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Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth) Paperback – September 12, 2017
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PRAISE FOR RIVER OF TEETH
"Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem. Gailey's debut is a gift of violent, unexpected glee and I can't wait for more capers with Winslow Houndstooth and Ruby the stealth hippo." ―Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author
"This hippopotamus epic is just as preposterously fun as you could possibly have hoped ― but it's also a brave, clever alternate history. River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite." ―Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky
“Weird and wonderful, River of Teeth proves handily why Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” ―Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath and Invasive
"Blisteringly imaginative, and written with a sly, sharp wit." ―Kate Elliott
"A rowdy, rollicking river ride from a sly and whimsical new writer. A damned fine adventure for everyone. And I haven't even mentioned the hippos yet. Get reading." ―Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author of Mirror Empire and The Geek Feminist Revolution
"River of Teeth is a wonderfully original debut." ―NPR
"This is a thing I now know about Sarah Gailey: she is a word-magician who can render searing touch on a flat page and suspend disbelief flawlessly. The world of River of Teeth feels vast, and navigable due to her skill. The characters within, deep and yet intimately knowable." ―Fran Wilde, Nebula-nominated, Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning author of Updraft and Cloudbound
"I love Sarah Gailey's River of Teeth. It is sexy and raucous and wild and beautiful and violent―aka, everything I've ever wanted from a lawless caper through the American West. Gailey's storytelling is clever and top-notch, and River of Teeth will leave you with adrenaline humming through your veins. I can't recommend this highly enough." ―Alyssa Wong, Nebula Award-winning author of "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers"
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- Publisher : Tor.com (September 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765395258
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765395252
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.48 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After the Harriet caper, Winslow and Archie are separated from Hero and Adelia and her newborn, Ysabel. Winslow has been contacting everyone he knows in an attempt to find out if Hero is truly alive or dead and Archie is doing her best to make sure her tortured friend eats and sleeps. Hero and Adelia have an uneasy truce after the events of the first book and bond after her daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom.
The two groups operate in tandem, circling each other in a satisfyingly frustrating way – as the reader, I know they’re so close to discovering each other, yet they keep passing by each other.
I wasn’t a fan of Winslow’s change of personality in this book. He was fairly cool in crisis situations during the first book and while his feelings for Hero were obvious, it didn’t seem like their relationship had evolved enough for him to be such a hot mess after discovering Hero’s possible demise. I wasn’t clear whether or not the two knew each other before they teamed up in the first book, but even if they had, their relationship was new. Winslow becomes an insane, frenzied, maniac, pining for Hero and doing his best to find out whether they are still alive. He’s terrible to Archie, he stops caring about his appearance and general health and he was incredibly annoying to read about. I think that behavior would have annoyed me had the two been together for a decade, but at least it would have made more sense. Winslow’s feelings just seemed way too intense for the relationship that had been established.
Winslow’s personality upheaval gave me a chance to focus my attention on other characters though. We get a bit more depth from Archie and Adelia and Hero as well, I suppose. I find Hero somewhat confusing – they are almost too mellow and a little bland. I’d like to know more about their past and their expertise with poisons and explosions and I think that would liven things up a bit.
As usual, the hippos are awesome. There’s plenty of chomping and death via massive hippo jaws. But, there could have been even more! I’m totally into being freaked out by hippos hungry for flesh and I’m definitely down for creepy swamp vibes.
If you enjoyed River of Teeth, I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy Taste of Marrow. I’ve now read all the Sarah Gailey I can get my hands on and I’m very much ready for more!
Just as deighful as as the word Gailey has built is the diversity among the band of anti-hero outlaws that the plot follows. Everyone deserves the experience of picking up a book and seeing characters that represent them, and for some of us, those oportunities are rare to the point of extinction. Gailey seems to understand that readers who can suspend disbelief for hippo cowboys, nefarious river barons, and wild-west heists should have no problem with a pregnant contract killer, a fat femme con artist, or a genderqueer/nonbinary demolitions expert. I eagerly await the time when more authors will follow her lead.
In the meantime, I hope Gailey isn't done adventuring in her hippo-infested version of the Civi War-era Baton Rouge. More books, please!
In this follow-up to the first story, she splits the party into two groups. The pairing would not've been obvious from the first story.
I mentioned in my review of the first book that the character, Hero Shackleby, was "gender fluid". Even in this story this is still a distraction rather than something that contributes to the overall story.
Taste of Marrow has heart. And cinnamon rolls. And a lot of mayhem. And some good twists that had me shouting at the book and then frantically turning back to River of Teeth to check the setup.
In short, if you liked River of Teeth, or even if you were a little on the fence about it, check out Taste of Marrow. You won't regret it. Just, you know, actually read River of Teeth first, because Taste of Marrow is like one big spoiler for the first book.
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The stakes were higher than ever, which combined with the above mentioned separation plot made it very exciting to read!
However, I found it a bit weaker than the previous book because it leaves so many questions unanswered. Some new characters appear who clearly have a deeper motive for their actions, yet those are never revealed, along with forgetting about left-over plot threads from book1 that I really wanted to be picked up.
Still an amazing series with a great cast and fantastic worldbuilding, and ultimately a happy ending!
Content warnings include, death by hippo (and other means), a baby is kidnapped, breast infection that is somehow related to breastfeeding, meaning a character spends most of the book sick, violence, mentions of giving birth.
Alles in allem kann ich diese zwei Bände empfehlen und empfele auch, die dam Stück zu lesen. Ich verstehe ohnehin nicht, warum man nicht ein Buch (in zwei Teilen meinethalben) draus gemacht hat. Das hätte dem Setting gut getan!
All in all it was a good effort but since I liked the 1st installment better I think this one deserves one star less.