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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006

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What would happen if Buffy the Vampire Slayer got married, moved to the suburbs and became a stay-at-home mom? She'd be a lot like Kate Connor, once a demon/vampire/zombie killer and now "a glorified chauffeur for drill-team practice and Gymboree play dates" in San Diablo, Calif., that's what. But in Kenner's sprightly, fast-paced ode to kick-ass housewives, Kate finds herself battling evil once again. First a demon tries to kill Kate while she's making rigatoni for an important dinner party that her sweet second husband, Stuart, has scheduled—at the last possible minute—to butter up potential allies in his run for county attorney. Kate dispatches the demon handily enough, but she learns that Goramesh, one of the terrible High Demons, has come to town looking for something. Where's he hiding and what does he want? Can she defeat him without exposing her past to Stuart—and without putting two-year-old Timmy in day care? Though Kenner starts off her story by dropping so many brand names the book reads like a how-to manual for product placement, she settles down to the action soon enough, and readers will find spunky Kate hard not to root for in spheres both domestic and demonic. Film rights sold to 1942 Pictures and Warner Brothers. (July)
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"I loved Carpe Demon! Ninety-nine percent of the wives and moms in the country will identify with this heroine. I mean, like who hasn't had to battle demons between car-pools and playdates?" - Jayne Ann Krentz
"A blend of sophistication and wit that has you laughing out loud!" - Charlaine Harris
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515142212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515142211
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By GCD on January 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the 5-star reviews on Amazon are far better written than the book itself, you've got to wonder what publishers are thinking when they green-light a book project. I was excited to find this book and expected a quick, light read. I did actually struggle all the way to the end, interested enough in the outcome to complete the slog.

As noted by many others, the characters are very shallow, but that's perhaps a subjective judgment. More irritating is the continuous repetition of plot elements--which I presume is why others note that the plot develops too slowly. I lost count of how many times this trained "demon Hunter" was surprised by someone walking up on her quietly. 10 times? 20? 30? Over and over and over. An author might be well advised to use a plot tool like this once or twice per novel; it wears out quickly and leads the reader to wish that at least one of the protagonist's children, her husband, her neighbor, demons, or whomever would scuff a shoe or make enough ruckus to at least once give the Hunter a little warning. But no, in this book, every human, every demon, and one supposes even every pet sneaks around like a moccasined Indian stalking deer. Perhaps Kate should consider hearing augmentation if she plans to survive another book.

When the author tires of having various character silently catching Kate in compromising situations--and I promise you that the author does not tire of this easily, she substitutes the fascinating surprise of Kate forgetting an obligation. Although Kate reminds us repeatedly that she "always checks the calendar", the reader is treated again and again to forehead-smacking moments as the Hunter remembers a forgotten promise: playdates, parties, research, you name it, she forgets it.
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Carpe Demon is an enjoyable read. The setting is modern suburbia, but demons exist and can possess the recently deceased or those willing to ally with them. Our heroine is a retired demon hunter, pulled out of her suburban life to fight a powerful foe.

The _Buffy_ influences are evident, but well handled. It is "horror", in the sense of including demons, but there are no graphic descriptions of death, injuries, or foul evil. There is some mention of sex between the married protagonist and her husband, which is discretely handled). The fight scenes are brief. The book is suitable for, tho perhaps not interesting to, a teenage reader.

For the experienced mystery reader, the puzzle, clues, and red-herrings will be obvious too soon. This reader found herself impatiently waiting for Kate to figure out the problem at several points.

I found the the setting and the situations a bit too akin to Buffy and the underlying puzzle weak. I'd recommend it as beach reading from the library or used book bin, but not at full price.
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I was really excited about this book when I found it at the used bookstore. It looked right up my alley; I love fast-paced books about the paranormal and the everyday people who might end up interacting with them.

But this book was unfortunately kind of a dozer. The storyline was pretty light and didn't capture my imagination, the character development was weak and I didn't feel at all connected to the characters, and the pacing of it all was just too slow. I got through it, but felt like I'd just spent an inordinate amount of time for very little return.

Don't get me wrong, it was pleasant enough, but usually during and after reading a book of this sort, I think about the characters and the story occasionally and wonder what will happen and imagine things on my own in that world, and the world created here was just too boring to hold my interest. The book could have fit all of the plot and character development into a book a third of the size.

I have the second book here and after finishing the first one, I am not sure I will bother reading the second. I just don't care enough.
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Kate Connor thought she'd put her demon hunting days behind her. She'd lost a husband and had a teenage daughter from her first marriage. Now happily remarried with a young child, she was focused on getting her daughter through high school, her son potty trained and helping her husband get elected county attorney. What could possibly go wrong?

A senior citizen demon crashing through your kitchen window just before a party is not the way Kate expected to find out that demons are invading her town. Then she finds that budget cuts have severely reduced the demon hunting group and she's basically on her own -- though the church will send someone to do research. So now Kate has to hone her rusty demon hunting skills and pick up some of the dutes the support teams used to do without her daughter or husband find out. But it seems a demon might be after her family and she's going to have to take charge and that might mean bring in some untrained help -- her friends.

This books was in turns funny, hilarious, frustrating, and sad. There is so much of a the daily life of a stay at home mom and the problems of everyone thinking your day is your own. Stir in demon hunting/killing, a drugged out senior demon hunter, a husband who is acting weird and things take off.

This is not a serious book but it is fun.
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