- Series: A Mick Oberon Job Book (Book 2)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (August 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781168253
- ISBN-13: 978-1781168257
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hallow Point: A Mick Oberon Job Book 2 Paperback – August 18, 2015
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About the Author
Ari Marmell is a fantasy writer with novels and short stories published through Spectra (Random House), Pyr, Wizards of the Coast, and others. He is the author of role-playing game materials for Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line, as well as the tie-in novel to the hit video game Darksiders. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, George.
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I quite enjoy the throwing-cultures-together-and-shaking-them-to-see-what-comes-out style of writing in this series. I don't mean cultural appropriation, not be any means, but bringing the various fae mythos together along with the 1930's cop and gangster culture has provided for a very entertaining series set in a time period that I haven't enjoyed all that much in modern literature.
Our hero, Mick Oberon, is well written as the private dick and the dame in Hallow Point is perfectly executed. Of course there's something more going on, it wouldn't be a Mick Oberon story without something more than ur world interfering with Chicago. Between Herne the Hunter, the Unseelie, the players from out of town, and Wild Hunt there are enough players on the stage to keep you guessing what's going with the spear until the very end.
In all honesty I guessed one of the big reveals but didn't guess the follow up. It is a story about a private dick so there are enough clues to guess some of what's going on, it wouldn't be any fun without them. I didn't consider the dame a big reveal so there wasn't any gloating when Mick realised what the reader had known all along but it was still satisfying to be right about her.
Overall I am still really excited for in this series and can't recommend it highly enough. In fact if you haven't read any of Ari's stuff this series isn't a bad place to start. Widdershins will likely always be my favorite from Ari but Mick Oberon isn't running too far behind. If you know me then you'll know that saying that about an urban fantasy set in 1930's Chicago is some pretty damned high praise. If you don't then you'll just have to take my word for it.
though there's one on the Faery side as well), hunting for a long lost
Fae artifact whose possession may well tip the balance of power. Of course
nobody believes Mick when he says he's not looking for it, and then a
most unpleasant player calls in a most unpleasnt favor and suddenly he is.
But there's more going on than the artifact's possible resurfacing, and
it's up to Mick to put the pieces together, keep his promise withoug losing
his soul, and keep the Wild Hunt well away from the scene.
I liked Mick a bit more in this one, and he acquired an intriguing femme fatale
(something the first book was sorely missing: what's a hard-boiled PI story
without a dame?), but there seemed to be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and
the motivation for a lot of the plot seemed thin to me.
As I said, still on the line about these. I may try one more to see if it
really grabs me.
I noted, for the first book, how excellent the editing was. In this book, it isn't quite so good. There are some basic homonym errors that haven't been caught: whetting/wetting, creek/creak, palls/pals, tics/ticks ("tic" is also used correctly elsewhere), compliment/complement, blanche/blanch, plum/plumb, and snuggly/snugly. There are also a few other minor typos. Overall, though, the writing is smooth, the voice is consistent (with a judicious scattering of period slang, though I could probably have done with less of the dialect), and there are wonderful images like these:
"a black dress so tight I wondered if she shed it monthly and grew a new one"
"I'd probably end up so dead I'd need a second corpse to hold it all."
The third book is going onto my TBR list, with no hesitation.
I loved the main character Mick Oberon. Also loved setting: the weaving of celtic mythology and 1930's Chicago was very unique. Loved the slang and the lingo; it really contributed to making this a fun read.
What did I not like?
Although things got resolved there was a lot of set up for future books. I will have to wait awhile to see what comes of some plot threads.
But, all things considered I loved it. I won't bother with a summary, but I will say that I am very much looking forward to the next in the series. I recommend reading the previous book, Hot Lead Cold Iron first though. It is not necessary, but enriches the reading experience (there are several references to stuff that happens previously).
If you can get over the writing, which uses the same words as they used in the thirties, prepare for a fascinating book and murder mystery. I initially had quite a hard time getting over the clogs, dogs, flogs, dolls and whatnot that are used to describe people or parts of people or even shoes or cloths. Honestly, I wish there was less of that as it impedes the actual reading...