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Blood Oranges (A Siobhan Quinn Novel) Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Blood Oranges is a riot to read. Yes the main character is a foul-mouthed, street-kid junkie with issues. Quinn sort of stumbled into the role of becoming a demon hunter but there's no way she can stumble her way out of it, especially now that she has become the creatures she hunts. After being bit by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night Quinn is now some sort of werepyre. She's still herself, only her addiction for junk has now been replaced with an addiction for blood.
This book has a lot of interesting characters spanning the paranormal genre but this book is most definitely not a paranormal romance. It's actually quite a refreshing read. Also there is a blurb from Amber Benson (Tara from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series) on the cover, which raised the cool factor for me. If you're a fan of Buffy, or Tarantino films, and prefer your paranormal without all the lovey-dovey you're in for a treat with Blood Oranges.
If I may be completely frank, I have read a LOT of hack work and fluff misrepresenting itself as "Dark Urban Fantasy," and Kiernan's diversion is far better than any of that rot . . . and she wasn't even trying. One of my dark secrets is that I kinda like the "Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher, a NYT bestselling author, and "Blood Oranges" is actually better than several of the books in that series too.
For a YA book, it is pretty dark . . . young Quinn lives in abject squalor, shoots up, discusses orgasms, then kills people AND EATS THEM. A lot of folks simply will not get the "humor" in this book, as most of it clearly satirizes the way Dark Urban Fantasy has degenerated to mindless "Paranormal Romance." I enjoyed these subtle digs quite a bit.
Apparently, there will even be a sequel entitled "Red Delicious." From what I heard, Kiernan was under pressure to complete it by a deadlne, which she did, but was so disappointed with the final product she asked for a chance to rewrite it from scratch . . . and since she is so brilliant and awesome, her publisher was actually okay with that. I think "Red Delicious" will prove well worth the wait.
Caitlin is known for not only "dark" but atmospheric, timeless, brooding, and at times truly jarring prose.Read more ›
That said, this is a pretty good novel. It's not as good as The Red Tree or anything written before that, but that's because CRK is simply a much better novelist when she writes in third person. Her first-person narrators always wallow in "am I telling the truth or not?" This worked really well in The Red Tree, but following this same narrative question for two more novels has left this "what-is-the-truth?" theme so beaten that it's now little more than road kill. First-person narrators are by their very nature unreliable, so there's no need to bog down the novel with these metacognitive asides from the narrator about "the truth."
This novel would have been amazing if it had dispensed with the first-person narrator and given us a developed, interesting protagonist facing the same issues. Despite Quinn, who really is pretty boring despite how clever and cynical she thinks she is, most of the other characters in Blood Oranges are solid and well developed, even when they only appear briefly.Read more ›
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Even though I say it every time I review a book from one of my three favorite, contemporary authors, I'm going to say it again: Caitlin R. Kiernan is one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amy Jesionowski
I do not understand why so many people liked this book. I was looking around on Amazon for a new story to read and I came across this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica Kotch
I was a big Caitlin Kiernan fan way back when and to this day Silk remains one of my all-time favorite books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mel Thomas
Okay, let's start with the positive. The idea of the story is good, I won't give specific details for the people who may want to read it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gwynneth Silver
Holy cow! Or, maybe, unholy werepire. (Or vampwolf. The author can’t decide either.) Anywho…
Since Kathleen Tierney is actually Caitlin Kiernan — and it doesn’t get much... Read more
The writing style really put me off. The main character and supporting cast weren't even the least bit interesting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jerred D
This is the first in the Siobhan Quinn series. Both have been interesting although a little dark for our taste. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John W. Holmes
A frollicking roller coaster ride of mayhem. A nice read worthy of your attention. Deliciously different writing style. Definitely requires an open mind.Published 23 months ago by Ted R Turner
Prepare yee oh urban fantasy fans for Blood Oranges and a junkie slash slayer of nasties, turned vampy werewolf. Did that make sense? No? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pabkins