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Stiletto av Daniel O'Malley
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Stiletto (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Daniel O'Malley

Serier: The Checquy Files (2)

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6673325,068 (4.1)64
"In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war. When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and... The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat. But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war. Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist)"--… (mer)
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Titel:Stiletto
Författare:Daniel O'Malley
Info:Pymble, A Harpercollins Publishing Aust 2016.
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this book was fun and charming; I think I liked it more than the first book in the series!! would've been better if it were gay tho, c'mon. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
Tweede deel in de serie 'The Checquy Files' en ik mag wel zeggen dat ik niet kan wachten op het derde deel. En ik weet nog niet eens of dat er wel komt. Maar dat zou wel moeten en zeker ook kunnen. Dit boek heb ik in het Engels gelezen (want niet vertaald), wat het wel een uitdaging maakte maar het heeft niets afgedaan aan hoe goed dit boek is. Ik werd helemaal meegezogen in de avonturen van Felicity, een van de Checquy leden en Odette, een van 'the Grafters' , de Wetenschappelijke broederschap van Natuurkundigen. Deze beide groepen hebben, ondanks hun eeuwenlange vijandschap, besloten te gaan samenwerken. Felicity en Odette worden aan elkaar gekoppeld tijdens het bezoek dat de Grafters brengen aan de Checquys in Londen. Het ene na het andere avontuur zorgt ervoor dat de vrouwen elkaar gaan respecteren en dat ze op den duur behoorlijk goed kunnen samenwerken. Ik wil er verder niet te veel over vertellen, want dat zou alles bederven. Dus lezen, zou ik zeggen, maar begin met deel 1 De dame/ The Rook. ( )
  connie53 | Sep 10, 2020 |
I love love love [b: The Rook|23399192|Rook|Sharon Cameron|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1417956025s/23399192.jpg|26213363], and I've been waiting for this sequel. It was totally worth the wait. It's really lovely to read such action packed stories that focus so strongly on women. Odette and Felicity are just as enjoyable to read as Myfanwy and Shantay, and all four are distinct, well-rounded individual characters (I do wish we'd gotten more Shantay in this story though. I just REALLY love her and want to watch her powers in use for an entire book). The mix of sly wit and humor with gross sci-fi elements really makes this a perfect summer book. I hope we get more in this world in the future. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this novel. Unlike the previous one, which seemed slightly easy in comparison, this one had a lot of features that I've grown to hate over the years.

Such as? Action buildups that suddenly cut to long and unasked for history lessons and expositions that sometimes, eventually, bring out an aspect of the story that will, also eventually, fit right into the tale. Unfortunately for me, it kicks me right out of the telling and I've got to reign in all my enormous reserves of patience until the action starts back up again, which, unfortunately, takes a long ass time. And these were rather dull.

I won't say they were pointless, because we eventually get the wraparound and the bow on top, BUT at the time, I'm left wondering where the main characters are and what any of this has to do with the main story we've begun with. Which, by that point, I'd pretty much forgotten, anyway.

Sounds pretty damning, doesn't it?

Well wait a moment. I'd have perfectly loved the hell out of this book if all that extraneous stuff had been omitted or condensed into footnotes or incorporated in MUCH smaller or at least story-integrated ways, and not as hijackers on the plane of my enjoyment.

So honestly, whenever we got back to Myfanwy, Felicity, or Odette, I was fully enjoying the tale again. Hell, it was a very good tale, and not to give away story twists, it's very satisfying on the emotional, strategical, and diplomatic angles.

I really enjoyed learning all about the big bads of the previous book and enjoyed even more to sympathize and empathize with the Grafters. What first appeared to be a simple and weird exploration of biological scariness became a much more complicated and positive, if fantastic, set of expertise. I fully bought it by the end of the novel, which is great.

If it wasn't for the aspects of the writing that kept knocking me right out of my imagination, for all the times I discovered that I wished that I was doing just about anything else but reading, (which is freaking odd, for me,) or for the plain fact that the pacing was constantly in mortal jeopardy, I really would have given this book a five star rating. There's a ton to love, but the exposition WAS NOT IT.

(Even if what I'm calling exposition actually had a self-contained story or stories within it, that actually wrapped up like out-of-time tales, I'll be honest... they just didn't belong here. Maybe somewhere else as side short-stories for die-hard fans, or extras at the end of the novel. I know this is just my opinion, but cutting them right out of the main story would have made the book superior, if not quite as deep. We're not dealing with victorian classics, here. This has all the trappings of a modern UF save the crown secret organization of superheroes joining forces with masters of extreme and esoteric biology sciences, NOT an in-depth exploration of the histories of rather minor character parts that happen to have important but not large page-time.)

*sigh*

But again, I think the story was damn awesome if we got away from all that. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Fun

I love dry British humor. This book has plenty of moments of absurd metaphors. Then there are the fascinating ideas of surgical wonders and innate magics.

I really hope there will be another. ( )
  wildwily | May 28, 2020 |
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"In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war. When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and... The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat. But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war. Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist)"--

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