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#1 Apr 07 2011 at 8:03 AM Rating: Good
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I have just discovered Tamara Silar Jones.

I was intrigued by the blurb of her first book, which seemed to be offering a cross-over genre of a hard-core detective/mystery book set in in a medievalesque fantasy world. What I got was EXACTLY that, but I was surprised by the level of ghastly violent gore in the story. Being me, I kind of enjoyed it. I felt sick to my stomach once or twice, but otherwise enjoyed the ride. But if I had to choose, I'd actually file this book in the Horror shelves of a bookstore, not Fantasy, nor Mystery.

Ghost in the Snow is the first book. Excellent writing. Good plot if you can cope with the gore. I don't know if the author was consciously inspired by the Jack the Ripper case, but the escalating mutilations reminded me of it. Excellent characterisations. I really fell in love with the main characters, and was interested in them enough that I immediately bought the second and third books.

* Ghosts in the Snow (October 2004, ISBN 0-553-58709-9)
* Threads of Malice (October 2005, ISBN 0-553-58710-2)
* Valley of the Soul (October 2006, ISBN 0-553-58711-0)

Threads of Malice came next, and my God the author pulled no punches. This one was full of extreme sexual violence mostly perpetrated against male children. Again I was absorbed in my sympathy with the main characters. Absorbed with the story. I don't apologise for enjoying a fictional account of such horrible depravity, such tortures inflicted upon characters. But I understand why this book attracted a review that reviled the entire book for its storyline. There are certain readers that would find this book making them sick, and nothing but sick.

I am taking a break before reading Valley of the Soul. But if you like Horror and gore, or you can cope with it in order to meet sympathetic characters... I recommend this series.
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#2 Apr 07 2011 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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Horror+Mystery+Fantasy.... I'm going to have to try and find these books.




To the bookstore!
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#3 Apr 07 2011 at 2:59 PM Rating: Good
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Hmmm is a quick google wasnt enough. Wonder is theres audio book versions, my stupid brain has a hard time concentrating on one thing at a time like reading, so i usually listen to my books (Most I have read at one time or another).

Definitely want to check this series out, sounds good.
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#4 Apr 07 2011 at 10:12 PM Rating: Good
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I'll have to add those to my reading list. Sounds interesting and gore seems to be a staple in modern horror stories.
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#5 Apr 08 2011 at 3:55 PM Rating: Good
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BeanX the Irrelevant wrote:
my stupid brain has a hard time concentrating on one thing at a time like reading,
Can we organize a trade? I can't ever focus on more than one thing.
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#6 Apr 08 2011 at 4:25 PM Rating: Good
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Can we organize a trade? I can't ever focus on more than one thing.


Trust me it's not as good as it sounds.
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#7 Apr 11 2011 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
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I ordered this book, Ari. Better be as good as you say. Smiley: wink
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#8 Apr 11 2011 at 9:41 AM Rating: Good
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So who wants to read the books out loud and record themselves and send me the MP3s :D I'll make it worth your while. I'll give a tip if you do good voices that drown out the ones in my head!
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