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Book Title: Greywalker|
The author of the book: Kat Richardson
The size of the: 7.34 MB
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Date of issue: October 3rd 2006
ISBN 13: 9780451461070
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Reader ratings: 5.1
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2.5 stars rounded up to three because it's Seattle and you know it's Seattle even though it's only a small area of Seattle. I can say Seattle a few more times if you'd like. :)
This series has a lot of potential. I think this is a good start but it's still rough. Something about the book was off and I can't tell you exactly what. For one thing, even though this was published in 2006, it felt more like it was written in 1995, specifically around technology. (She's a PI but uses a pager and doesn't have a cell phone? And her printer uses fanfold paper so it can't be more sophisticated than a bubblejet.) She also refers to the Bon Marche which went out of business in 2005. I know it takes some time for a book to go from draft to published but the buyout by Macy's was well known for quite awhile before it happened.)
The explanations for and descriptions of the paranormal in this world are way too convoluted, long, and mostly unnecessary. The action is all too similar and a couple of loose ends were never tied up. I think she tried too hard at first to make Seattle feel real. She didn't get anything really wrong but it didn't feel right to me as a native either so I wasn't surprised to find she moved here later in life. Her descriptions of Pioneer Square were really good, though also a little off, like she drove through it a couple of times rather than being personally familiar with it. (I used to work down there and FYI, although the Frontier Room is as awesome as she describes, it's in Belltown not Pioneer Square.)
Harper is a strong woman but quite stubborn and not that bright. She's pretty cowardly in many parts, too reckless in others but amazingly rational in one scene when she realizes she shouldn't confront the men breaking into her office. She accepts the paranormal too quickly but it takes her too long to acknowledge what has happened to her. She doesn't want to accept it so she fights to avoid her powers even when it's obvious even to her that ignorance is going to get her killed. Ostrich-->sand.
I wanted more variety in the action, especially with her taking an active role rather than having things happen to her. In fact, in one extremely important sequence she spends most of the time just watching and then tries to run when she's needed. (Another reviewer pointed out that this scene was unintentionally comical genius. I agree that it wasn't meant to be but was.
But in her world, men and women were equals without gender stereotyped roles. The love interest is a great guy and it's just a part of the story; she's not constantly pining and fantasizing. Nor is she worried about clothes and makeup all the time although just about every one of plethora of characters in the novel are tall and thin/skinny/slender/anorexic except for three really annoying jerks. This is Seattle. We usually are more worried about whether someone looks like they are healthy and a good hiker or biker than whether they're tall and skinny. Think outdoorsy, organic-eating coffee drinking REI types rather than rail-thin models. It's a stereotype, true, but a pretty accurate one for the types of people in the parts of town in which everything in the story happens. I think it's her California transplant showing.
I definitely feel there are characters who have potential to be quite interesting in future books. The story itself was good and though I figured the mystery out much before all was revealed, the plot was still all right. I do plan to read the next one. Some day.
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Read information about the authorBestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Former theater brat, singer, dancer, gemology and jewelry course-writer, liveaboard boater, and editor. Currently lives in the wilds of far-western Washington with her husband and dogs.
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