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Once in a Blue Moon Paperback – January 7, 2014
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PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF SIMON R. GREEN
Blue Moon Rising
“This fantasy adventure is one readers will savor and enjoy for a long time to come.”—Rave Reviews
“Delightful.”—New York Daily News
Beyond the Blue Moon
Chosen as one of the year’s best books by Chronicle
“Fans of Hawk & Fisher will particularly enjoy the revelations about the deadly duo’s background, and as always, Green provides plenty of spectacular violence and some spectacular wonders. Solving the mystery is almost incidental, but that doesn’t really matter in this engrossing adventure.”—Locus
About the Author
Simon R. Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels.
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If you'd like to read all of the stories: Blue Moon Rising, Swords of Haven and Guards of Haven (each has three stories), Beyond the Blue Moon and then Once in a Blue Moon. I've also enjoyed the Deathstalker books, the Nightside series and Shadows Fall and Drinking Midnight Wine. My wife loves the Nightside books and also enjoys the Ghost Finder novels.
Most of the (surviving) familiar secondary characters make an appearance, but like an employee who is physically at work but busy already trying to find the next job, Hawk and Fisher fail to be "present" in this story.
Overall, it's not all that bad of a story, just not up to Simon Green's best, and could have used some more (or a different) set of review readers to identify flow issues. There are humorous moments, and in-jokes, such as the Strangelovian "There will be no conflict in the command tent" but the book as a whole rings of a set of brilliant ideas and a desired outcome stitched together with filler and predictable plot "twists" that aren't all that twisty - or challenging to our heroes.
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If this happens to you, bear with the book and don't give up. As usual, the Forest Kingdom has surprises in store for the readers!
The book is very well written, and moves along at a fast pace. I thoroughly enjoyed it every bit as much as the last 2.
If you haven't read any of the series yet, don't start with this one. Start with "Blue Moon Rising", then "Beyond the Blue Moon" or you will be completely lost. Reading the Haven series (Guards of Haven and Swords of Haven) will help, too.
None of this series of books ends in a cliff-hanger, and this one is no exception.
In this one, Rupert and Julia, also known as Hawk and Fisher come out of semi-retirement as teachers to save the Forest Kingdom and the world one more time. It starts kind of like his Deathstalker novels did with several characters to learn about. It's still mostly about Rupert and Julia, but there are princes, princesses and Kings as well as R&J's family, as well as some old friends from previous books. This is not a standalone novel. There are a lot of quick references to the previous novels and the plot is based on the previous books. Look for the other Blue Moon and Forest Kingdom books.
It's a big story, but Simon Green is an economical story teller. He puts a lot into a few paragraphs, and heavy on the visualizations. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, he can knock that down to 600 and make you feel like you were there. The first part of the book after the reintroduction of Hawk and Fisher was slow to read because it was introducing all the new characters and setting the scene. After that, the action picked right up and stayed fast and furious until the end.
The Secret Histories started off interesting enough but quickly degenerated into a sort of porn sensibility where the story was simply there to carry the reader to the next clichéd, unexciting scene. (If I have to listen once more to Our Hero moan about how he's "an agent not an assassin" while he leaves the Bad Guy alive and then deal out death and destruction in Costco-sized portions I will explosively regurgitate). The Ghost Finders is abysmal.
The return to the world of the Blue Moon sits up, takes the reader by the hand and says "See! He still has it. He just needs to write with some Love." Yes, it's a touch predictable. But it's so very well done. The old characters are very much themselves. The new ones fit. The villains are suitably loathsome. The peril is frightening. There's exactly the right mix of humor, pathos and action.
The Swedish Academy won't be short-listing it anytime soon. But that's fine. It's exactly what a light fantasy reader is looking for.