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Titan's Day

(The Carter Archives #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The second book in the acclaimed Carter Archives noir fantasy series returns to the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.

The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they a
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Daw Books
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Dan (Oh, man-- I'm so sorry to not seen this before now.)

This is a totally fair question!

While violence is certainly present in Titan's Day, I do think t…more
(Oh, man-- I'm so sorry to not seen this before now.)

This is a totally fair question!

While violence is certainly present in Titan's Day, I do think that it feels less intense than in the scene you're referencing from the first book.

There is murder and tragedy and sorrow, but I think that it's portioned out a little differently, if that makes sense. If the majority of Titanshade sat okay with you, then I think this book will, too.

Of course, I'm probably not the best person to answer this, since I'm kind of biased. :)

Whether you pick this one up or not, thank you for the kind words, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Titanshade!!(less)
Dan Okay, I apologize in advance for not having a definitive answer to this...

The good news: Brilliance Audio bought the rights to do the audiobook, so we…more
Okay, I apologize in advance for not having a definitive answer to this...

The good news: Brilliance Audio bought the rights to do the audiobook, so we should have the same great team who recorded the audio for Titanshade.

The not-so-good news: The recording industry was shut down during the March-April period when the book should have been recorded. The result is that the studios have a backlog of several months worth of audiobooks to work through, in addition to the regularly scheduled releases.

So while the audio is in the works, I don't have a specific release date to give you. (When I do have a date, I promise I'll be shouting it from the rafters.)

Thanks for the question!(less)

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Adah Udechukwu
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Titan's Day is a worthwhile novel and a spectacular sequel. ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to "stabilize the situation". Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders'
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I always give a book one star for every time it makes me swear out loud while writing it. This one earned five plus, easy.

It was a joy to be back with characters I love, and it was a challenge to get new readers up to speed without boring those who are coming in having read Titanshade. This book is always going to be special to me, and I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride!
Titan’s Day is the second book in The Carter Archives series and I have to say that not only do I love this world but the storytelling is amazing! It gives this story a gritty police procedural vibe but in an urban fantasy noir setting and I absolutely love it! After an accidental mining strike, in the prequel, Titanshade, revealed an unexpected source of riches long since thought to be extinct, Carter and his partner Ajax had become quite the headliners. Something which didn’t sit well with the ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A cleverly plotted sequel with plenty of mysteries, Titan’s Day is a strong entry into Stout's fascinating retro/noir urban fantasy world.

Last year I was surprised and delighted by Dan Stout’s debut, Titanshade , as were many other readers, and I couldn't wait to get back into Stout’s unique world. And I’m happy to say the
Jordan Dennis
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways

I won an advanced reader’s copy in a contest, thank you to DAW!

This is a sequel to Titanshade, which I loved last year. The atmosphere of the setting is great, and Stout does a great job with prose. All of those high points are showcased again, with an ending that is quite emotional and bittersweet.

If you enjoy police procedurals with a side of suffering due to personal consequences, this is a great book!
Reese Hogan
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic installment in the Titanshade world! Like the first one, it follows the beats of a good PI story, but this time our two buddy cops have grown into one another’s personalities and make a really heartwarming team as they try to hunt down the murderer of a nameless graffiti artist found in an alley. Stout doesn’t skimp on the details that make his world come fully to life, from the music to the social levels to the gritty underside of detective work. The book is rounded out with a ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Carter Archives. This has been a very interesting addition to the UF/Sci fi genre, and this second addition was just as intriguing. Carter and Ajax have been on desk duty since the events of the first book, and they are finally allowed to take a case. This case haunts Carter, and he finds out that there were maybe some aftereffects to his exposure to the manna he discovered in the first book. He must find out what is going on before he decides he’s lost it. I loved ...more
Andrew Tucker
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My new favorite series. The sequel was just as good as Titanshade, though it had a different feel with a lot more magic and political conspiracies in the plotline.

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Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 7arcs, coyer
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I enjoyed Titanshade last year as a science fiction fantasy with a lot of mystery and thriller woven through the story. Moving on in the Carter Archives series, I already knew the main characters and a bit of the world and its politics.

Eric Carter, the homicide detective,  human, has been forced to desk duty ad recup
3.5 stars

** EVERYTHING UNDER SPOILER TAB IS SPOILER -- they are plot so I can remember them if I want to read the next book **

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Henry Lazarus
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The mining city of Titanshade (paper) is in the far north on an Earth with eight very different types of people. It’s running out of the oil that has replaced the magical manna. In the first police procedural mystery Detective Carter followed the trail of a murderer straight to a point where people had found a well of Manna deep underground. He’s been on paperwork detail until he and his partner Jax, a Mollenkampi get their first case. The murderer had taken the teeth of a Mollenkampi artist new ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't state enough how glad I am to have discovered this series. The first book was a blast and the second didn't disappoint either. Dan Stout managed to expand our knowledge of Titanshade and its inhabitants by further building the world around Carter and those close to him. From beginning to end the book kept me excited. Who are friends, who are foes? What's really going on and why? What will Carter do to solve his case without digging his grave at work deeper than he already has? And what w ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
This is a weird but fun mix of 1980s nostalgia, gritty police procedural (but not too gory) and multi species science fiction setting. I enjoy the occasional mystery and this series is a fun combination of that mystery and my preferred genre of science fiction & fantasy.
5 stars to work with really isn’t enough nuance to give a proper impression of a book. This book and the previous book in the series are both perfectly fun reads. I’d cheerfully recommend them to the right reader but I save 4 and
Eileen Hammond
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gritty noir mystery and fantasy collide in this well-written second book

It was fun diving back into the gritty noir world of Titan. Mr. Stout’s writing is terrific, and he makes you feel the main character’s pain as Carter struggles to do the right thing while politicians vie for supremacy.

The world creation continues as we get introduced to new characters and get deeper into the intricacies that make Titanites love their flawed city. I highly recommend this book.
Thomas Brailey
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, unique, entirely original world. The world building is top notch, and it feels familiar enough at times that I almost forget it’s a fantasy setting with a really interesting blend of magic and 70s culture and technology. The hero is in the tradition of the best noir cops, and the cases are appropriately gritty and the corruption is as deep as it should be.
Excellent follow up to a great first book. Very excited for the next one.
Arizona Spartan
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This one is as good as the first and maybe better in some ways! I really enjoyed revisited the world and main characters. The plot, much like the first reminds me of pot boiler crime noir of the 70s, mixed with a dash of fantasy, and maybe some downbeat cop films mashed in there. I would really like to know more about Ajax's life and what his world is like, maybe we will get more of that in the next one. Either way I'm committed to this series for however long it runs! Well done Dan! ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great 2nd book in the series. Expanded the world and am glad that there are no info dumps. We figure out bits and pieces of this strange and familiar world as the story moves along. Felt emotionally connected to the mystery and it made me respect MC's principles and determination. Lot of new directions the story can progress next. Let's see what case Detective Carter latches onto next. ...more
Jon Zuckerman
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world is still fantastic and there's plenty more on the bone, I had a little trouble following some of the manna sequences so couldn't piece together what was happening until later. Other than that I enjoyed the hell out of it! ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book, really enjoyed more time with these characters in this world, and the mystery was intriguing! Carter has something really interesting to deal with that was great to read! Can't wait to read more! ...more
Sheena Winter
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Searching for the murderer of a young Jane Doe things tend to get out of hand. With some hilarious high jinx and alot of hearsay Carter and Jax carry on working homicide cases. Dont want to go into too much detail this was an amazing follow up novel to The Carter Archives.
Travis Mitchell
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I now have one more reason to wish 2020 was over. Looking forward to book 3!
Linda Chrisman
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I wondered if Dan Stout could possibly top Titan Shade - he did it! A great read and another interesting visit to his world!
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOOOOOOVE this series. It's a super duper refreshing take on the bitter detective with a heart of gold trope. ...more
Sarah Furger
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the Carter Archives just as exciting and wonderful as the first. Dan, buddy, you’re killing it. Love these characters and this world you’ve created!
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really love these books--great characters, very cool setting and worldbuilding.
Jessica Rodrigues
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a story that takes place in an alternate world, the setting sure feels like somewhere I've been before and somewhere I could easily go back to in future stories.

The events of book 1 have changed the power dynamics within the city and make cops Carter and Jax local celebrities, complicating their detective work. What appears to be a low-profile case of a dead prostitute in an alley spirals into something much more sinister involving organized crime and corrupt politicians. And to make things
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Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser.

His tales of murder, mystery, and speculative fiction draw on travels around the world as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller.

Dan's work has appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and the Stonecoast Review. He i

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