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Slippery Souls (Contemporary Fantasy) (The Reluctant Vampire Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : February 15, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 227 pages
- File Size : 1531 KB
- Publisher : Ignoble Dead Press; 2nd Edition (February 15, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007A451OE
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,768 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did enjoy the characters (and the talking dog) and there were a few surprises that kept things lively. I would read future books by Ms. Dixon.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. And there is plenty to like here. The concept is original and makes for good reading. I mean, purgatory as a sunny seaside town? Brilliant. It was well-written and the narrator - Libby - was engaging, funny and likable. I loved getting to know her and even though she was, technically, dead, she wasn't letting that get her down. Grim, the other major character, was also intriguing. Rufus - Libby's dog - was a nice touch too.
The only thing that I had a problem with in this book - and this may very well be cleared up later in the series - is that the vampires, werewolves, zombies and witches that suddenly appear in the narrative did not seem necessary. I was well past the introduction when all of a sudden it's casually mentioned that a character is a vampire. I then had to rearrange everything I thought I knew about this world. And I was a little disappointed that this was another 'vampire book'. And the fact that characters were vampires (and werewolves, and witches etc.) wasn't a major plot device made their presence all the more infuriating. Why have them if they aren't necessary? I don't know about you, but I am heartily sick of vampires. Exploring the more interesting (and less clished!) aspects of the plot, such as the slippery souls, would have made this book far more enjoyable. Slippery souls is a great concept! And Purgatory in a seaside town is a great concept! And ORIGINAL. I wanted to hear more about that and less about vampires and zombies and what have you. Still, I had fun reading it. And I did enjoy it.
So if you want a fun, original read with a smattering of unnecessary vampire, this may be the book for you.
In the end I just didn't care that the antagonist was overcome almost accidentally, or that I have no idea how the person who ran Libby over and started the whole affair was able to leave Sunray bay to do that, or that Vamp, Weres, Zombies and more suddenly came out of nowhere, or that Libby's reaction to death and discovering herself in some strange world with a talking dog was ridiculously blasé. I still enjoyed myself.
Libby and her relentless libido were persistent, sarcastic and just plain funny. Krain managed to feel both evil and exasperated—a surprisingly endearing quality that made me somehow, both, like him and hope for his demise. So did Strickler for that matter. Grim was suitably sexy and Rufus provided comedic relief. Everyone involved is having an extremely bad day and the environment gives the whole atmosphere a grimy, gritty feel.
I've had this one on my TBR list for a while. I put it off again and again, uncertain what to expect. I'm happy to report it's a hit. I'm moving on to book two with high hopes.
A delightful writing style and very wry humour makes an enjoyable novel and a fast-paced read. Poor Libby, thinking the worst problem in her life is waiting to dump her boring, unpleasant, live-in; she just doesn't realize worse things are in store-namely, not living at all. If Libby could have expected any sort of afterlife at all, instead of oblivion, it's for certain she would never have imagined Sunray Bay, the strangest "other side" ever. What's more, not only is she installed there, her terrier Rufus (who also was involved in the automotive hit-and-run that cancelled Libby's tenure on Earth) is right there with her-and he talks-and a cheeky bloke he is, too. Not only has Rufus learned sarcasm and wit in profuseness; so has Libby, and uses it as she explores her new after-death "life."
An intriguing juxtaposition of the wry and the violent (in Big Brother style, termed "Peace and Order Maintenance"), "Slippery Souls" will keep readers on the edge trying to puzzle out its mysteries, while enjoying the outspoken Libby and Rufus, and the delightful characterisations of Sunray Bay's citizenry, mayor, and Peace and Order Maintenance officers and prisoners. All is not sweetness and light in the afterlife, and there exist creatures and events one might never imagine for life after life. Luckily, this is only the first in a series, because readers will want to tumble on along after the Sunray Bay way of "life."
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It started off well enough (intriguing) but I'm now back to 15% and have realised why I probably didn't finish it the first time. It's really, really confusing. I've no real idea what's going on (even though much of it came back to me) and it's very erratically written.
The idea is promising - but the delivery needs tightening up. Shame.
From there the book, more or less, takes time off at the seaside. A nice place named Sunray Bay, depending upon your idea of nice. Personally, I've met some very peculiar people on a day-trip to the seaside. Libby Hood seems to have cornered the market on peculiar people at the seaside.
Slippery Souls is solidly grounded in the observation that we aren't necessarily, our own worst enemy. Considering the damage Libby does to the not-so-innocent denizens of Sunray Bay, the author may have a point. Anyhow, I believe I'm a sucker for any novel with psychotic donkey-men, and werewolves, and a lot of dead people.
Rachael writes with an easy, flowing, lack of deliberate style. A particularly impressive aspect is Libby Hood's snappy internal dialogue, which is written like a cross between 'The Betrayal' and 'The Likely Lads', (with a touch of 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' thrown in). The occasional alliterative touches are impressive, as are the deliberately downbeat similes and twisted proverbs.
If I have a minor quibble it concerns the use of language. Not the well-handled sexual bits, nor the mild bad language, rather that some of the more entertaining idioms may be lost on readers not from the North East of England. (Study your James Bolam.)
The first book in the Sunray Bay Series, Slippery Souls is a fast, smooth, uninterrupted ride; a comedy horror thriller. I didn't stop being drawn into Libby's nightmare quest until the last page, and then, after being left dangling in chains, I wanted to read the next installment.
Rachael says her inspirational author is the bestselling English Horror writer James Herbert, ('The Rats' and 'The Fog'). Here and there I caught more than a feeling of Terry Pratchett at his most cynically paranoid portrayal of Patrician Havelock Vetinari, but then I was never keen on rodents. Like James Herbert, Rachael has designed her book's cover art and organises all publicity and logistics. As a writer and publisher Rachael H Dixon is a class act.
I strongly recommend this book.
Slippery Souls (Sunray Bay Series)
Slow and fragmented start made getting in to this book difficult, the pace (and a sense of cohesion) picked up eventually before the story rushed to the inevitable climax.
Not a terrible read overall, but I won't be looking at the rest of the trilogy based on the opener.
Libby is killed in a car crash, alongside her dog Rufus and somewhere along the transportation to the afterlife of Sunray Bay Rufus manages to absorb her soul which leaves poor Libby soulless. Rufus, who can now talk, helps Libby to reveal the truth and what is going on in this strange place.
Caught in a war between vampire mobs and werewolves she soon discovers that their new target is now her and she, Rufus and a newfound friend called Grim are soon in a frantic race for their lives as they try to hunt them down. What do they want with them? And what is this mysterious `Dustbowl that surrounds the city?
Rachael's talent in her writing skills is a joy to read, with loads of nail-biting moments and plenty of humor thrown in, makes this one of the best reads I've read in a long time.
Well done Rachael, can't wait for book two