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Hanging Flynn (A Tale of the Fairypocalypse) Paperback – November 20, 2011
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About the Author
ADDISON LANE was born and raised between a small town in the Deep South and the Big City. She went to university in New England, majoring in Asian Studies. Fresh-faced and ambitious, she left college to teach English in Japan for a year. Following this, she attended the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the States. She now resides on the East Coast where she works as a web developer by day and saves the world via fantasy by night. HANGING FLYNN is her first novel.
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Top customer reviews
In a post-Cataclysmic world, Fergus Irvine finds himself surviving the day-to-day grind in the lower levels of a city that has been torn apart--literally. New Peiling is an urban center where even the geographical positioning of its denizens makes no pretenses about the deteriorating social circumstances of this society. The marginalized classes of poor and disenfranchised "hybrids" inhabit a world of grit and darkness in the lower level slums, while the wealthy and human elite live in a sunlit metropolis above. For a breath of fresh air or just a bit of green space, lower level residents would need to take an elevator up several levels to reach the top--if they can get past authorities hell-bent on keeping them down with the scum where they belong. In a city where people are predisposed to think of hybrids as less-than-human (and treat them accordingly), the typical political disquiet begins to rear its ugly head, social inequality runs rampant, and the stink of rebellion is in the air. But this isn't any simplified story of one oppressed group coming together and rising up against the proverbial Man. Instead, Lane takes her dystopia to new narrative and philosophical heights, showing not only the volatile results of long-term oppression, but the complexities inherent in the reactionary movements themselves.
And here comes the remarkable part: it's not just a bunch of boring political treatises. On the contrary, for all its depth and social relevance, Hanging Flynn is an equally exciting adventure story, full of rich, memorable characters who will leave you desperate for more time with each and every one of them, vibrant settings that will leave you incurably bored with reality, and seat-of-your-pants action that will leave you breathless. There are few writers today who can weave together good storytelling and thoughtful prose with any sort of grace, but Addison Lane is certainly one to watch out for. There are storms at sea, bounty hunters, sweaty rock concerts, and a mystery that will keep you guessing from the start. Spoiler: you'll still be surprised by the time you reach the climax.
So do yourself a favor. Go put on some grungy, industrial jams (volume turned up all the way), curl up next to the greenish glow from your fish tank, and follow the kelpie boy on the adventure of a lifetime.
I love this whole idea. I am fascinated with this world. This was an ambitious undertaking, and I salute the author.
The few reviews thus far have all been five stars. In my opinion this novel was quite good, but for me it was just a tad under four stars .
This was mainly due to the fact that the first half of the book (for me, anyway) was a little sluggish. I kept asking myself, "Where is this plot going????" "How can our main character be so naive???"
Thank goodness I stayed with it, because the second half of this book started to gain momentum and captivated me completely towards the end.
The book cover and title doesn't do much for me, I would think a more eyecatching cover and a better title would go a long way towards catching a potential reader's eye. I see that the next book in this Fairypocalypse (now that title, I like!) series is out. I can't wait to read more about the characters and their quest.
I purchased the Kindle version, and the format is clean and easy to read. I highly recommend it!
Most recent customer reviews
1. The cover. It is not attractive.Read more