Vampires – The Recent Undead (Review via GoodReads)

Vampires: The Recent Undead by Paula Guran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(I originally wrote this review on amazon.co.uk – edited slightly for here)

Some good, some bad, some dire – I purchased the audio version. Some of the stories were quite good, particularly those by authors that have a good track record in paranormal/urban fantasy. Some were simply verging on boring. And some were awful – I particularly hate when American authors try to “do English/British voice”. Really, if you haven’t spent years in the country, associating with locals, listening to them & properly understanding the words, stop bloody pretending. Here’s an example, straight from one of the stories in this collection: the word “wank”. The use throughout this story is simply that of someone who doesn’t understand it. In Britain, one does not call someone a “wank”, one uses the word “wanker”. The word “wank” is that of the act itself. It’s exactly as if the author had his characters call each other “a masturbate.” That particular story was not quite bad enough to make me stop reading the whole collection (which has happened with collections in the past, especially audiobooks where the narrator is equally as inept at pretending to be something other than American). I implore all writers who are not British/English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish (or, if they are, haven’t spent a great deal of time “at home”), if they sincerely wish to write in that way to find a few good alpha & beta readers who _are_ to correct such misuse of words/idioms/dialects. I equally implore all editors, if they too are not native to the country that the author attempts to portray, to please have someone who is to run through the story to check whether an native reader is going to throw the book at the wall screaming about “stupid, lazy writers” who should “stick to their own sodding language”. I’d offer my services, but I probably don’t have the diplomatic skills to deal with delicate writerly egos 😉

I have no doubt that Americans are equally pissed off by non-Americans trying & failing to recreate the US in their stories. Though I am guessing that the almost global pervasiveness of US culture means that it is easier to succeed with this than the other way ’round.

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Review: Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water by Mike Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The 4th Felix (Fix) Castor Novel. Brilliant continuation of the series. While it could, perhaps, be read as a standalone novel, I would highly recommend reading the first three (The Devil You Know; Vicious Circle; Dead Men’s Boots) to get the full backstory. Fix is once more out of his depth but keeps barrelling through, determined to solve the problem. Something is causing the inhabitants of a London towerblock estate to go on a rampage, but it’s not what Fix thought it was.

Perhaps I missed a major clue or, more likely, the author is better at this than I am, but I didn’t figure it out until almost the very end. To salve my pride as a long-time mystery and crime reader I _did_ work it out before the Grand Reveal.

Now on to The Naming of the Beasts, the fifth in the series.

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Review: Silver Shark

Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And my wish from when I read Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews for more stories in that universe was granted. But I still want more. Another romance in an SFF universe – this type of romantic plot (falling for the boss) might be a cliche in the world of romance, but this has a twist with so many turns that makes it worthwhile, IMO. More, please.

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Review: Silent Blade

Silent Blade
Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this short story up while waiting for the next Kate Daniels and Edge books to come out. Loved it – romance with a twist. I would really like to see more in this universe. Perhaps more of the backstory – the stories that come between the breaking of the arranged marriage by Celino and the start of Silent Blade. The individual events that turned Meli into the skilled assassin that she became – or simply more stories here with new characters.

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