And some are different. They might be a bit harder to read. They might be longer. They might take a little while to get into. They might challenge the way you think. They might do ...more
"...You needs to stop playin. I assume huntin witches means killin witches, and there ain't no way you're videotapin that shit. And I want to talk to you without this camera here. Backstage, so to speak. Off the record. Cause I can tell you just puttin on a show for th ...more
The good points:
There were some flat out brilliant ideas in this story. S.A. Hunt throws in history, mythology and theology and comes up with a very cool world where real witches exist.
He made me laugh out loud with his sound effects. This was something you'd expect from perhaps a sixth grader but it worked here and it was a silly but fun way to read this.
There were moments where his descriptive p ...more
This was my first book by S.A. Hunt. After reading this one, I've realized I'm not done with this author. This was pretty cool.
This is a thick, meaty book, full of all sorts of crazy goodness. It's more creepy than scary, but the author has a sense of humor and pulled some genuine laughs out of me (not an easy task). By the way, Afro-cadabra is now a part of my permanent lexicon.
The faint of heart will want to know that this is definitel ...more
i have read all the books in the outlaw king series and became addicted to his wit and quirky style of adding in details that fit with my generation and culture (something hard to find as i am currently living in a different country)...
i really hope that his books can hit the silver screen and that he keeps writing more and more...
i cant wait to travel through his next adventure
So I very well may still change my rating of this book cause I'm honestly not sure where I stand. 3-3.5 maybe. I have a lot of mixed feelings towards this book. There is no doubt in my mind that Hunt is a brilliant writer. You can tell he has such a vivid imagination, and he has an almost poetic way with stringing together his descriptions that make you conjure up the perfect image of the scenes he's writing.
1.5-2 stars. I liked the ideas at this novel's core, but ultimately I had a hard time getting into it, and had to force myself to go on reading. I guess this was a matter of rhythm, and of some clichés that didn't sit too well with me.
The premise: young witch hunter Robin Martine has been travelling through the USA, filming her tracking and fighting witches (women who sacrificed their heart to godde ...more
First off, a warning: horrible stuff happens to cats. brace yourself. Some of those scenes were REALLY hard to read.
Loved the characters. Hunt did a superb job fleshing them out, and they all seemed very real to me. I really appreciated the diversity of characters, too. I never expected to get teary over a horror story, ...more
Let's start with the opening of the book . . .
Not only did it suck me in, but it also knocked my socks off. So much so, I had to do a social media status update to tell the world wh ...more
Robin's bizarre exploits were spurred by the murder of her mother, which she claims was the result of witches dabbling in evil magic. She travels back to her hometown, a place that has become f ...more
Malus Domestica is a wildly entertaining, fast-paced and original novel. I was unsure of what to expect when reading this book, and I’m glad to say that I was very surprised by how enjoyable the book is. While the book starts with the stories of different characters that seem to have no connection, the author slowly starts converging the storylines and taking the readers in a wildly entertaining adventure. Even though the novel is quite lengthy, there are not a lot of slow moments, an ...more
Hunt shows a lot of respect for his characters and as a reader I deeply appreci ...more
Hunt did a nice job creating his characters. I really loved Wayne and Joel. The magic system was also really well done. The story kind of drags in the beginning and the final confrontation was disappointing but all in all it was a good read.
While S.A. Hunt's Malus Domestica is not for everyone, it's a well-told story that quickly hooks you.
The characters are likeable and memorable. The language is a bit coarse, but funny . Some of the scenes would translate wonderfully to the big screen.
I really liked it.
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In 2014, the 3rd book in the Outlaw King series was the winner of Reddit.com's /r/Fantasy "Independent Novel of the Year" ...more