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- Print Length: 247 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Stormwolf.com (December 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004EPYTYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tricknomancy sounded interesting to me, I do quite like the fantasy Noir genre, being a big fan of Glen Cook's Garrett stories. I also like the more modern hard boiled fantasy like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden stories. So I bought it. Yesterday, technically. (12:24 am according to the computer.)
If you like the two writers I mentioned above, buy this book. Mike (can I call him Mike?), has done a fantastic job with these stories, the characters jump off the page at you. Unlike the other reviewer, I found the writing to be very good, short and punchy like classic Noir stories. The world building is nice too, the limits on magic are such that you are never left wondering why Trick's world has not branched further away from ours.
Mike makes you emphasize with the Trick and a number of other characters. You will really hate some of the other characters, but, they all feel so very real.
Punchy, magical Noir stories about the redemption of a man. I'll be buying the next Trick Molloy story or book that Mike writes!
1) No Rest for the Wicked
2) If Vanity Doesn't Kill Me*
3) The Devil Within*
4) Such a Nice Girl
5) Little Girl Lost
6) The Witch in Scarlet
7) 'Til Death
*previously unreleased and only available in this collection.
Trick Molloy is a former cop and current bouncer. He was driven from the force on false charges, but even those who believe his guilt Have something "worse" to hate him for: Trick is one of the relatively few humans who can not only has Talent, but can use it.
Trick is a strong, if a bit stereotypical, lead: flawed and plagued with personal problems, but fierce, loyal and never quits. What sets Trick and his stories apart is the magick he controls and the limitations placed on it. Only those who have an affinity, have discovered their trigger, and know their channel can perform magick. This gives an easy to understand structure to Trick's world and explains why only a few of the inhabitants can accomplish much with their Talent.
I've read a fair bit by Michael Stackpole and am always impressed by his worldbuilding skills. The environments and "rules" are always depicted fully developed, well formed, and compliment the story being told. Since Trick's world differs only from our own by the existence of magick, it's easy to follow the consequences Trick has to deal with. But the key is that it is still all background and enhancement: the cases and the characters are the heart of the stories, and Stackpole never forgets that.
Each story reads well alone, but contributes to the overall story of events building in Trick's life. A fantastic series and a must read for anyone who'd like a different take on "urban fantasy." I hope we eventually see more from Trick Molloy.
The talented are where this book really shines. Talent is the parlance for magic, which is known to exist but is still quite rare. Trick is also talented - strongly so. The mechanics and expression of magic in these stories is refreshing in its uniqueness.
Tricknomancy is a collection of short stories about Molloy. Due to his connections with the police and underworld, and his own strong sense of responsibility to the girls at the club, Trick gets drawn into a lot of situations that wouldn't usually be a bouncer's problem.
All in all, it was a fun book without a lot of big surprises. Worth it for an easy read by fans of urban fantasy or noir.
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Stackpole delivers so much with so little with this book, Loved the modern noir setting it was definitely a new take on things.Published on November 19, 2013 by Dallon Darkstorm
I've given Mr Stackpole several chances and the books just keep getting less and less interesting. I've never read any of his Star Wars works so I can't comment on them, but his... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by P. Brown
Let me caveat my review thusly: I love Michael Stackpole. (Or should I say, used to love Michael Stackpole. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Kindle Customer
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