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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Spectacular scenes of chaos and horror in a flood-drenched Chattanooga invigorate Priest's third Eden Moore fantasy (after 2006's Wings to the Kingdom). A devastating storm swells the Tennessee River to dam-breaking levels on the eve of Eden's planned move into a new riverside apartment complex. With the gushing waters comes a tide of corpses sunk in the river for more than a century, now animated and organized by a malignant force with an inscrutable purpose. When psychic investigator Eden realizes that the zombie army is converging on historic Read House, she draws a connection to the ghost of Caroline Read, who haunts the building trying to resolve a hushed-up 19th-century atrocity. Although talky and too dependent on convenient last-minute information, Priest's tale crackles with action and occult thrills, especially in the scenes of the inundated city reeling under the double assault of Mother Nature and the supernatural. Fans will find this her most assured outing yet. (Oct.)
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"A remarkably assured debut, a creepy modern-day Southern gothic that doesn't rely on cliché but delivers an emotionally powerful tale of self-discovery and the supernatural." --San Francisco Chronicle on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"Wings to the Kingdom is not precisely a sequel, but a second chapter set in Eden's overlapping worlds--Priest's beautifully detailed culture of the South, and the world of the dead: immediately adjacent, and always visible to Eden. Wings is more firmly based in the physical world than Blackbirds was, but it's every bit as fascinating. Once again, Priest succeeds in making her story both straightforward and exquisitely strange." --Green Man Review
 
"Priest kills as a stylist. Debut novel? You could have fooled me. Four and Twenty Blackbirds feels like it was written by an author with the assurance and experience of already having many books under her belt . . . . the book has everything going for it and you should definitely pick up a copy to see for yourself."  --Charles De Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"There's mystical, sultry appeal in the thick Chattanooga atmosphere and strong characterizations (Eden's tongue is as sharp as the heels of her signature black boots), and a mixed-race heroine lends welcome diversity to a genre well populated with porcelain-complected heroines.... Girl-goths will devour this whole, but also suggest it as a larky follow-up to forced readings of Harper Lee, William Faulkner, and the like." -Booklist on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"The classic Southern gothic gets an edgy modern makeover in Priest's debut novel about a young woman's investigation into the truth of her origins.... Eden is a heroine for the aging Buffy crowd." --Publishers Weekly on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"Wonderful. Enchanting. Amazing and original fiction that will satisfy that buttery Southern taste, as well as that biting aftertaste of the dark side. I loved it." --Joe R. Lansdale, Bram Stoker and Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, on Four and Twenty Blackbirds

More About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of twelve novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, Ganymede, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor (Macmillan), Bloodshot and Hellbent for Bantam, and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, she is a newly minted member of the Wild Cards Consortium - and her first foray into George R. R. Martin's superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the frame story), debuted in 2011. Cherie's short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Subterranean Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Living Dead 2, and the Thackeray T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. She presently lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, a fluffy young dog, and a fat black cat.

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Once again she has woven a fantastic storyline for our heroine.
M. A. Thompson
I was so sad to see the Eden Moore trilogy come to a close, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers was a wonderful way to end.
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If you enjoyed her first two outings, you'll definitely want to read this one.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Chandler on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Cherie Priest has hit this one solidly over the fence. The pacing is impeccable and intense, keeping you sucked solidly into Eden Moore's world. While it isn't absolutely necessary to have read Four and Twenty Blackbirds and Wings to the Kingdom to get into Not Flesh Nor Feathers, it will certainly make some passing references easier to understand.

As with the other two Eden Moore books, NFNF opens with a ghost. Lest readers of the other two books think they know where things are going, however, the story rapidly builds and takes a hard left turn into rising waters and the problems (not all of them mundane) that come with the river's encroachment into town. The novel is so realistically done that the supernatural elements slot naturally and easily into place, making suspension of disbelief and complete immersion in the story easy.

Definitely Priest's best book yet, and I'm looking forward to future books as I suspect she's going nowhere but up from here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dawn on December 4, 2007
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I was so sad to see the Eden Moore trilogy come to a close, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers was a wonderful way to end. The book had just the right amount of creepy and just the right amount of adventure. It was a delight to get lost in the pages and follow Eden on her adventure. I have thrust this series on all of my book loving friends. If you like tales of things that go bump in the night, pick up a Cherie Priest book. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janlynn on October 15, 2007
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The other reviewers tell the basic outline of the book. I love Cherie Priest's Eden Moore novels, each one gets better and better. Personally, I find them fascinating, and not at all creepy: Stephen King is the master at that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Thompson on December 20, 2007
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Prepare to be up all night! Three times in a row, Priest has written a book I couldn't put down. Once again she has woven a fantastic storyline for our heroine. The story flows beautifully, is easy to read but not 'dumbed down', is realistic(as realistic as river zombies can be, at least!), and keeps you guessing from page to page.

I highly recommend this, as well as her other 4 novels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LizzieBelle on November 6, 2007
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Cherie Priest delivers another solid story in this latest outing of her character Eden Moore. This time, it's zombies that she battles during a flood of historic proportions. There's an uncommunicative ghost, a flirty newsman, a half-brother who's on the lam but wants to meet her family, and rising waters that bring shambling death to Chattanooga to deal with, and Eden does it with style. If you enjoyed her first two outings, you'll definitely want to read this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. G. Miller on October 7, 2007
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The above title line is a reference to the central event and chief threats in this well-spun tale of terror, horror and historical drama. Like other river towns, from Johnstown, PA to New Orleans, Chattanooga, TN at the beginning of Cherie Priest's Nor Flesh Nor Feathers is threatened by rising water...and other, more viscerally terrifying things.

The resourceful, articulate and courageous heroine of the previous two volumes in this trilogy, Eden Moore, faces questions and crises she needs all of her powers to face, and answer. The transient and marginal characters who lend Chattanooga a funky underclass are disappearing. Drawn into searching for causes, Eden over about three days goes through events that stretch her to the utmost of her physical and psychic limits.

There are a few references to the devastation of New Orleans following Katrina, but Chattanooga has its own history of floods, including one in the 1800s which allowed a small steamboat to use a major street as an impromptu canal. What happens in Priest's book is not far-fetched, at least as pertains to flooding, and the events are convincingly described.

The supernatural element, of course, is another thing, and is done quite well, as in the earlier two books in the Eden Moore saga. "Genre fiction," in which category this novel is included, like all other types of fiction must first be a good story, well-told and written. As with the previous two books, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and Wings to the Kingdom, Cherie Priest has filled that requirement. A very rewarding read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Parent on April 21, 2011
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(Bk 3/Eden Moore series) Modern southern gothic. Set in Chattanooga, we meet up with Eden Moore again. She still sees & hears ghosts, which is a good thing because there are things in the river, things that are killing people and as it rains endlessly, the river starts to flood and Eden finds out the zombies in the water are empty - except for the angriest little girl (cue creepy music). So Eden has to turn to a ghost to find out why the things are coming and what they want...Or try to. Interesting B characters or sub-A, if you will, help lend the story depth and once again, Priest's atmopshere building talents are great.

Anyway, I find it hard to think this will be the last Eden Moore, as there are new story possibilites and open ties everywhere - which I don't want to list as it will be a spoiler for this story but I really hope there are more to come someday.
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