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Killing with the Edge of the Moon [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Attanasio , John Bauer
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Book Description

Mama’s boy Chester Hubert drums up the courage to ask a witch’s granddaughter to the school dance—and finds himself hurtling through a modern, demonic fairy tale.

Quiet, elfin Flannery is not like other kids. She has caught the attention of the faerie, beautiful evil creatures from a mysterious Otherworld. They seduce their victims at midnight raves, then feed them to a dragon. For sport, they hunt souls with a black dog of prodigious evil. And they have taken Flannery for one of their own.

Thrust together in the Otherworld’s dark enchantment, Flannery and Chester discover they know each other better than they know their own hearts ... but can they sort things out before the black dog finds them?

And what was that about a dragon?

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In this lyrical fairy tale from fantasy veteran Attanasio (The Crow: Hellbound), geeky teen Chester "Chet" Hubert must rescue flame-haired daydreamer Flannery Lake from the Otherworld, when all he really wanted was a date. Flannery's grandmother, Nedra Fell, screws up a Wiccan ritual in an attempt to cheat Death, who decides Flannery will make a welcome substitute. After Flannery is hit by a school bus, she falls into a coma and her soul is lured to the Otherworld by a deceitful "techno-pagan" who promises her love but plans on feeding her to a demonic dragon. Luckily, Nedra convinces the smitten Chet to rescue Flannery in a colorful adventure reminiscent of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and as magical as the best work of Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen and Holly Black. (Sept.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story November 29, 2006
As always, Attanasio's writing is rich and lyrical and a joy to read. The subscript on the title page really says it all - A graphic novel (without illustrations). If that doesn't describe his writing I don't know what does. Although there is some dark and even hellish imagery in the book, the story itself is actually much lighter than in his other novels. One thing I love about his books is that you are often unaware that you are learning about actual mythology. This is a fantasy novel through and through, and lacks some or all of the existentialism found in his other works. However, I was delighted to find reference to the planetary dragon used in his Arthor series.

There is one important thing to note here: This book is SHORT! Currently the title is only available in hardcover, and the price for this does seem a bit much for the length. If you aren't a fan, wait for the paperback.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great story, but not as ambitious.... January 4, 2007
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While I like the story and finished it in like two nights, it just didn't grab hold and warp my mind like A.A's other books have. I didn't expect that this book would or could do that with what is essentially a novella length release, but, one can always hope.

If you're reading this A.A, please don't stop writing and continue to fight the 'man'. Your books are better than 90 percent of what's on the market today. 'Last Legends of Earth' is such an amazing book, I know it's weird to say, but it changed my life, or at least what I come to expect from a great Sci-Fi novel, and it has never been topped yet (some of the takeshi kovach stuff is a good second though). Another great A.A read is 'Wyvern', it's not really sci-fi, but mind boggling in scope none-the-less.

One of my top five authors of all time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read April 10, 2006
I thought that this was an excellent novel. Mr. Attanasio,s books are always filled with vivid imagery and this was a prime example. The climatic scenes were very exciting to read and the entire book is like reading a dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely modern fairy tale August 14, 2008
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At 151 pages, _Killing with the Edge of the Moon_ is an evening's read, but what an enchanted evening it is!

I think Attanasio intended _Killing_ as a young adult novel, though I'm not absolutely certain of that. If you're a parent, though, there's nothing in here that's inappropriate for your teen. Despite the cover copy's mention of the "erotic Otherworld," all sexual content is of the briefly-implied sort. Attanasio's Otherworld is seductive, but he does it without filling the tale with smut.

The plot draws upon several old myths: Orpheus and Eurydice, Tam Lin, the Wooing of Etain, and a dash of the Mabinogion. I'm always up for a good "rescuing a loved one from the Otherworld" story. _Killing_ has a deeply archetypal feel due to its basis in the myths, and at the same time, the story is made fresh and individual by the delightful protagonists. Chet is my favorite; I love his leap of faith into a world he doesn't quite believe in, his sense of duty, and little details like the bad poetry he writes for Flannery and his musings about the proper swearwords to use when lost in Elfland. Flannery is also great, a defiant girl who cares more for animals than people; and Nedra, Flannery's Wiccan grandmother, who is more than she seems.

Attanasio is a strongly visual writer. He bills _Killing with the Edge of the Moon_ as "A Graphic Novel (without illustrations)." The prose sets the scene well, whether he's describing an idyllic meadow or a hellish volcanic cavern. Attanasio uses simpler prose for scenes that take place in our world and lush prose for Otherworldly scenes, and it works well. Like the ritual gown that Nedra makes for Flannery, the prose is studded with bits of shining beauty.

_Killing with the Edge of the Moon_ feels more like a fairy tale than a traditional novel, and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes stories of teens confronting the Otherworld.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would you go to Hell just to get a date? November 27, 2012
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Long ago, Orpheus made a similar trip. However, when he tried it, things didn't work out so well. Of course, the Otherworld isn't exactly Hell, and Flannery, unlike Orpheus's wife, Eurydice, isn't quite dead. Flannery's spirit dances with fairies in the Otherworld while her body dies in a hospital bed. If her witch grandmother can't convince Chet to work the Fetch, Flannery will soon be dead and food for the world dragon.

The Orpheus myth is a prime example of what Joseph Campbell calls the hero's journey. Chet's hero journey is faithful to the mythic archetype, while modern and unpredictable. Filled with reversals and surprises, Attanasio's story pits the uncertainty of contemporary adolescence against the ageless themes of Celtic myth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Killing with the Edge of the Moon - A.A. Attanasio April 11, 2013
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Witches out to teach people a lesson? Check. Fairies trying to lure people into their realm? Check. World dragon? Check. Strong basis in Celtic mythology and folklore? Definitely. Now that's an Attanasio book!

I liked this book a lot more than I liked the Conjure Book. It felt more like what I was used to from Attanasio. The story was very poetic...not necessarily the way it was written, but the plot itself: girl gets taken by the fairies, her love has to win her back. It's a story of love and redemption. And writers always get bonus points with me for writing fairies properly. Go to hell, Tink - real fairies are terrifying.

I also noticed that Attanasio writes dragons well - both in this book, and The Dragon and the Unicorn. It's an interesting mythology, that the world is a dragon.

Another part I enjoyed about this book was how contained this story was. There's really only five essential characters that the book focuses on, and each of them has time to develop. All of the other background characters stay just there - in the background. The book doesn't stop to go into details about why Chester's family is vegetarian. That information isn't important to the plot, so there's no lengthy sidetracking to go into detail about it. I loved how focused the book was on the story.

The characters, while not the most likeable cast, were interesting enough. Really, it was the Daoine Siddhe that kept me reading.

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I live in Honolulu, and I actually write most of my fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near my home. Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I'm particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love how this dramatic energy finds its way to the page, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.

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