- Tapa blanda: 230 páginas
- Editor: Stark House Press (6 de mayo de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1933586311
- ISBN-13: 978-1933586311
Thief of Midnight (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 6 may 2016
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"Thief of Midnight is an exciting story and very highly recommended." -Midwest Book Review, Fiction Shelf "A book to be appreciated and savored for its moody prose . . . and to be read with the doors locked by those who still believe in the bogeyman." -Jean Rabe, bestselling author of The Stonetellers trilogy "Strong debut."-Publishers Weekly
Reseña del editor
The Monster Hunters…
Abby Marquise has been killing doppelgangers and other dark creatures with the Society for the Security of Reality for awhile now—ever since she’d been recruited after being attacked by a ghoul one dark night. Her son Jimmy thinks she’s losing it, but how do you explain monster-hunting, much less the secret SSR, to a teenager? Now that children are disappearing all across the country, her partner John Sawyer wants to go after them, guns a-blazing. But how do you shoot something you can't find? And how can you find something if you don't believe it exists?
…and the Bogeymen
Likho, a Ukrainian-Russian spirit, and L’uomo Nero, one of the ancient bag men, have been summoned by El Cucuy, leader of the supernatural Family. The myths and stories that created the Family are slowly fading from modern memory, and El Cucuy knows their very existence is threatened. The bogeymen are beginning to vanish but the dead boy has a plan—spread fear in the world and restore themselves by taking the children! Likho, who has adopted some of the human ways, doesn’t like it. And L’uomo starts to act even stranger than usual by following the advice of an old human woman. Can they defy El Cucuy and exist? Who will believe in them then?
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1. The protagonist is a hardworking mother . . . who is also a very real and identifiable person.
2. She works for a supernatural agency. I've seen this done a few times, but I could count the number of times I've read it done well on the fingers of one hand if I chopped off a couple of them. There is very good chemistry between the members of the agency.
3. All the characters are unique and memorable.
4. The mythology used is highly interesting. Butzen took an angle I've never seen before and it paid off.
5. It was very well written and an enjoyable read.
6. The climax/ action bits were very good.
1. I felt that it was too short, as if the story had been crunched down instead of allowed to flourish to its full potential. If it had been 20% longer, more fleshed out and less rushed, this'd probably be a five-star review.
2. I wanted a little more done with the son (can't say more; spoilers). I didn't find his plot line entirely satisfactory.
It's definitely worth a read. I bought it and, if I lost my copy, would buy it again. It's clever, creative, and often funny. I definitely plan to buy any future books written by Butzen.
The bogeymen make "Thief" stand out from the genre, but it's Butzen's human characters who have left the most impression on me. Typically, the protagonists in a novel like this would be hyper-competent, stalwart warriors, dramatically standing up to evil, or clad in black leather and making loud declarations about how tough and independent they are. But Butzen's Society for the Security of Reality are simply people: people with a dangerous, unpleasant job who are self-admittedly not ideal for it. They struggle with it, and are frequently terrified, which comes off as very believable simply because it's how I feel I would likely react in their shoes. Abby Marquise in particular feels like an anti-Anita Blake, in her lack of self-confidence, tendency to argue with her coworker John, and extreme difficulty in communicating with her teenage son. The human characters just feel so real, they ground the story and give the reader a familiar baseline from which to view the fantasy setting.
There are some minor typos, and one point near the end where a conversation is awkwardly repeated on the next page. But the characters and the nature of the conflict are so distinct and memorable, those errors are easy to overlook. I highly recommend this novel as a realistic and believable example of urban fantasy done right.
The action was fluid and fast paced. The use of imagery was not overdone with purple prose, which is often the downfall of many new authors. The descriptions of the characters and the changing environments were well done and I had an easy time visualizing the story as it developed.
As noted in a previous review, the story was a little too short and the pacing was a little rushed. I wish it would have been a little bit longer. The first couple of chapters could also have benefited from a little more editing, but that is a very minor complaint for a story that I enjoyed reading. The writing is otherwise well done.
All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and horror adventures, particularly ones set in the here and now. This story doesn't take place in some far off land or a place like Europe. The action takes place in Chicago and the U.S. and it is made all the more intriguing because of that. I look forward to reading a sequel to the "Thief of Midnight," as well as any other stories by Ms. Butzen.
The group is unaware that it has a real enemy that is also humanity's adversary. Created from human imagination, their job is frightening children into behaving. They feed on fear and accrue power. In this century, they are invincible as few adult believe they exist. That enables them to kidnap thousands of kids across the country. The boss of the Family El Cucuy has a wider agenda than snatching children, but two of his cohorts disagree. Somehow Abby and her allies must free the children and stop El Cucuy from completing his ultimate agenda.
Catherine Butzen has written a chilling horror thriller that would make a great movie. Readers learn about the culture and behavior of the Bogeyman who with few exceptions feel humans are worthless. Abby fights for her beliefs though her family and friends ridicule her for insisting beasts who should not exist roam the night as bogeymen. She brings the human interest to the thrilling plot as a heroine scorned by her loved ones.
The plot of the novel is fast-paced enough to not make reading the book feel like work, but simultaneously provides a rich level of detail, drawing the reader fully into the tale. The play on a combination of folklore, mythology, and basic human family dynamics combines to make a gripping, occasionally horrifying, and entirely entertaining narrative. The human protagonists are realistic, with believable backstories, flaws, and strengths; the monsters are entirely as history has written them, most especially the cameo by Russia's Baba Yaga.
In summation: an excellent debut, and well worth reading - but you might want to have a blanket to hide under when you're done.