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Switchblade Goddess Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2011

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Book 3 of 3 in the Jessie Shimmer Series

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Praise for Lucy A. Snyder
“[A] hard-hitting and rather offbeat urban fantasy series . . . It’s a wild ride. . . . Lots of fun.”—Locus, on Shotgun Sorceress
“[A] thrilling trial-by-fire debut . . . constantly surprising.”—Christopher Golden, author of The Lost Ones, on Spellbent

About the Author

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress, as well as the story and poetry collections Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. A Texas native, she lives in Worthington, Ohio, with her husband and occasional co-author, Gary A. Braunbeck.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345512111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345512116
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of several books:

* Spellbent
* Shotgun Sorceress
* Switchblade Goddess
* While The Black Stars Burn
* Soft Apocalypses
* Orchid Carousals
* Sparks and Shadows
* Chimeric Machines
* Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
* Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide

Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, In the Court of the Yellow King, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.

She lives in Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on January 11, 2012
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This is the third book in the Jessie Shimmer series. It was a wonderful book. It ties up a lot of things that started in the first two books and was just a lot of fun to read. I really loved the first two books in this series as well and I think if you enjoyed those books you will enjoy this book.

The book is broken into two parts. The first part has Jessie fighting the demon that has possessed the demigoddess Miko; Miko is the demigoddess who devastated a small town in the second book. Jessie and Pal end up fighting in Miko's own Hell in an effort to both save the innocent souls Miko has taken and free Miko from possession. The second part of the book deals with Jessie fighting her own possession and trying to find a way to heal Pal; she is also trying to make it back to her father. Cooper is in the story some, but is away dealing with other issues for large portions of the story. This story is really about Miko, Pal, and Jessie.

As I have said in previous reviews this series is not for everyone. It is incredibly dark and gritty and at times just plain nasty. If you are a fan of the Sandman Slim series I would recommend this as a good read for you. That being said this is a very creative and off-the-wall series and that is why I enjoy it. So just to be clear there is swearing, goriness, many offensive things said, strange sex scenes, and general yuckiness. There is also a very creative magic system, an absolutely crazy world, lots of action and butt-kicking, and incredibly complex characters.

Jessie is awesome. She is in bad shape for most of this book, but she keeps on going to protect those she loves. Despite all the violence and craziness she endures throughout she is incredibly loyal to her loved ones.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rantboi VINE VOICE on January 4, 2012
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I absolutely love this series. It's full of action, magic, and violence. This book was so messed up at certain points that I couldn't believe what I was reading. Fans of S & M will find much to admire. I'm not usually a fan of that kind of thing, but this book went so over-the-top with it, that I couldn't help but love it. The first 100 pages of Switchblade Goddess were fairly interesting, but the book really picked up after that, when Jessie first stepped into Miko's hell. After that I absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to find out what twisted thing was going to happen next. Jessie Shimmer must be the most bad-ass heroine I've read about. Some of the things she has to go through are unbelievable.

If you're in the mood for an action-packed, twisted dark urban fantasy, Switchblade Goddess definitely delivers. But I definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series, Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress, first.

I certainly hope there are more books to come in this series, and I'd definitely be interested in anything else this author decides to write. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Slemmons on January 5, 2012
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This new book kicks off almost immediately after the end of the previous one -- Jessie Shimmer, with her magic stone eye and magic hellfire arm, has temporarily stopped the diabolical soul harvester Miko -- that's the clothing-bereft knife-slinger on the cover above -- but Miko's not down for the count, and Jessie needs to figure out a way to stop her, rescue the people whose souls she's stolen, save her lover Cooper and her familiar Pal, and still escape the wrath of the magical and highly powerful Virtus Regnum. Can she do it? Maybe, but it won't be easy, and it sure as heck won't be painless.

This book takes on a much more global flavor, thanks to Jessie and Cooper discovering some portals that let them travel almost anywhere they want to. So we get to follow Jessie's adventures on a tropical island, in the Louisiana swamps, at a ritzy European castle -- and after spending the previous book mostly stuck in a little dead-end Texas town, that's definitely a welcome change, just so we can see what other kinds of magical chaos can erupt in all these other settings. But a lot of the action here takes place inside Jessie's mind, because after a certain point, any time Jessie falls asleep, Miko gets to torture her -- as in not-for-the-squeamish flaying-you-alive torture. Luckily, it's all in Jessie's head, so there's no physical damage -- but the mental and emotional scars do some serious damage. And to top it all off, Miko also wants to sleep with Jessie and induct her as her loyal lieutenant -- and Jessie would probably prefer the flaying-alive stuff instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
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This series is one of my favorite. I loved both "Spellbent" and "Shotgun Sorceress". I was eager to read this installment. In fact I had a gift card from Christmas and I ordered 19 books. This is the first one I grabbed to start reading when that package came in the mail. These books have been progressively becoming darker and more twisted. I am okay with that but I did realize that I don't necessary care for the concept of torture in the 'hellement' or a mental plane in which the person can just wake up and be unscathed in the real world. And a few times the magic just seemed too easy. Oh we have such and such a problem but wham! We can use this magic that has never been mentioned before to make it all better!

I don't mean to sound like I am picking on this book because I really did enjoy it. I was very happy to see the Miko perspectives which were handled so beautifully and gave quite a lot of substance to the villain. In fact, she could have had an entire book about her past. I also loved the scene where Jessie tries to save the souls that Miko has taken. I was also super pleased with the characters. I love these character so much and I believe that they are why this series stands out above so many others for me. Pal, Jessie's familiar, is present most of this book and I just love him. I also like the Warlock a lot and wish he had been more in this book even though he did play a good part. I have not been a big fan of Coopers. I haven't ever gotten a sense of why he is good enough for Jessie. Jessie is a kick-butt heroine with a good heart. She needs a strong good man. I am not convinced Cooper is the man for her but he does make great strides by the end of the book.
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