Moon Called (Mercy Thompson) Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441019277
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441019274
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.18 x 9.28 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This first book, Moon Called, is a little bit shaky in some aspects. It has a strong beginning, and a strong latter half. But toward the middle it begins to meander a bit too much, focusing too much attention in too condensed a chunk of the book on "guy problems," by which I mean Mercy's guy problems and then, immediately after, the problems of her gay werewolf friend. None of this is bad, but it leaves the pacing feeling uneven and I couldn't help but think that, if there was going to be a protracted period of non-action so soon in the book, it should not have set such a tense, violence-soaked tone in the early portion of the book. And if it needed to do that, then the romantic tensions of the middle portion really ought to have been spread out and broken up by more plot-relevant events. Fortunately this book is short enough that the meandering middle didn't wear me out before the story got back to business, which is good. And maybe this portion of the book is just more popular with Briggs's intended demographic than I give it credit for. It's very obvious from the way Mercy narrates events that the story is being written with straight women who like chiseled muscles, alpha males, and romanticized "animal instinct" notions in their love stories, and I'm a straight 29-year-old GUY who likes athletic women with a bit of humor and attitude, while simulataneously finding "animal instinct" notions in love stories goddang annoying. So my perspective might be skewed. Although the "...but all these animal instincts are kind of a pain in everyone's butts" caveat undertone to the proceeding does tickle that latter tendency of mine too, which I guess is a sign of a darn good, well-rounded approach to that idea. So Patricia Briggs does deserve some props for catering to one demographic while not necessarily writing a story that would be repellant to all others.
Anyone coming into this series in the year 2017 might be thinking of the likes of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey when I talk about that kind of thing though, so rest assured: Patricia Briggs is a much, much, much much much better writer than Stephanie Meyer or E. L. James. Leagues better. The only writing issues I can pinpoint are the above-mentioned uneven pacing, occasional typos here and there that should have really been flagged and fixed during the editing process, and the character of Warren, who is defined too heavily on his introduction by his homosexuality to entirely become anything more by the end of this book than "Adam and Mercy's gay werewolf friend" and may not grow on readers until subsequent books as a result of that. The frustrating thing in that last one is that Mercy herself briefly relays an anecdote about something cool Warren did in the past that marked him as a hero and all around good guy in her eyes, but actually witnessing that event as a scene within the book's narrative rather than a vague summary of backstory would have established Warren so much more effectively and then the whole thing where Mercy meddled with his boyfriend would have just been... you know... character development, rather than the only thing we knew about the character for the majority of his "screen time."
Still, first novel in series, so some misteps are to be expected. Overall it was still very enjoyable. It never really elevated itself beyond the level of pulp fiction popcorn entertainment, but as those kinds of novels go, this is one of the good ones. It gets my wholehearted recommendation, and I'm already reading the second one as I write this.
Final note: formatting in both the Mass Market Paperback and the Kindle edition are largely identical and fine. Paperback's small but sturdy and feels pretty good in the hand, but is not built for antiquity. If you're looking to COLLECT physical copies of these books, find hardcovers.
Let's just say I'd like to see Harry Dresden punch Bella Swan in her simpy piehole.
While it was refreshing to have Mercy Thompson not spending half a book deciding who she loved more and instead being a strong, smart detective who HAPPENS to be a woman, I found the mystery itself crafted less artfully than I'd like. When the solution comes about, it's jangly and a bit deus ex machina. It doesn't fit well, and many of the important missing pieces are only revealed in the explanation rather than the lead up to the revelation. That's the heart of good mystery, and this book kinda misses the mark on that count.
I kinda feel like Patricia Briggs would be better with a better book editor to make the story hang together throughout rather than fact-dump in the reveal and leaving the reader befuddled and more than a little confused.
If you're looking for solid UF along the likes of a female Harry Dresden, pass on this and choose Melissa F. Olson's Scarlett Bernard series. If you've already read those and Illona Andrews' Kate Daniels (which is a little more romancy than I like but compellingly written), then this isn't horrible, but it's not something you'll be waiting to have the next book come out.
This book is pretty amazing. There is extremely impressive character building, the world that Briggs developed is fascinating, and the writing is superb. Reading this book makes me happy. Which, if you really think about it is kind of weird. It is not really a happy everything is well type of book. Yet I still pick up this book to relax away from the world.
This is an amazing start to what I consider to be my absolute favorite urban fantasy series. If you are even remotely interested then you should absolutely, without a doubt, check out this book.
I've made it about halfway through the... 5th? 6th? book of the series, and I've started to look for other things to read. Despite the interesting world of mythical characters Briggs has crafted, the romance has been underwhelming and the writing style can be didactic at times ("I walked inside. I set my keys down. I pet the cat." ...) while other major events are vague or glossed over. Overall, it's not bad if you have some time to kill. These definitely aren't the trashiest books I've picked up, but are nothing spectacular, either. The Kate Daniels series, a similar genre, does a better job of building momentum with each book while dishing out good portions of action and romance.
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I have to say I’ve not read this author before and was surprised to find myself attached to the characters so quickly. It’s probably for this reason that the death of one of the characters early on hit me quite hard. That moment was bitter sweet for me as I’ve not experienced that before. I could say that Mercy is your typical feisty female but she’s more than just that and I particularly love the way she handles Adam; her forms of revenge/rebellion are quite unique. Adam pretty much is your typical alpha male, but it’s his backstory that makes him stand out for me. I’m used to shifters having true mates, so it’s unusual to see a shifter that’s been in a relationship that was serious enough to produce a child. His daughter adds another element to the story and the character dynamics that I find interesting though, so that’s good. It’s the unique little twists that I look for in my favourite books and this one has a fair few of them; though if you’re expecting everything to be wrapped up in a neat little bow by the end of ‘Moon Called’ you’ll find yourself disappointed. Personally, I’m looking forward to discovering the reasons behind a certain picture in someone’s bedroom and the specifics behind a certain agreement, etc. in the subsequent novels.
Cautionary element(s): Contains a kidnapping and the threat of rape.
It sets the scene of a world that holds more than just humans in it. As well as werewolves there are fae, vampires and even some native American creatures like Mercy who can change into a coyote. Most of these creatures stay hidden but many are in a race against modern technology that can uncover them at any time.
The fae chose to expose themselves and we get to see history repeating itself as they are marginalised and put onto reservations for their own safety. The time is coming soon for the werewolves to show themselves but of course there are always conflicts when this is suggested.
So we meet a whole cast of interesting characters including Mercy who is as crafty as her coyote alter ego. In any good book the ingredients include humour and tears and conflict and reconciliation. This book has it all and I loved it.
Loved Mercy's character, sensible, brave, loyal and kick arse. Strange that the Alpha suddenly made a play for her when there was no "sexual" ;or romantic thing prior spoke about. Not sure if I will carry on with any more in the series.
I enjoyed reading this book. The main character, Mercy, is quite likeable, is not too kick ass so as to lose plausibility, nor is she devoid of backbone. The werewolf characters were quite well done because while they were typically overbearing and controlling, it wasn't in a "Christian Grey" or "Edward Cullen" way; they were called on it, or it was explained as pack mentality. Mercy didn't capitulate in the face of the dominant and handsome men, like you so often see, which I hope continues into the series.
The world is well created, and you get a sense of the different supernatural tribes and their politics. You get a sense of how this can develop. The whole book is well written and of a professional standard. I've been reading a lot of self-published stuff so I really noticed the difference.
My one real complaint was that Adam didn't really react when his daughter was kidnapped. Given how a parent would feel, you would expect some reaction. None of them really reacted, to be honest, and while I get that they are tough supernatural types, I think you would've seen some angst, there.
To me, this is a good example of using stereotypical tropes to write a pretty reasonable story. It doesn't break any particular new ground or get you thinking "wow, blimey" at all, but its worth a read. Kind of reminds me of early Dresden Files, and (like Dresden Files did) I sense it will develop through the series. A nice, familiar, comfort blanket of a book.
Worth reading, pretty good, just don't expect fireworks.