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This book seems at first to be a detective novel. The story begins in a London suburb at the turn of the twentieth century, where an undercover policeman and an anarchist poet debate the merits of order and anarchy. Before the night is through, the policeman, Gabriel Syme, has almost by accident infiltrated the anarchist power structure. The events which follow are surreal and genuinely creepy, while at the same time their wild improbability - together with the author's use of witticism - adds humor. This series of dark yet comical events ends with Syme pursuing the anarchist leader to the site where his hot-air balloon has crashed. There Syme finds something he has not expected, and from this point the story takes a quick theological turn. Though this section is brief, it's also heavy with meaning and symbol. The novel ends with Syme's return to the normal world, where he finds that nothing has changed except his awareness. Mystery, fear, humor, theology - this small book has some of everything, and is well worth reading.
I admit. I was a bit skeptical: here's a popular romantic YA novelist turned paranormal trying to sell me her story on dragons? What's the chances of it being any good? Which leads to admit #2. The first time I read it, I read the prologue. Then returned it to the library. The second time I read it. It was glued to my hand. I was even tempted to read pieces of it at the stoplight, but figured that wouldn't end well for either of us. So your probably wondering why it worked the second time around: maybe I wasn't in the mood for dragons at the time or maybe after I started chapter 1, it took on a different life than what I thought it would be. I still don't like the prologue--don't get me wrong, it is a good introduction to dragon history...but I guess that's where it lost me for awhile: I felt like I was reading an introduction when I just really wanted to get into the story. However, once the first chapter began, it changed viewpoints to one of the main characters and Hill's trademark humor and wit was completely evident...and that's what I was waiting for. Ultimately, I am thoroughly impressed that Hill/Rallison can write equally as well in such a different genre. Typically, I'm not a fan of 3rd person, but Hill did it in such a way that I felt as if I were in each of those characters. Each of them had a unique and distinct personality: a difficult feat for a book with so many characters. Like other writers, she could have stuck with to stereotypical character mold: here's the snobby rich girl, here's the bad boy, etc.. But she didn't. She added and changed those stereotypes so that you really get to know who that person is. Plus, she also introduced me to my next fictional boyfriend: Can I have flying lessons too? If you are interested in a modern take on dragons filled with romance (yes!) and want to see some cool fighting powers, then get your copy now! But be forewarned, you may not ever want a dragon for a pet. (I haven't seen anything about a sequel anywhere on the web and will be heartbroken if I can't read more!) This review is also posted at Zombie Mommies.
When I picked up the Night Strangers I had no idea I would be sucked into a bewitching vortex of reading for three days. I couldn't pull myself away from this dark and delicious tale and when at last I came up for air I was screaming "noooo!" at the ending. I was captured by the tormented pilot and his hapless family caught up in forces beyond their control and struggling to remain sane in the midst of madness swirling around them. One of my favorite books by this author.
Was feeling so proud of myself for getting this from the library...only to discover 30 pages missing from the ending. I think i got the gist of it though. OK chick lit..feel like there was less of a plot and more of just a theme.
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