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Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn Novels) [Paperback]

Kathleen Tierney , Caitlin R Kiernan

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YA novel for the bad girls in detention . . . 26 Mar 2013
By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Published on
This is the worst book Caitlin Kiernan has ever written. That being said, Kiernan, at her best, is one of the greatest writers of our time (i.e.: "The Red Tree", "The Drowning Girl," and even "Silk" which she disparagingly refers to as juvenilia). Apparently, after writing "The Drowning Girl", Kiernan wrote this dark YA styled story as a "palate cleanser" of sorts, and did not even wish to have it published under her own name, but her publisher insisted.

If I may be completely frank, I have read a LOT of hack work and fluff misrepresenting itself as "Dark Urban Fantasy," and Kiernan's diversion is far better than any of that rot . . . and she wasn't even trying. One of my dark secrets is that I kinda like the "Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher, a NYT bestselling author, and "Blood Oranges" is actually better than several of the books in that series too.

For a YA book, it is pretty dark . . . young Quinn lives in abject squalor, shoots up, discusses orgasms, then kills people AND EATS THEM. A lot of folks simply will not get the "humor" in this book, as most of it clearly satirizes the way Dark Urban Fantasy has degenerated to mindless "Paranormal Romance." I enjoyed these subtle digs quite a bit.

Apparently, there will even be a sequel entitled "Red Delicious." From what I heard, Kiernan was under pressure to complete it by a deadlne, which she did, but was so disappointed with the final product she asked for a chance to rewrite it from scratch . . . and since she is so brilliant and awesome, her publisher was actually okay with that. I think "Red Delicious" will prove well worth the wait.

Caitlin is known for not only "dark" but atmospheric, timeless, brooding, and at times truly jarring prose. She has been known to create her own words when the ones in Webster's proved inadequate. She is a true artist and one of the greatest literary voices of our time. "Blood Oranges," however, was just a FUN read which will be appreciated by her fans. 5 stars . . . for being awesome . . . and writing something that no-one else would even dare.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Departure from Para-Rom 8 Feb 2013
By Mary Lloyd - Published on
I have been a fan of Caitlin R. Kiernan's work for a long time so was excited when I learned she'd be penning a series under the pseudonym Kathleen Tierney. Blood Oranges is definitely a departure from Kiernan's usual style and I can understand why she'd want to separate the book from her other novels.

Blood Oranges is a riot to read. Yes the main character is a foul-mouthed, street-kid junkie with issues. Quinn sort of stumbled into the role of becoming a demon hunter but there's no way she can stumble her way out of it, especially now that she has become the creatures she hunts. After being bit by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night Quinn is now some sort of werepyre. She's still herself, only her addiction for junk has now been replaced with an addiction for blood.

This book has a lot of interesting characters spanning the paranormal genre but this book is most definitely not a paranormal romance. It's actually quite a refreshing read. Also there is a blurb from Amber Benson (Tara from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series) on the cover, which raised the cool factor for me. If you're a fan of Buffy, or Tarantino films, and prefer your paranormal without all the lovey-dovey you're in for a treat with Blood Oranges.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trope-busting fun! 8 Feb 2013
By Sherry M. - Published on
Quinn is a main character with a distinctive voice, and while the book pokes fun at pararom conventions (a monster-hunter gets bitten by a werewolf and a vampire on the same night!) it's as fun a read as any of the no-nutritional-value books it mocks. I love pararom as much as I love junk food of the non-literary variety, and reading Blood Oranges is like a game of spot-the-trope. This book should be a crowd-pleaser both for fans who love the genre and readers who would normally never touch a pararom book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siobhan Quinn cuts through the bland ParaRom genre with aplomb! 8 Feb 2013
By J. Cruz - Published on
It seems that the purveyors and readers of run-of-the-mill urban fantasy and ParaRom weren't paying attention in Honor's English during the discussion of SATIRE. Caitlin R. Kiernan writing here as Kathleen Tierney has done so to make a delineation between her more serious oeuvre. Our anti-heroine Siobhan Quinn shows the World its ugliness as an addict, a survivor of child abuse and neglect, and as an outsider. If you want an interesting and sly take on the whole monster slayer trope check out this gritty confection.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read 8 Feb 2013
By Holly Hetrick - Published on
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While not Caitlin R. Kiernan's usual style (hence the pseudonym), I enjoyed this book for the witty references and the fact that it made me laugh at the ridiculousness of the paranormal romance genre. It points out the things that I've wanted fiction to point out such as the invention of sunlight being lethal to vampires in Nosferatu and the ridiculousness of "sparkly" vampires. It is a brilliant satire of the "monster hunter" genre that has become so popular in recent years and honestly did make me laugh out loud, which is admittedly a difficult thing for me.

Maybe the humor will go over the heads of some, but that is not the novel's fault.
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