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Blind God's Bluff: A Billy Fox Novel (The Billy Fox Novels) Paperback – January 8, 2013
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Billy has apparently hit bottom when thugs come to claim his gambling debts. His fiance is ex and now he's holed up in an abandoned house with what looks like a homeless vagrant, who smells worse than a goat, and who's eyes have apparently been scratched out by the hoards of brown winged fey. The stakes are high, and when he stands in for the blinded god in a poker game the risks run even higher. Many lives are on the line and the play runs at many levels.
This book starts out at a run and doesn't stop. Urban Fantasy with humor, if you like Dresden, give this a try!
Billy Fox is not your standard-issue flawed hero, in that he doesn't just have the usual "failure to launch" syndrome so many have had, and his past wasn't one most people would ever have envied. But he's not hopelessly tragic either.
The characters that surround him in his new environment are certainly strange, yes, but their appearances aren't the end of who they are. They're still real people too, whether they have fins on their heads, or they're not exactly among the living, or they have the bodies of snakes. As an added bonus, Billy winds up with one of the worst bosses anyone has seen in a long time.
Tampa is more than just a backdrop, or a couple of set pieces; it's written from the standpoint of one who has lived here, and knows the ins and outs, although the title character winds up running through what I think is the Interbay area for the first time in his life. Of course, anyone who lives here knows that Tampa is a massive sprawl, and it's pretty easy to find new and unusual places. Maybe some of them ARE populated with Old People (and not the kind who hunch over the steering wheels of ancient Lincolns and Cadillacs).
"Blind God's Bluff: A Billy Fox Novel" isn't a long read, but it tells a helluva story.
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, especially fans of male-oriented action-type stories
Trigger Warnings: general violence, cannibalism
Animal (-like creatures) Abuse: A lot of the minions and thralls are creatures of various types and are beaten or otherwise mistreated.
My Thoughts: Several sections of this book are, basically, playing poker. Specifically Hold 'em poker, about which I know next to nothing. I think if a person understands the game, there would be more in this story. For me, those sections are basically "blah blah blah Ace/Queen/King blah blah blah cheating blah blah blah violence". Since the thing is told from Billy's point of view, it does give us a better glimpse into his thought processes though, so I wouldn't say it's a waste, just that if you--like me--don't really understand much about the game, there will likely be some subtle clues missed. Another section with billiards was the same way. It would have been nice if the book had been written so that people who are clueless about these games would have had a better idea what was going on.
Timor is a cruel, sadistic, and paranoid old jerk. Wow. I don't blame his people for wanting to be rid of him. Of course, the others really aren't all that much better. They all seemed like the type that would stab you in the back while smiling and saying, "Hail, fellow, well met," and acting like they were going to clap you on the shoulder.
This copy was a galley, which means it still was to go through a final round of editing, so I will assume that the few editing errors I noticed will have been cleared up for the final copy.
However, don't take all that to mean I didn't like the book, because I really did.Read more ›
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If you need a quick urban fantasy fix until the next Harry Dresden or PC Peter Grant novel comes out, you could do worse than Blind God's Bluff. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Manly Reading
If you are looking for serious literature, well keep on walking 'cause it ain't here. Nope is fun and pure enjoyment. This for those who know poker and like gods and monsters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Regrae
Different. Funny. I like it. Gods, guns and a hot girl. Girl with horns and a tail but still hot. I hope his next one comes out soon.Published on May 15, 2013 by Aaron Siverling