|Digital List Price:||$2.99|
|Print List Price:||$13.99|
Save $11.16 (80%)
Inspector Hobbes and the Blood: Comedy Crime Fantasy (unhuman Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 313 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.47 when you buy the Kindle book.
Matchbook Price: $0.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
There are so many variations of “urban fantasy” it is difficult to know what to expect. I would call this “Rivers of London” meets Scott Meyer :) Like “Rivers”, this focuses on police work/mystery with an, um, “unusual” detective and a very human side kick in world populated by fantastic creatures. But it also has the silly humor, pratfalls of Meyer’s “The Authorities”. As you might expect, the mystery isn’t that mysterious- the fun is in the journey.
Although I’m a big fan of Aaronovitch and Meyer, I’m a little surprised that I found this so addictive because the sidekick narrator, Alan, really isn’t very likeable. In addition to seeming more cursed than merely accident prone, he is often petty, cowardly, and mean spirited. But he does show an awareness of his failings. (I probably would have been more comfortable if he were a twenty year old rather than 37.) But addictive it is. I’ve already read the second in the series and started the third. Spoiler Alert- Alan improves with each book :)
Somewhat slow moving at first, and, as others have remarked, with the narrator being rather obnoxious (though he gets better as the book proceeds), it had me wondering if one of the villains was supernatural up until the end. The mystery itself is somewhat rambling, the author concentrating more upon the characters.
I'd say this is a fun read, though slow in places. I'm going to buy the next one, because I think this series has a lot of potential, and with a slight bit of polishing, some of the jokes could be laugh out loud on the subway funny.
My other reason for buying the book (and planning to go through the series) is that there are hints of an interesting backstory for some of the main characters, and I'm curious enough to keep reading to find out their true history.
For a first novel (as far as I know, at least the first of a series), it held my attention, though I had to push through a few spots, and deal with my annoyance at the narrator. It certainly did make me want to buy the next book in the series.
I can't really think of what to compare it to. It's sort of an urban fantasy combined with a British police procedural.
Andy Caplet is a long time "cub reporter" for a local newspaper. He was apathetic about his job, living in a day dream, going no where in life, and was horribly love lorn. He was sent out on a "real" assignment with a police inspector, Inspector Hobbes. Soon after being paired up with Inspector Hobbes Andy's flat burns down (Hobbes rescued him) he gets sacked from his job, his ex-boss incorrectly spells Andy's name on the severance check.
Andy begins to realize that Inspector Hobbes is human-ish: has hands as hairy as coconuts, has great strength, can walk with no noise for a big man, and not least of all he investigates scenes by going down on all fours and sniffing things. But it is plain old deductive reasoning that Inspector Hobbes uses when examining clues. There is some question as to how old Hobbes actually is with evidence pointing to hundreds of years. But the action of the story pulls Andy away from such ruminations.
Hobbes is so amused with Andy that keeps him around like a side kick after Andy loses his job and apartment. Andy is invited to move in with Hobbes and the toothless housekeeper, who covets Andy's teeth and wants to add them to her collection when he's done with them. She dresses Andy in her MIA husband's clothing which fit perfectly in an eerie sort of way. Her cooking is out of this world and she gets so much housework done it is like she has an army of elves helping her when everyone is asleep.
There's been an unusual rash of crimes happening in the locale, thefts of odd items, and murder. Hobbes and Andy follow the clues while Andy slowly comes to realize that Hobbes is unhuman (but we don't know what sort of nearly immortal creature he is), that Hobbes interacts with ghouls (who have day jobs), and an embarrassed troll who looks too human for the troll society's taste. The housekeeper also has some supernatural abilities, not the least of which is the ability to sneak up on Andy and speak loudly in his ear, making him jump in a PTSD sort of what that makes Hobbes laugh merrily, something the housekeeper said hadn't happened in a long time.
Andy's charm is turning each situation he is into a comedy of errors and misunderstandings. As he gets more experience with Hobbes and is allowed to mature I came away with a feeling that Andy is developing as a person in the presence of those who are not human, but who are humane. The humans involved in the crimes are more dangerous than the unhuman characters.
I was lead to think that the items stolen and the people murdered, would lead in a particular direction to a predictable end. It did lead in a direction but the ending was not predictable, which was nice. The miscreants were caught, folks got rescued, justice was served, and Andy found real life via those other worldly folks. I laughed. I cared for the characters. I hissed at the villains. I was sad when the book was done and that's a good thing.