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Botanica Blues [Kindle Edition]

Tristan J. Tarwater
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a former soldier and police consultant, Luis Quintana has seen the horrors of war and the brutality of crime on the streets. But when a ritualistic mass murder links an old friend to a lurking supernatural terror, Quintana must uncover a truth he'd thought long hidden, and face a horror he thought he'd long escaped.

Tristan Tarwater, author of THIEVES AT HEART and SELF-MADE SCOUNDREL, breaks into new territory with a bold vision of terror that combines the disorienting cosmic horror of Lovecraft with the modern sensibility of the urban streets.

"This story grabs you from the very beginning; takes you down a road of ever-increasing dread, and doesn't let up until its shocking conclusion." - Amazon Reviews

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2072 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Back That Elf Up; 1 edition (14 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UJ6BV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,516,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Tristan J Tarwater is the author of The Valley of Ten Crescents series, as well as several other stories that hope to see the light of day. Born and raised in New York City she remembers reading a lot, visiting Museums and the Aquarium frequently and wanting to be a writer from a very early age. Her love of fantasy and sci-fi spills over into what she reads and watches in her free time as well as the collection of dice, books and small metal figurines that reside in her home. She currently lives in Central California with her Admin, Small Boss, a cat that knows it's a multipass and Azrael.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but exciting read 16 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Botanica Blues can be described as many things - urban-fantasy, indie, sci-fi/horror, crime thriller - but when it comes down to it labels don't really matter, it's whether you enjoy a book or not. I enjoyed this (I wouldn't post a review otherwise).

The blurb

Luis Quintana must uncover the horrible truth about his newest case as a consultant for the local police - a ritualistic mass murder. When his investigation involves a frightened santero and an old friend in an asylum, Quintana recognizes the lurking terror he escaped once before and subsequently fights to maintain his sanity.

A modern day Lovecraftian tale of terror.

It opens with a spilled drink & a text message and ends ... yeah, you don't think I'm that mean to tell you how it ends do you? Suffice to say that Tristan's evocative words provide your mind with images of city life, death and tell of a threat from somewhere people have never imagined.

There was only one little, teensy-weensy thing I had a problem with, and this might be because I'm from England so don't come across it very often. I didn't understand the few Spanish (?) phrases. OK, I could have looked them up in Lady Google but I'm lazy and I had no internet access where I was.

But that was the one, only and less than atom-sized beef I had - I really enjoyed discovering Tristan's words and will be hunting out other words she wrote to add to my (rather long) `to-read' list.

In short - Botanica Blues was readworthy, well-crafted, complex, interesting and left me wanting to read more of Tristan's words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarwater's Best Work Yet 24 April 2012
By Daniel Swensen - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading Thieves at Heart and its prequel, Little Girl Lost, I have to say I enjoyed Botanica Blues more than both. Fast-paced, gritty, and atmospheric, "Botanica Blues" is a tight little urban fantasy / horror tale with some strong Lovecraftian influences -- right down to the ending.

Tristan Tarwater's writing is strongest when it comes to detail -- every page bursts with sensory details and evocative imagery, and Botanica Blues is no exception. In terms of description and setting, it's a big step up from Tarwater's previous work.

Unfortunately, while I really liked the protagonist, I found myself with the same complaint I had about Thieves at Heart -- the protagonist runs around a lot, but doesn't really seem to accomplish much, instead just commenting and observing while things happen around him. In this case, an ineffectual protagonist serves the story a great deal better, so overall this is a mild criticism. Tristan Tarwater continues to get better with every book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Thrills 20 April 2012
By Ellen K. - Published on Amazon.com
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This story grabs you from the very beginning; takes you down a road of ever-increasing dread, and doesn't let up until its shocking conclusion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great modern horror 22 Feb. 2013
By Ara S Kooser - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first Lovecraftian story I've read that felt like it had real characters. Overall an outstanding piece of writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Human, introspective, and haunting.  30 Jan. 2013
By Brianna Sheldon - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book! It grabs your attention right off the bat, and takes you down a twisty lane into good horror territory. You have the chance to be in the protagonist's head while they work out the mystery and experience creepy, nightmare-inducing descriptions of ritualistic murder. Definitely worth your dollar for a quick, enjoyable read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice story for Halloween and more 24 Oct. 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not usually a short story reader but I picked this up thinking it would be a good pre-Halloween read. I had time before my favorite TV show came on and so I was glad to have a short story to read. What a pleasant surprise. This is not just a "halloween" story as I had originally thought of it. It's a good, spooky short story. Short stories usually leave me hanging so I was glad it was thorough and complete in a minimum of pages. I hope to read more short stories by this author.
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