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Madhouse: 3 Mass Market Paperback – 25 January 2010
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- Publisher : ROC; 1st edition (25 January 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451461967
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451461964
- Dimensions : 10.92 x 2.29 x 17.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 764,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Cal's a sarcastic, sardonic narrator who pulls the reader into his world, both the good and the bad."
"The plot is complex enough to please mystery fans, with supernatural elements that put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris."
About the Author
Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don't have a dog, how do you live?)--one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person's hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you're looking for a Rover or Fluffy.
For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal.
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There is a lot of fleshing out of characters here. Cal is currently working in a pub for other wordly creatures called the ninth circle, for a peri called Ishiah. Ishiah has a past relationship with Robin Goodfellow, and slowly we learn more about Goodfellows past through Ishiah. A sub plot deals with a mistake from Goodfellows past catching up with him, and we get to see some of his darker side. Some hints are made to Promises past as well, but nothing too revealing. But you can't help but get the feeling that more is still to come in future novels. Some of Goodfellows attraction to Niko is hinted at too, as there are a number of similarities between Niko and Ishiah.
And Caliban begins to experiment with his ability to create portals. Mostly with bad results, but we begin to get a sense of the power he has access to. And also the danger of it. This is one of the things I like about Rob Thurmans novels, she consistently drives the characters forward, bit by bit, and we get to see them change from novel to novel. I also love the way she creates fantastic creatures, some of whom are based on popular mythological creatures, i.e. the Auphe and elves, and Abbagor the troll. This novel introduces us to the peri, another fantastic creation, who closely resemble Angels. However, as per Rob Thurmans usual, they are nothing like angels. Except in appearance. And of course Cal's trademark witty pessimism is back. There is also the return of a particular favourite of mine, Abbagor, and I suspect based on the encounter here and the ending of the novel he will be back again, perhaps as an ally? Although that is purely speculation on my part.
Sawney Beane makes a good villian, just the right mix of crazy, violent and unkillable to make you really hate him. After the slight cliffhanger ending of the previous novel some important decisions are made in Georgina and Cal's relationship. It was about time too, however the relationship probably went in a direction most readers weren't expecting. And speaking of cliffhanger endings, this was a huge cliffhanger. I won't spoil it, but you will find yourself needing to read the next book, straight after. And that is no bad thing. It is the start of something I had suspected was coming, but was taken aback by the novel ending on this note. But really all it did was get me so excited about the next novel.
I would thoroughly recommend this novel, along with all the others in the series. I count myself as a huge fan.
This, the third book in the series (with more to come in the pipeline) is simply unput-down-able. I had to force myself to go slow, to drag out the rapidly approaching end.
The characters, Cal and his brother Niko are vividly portrayed in an interesting setting with new twists on the supernatural genre. They come across as being very real in a way a lot of the urban fantasy heroines aren't - they joke, they hurt, they are sexy, kickass and totally unorthodox and incredibly moody and deadpan. Oh, the one liners - Buffy, this is the way to do it. Reading Rob's work is like like watching a Guilermo del Toro movie - anything can happen. And it does. Twice. With fangs and claws.
The series starts with Nightlife and carries onto Moonshine with Madhouse being the third instalment. The first two books are equally good but I think, with Madhouse, that Rob managed to get a decent hold on the characters and it is the best book thus far in the series and knowing how hard she works to keep us, her fans happy, I'm pretty sure the rest of the series will be even better.
If Supernatural monsters coupled with strong, interesting and unique characters are your thing, then 'Madhouse' (as well as 'Moonlight' and 'Nightlife) are your cup of tea. Heck, even if you aren't into supernatural scares, just the sheer brilliance and wonderful characters and humour in this book will keep you hooked and wanting for more.