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Temporary Monsters (The Felix Renn Novellas)

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Felix Renn is a private investigator in a supernatural world, an alternate reality where a dark dimension called The Black Lands co-exists alongside our own. Travelling to and from The Black Lands is dangerous - and illegal - but that doesn't stop some of the creatures that reside there from crossing over into our world from time to time. After a man goes berserk in a posh ...more
Paperback, 37 pages
Published October 2009 by Burning Effigy Press (first published 2009)
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Gef
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I do love me some gritty urban fantasy, so when The Man Eating Bookworm reviewed this novella by up-and-coming Canadian author, Ian Rogers, it caught my eye.

Set in a world in which monsters do exist and the borders between our dimension and a hellish one known as the Black Lands exists as well, Felix is a burned-out private eye with an ex-wife and bills to pay. His latest job has him looking into the background of a movie star who went on a psychotic rampage, in the guise of a vampire, before so
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Amber
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good and fast read. I enjoyed the adventures of detective felix renn who kills a vampire and werewolf who goes beserk not knowing they were given drugs to turn into the monsters. If you like horror and detective fiction, def check it out. I got this ebook for free on goodreads and it was a joy to read!
Nick Cato
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
While I'll admit that during the first chapter of this quick chapbook I rolled my eyes and said, "No! NOT another vampire story!," Ian Rogers had me hooked by the middle of the second and keeps things fresh till the end.

Private Investigator Felix comes across a vampire at a restaurant and manages to off him with a makeshift stake. When he finds an actor's guild card after frisking the deceased vamp, Felix decides to check things out and soon finds himself dealing with "Temporary Monsters," creat
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Simon
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rogers' world of movie stars and far-off lands rings with the wit of Chandler and the balls of Matheson. He has a knack for the perfect turn of phrase, whether it's a bon-mot from Ren's mouth or the staggering sensation the horrors he encounters inflicts on him. "Temporary Monsters" has all the markings of a best-selling concept, and to see it here on the ground floor is exciting. Rogers' has such sights to show us, and I for one cannot wait to get a look.
Rachel Inch
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this to be wonderfully written. The story was original, the characters were interesting and it was fast paced. Really my only complain would be that it was too short! When it ended I wanted to know what happened!! So I would say this free ebook definitely accomplished its goal of intriguing its reader!
Amy Carlson
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic.

Gripping.

Funny.

I loved this book from start to finish. I laughed, I cringed, I eagerly turned pages. Highly recommend this book to anyone loves suspense/mystery/horror.
Wahiaronkwas David
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-fiction
Fantastic fantasy noir. A lot of fun.
Jeanine
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really excellent story. I just wish it was longer; I really wanted to read more.
Joseph Patchen
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent twist on the Vampire trope but the mystery aspect and the ending left me hungering for more.
Shelly
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, finished-in-2009
I don't, normally, read short stories but for only having 37 pages, this little chapbook had me turning them as fast as I could.

The writing is tight and fairly fast paced; the author is comfortable writing in the short story genre and it shows... there is no purple prose or extrenous drivel on these pages. Everything is there for a reason and it all works to move the story forward. The dialogue is snappy and doesn't feel forced or contrite and the action scenes are well choreographed.

I have to
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Mary Rajotte
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Right from the 1st line, “The waiter got killed before he could drop off the bill”, which is so stark, it immediately plunges you into the heart of the action, readers are thrown into a world where monsters are the norm and the Paranormal Intelligence Agency (PIA) and the paranormal itself acts as a dangling carrot that entices both readers and Renn alike.

For my full review, check out Bloody Bookish.
Jade - Louise
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-rc, reviewed
Great start to a short series of books. The only criticism i have is that it was too short for me and not alot for me to enjoy. Having said that i did highly enjoy it and am looking forward to reading the next books.
Paul
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun monster mash-up with noir.
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Ian Rogers is the author of Every House Is Haunted, winner of the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category. His novelette, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and was optioned for television by Universal Cable Productions. His short fiction has appeared in several markets, including Cemetery Dance, Broken Pencil, and Shadows & Tall Trees. His work ha ...more
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