Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Unshapely Things by Mark del Franco

Title: Unshapely Things
Author: Mark Del Franco
Series: Connor Gray book one
Genre: Urban fantasy.
Setting: The Weird part of Boston - a modern Boston with fairies, wizards, and things that go bump in the night.
Reason for Reading: It was a suggestion from my friend and former sweetie trouble4hire.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 305
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A man crouching in an alley. Lightning is striking behind him and some mystical graffiti is on the concrete.
Epigraph*: "The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told." - WB Yeats
Trigger Warnings: Abdution, imprisonment, losing all your magical powers and having to go back to the beginning.
Best part: Somehow it manages to be original, which is amazing considering the subject matter.
Worst part: Well, the main character is kind of a recovered jerk, and many of the descriptions of his past jerkiness made me wince a little.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Fool in the Rain" by Led Zeppelin.
Grade: C+. Quite good but not an instant re-read.
Recommended for: People who want to read actual urban fantasy, not just Sexy Pentacle Tattoo, with a male protagonist. You laugh, but it's not all that common!
Related Reads: Night Life by Rob Thurman (though actually this is much better than that). Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint.

Connor Grey is a washout. Once the lead wizard in the Guild, the world's most powerful magical organization, he lost his superstar status in a magical battle. Where he used to lead the class, now he hangs on to his last few powers by a thread. But when fairy prostitutes turn up dead in a series of ritual killings and no one seems to care, Connor won't be able to help getting involved - even though the stakes are higher than he can imagine.

*The quote at the beginning of a book. Thanks to mgrasso for helping me remember the term.
Tags: books 2011, fiction
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