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    Aug102010

    New Fiendish Review: Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

    Book:                   Dust City

    Author:                 Robert Paul Weston

    Publisher:             Razorbill

    ISBN/ASIN:         9781595142962 (galley proof)

    Release Date:      September 30, 2010

    Rating:   4 Stars

    Buy: | Amazon | B&N | Borders | Powell’s | Indiebound

    Find out more about Robert Paul Weston

    Dust City so named for its legacy of fairy dust, that incomprehensible gift of luck, destiny, or your worst nightmare bestowed by benevolent fairies has dried up. And in its place, corruption and avarice has gripped a once thriving and vibrant city with a class struggle.

    Hominids and animalia stand apart, as do elves, water nixies, goblins and all manner of non-human species. And at the forefront, flashing like a neon sign, is the on-going mystery of the disappearance of the fairies from Eden who left remnants of their magick-making dust in the very soil and foundations of the City.

    Despite the absence of the fairies (who’ve seem to have abandoned the City for good), the need for dust reigns. People need it in their daily lives, depend on it. And when there is need, Nimbus Thaumaturgical is there to fill the demand for dust. The huge conglomerate mines the old magick from the soil and dirt, refining it and selling it to an addicted clientele. Even though what is manufactured resembles nothing to its original.

    No one questions where the dust comes from-until Henry Whelp stumbles upon a conspiracy that will rock the foundations of Dust City to its rotten and rancid core.

    Henry has been forced to grow up in the St. Remus Home for Wayward Youth because his father offed Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma. Since the murders, his dad has always professed his innocence to the deed but no one believes him. When Henry’s therapist dies mysteriously, and Henry stumbles upon letters from his dad he’d never received, he ends up following the breadcrumbs with help from his friends.

    Robert Paul Weston distinguishes himself as the creator of a unique and complex young adult urban fantasy fairy tale gone awry. Dust City might bear a passing resemblance to some famous fairy tales we are familiar with, but Weston has twisted them to suit his purposes. We have a bit of Jack and the Beanstalk and Wolf Boy meets the Juvie Thugs. And it works. Surprisingly so.

    Colossally fresh, fluid, and injected with enough greed, suspense, action and courageousness, that readers will just eat it up-along with a bit of sugar and spice. Dust City will appeal to Gaiman, Gorey, Hurley, or Burton fans, or anyone who wants a bit of sharp teeth with their nighttime fractured fairy tale.

    Westons’ climax totally threw me under the school bus. Thanx man. Bravo.

    What a stunning reveal to such a mystery. I couldn’t help but remember that Futurama episode when we finally find out where Slurm comes from…(gulp).

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)


    Sunday
    Jul182010

    New Fiendish Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

    Book:                Tyger Tyger

    Author:              Kersten Hamilton

    Publisher:         Clarion|Houghton Mifflin

    ISBN/ASIN:        9780547330082

    Release Date:     November 15, 2010

    Rating:  4.5 Stars

    Buy: | Amazon | Borders | B&N | Powell’s |

    Check out Kersten Hamilton and Houghton Mifflin’s page about Tyger Tyger.

    There is definitely a surfeit of magick and adventure present in Kersten Hamilton’s whimsical new YA debut that will have readers clamoring for more. Tyger Tyger is the first in Hamilton’s Goblin Wars series, and centers around Teagan Wylltson, a Chicago teen, who is going to find out that her world just got a lot weirder.

    Teagan doesn’t know much about her family’s history other than the limited info she’s gotten from her mom and dad. Despite having Irish Travelers in their family and her mom speaking with a pronounced lilt from time to time, things are pretty much normal in the Wylltson household. Until her “cousin” Finn Mac Cumhaill comes to live with them. Then all bets are off.

    Finn brings with him the rich mythology of their family’s past. Tales about all manner of fairy folk, such as Fear Doirich, the bean-sidhe, and cat sidhe slip easily off his tongue. Teagan finds him amusing, if a bit superstitious. But there is a cautionary wariness in Finn’s eyes that says that he has seen more than his share of strange. And the instant draw, the intensity between Finn and Teagan is just another excuse to keep him at arms length.

    But what Teagan doesn’t realize is that she will end up cleaving to Finn in due time…because he is not the only one that has come to roost in the Wylltson house. With Finn, come the dark folk that have been plaguing the Travelers for generations. And they’re not nice. In fact, they’re rather nasty.

    After Tea’s dad disappears, she, her little brother Aiden and Finn must venture into Mag Mell, the kingdom of Fear Doirich, to rescue him. It won’t be an easy journey. And it won’t be a fairy tale. And Tea will find out some very troubling information about herself and her family’s lineage that could alienate Finn-despite the feelings that they have for one another.

    Tyger Tyger was a fun, exciting, adventure that for some strange reason reminded me of City of Bones. Perhaps it was the similar situation between Teagan Wylltson and Clarissa Fray, both of them of a magickal lineage, both of them having mothers who were painters (with magickal clues in their works) both put in jeopardy by dark forces. In this case, Clary finds out she is a Shadowhunter, and Teagan finds out she is ____(not telling cos it would be a spoiler). Both have their love interest…Jacccccee for Clary and Finn for Teagan. Strangely enough, there is quite a bit of pull, rich allure between Tea and Finn that will have readers sighing over and over again. But Hamilton has just teased us, more will most likely come in Book 2.

    Other than that similarity, Tyger Tyger is a visual treat as Finn, Aiden, and Tea fight off the beasties of Mag Mell, and go head-to-head against Fear Doirich. Readers who loved The Iron King, and the Iron Daughter, as well as The Mortal Instruments series will adore this brilliant and enervating new series. P.S. Loved Lucy!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)