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Old Blood's Fate Paperback – March 6, 2013
About the Author
Michael Merriam is an author of speculative fiction living in Hopkins, MN. His first novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a "Top Book in 2011" by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction. He has also published two story collections, three single-title novellas, and 80+ pieces of short fiction. His novella, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award in 2010. Michael is quite pleased to be working with Artema Press and hopes this turns into a long-term publishing relationship. Like most writers, Michael has worked a variety of odd jobs over the years, including as a musician, short order cook, spoken-word performer, and the booking agent for a puppet troupe. Also a working actor and storyteller, Michael has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival and the Tellebration! Storytelling Festival. Michael is the convention liaison for the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance, the Outer Alliance, the Steampunk Artists and Writers Guild, and Story Arts of Minnesota. Michael's website can be found at: www.michaelmerriam.net
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Jack Clausen is a Creek man transplanted to Minnesota from his native Oklahoma. After a trip back to his old stomping grounds to write a travel article, Jack ends up on a crashing plane with Emma (a magically gifted flight attendant) and Old Coyote.
After mysteriously surviving a plane crash, Jack is soon caught up in the schemes of Coyote an the other First People of North America.
I liked the way this story was executed. Jack's character is important enough to warrant the attention of the powers present in the book. At the same time, he is not so powerful or wise as to make his struggles meaningless or unrelatable. The Animal People do a good job of combining "regular guy" qualities and ancient wisdom and power, like the best myths of most peoples.
The romance subplot is important, but doesn't overpower the rest of the plot. The progression of the relationship is very believable, as well. The sex scenes are pretty hot - fans of Merriam's earlier work will notice they are considerably more graphic than his usual "cut-to-curtains-blowing-in-the-windows approach.
There are questions left unanswered by this book, and I liked that. It would have been too pat to answer ever question that was brought up, and would have weakened the overall impact of the story.
In summary, I definitely recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and folklore based tales.