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01:03 am: The Wooden Man by Harry Connolly

This is an SFBC omnibus of Harry's trilogy: Child of Fire, Games of Cages, and Circle of Enemies. The entire book is 733 pages long so I could only read a few at a time (because of the athritis).

I'm sure some of you know that I don't normally read paranormal or horror -- I don't get scared -- but the blurb about it made the plot and characterization sound good, so I bought it. I was right. There was a lot of horror and paranormal, which doesn't do anything for me, but I liked the stories a lot.

Ray Lilly is a criminal who agrees to be the wooden man for Annelise, a member of the Twelve Palaces group. That group works to keep the aliens off Earth. All the aliens that don't come from Earth want to eat humans, and Ray comes to find that the term "wooden man" means he distracts the aliens and dies so Annalise can get her job done.

Annalise is not very happy with him at first, but their relationship (work, not romantic) becomes better over the three books. The books have a somewhat similar plot -- an alien(s) arrives, Ray tries to start killing them and has to kill a lot of Earth people to get rid of all the aliens, and Annalise comes to help him. Ray turns out to have some paranormal skills himself.

I'd really like another book or so of these. Ray is now just at the edge of being taken more seriously and I think Harry gave us a good clue about another book.

I recommend them, although most people will probably get them separately at a store.



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Date:December 29th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Unfortunately there won't be more books in the series; Del Rey dumped it.

However, Harry wrote a prequel (explaining how Ray got into the mess with the Twenty Palaces society and Annelise in the first place), which he's published direct as an ebook via Amazon: Twenty Palaces: A Prequel. And Del Rey haven't dumped him as an author, so hopefully he'll be writing more ...
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Date:December 30th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
I saw that, sniff. But I can put the prequel on my Kindle and read it in a week or so, which means I won't be so disconnected.
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Date:December 30th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
All right, I have the prequel!

(BTW, do you know why there's no post hierarchy here?)
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