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Amberville Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 24, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Those with an appetite for the bizarre will best appreciate the pseudonymous Davys's offbeat debut, set entirely in a town inhabited by living, breathing stuffed animals. Everyone in Mollisan Town fears the Death List, the legendary roster of residents designated for pickup by the Chauffeurs, from whose red pickup truck no one returns. When word that mob boss Nicholas Dove (yes, a stuffed bird) has been placed on the list, he coerces Eric Bear into helping him escape his fate. Bear, who's put his shady past behind him and turned to a career in advertising, goes in search of answers. The backbiting and betrayal would certainly be at home in a conventional hard-boiled crime novel, but some readers may feel the premise's novelty wears thin after a while. Passages of clunky translation don't help ("From being a suspect rat who through her mere presence transformed the individuals around the conference table to normalcy, here she was in her right element"). (Feb. 24)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Once readers get past the idea of murderous, debauched stuffed animals, they will find an entertaining noir thriller in Amberville, filled with hidden identities, shifting loyalties, surprising twists, and a gritty, hard-edged tone worthy of Chandler or Hammett. The odd nature of the residents of Mollison Town doesn't impede Davys's deft characterizations, and unraveling the secrets of the city is half the fun of reading this imaginative novel. Though Amberville delves into "Orwellian satire" (Chicago Sun-Times) toward the end, with the chief target religion, Davys is careful never to let the plot lag. Aside from a rather clumsy translation, Amberville is a "delightful mystery-thriller" (San Francisco Chronicle).Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLC
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It's a decent, workmanlike, book whose main hook is that all of the characters are plush toys. They have a world view, religion, careers, and so forth: it is a stab at making social commentary on our own times, while directly mimicking the aforementioned Raymond Chandler. This is a world of drug-addled, crime-bent toys, living in their (very) colorful houses. A kind of 1930's Los Angeles vibe prevails.
It's entertaining... and yet...
The plot revolves on several points of view and figuring out what our protagonist and all-around-good-guy, Eric Bear, should be doing based on these divergent viewpoints. Without giving it away, the ending disappointed me on a couple of levels.
First, it doesn't resolve what this world is supposed to be (can you spell "sequel"? I there is one, I shan't buy it). Second, the big twist at the end is wholly unfair to the reader and I found it to be a letdown. Still, the novel wasn't ruined. The writing is clear; the characters and scenery are great fun. So I recommend it as a nifty diversion. On the other hand, this reminded me strongly of the far superior Gun, with Occasional Music (Harvest Book).