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- Print Length: 352 pages
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- Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (January 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5Z6I5A
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stones Unturned (A Novel of the Menagerie) Kindle Edition
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Thus, we have Danny, the demon changeling, who is struggling to define himself as human or demon in light of his recent transformation from human to demon. There is "Clay" who is nothing less than the original clay that God used to form all of creation from. Clay can transform into anything or anybody, but seems to be dealing with "abandonment issues." Eve is actually Eve, the mother of all humanity, who spent some time becoming the first vampire and the mother of all vampires. She is attempting to atone for creating a race of vampires by exterminating them when she can find them. Dr. Leonard Graves is a genuine crime-fighting pulp-fiction hero from the Depression. He was killed during World War II and has been looking for his killer ever since. Goblin is a goblin with power over shadows. He actually seems the least neurotic and most likable of the lot. Ceridwen is a fairy princess, who is the paramour of the leader, the inventor of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle.
The gang - Doyle's menagerie - has a goal of fighting some looming threat that is coming to destroy our reality. But until that the gang can come to grip with that threat, they have to deal with their own neurosis and issues. Thus in this book Danny interacts with his demon father, who offers him the deal of sacrificing his humanity for....well, it wasn't real clear what the upside was for Danny.
Likewise, Dr. Graves draws more information about who killed him, but that leads to even deeper questions, and a possible rift with Doyle, who often plays the role of puppet master with his menagerie.
By the end of the story, the menagerie is still together, albeit somewhat fractured. The story line of the defense against the Big Bad - the demogorgon - has advanced marginally as Doyle has received some intelligence from Danny's demon father that Danny may be crucial to the defense of our reality.
The story moved along and was fairly engrossing. However, on the whole I found the story to be formulaic and predictable. It did pass the time, and may be worth pursuing if the characters' personalities deepen and become more engaging.
Although I enjoyed both storylines, the very end kinda stunk in a way. I didn't feel fullfilled as a reader in the last 40 pages or so.
But, all in all, this was a solid yarn. Look forward to more of the building up of the oncoming Demogorgon war to come.
Highly recommended for those who like dark fantasy.