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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Argento Publishing (September 20, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H9M7BVJ
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The tone of the stories jump wildly from high to low to the depths of furthest space/time and that is just barely an exaggeration. The lead is already well buried on the meter with "Motherlucker" recanting both Callie Penrose and Quinn Mackenna during their outing in Las Vegas, originally touted with just Othello in tow but pulling a sucker-punch of the being a 21-Birthday celebration for two dragon-shifter sisters who if I didn't know any better were learning all their popular culture from one particular lizard man who should not be teaching any such things to anybody. Silvers says regular Vegas is way too tame for his standards and suitably adjusts the happenings and stakes to his usual liking, bouncing between Callie and Quinn's perspectives and finding out that sometimes things staying in Vegas doesn't make things any better.
The second story "Collins" is a neck-snapping 180 into prequel territory for Quinn, down to the first real incident of magic overlapping the regular world that she cannot hide or avoid being part of, and having her old friend drawn right into the middle of it beyond any hope of covering up or glossing over. The mood is dour and straightforward, but already exhibits many tell-tale hallmarks of Quinn's character and establishes a base-line for why she keeps her life so segmented and restrained from others. O'Connell is much more notable in the prose here, shedding Silvers' typical insanity for a darker, trauma induced sense of shallower but just as distinct madness of groping about in the dark while being well aware there are things in it that can eat you.
And finally "Beerlympian", which is quite possibly the world's soundest argument for abstinent sobriety ever convinced of by the brains of man. Insanity isn't a proper term for what comes about due to liver-destroying levels of alcohol imbibed on a near minute-to-minute basis through the whole story of a bachelor party gone either terribly wrong or miraculously right due to idiot savantry of the highest order. My brain started to want for processing power between the Valkyrie grudge match bull riding and the sheer concept of how a nudist streaking dare can result in city wide law enforcement response, and it only goes snowballing downhill from there.
I didn't have questions about the validity of human existence and what havoc it can wreak so readily before I read this, and the fact that I'm still sickeningly curious about what happens next in the series overall probably says things about the state of my brain that are better left not thought about it too hard, yet back into the breach I go....
Motherlucker – 5/5
This is the funniest of the three stories.
I didn’t realize the Reds were already ready to turn 21. It seems only a few years ago when we met them as baby dragons. Maybe dragon shifters grow up faster than regular kids (although heaven knows regular kids grow up plenty fast enough).
Anyway, here they are on their twenty-first birthday, and Othello has decided to take them out for a night on the town – the town of Las Vegas, to be exact. And they invite Quinn Mackenna and Callie Penrose to go along.
The five of them manage to drink and fight their way through the town in a night of magical mayhem unlike any other. Fortunately, they encounter mostly other freaks, the main exception being some rock star by the name of Johnson Beaver…
Collins – 4.5/5
This is a prequel novella to Quinn Mackenna’s Phantom Queen Diaries series. In this story, Quinn reconnects with her childhood friend, Jimmy Collins, now a police officer, to solve the case of a child who has been abducted. Or at least, that’s what the police have been told.
This one involves zombies, and things get dangerous. It’s not meant to be as funny as the others, although the zombies are pretty comical.
Beerlympian – 5/5
This is the previously untold story of Gunnar’s bachelor party.
Nate Temple, along with Alucard, Achilles, and the Minotaur take Gunnar to New Orleans. There they begin by playing a game they call Seahorse in a pool with some mermaids. That seems reasonably safe. Then they go to the Alchochemist’s where they meet Nicholas Flamel, drink a lot of a new species of beer that they name Beerlympians, and try to ride a mechanical bull. And finally they set off for a strip club, but they are too drunk to find it.
You keep thinking they are about to get themselves into some sort of serious trouble, being as it’s them…
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Then in the middle is the a backstory from Quinn. All the usual sass and action with zombies thrown in. Brilliant.
Shayne and Cameron come through yet again.
Plus the added bonus of Quinn's back story.....
When you can make someone lose themselves in laughing and crying along with the Character thats golden