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The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tad Williams
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'Dollar is every bit as morally ambiguous a first-person narrator as anything found in Chandler or Hammett, and his quest for the truth uncovers lies and deception, in heaven and hell, that propel the headlong plot towards a fascination conclusion' Guardian 'Tad Williams' ... famous four-book trilogy was one of the things that inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy. [ I ] said, "My god, they can do something with this form," and it's Tad doing it.' George R. R. Martin 'When I heard that Tad Williams was writing an urban fantasy novel, I got all tingly. Now I've read it, and it's even better than I'd dared to hope. It's snarky, fast-paced, and above all, original. You should be tingly, too.' Patrick Rothfuss 'Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me. He's one of the main reasons I started writing fantasy... Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes.' Christopher Paolini This is urban fantasy at its best. Williams has managed to create something really special wtih The Dirty Streets of Heaven that manages to breathe new life into the urban fantasy genre while at the same time retaining the magic of his earlier novels, an incredible start to a promising series. 'A very promising start to an exciting new series from one of our greatest modern F/SF authors.' Geek Syndicate

About the Author

World-famous fantasy novelist Tad Williams is the author of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Otherland and Shadowmarch series. His work is revered by fantasy masters George R. R. Martin and Christopher Paolini. He lives in California with his wife Deborah Beale, co-author of the Ordinary Farm Adventures series, and their family.

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  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P7HZHM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amusement Park Ride Through Theology August 1, 2012
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Bobby Dollar is a fast-talking, wiseacre angel advocate for the recently demised. This book is so well and tightly written that if the author's name was removed from my copy and I had to guess who wrote it I'd guess Aaron Sorkin. Now, Tad Williams, if you're reading this review I'm not detracting anything from you, it's meant as a compliment.

In The Dirty Streets of Heaven we're introduced to the parallel real estate beyond the "zipper" where the fresh souls of the newly departed are up for grabs and the decision to send them on the up or down elevator is debated by the Angel Advocates and the Prosecutor Demons. They argue the merits of the departed before the Principalities Judge. The lesser angels and demons appear on sight by a short step out of earthly reality but the Principalities, we are told, appear on scene like silent lightening and we learn the important angels are bright and beautiful with a lot of scary in them.

Dollar tells us that it's pretty darn interesting being an angel; that he's not met God yet; it's not clear what religion is right and though he'd like to explain Heaven it's kind of complicated. Reading this book is like taking an amusement park ride through Theology. Bobby Dollar is actually sort of a community activist for us mortals and has all the foibles we humans suffer including a taste for demon rum and a little lust now and again.

The Dirty Streets of Heaven really gets rolling along with the death of a Captain of Industry in the Silicon Valley. When his soul disappears, something that has never happened before in the history of, well, history, both sides are upset, distressed, and go a little berserk. The dark side sends in a Fixer known only as the Countess, a shapely vixen who immediately gets the attention of Bobby.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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I am familiar with Tad Williams by reputation, but had not read him; I picked up the book for its description more than the author, and I have to say I understand why Williams has a following. The world-building in this urban fantasy novel is seamless. Its depth does change the experience of reading a bit. Much of the urban fantasy I read zips along like a Summer blockbuster, a light and enjoyable experience without a ton of depth. This, by contrast, is a pretty meaty book. I took the time to fully experience it, and I was glad I did. Williams may have departed from his usual genre, but he clearly brings with him the tools of a master. Right down to the infomercial playing on t.v. during one intimate scene, he creates a world of such depth and consistency that it feels completely three-dimensional, entirely real. No small feat, given that our major players include angels, demons and a cursed werepig.

In the finer tradition of urban fantasy, which owes quite a debt to film noir, Williams' characters are morally nuanced. As hinted by the title, "the dirty streets of heaven", good and evil are not so clearly delineated. Told from the tight perspective of its titular hero, it doesn't try to detail every angel or demon, but it gives enough insight to those who are closest to the hero to make it obvious that you can't judge by the trappings or even necessarily by the actions.

Inside this morally-nuanced, three-dimensional world is an engaging mystery that offers good closure. I sometimes flinch away from books that broadcast themselves as "Volume One" - I don't have the memory I once did, and epic fiction can lose me as I wait between books. I appreciate that Williams managed to leave me feeling satisfied by this story, while at the same time leaving enough open-ended in Dollar's world that I'll want to immerse again with book two.

I thought it was wonderful. I recommend.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has it's good and bad points... August 30, 2012
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Part old timey crime story feel, part fantasy. Bobby Dollar is an angel, working as an advocate here on earth. Advocate being just what it sounds like - a lawyer type. You die and he's there waiting to fight for your soul in a hearing. Fighting who? The other side of course. Yeah... that other side. Luckily there's not much that is bad enough to send you to the dark side, so his job is pretty easy. Easy until weird things start happening, like an unprepared angel being sent down to work with the advocates. Souls disappearing that should not. Deaths that should not happen. There's Bobby stuck in the middle of it all, having to figure out why. Oh, and he's got girl troubles to deal with too.

Unlike many others, I did not know this author before now, so I didn't know what to expect. I was both pleased and disappointed. The problem is that by page 100 or so, I honestly still did not yet care about Bobby at all. That is a serious problem. It made reading this book, getting into it, difficult. Then again, I did like the concept. I liked the judgment scenes. I like books such as this one that blend "good" and "evil" and show that sometimes the good guys are not ALL good and the bad guys not ALL bad, that they can interact with one other, be real people (or in this case angels and demons living as people). I liked that these beings were not all knowing super duper beings (ex. Bobbly comes home to find someone has been looking for him - yay the bad guys didn't just use some paranormal GPS to find him and instead had to go leave their calling card at his home, likewise Bobby had to work out on his own just what in the heck was going on, including by seeking out some unsavory folks and getting a little too mixed up with them).

While I wasn't madly in love with this, I also didn't hate it. I wouldn't go out of my way to read further books in the series, but I might consider reading them if I stumbled upon them when I was in the right mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Joel
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
An okay book, but the character struggles to be different from others without finding his own voice yet. Not sure I want to read the next one
Published 2 months ago by Obiwanky
5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to love. Too few & too far apart
Bobby Dollar, what's not to love. Too few & too far apart. I'm ready for the next installment right now.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Rhoden
5.0 out of 5 stars yikes
Such a novel concept, judgement of how a life is lived right at the moment of death. Now I have fears I had not considered regarding an afterlife! Very entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JQ
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 1
Over all a pretty good book. Wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but it could have gone either way. Very suspenseful in parts and the descriptions really give you a feel for what is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars to damn long, and then
I like TW, I really do. But this book, it just goes on and on about 100 pages too long, and the "ending".
Geez, awful.
Published 4 months ago by Tom Post
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
If you're familiar with 'The Dresden Files', this will appeal to you. The 'detective' is similar to Jim Butcher's Dresden. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 5 months ago by Larry Linnell
1.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, but major structural failures
I took this book after having read this author's previous work, so I had some kind of expectation about the style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ruy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-read!
A very interesting and refreshing take on the heaven/hell story. The world that Tad Williams creates is enthralling - I couldn't stop reading once I started the book.
Published 5 months ago by Sam
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More About the Author

Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series established him as an internationally bestselling fantasy author. The series that followed, 'Otherland', is now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2012 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the fantasy series, the 'Shadowmarch' books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, 'The War of the Flowers'; two collections of short stories ('Rite' and 'A Stark and Wormy Knight'), the Shakespearian fantasy 'Caliban's Hour' and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens'/all-ages fantasy series, the 'Ordinary Farm' novels. Coming in September 2012 are the Bobby Dollar novels, fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell: the first is 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven.'

Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.

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