Annie is the one who gives us the rootedness in reality that makes urban fantasy work and makes it such fun to watch her interact with all the shifters in their human and other forms. She grows as a person through life-and-death situations, and for me the climax and ending were satisfying. And my heart went out to that other romance--Mork and Mindy, the Aeslin mice who travel with Annie! I love that this book finally explains why anyone, ever, would actually name their kid "Antimony Timpani.
The baby sister, the bad daughter, the secret magic-user!! Roller derby and carnivals and trapeze swinging and knife-throwing and spying and setting things on fire. Seanan's books are always delicious, and this is no exception, but this one I love that this book finally explains why anyone, ever, would actually name their kid "Antimony Timpani. Seanan's books are always delicious, and this is no exception, but this one speaks to me in a way Verity and Alex's books don't quite manage.
My only complaint is I have to wait another year for the next one. This is definitely the most excited I've ever been to read the next InCryptid book. May 21, Joey rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. Seanan McGuire is a writer who makes me want to write. She has a seemingly never-ending well of stories to tell and she always does so with wit, heart, and a little edge.
There are familiar veins through all of her leading characters; strength of heart and mind, a little misanthropy towards the general population, a strong moral compass and willingness to stand up for themselves and others, and an uncanny ability to say the right thing to the right people in order to win their trust and Seanan McGuire is a writer who makes me want to write.
There are familiar veins through all of her leading characters; strength of heart and mind, a little misanthropy towards the general population, a strong moral compass and willingness to stand up for themselves and others, and an uncanny ability to say the right thing to the right people in order to win their trust and friendship. None of these similarities make her characters any less rich or well developed. They do however, tell me a little something about the author herself.
If these are the qualities she values, it's no wonder book after book is an entertaining, page turning success. Antimony Price is the elusive, bratty youngest member of the Price family. She has shown up briefly in other books to throw barbs at her sister Verity or to play the role of overlooked family baby. When mentioned by her siblings in previous books, she has been described as a devious, clever, pit trap setting younger sibling with a major chip on her shoulder.
I've been looking forward to her getting her own book as I felt we've only seen the tip of the Antimony iceberg. We know who she is through the eyes of her sister and brother, but who is she really?
How has being a Price shaped her? Magic for Nothing is a worthy addition to the Incryptid series. It maybe jams a little too much action and plot into an introductory book, but if you view this as chapter six in a larger story instead of chapter one in Antimony's story, it's easier to understand.
At the end of the last book we saw Verity announcing her families presence in North America on national TV, right after slaying a giant snake for all the world to see. The cat is out of the bag and there's no more hiding themselves from the monster killing fanatics known as The Covenant of St George.
When the family learns that an entire club housing Cryptids in NYC has been wiped out by Covenant operatives, they know the battle has just begun. Desperate for any information they can use to their advantage they decide to send Antimony undercover. She must infiltrate The Covenant as a new recruit and try not to get caught. The best case scenario, she finds out The Covenants' plan of attack and reports back home so they can prepare for a war.
The worst case? Her Aeslin mouse Mindy makes it home to report back how she died and warn the family before it's too late. As I said before, I was looking forward to meeting Antimony. I wasn't disappointed, though I do think her character needs more time to develop and define who she is. Verity and Alex had very clear personality traits and points of view. Antimony, maybe by virtue of being the youngest, seems to waffle a bit more. She's a team player, loving cheerleading and roller derby and trapeze and yet she also claims to be a misanthrope with difficulty connecting to other people.
She's confident and clear headed and seems to love and trust her family but she has extreme resentment and insecurity when it comes to her siblings. She can be bratty and stubborn, holding an unreasonably vitriolic grudge against her sister Verity. She's a comic book nerd, a horror movie fanatic, and always ready with a pop culture reference.
She looks physically different from her relatives, tall, muscular, and brunette compared to their petite curvy blondes.
All in all she's a complex, faceted character who is equally like-able and irritating. The only thing I really struggled with was the idea that she's a misanthrope. It felt a little forced. To me, Antimony is the ultimate team player. She sees her duty to her family as her natural and moral responsibility. She resents Verity for being selfish and wanting to live her own life. She's the one who plays by the rules and even enforces them, only to be under-appreciated by her parents.
When asked to go undercover she initially reacts defensively, assuming unfairly that her parents are willing to sacrifice her safety in ways they never would her brother and sister.
Eventually she tables her knee jerk reaction, seeing this as an opportunity to finally show her parents what she's always known; she is the good daughter, the reliable one, the only one up to the task of defending and protecting the family.
And so she takes off for Europe, to infiltrate the enemy with the hopes of learning something that will help fix the mess Verity landed them in.
One of my favorite things about all of McGuire's work is how unfailingly progressive and even feminist her characters are.
I am a diehard Urban Fantasy fan, but there is an unfortunate trend to rely on sexist tropes and characters. Female heroines putting down other women is a personal pet peeve of mine within the genre. I'm tired of the "I'm not like other girls" mentality. I want to see strong female characters with healthy friendships who have integrity and conviction and who stand up for their beliefs.
McGuire never fails me in that department. It's refreshing and inspiring to see such positive and dimensional representations of women. Jan 01, Ina rated it it was amazing. It took me less than a day to read this book, because I couldn't put it down. And that ending Up until now, I didn't really care about who the narrator of the next book will be, because I like all three Price children, but now I really hope that the next installment will be about Antimony.
Antimony is the youngest child in the Price family and even though she feels quite jealous of her older siblings, she is willing to do 5 "I need the next installment RIGHT NOW" stars I'm officially hooked.
Antimony is the youngest child in the Price family and even though she feels quite jealous of her older siblings, she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family.
That's how she ends up pretending to be eager Covenant recruit in order to infiltrate enemy organization and find out what their plans are. I have to say I was quite disappointed in the beginning, when Annie's family sent her to London. I know it was the only way to protect their whole family, but I mean, come on. Not only is she their daughter, she is also the youngest and least experienced of all of them and they were willing to send her across the ocean straight to their enemies.
Not cool, guys. I'm not the biggest fan of undercover stories, because every time MC tries to infiltrate enemy society, there always comes a time when their cover is blown and shit hits the fan. Therefore, I was nervous throughout the whole book waiting for this to happen.
I have to admit I was glad that the whole book didn't take place in enemy environment. I didn't expect Annie to end up at a circus, but I have to admit I enjoyed it. This book felt very different than the other installments, but I liked it. And it didn't hurt that I loved Sam. At first I was really worried that Leo will be Annie's love interest and I'd hate that. The ending wasn't really unexpected, but the reveal that view spoiler [Leo knew who Annie was all along hide spoiler ] was goddamn shocking.
I never would have guessed he had it in him to be so smart. I can't wait to see what happens next, but I'm telling you right now, there is no way I will give the next book 5 stars if it has no Sam in it. Mar 06, Alex Can Read rated it it was amazing Shelves: popsugar-reading-challenge. I was lucky to receive an ARC copy of this book. Magic for Nothing is easily my favorite installment in the InCryptid series. So far. I fell in love with Antimony.
I already liked Annie from the short story Blocked, but I really fell for her hard in this one. Annie doesn't hold back, and I found her unfiltered commentary enchanting.
Her relationship with Verity reminds me - almost painfully - of my own relationship with my younger sister and gave me a new perspective on how my own sister might see me. Everything I loved about the first five books is there, but Seanan adds a depth to Magic for Nothing that hasn't really been present in earlier installments, to the benefit of the story and the overall series.
Sep 01, Timelord Iain rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook-listen , reads , reads , audiobook-listen , genre-uf-pnr. I blame Verity Mar 06, Marie rated it it was amazing. I stayed up far too late reading this and I can't bring myself to regret that. For some reason I'm wary when we change main characters in this story but it never disappoints. I really like Antimony. A great addition to this series. Wow, this book was fantastic! Loved being in Antimony's head, given that we've gotten some bits and pieces, like her name and a prophecy of some sort, well, yeah, really excited that she's having her two books!
And that ending! I need more! Feb 02, Sionna rated it it was amazing Shelves: books , fantasy , laugh-out-loud , new-adult , romance , sexy-times. This book is great and I loved seeing how Annie would handle herself. The carnival setting made it fun and the Convenant raised the intensity.
Seriously looking forward to the next book. Jul 18, Kelsea rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobook , owned-audio. Readers also enjoyed. About Seanan McGuire. Seanan McGuire. Finishing this book was an exercise in masochism. Giraldi wrote this book as if he had a thesaurus on his lap and burning desire to use every adjective and adverb he could find. By the end I was begging out loud for him to kill that darling.
It begins with three children being snatched by wolves in a remote Alaskan village. The third mother calls a biologist who has made his life a study of wolves. She begs him to come to Alaska and track and kill the wolf and retrieve her son's bones.
Why she would choose him I do not know. Why she thought that anyone could find wolf-ravaged bones in twenty feet of fresh snow is confusing as well. But all these vague motives pale when the biologist gets to the village and finds the boy's body in the basement of the mother's house where she has hidden him after strangling him to death. Why did she kill her child? Apparently because an old "hag" had told her, while she was pregnant, that the boy would be "bad.
It gets even more ridiculous from there on out. The husband comes home from the war, and he and his best friend kill just about everyone they meet including many police officers, for little or no reason. At the end of the book you find out the husband and wife are twin siblings, and that they've hidden out at a hot springs near the village and that the wife is pregnant again.
The End. Between the florid prose and the lack of coherent plot this book is one hot View 1 comment. Once in a blue moon I read a book so good, I find myself struggling to describe how fantastic it is and why. I've been taking my time with it, savoring the poetry of every sentence, and allowing myself to sink into the dark abyss the book opened before me.
A violent tale of a small and secluded village in Alaska. I'm still struggling to find a way of describing the plot without ruining the book. I might do a proper review once the Once in a blue moon I read a book so good, I find myself struggling to describe how fantastic it is and why. I might do a proper review once the experience has settled within me.
Suffice to say that this is one of those rare gems of modern literature I wouldn't hesitate to call it a work of art. It has the makings of a classic, and I would say that Giraldi's literary heritage lies with Melville, Conrad and London. I've taken the liberty to include some quotes from the book that hopefully will show why I find it such a great read. Consider this the digital equivalent of me pushing a book into your hands and saying: Read this!
Don't ask any questions. Just read it. Winter wants the soul and bores into the body to get it. The living haunt themselves. Hold the Dark is a sort of Revenant for the modern age, a tale of beasts and hunting, snow and corrupt hearts.
It did not "The dead don't haunt the living. It did not surprise me to learn this novel was quickly optioned and the film is currently in production.
The setting is a vibrant, wretched character in its own right, the pacing breathless, plot idiosyncratic, characters iconic. The premise starts, takes a radical shift to the left, and never entirely returns, but it is this: In a remote village in the Alaskan wilds, wolves are stealing children.
Medora Slone, a mother of one of the stolen, calls upon world-renowned wolf expert Russell Core to find her child's killer. What Core, who at sixty is hollowed out by his own tragedies, finds waiting for him in Keelut sets off a search through Alaskan backcountry that is painted in a nightmare of black and white and blood all over.
Oddly, Core's character shifts into the shadows; he is replaced on center stage by Vernon Slone, Medora's husband, returned from a war in a distant desert to find his wife missing and his only child dead. There are so many trigger warnings to this novel that you really should just stay away if violence troubles you as a reader.
Shades of Deliverance , of Blood Meridian —you get the picture. Sadly, what you won't get by avoiding this novel is Giraldi's taut, shimmering prose.
His language is hypnotic and mythic and worth the price of a cruel and dreadful story. Good luck. View all 5 comments. Nov 11, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller-crime-fiction. Really a 2.
So much of this did not work but the parts that did were excellent. The whole story starts on an off note. But this character moves the story along and becomes the historian of events. Who was the author? Was he a native Alaskan? From the other 48? I worried it was the latter and if so William Giraldi was other and Really a 2. I worried it was the latter and if so William Giraldi was other and writing about Alaska having only lived in a big city. This bothered me more. I know. I annoyed me, too.
But thank goodness for fellow reviewers! Greg does a swell job reviewing and explaining my complicated relationship with this novel. I encourage you to read his review. Sep 12, Wiz rated it it was amazing. The notion of myth makes an early appearance in Hold The Dark, the second novel from author William Giraldi.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, wolves play a major The notion of myth makes an early appearance in Hold The Dark, the second novel from author William Giraldi.
The supposed killings are mourned in private, but when a third child is taken, his mother, Medora Slone, breaches the protocol of the village and reaches out to a stranger, Russell Core, a writer and wolf-expert, to investigate the disappearances with a view to understanding and then killing the animals responsible. Carrying the burden of a an estranged wife and daughter, Core is still haunted by a past error of judgement which necessitates he make amends in kind.
Emotionally taut and compellingly written, this is a novel that not only has its seeds in the great American traditions of Cormac McCarthy and James Dickey but further back to the epic Greek tragedies of the Oresteia. Conversely, the character of Medora Sloan is a masterclass in understatement.
Is it a tragedy or inevitability of circumstance that causes Medora Sloan and Russell Core to converge so spectacularly at this particular point in their lives? Though hardly an advertisement for gender equality the portrayal of both Medora Sloan and the Keelut women in general are perfectly pitched for the closed-off world of the novel, reduced as they are to totems of sex, motherhood or witchcraft; roles which effectively seal their fates in one gruesome way or another.
Indeed, none of the novel's major characters experiences the traditional arc associated with commercial fiction although Core comes closest in his trajectory from passive, weary observer to reluctant embracer of life. Even this however, is a stretch, both for Core himself and for the reader, and as a result the narrative makes for a mostly bleak though always motivated reading experience.
A clever sort of reverse anthropomorphism runs throughout the novel. Here, rather than the elevation of animals to human status, the humans are reduced to their most feral and primal parts. At several points this conceit is made explicit: man is worse, Core tells us, for the wolves kill only in desperate times of necessity whereas humans have the arrogance to presume killing an entitlement irrespective of sanction or morality.
There is frequent poetry in his carefully chosen and perfectly pitched metaphors which are as capable of conjuring a conflict driven war-zone as they are a landscape of silence without ever being self-conscious or precious. As a consequence, the novel is both as short and as long as it needs to be, yet all the more improved by the economy and discipline the author demonstrates over his craft. Even the minor characters of the novel are beautifully observed, with an assiduous attention to form over function that makes them wholly credible as opposed to mere plot devices or mouthpieces for a particular point of view.
People, including Core, are often captured in moments of shock, awe, or silence at their experiences, lending the narrative a nightmarish, dreamlike quality that contributes to the sense of terror and claustrophobia. Keelut is a law unto itself, invisible and impenetrable to the rest of the world until the moment of its implosion after which it appears to simply and efficiently absorb the mess and close ranks, covering its own tracks in the same way the fresh snowfall covers what has been before it.
As with McCarthy, Giraldi uses his settings as both a stage upon which to set his drama and as a character in its own right. The extremes of climate and landscape visited throughout the novel echo the poles of moral compass we are asked to witness and consider; from the heat and dust of reckless passion to the bleakness and unforgiving brutality of the cold.
Hold the Dark will not appeal to everyone. As a highly original exploration of human desires, misguided superstitions and terrible impulses, however, it can do no wrong in my book. Jul 02, Patricia rated it it was amazing. I became riveted by this book in the first chapter. Hold the Dark is about something primal or feral in all of us. The book begins with children being taken by wolves in Alaska after a brutal winter. I hadn't heard a peep about it which is usually a sign that I am onto something , but the cover and title caught my attention right away, and the blurb sold me seconds later.
Set in an Alaskan village so far off the map you'd never know it existed unless you were born there or beckoned there, during the teeth-chattering and snot-freezing dead of winter, Hold the Dark is a twisted, chilling thriller of a story. The wolves are starving and desperate. Children are going missing. And when Medora Slone swears one took off with her son, she sends a letter off to wolf expert and nature writer Russell Core, begging him to come to the village to help her reclaim his bones.
As Russell attempts to settle in and starts digging into the goings-on in Keelut, Medora disappears and her husband Vernon returns from the war to discover the news of his son. With his crazy-ass childhood friend Cheeon in tow, Vernon goes on the hunt for his wife, driving deeper into the Alaskan wilderness, leaving a trail of dead bodies for local detective Donald Marium to clean up after him.
Things are definitely not what they appear on the surface of this strange and unfriendly place and we soon discover that it's going to take a whole lot more than Russell and Marium to ebb the grieving father's desire for revenge.
Hold the Dark is an extremely dark and violent, slow moving, tension-filled tale that's meant to mess with your mind. In it, we witness the lengths to which an isolated village will go to stand together and protect its own. A place where law is not necessarily recognized and strange, murdery deeds typically go unquestioned. A place where a man will put himself through hell to get back the one thing he wants most and death will befall those who are dumb enough to get in his way.
William Giraldi's careful prose and simplistic world-building go a long way to pulling the reader in, despite it's slow place. His willful withholding is actually part of the book's charm. And the near-tender descriptions of his characters' violent acts render them almost beautiful. Kudos also to Blackstone Audio, for finding a reader capable of conveying the quiet fierceness of Giraldi's words.
My only real critique is the final chapter. Despite the fact that had a different feel to it, as if it was written by a different hand, it felt like a sad surrender to a story that could have, and should have, gone off in another direction. Even though the bridge stands as a monument to stability, it is actually built a rather poor reputation of building a main place for people to commit suicide.
Now, this could be because it's a very high bridge and that's all it really takes to our bridge to be a suicide location, but there's a ghostly myth that is attached to it. Apparently in the construction of the bridge back in , a construction worker lost his footing and fell to his death, not only that but it.
That his body fell into wet concrete and by the time anyone was able to get to him. He had sunk in so deep in that no one could find him. Now his spirit is forever attached to the bridge and his spirit is very angry so angry that it goes up to find suicidal people to come to the bridge and persuades them to jump off. It's scary to think that there's a supernatural force in LA trying to undo all of my expensive therapy and number seven. We have the black Dahlia murder.
One of the most famous murder mysteries in history, the story has been turned into most every imaginable form of entertainment. It was January - seven a body was discovered brutally hacked in half the scene was so violent that many of the officers who turned up to the crime scene couldn't hold together and started vomiting What made this such an interesting case was that the woman murdered Elizabeth Short was an actress.
This made the story Very Hollywood and the media ran with it. It was the newspaper headline that gave this case the famous name A murder an extensive investigation happened one of the most expensive investigations in all of La police history, but no conviction was ever made. Since then many people have come forward claiming to be the person who killed Elizabeth Short.
But all of these claims have turned out to be false. Just killers trying to get a little bit of fame in terms of urban legends that have followed this. There are hundreds of my favorite being that she was killed by an underground Hollywood cult that her body was sacrificed so secretive and rich people could perform some sort. Sick ritual, But I've already covered that we will never know the truth. I number six.
It should be no surprise that place with the name like Gravity Hill has something happening that defies physics. That's about as good as you're gonna get out of me. If you Park your car, the base of the Hill and put your car into neutral, it will start to roll up Hill. It said that back in the thirties.
Was a school bus full of kids that died in a crash and it's their ghost pushing you up the Hill to make sure you don't die in a horrible car act. It's even said that if you leave baby powder on your bumper, there will be little hand prints left on your bumper.
That's very scary And number five with Orson Wells in the pink. When I was speaking of it with one of my neighbors she told me that everybody knows that there are black panthers in the area. We are fairly new to the area. She said they commenced to backing away, yelling and waving their arms.
The panther jumped about 10 feet out of the tree the other way and walked deeper in the woods. She just laughed and said they took a long lunch and came back with guns on their hips. She was so casual about it. Only to find out the existence of what I saw, and what the locals accept as common knowledge, is denied! Good luck to you in obtaining evidence!
TCH Comments: Limestone County in central Texas and the counties that surround it have been the source of many black panther reports over the years. The area is rural and farming and ranching dominate economic activity. There are also large tracts of land owned by mining outfits that are off limits to the public. All in all, there is a lot of space for a big cat to roam. In addition, there is a healthy population of the usual Texas prey species deer, hogs, rabbits, etc.
I can personally attest to the fact that many residents of Limestone County have no doubt that some kind of large, long-tailed cat roams the area. I was taking the dog out, leashed with her in the lead, and as we walked down the front steps she suddenly planted her feet and began to moonwalk backwards. I looked up and screamed because less the 7 ft. An hour or so later, when the sun was up I went outside to look at the grass where it had crossed and it was bent sideways and smashed down quite deeply indicating the animal had to have had significant body weight.
I am wondering due to the circumference of grassy area that has been disrupted if it had been crouching in that spot when my dog became aware of it. So glad I found your blog when I googled trying to find information about what I knew I had seen but thinking was impossible.
Euless Texas. At first glance, this seems an unlikely part of the state to see any kind of big cat, but past experience shows me that simply is not the case. Tarrant County has been the source of no less than six counting this one black panther reports that I feel are credible.
There have also been several reports of tawny-colored mountain lions in the county. Bobcats have become almost commonplace in the area. How are these cats finding their way into such an urban area? There are numerous small creeks that provide greenbelts which the cats could use as transportation routes. There are also golf courses and large parks that provide wooded areas. Perhaps the most intriguing idea is the possibility that some kind of big cat is living on, or near, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The airport occupies a very large piece of land in Tarrant County. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is heavily populated and urban but becomes rural very quickly on the northernmost edges of the Metroplex.
There is no reason a stray cat could not find its way into more populated areas for at least a short amount of time. Another possibility is that predatory cats are learning to live in more urban areas. The theory of urban big cats is something I have been intrigued with for a while and is discussed in my book. I was smoking by the picnic table that is about 10 feet from the greenbelt right there at the edge of the parking lot.
I was standing on the building side of the table facing the building - alone. As I turned around to put out my cigarette, something moved right at the treeline of the greenbelt and as I looked up I saw what I called a "mountain lion" at the time walking away from me and disappearing into the greenbelt.
So basically the thing was about feet away from me while I was having that smoke and when I turned around it took off into the woods in towards Independence. I saw it go feet before it disappeared into the woods. I got a pretty good look at it. It was definitely male. The body was about 5 feet long and it was short of stature but very heavily muscled.
It was black, but not true black because it had spots visible underneath the black. I'd guess it weighed about lbs give or take. I remember it very clearly as it isn't every day you encounter something like that. Upon further review, it was definitely a melanistic jaguar. I don't know what the hell it was doing there, but it was definitely there. I never saw it again, but you can be sure I paid more attention when near that green belt after that incident.
See below for exact location circled in red. The location is a ridiculous place to see that animal, but I most definitely saw it there. Not a bobcat. Not a couger. Definitely a melanistic jaguar. Most of the city sits in Collin County with a portion lying in Denton County. The area is urban and heavily populated; however, like Tarrant County to the west, it is a veritable hotbed of black panther sightings.
Cougar and bobcat sightings have become much more common in the area as well. The sighting location sits next to a greenbelt that eventually connects to Prairie Creek to the west. This creek meanders about and connects to several tributaries that eventually lead to Lake Lavon to the northeast and Lake Ray Hubbard to the southeast.
Interestingly, the Alcatel-Lucent location is only miles to the east of the Arbor Hills Nature which has been at the center of several black panther reports over the last few years.
It is an odd location for such a large predator to be seen to be sure; however, the urban big cat theory may come into play here as well. Time will tell, hopefully. Our acre ranch backs up to the Sabine River east Of Greenville. Yesterday, my daughter heard something as she was walking down in the woods between the pecan orchard and the wilder area.. People at the time believed that such was the fate of those who violated the rules of the Catholic observance of Lent. Swartz is also a scholar of cinema and provides several pages of background and poster art from movies about werewolves.
The reader will most likely agree that the new book covers the subject of supernatural canines very thoroughly, does it not? Outstanding Post here!! Looks to be anothermust read for sure! Many thanks for sharing! Really,…who knows! The data and info is needed likely now,. Be it that old.. But I do have some alarming info and first hand type of info that have ended up as learned the hard way,.. Suffice to say.. Certainly many if not all of us are well versed in the occult and paranormal,..
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