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  • Publisher: Beastie Press (2 Jan. 2014)
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L.K. Rigel has been a newspaper reporter, a singing waitress, a public school teacher, and a court reporter. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her creepy short story "Slurp" about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier's Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press.

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Bleeder is the 3rd Book in L.K. Rigel's Apocalypto series and the only full length novel, and I have to say this is the one I liked the least. In the previous books I was amazed by the unique and imaginative universe and hierarchy, societal customs L.K. Rigel had created and I was a bit disappointed because I felt that Bleeder took a step back. Don't misunderstand me, it was very engrossing and entertaining, it's just that Space Junque and Spiderwork really raised my expectations.

I am a sci-fi newbie, I think I only read about 5 sci-fi novels, I am a romance lover at heart, but I felt that Bleeder lost part of the series' charm and uniqueness due to toning down on the sci-fi part and becoming in 95% a romance story.

The other major detail which accounts for my feelings is the heroine herself. Somehow - and though I tried - I couldn't grow to like Mallory. I found her selfish, immature, shallow and lot of time acting stupid (there were really important things, sometimes even life or death situations where it was crucial that she warned someone and even though she met them, she just never broached the subject and didn't even try to find the occasion to mention it! and this happened several times, she even went to slack on doing a legal obligation of hers for 3 years! even though it could have severe repercussions). I wasn't satisfied as I didn't see much evolution of her character, she didn't mature or acquire more substance. So sadly as Bleeder was centred around Mallory I couldn't connect well to her story.

On the other hand a new array of supporting characters were introduced who were absolutely charming and made the novel a very memorable read!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x940585c4) out of 5 stars 43 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94062c00) out of 5 stars L.K. Rigel has done it again! 25 April 2012
By J. Magee - Published on Amazon.com
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Bleeder, third in the Apocalypto series, is the best to date. So much action, sex, politics and intrigue to this one, with large helpings of rebellion. I loved this and could barely manage to put it down. While I struggled with Mal enjoying her position as a chalice so much, she did prove that she truly is only human after all. I thought the ending was well done, even if it leaves me wanting L.K. to turn out even more books in this series. I'm so glad that I picked up the first book in the series, Space Junque, on a whim because it was free for the Kindle. I would never have discovered this series and the writing of L.K. Rigel otherwise! Well done, L.K.!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942e56e4) out of 5 stars A wonderful post-apocalyptic fantasy! 17 May 2011
By L. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes! After having my interest piqued with Space Junque, a Romantic Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 1) and Spiderwork, a Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 2), this book finally delivers on the promises those two novellas make. I was almost immediately sucked into this book, and where I found the two prequel novellas enjoyable but lacking a bit of depth, this book was just right. Rigel made me care about what happened to Mallory and Edmund, and I found myself biting my nails and rushing through to the end to find out what would happen to them. Up until the very end I was worried about how it would all play out. The questions raised in this book aren't new, but Rigel handled them in a way that was interesting.

This book was both frustrating and wonderful. Frustrating in that certain topics central to the story are somewhat uncomfortable to think about, such as fertility as a commodity to be bought and sold. Mallory is a chalice, a fertile female who will essentially be "rented" to different countries to produce heirs. She doesn't really have a choice in the matter - if a girl turns out to be fertile, she is sent to the Red City to be prepared for the life of a chalice just as Mallory was. It was wonderful though because the world felt so real and was peopled with such interesting characters. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed in something I was reading because I just didn't know what would happen next; this book constantly had me wondering what twist or turn was around the corner.

One small thing - at the beginning, I kept confusing Celia and Claire because their names look so similar and both are associated with Allel, so I had to go back and re-read sections to make sense of what was going on.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x947a01e0) out of 5 stars Glad I stuck with it. 8 May 2011
By FV - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I'm not great at these reviews I'm going to give it a try any how.

After reading `Spiderwork' I was actually really reluctant to continue with this series. However, where `Spiderwork' was lacking, "Bleeder" did not disappoint. It had better characters, better development, it was a good story, and didn't make me want to just skim the book instead of getting into it. It was nice to see old characters but they were just mentioned, Durga annoyed me but I really liked Mal and her transformation through the story and realizing who she was and coming to terms with it and the world around her. I am very happy that I decided to stick with these series it was well worth it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942e596c) out of 5 stars It's patchy 29 Mar. 2014
By Solomen Grundy - Published on Amazon.com
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This trilogy rolls along like a three wheeled car. Looks good but somethings missing. It reads like a feminist cliff notes version of S.M. Sterling's "The Change" series. Some intresting ideas and some bad science but not enough story and too many characters.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x944cc63c) out of 5 stars A too long review of a very good book... 24 July 2011
By Emme - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the review I posted on Goodreads and my Bitchfactor 10 blog:

My word! I loved this book. I had no idea what I was getting into when I "borrowed" Space Junque and Spiderwork. I certainly wasn't prepared for Bleeder, the third installment in tLK Rigel's Postapocapunk (love that name!) series.

Ok, if you follow my reviews, you know I don't spend any time retelling the story, but try to get right to my likes and dislikes about a work.

Let me start with what I didn't like...

I didn't like that Bleeder did not immediately follow the action of Spiderwork (Postapocapunk #2). But that's not saying much, because I was disappointed when Spiderwork didn't immediately follow the action of Space Junque. This is a petty quibble, I know. See, I'm very invested in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic storytelling. In my dreams (and nightmares), I frequently find myself having to deal with The End-- and I feel stories of this sort are somehow preparing me to face those challenges when the times comes, by throwing every imaginable scenario at me so I can learn what to do (and not do). Yeah, I should probably lay off the burritos just before bedtime!

Ok, so my first dislike is rather petty. Are there other issues? Only other petty ones. There were many times in this story where I was a bit lost-- my olden brain can't always keep with so many characters and factions in such a (mostly) fast-moving tale. I can say, though, that by the end, I was able to keep up-- but a family tree and a glossary of terms in the end would have been most helpful.

Oh, there's just one more small thing. Ok, maybe it's really a big thing. For the longest time in this story, I was not pro-Mal(lory)! I couldn't be! I just couldn't. Mal could not help the circumstances of her birth nor her upbringing. But I still found myself judging her. Take her blithe acceptance of her role as a bleeder and a chalice, once she was in the Red City. Well, that's not a 21st Century feminist perspective (which is a really amusing objection from me since I don't really consider *myself* a 21st Century feminist...hehehe). But that Mal, and her journey, grew on me. And while I wistfully longed that she would have gotten a greater sense of agency earlier in the story, I am satisfied with how she, and her story turned out.

So, what did I like about this story?

Just about everything else! I particularly love that the research of Nikola Tesla prominently figures into the futuristic developments in Bleeder and the two previous novellas. I thought that the story of Char's sister, Skye would ever remain a mystery to us. We get an idea of what happened to Skye and the Tesla project-- though I still want to know more details about Skye's life underground and what that life might tell us about Tesla's work and the goddess Asherah's doings. Hopefully, we'll be filled in on those aspects in the future (sequels,????)

Ah, the romance! There was a sweet, sweet romance building in Bleeder, in spite of the prohibitions of the Chalice-life that Bleeders (menstruating, potential-childbearers) lead in this story. I love the world-building in terms of establishing the Chalice "hubs", as well as the princely class. The Chalices are highly sexualized, and have hardly any sentimental, romantic ideas (about men or babies... is that where our own age is leading us where sex, love and motherhood are concerned?). The commodification of female wombs and sexuality-- there's enough there to fuel book club debates for many weeks to come! So, with all that going on, how does this become a love story? You've got to read it to find out-- and it isn't as simple as you would think.

The stratification of the peoples. Now that's another topic that generates a lot of thought. At the beginning of Bleeder I was disappointed that the survivors of 21st century had reassembled under such medieval ideas. They left behind the warring environmental and religious terrorists of their apocalypse and settled for kingdoms and fiefdoms? *shaking my head* Huh? Even the most benevolent royals (Edmund and Harold, for instance) are paternalistic in their rule, and are as subject to the rules of the society as monarchs from ages past. I guess I had high hopes that if there was a World War III dustup that we'd come out more egalitarian in the process(though I think that having power over technology, as two of the cities do in this story, means POWER in a post-apocalyptic world). The author doesn't fill in all the dots from the apocalypse of Space Junque to Mal's age, so we don't know exactly why things have turned out this way-- but we know the meddling of goddess Asherah and the Chalice Sisters has a great deal to do with it.

Other delectable, debatable subjects in this story? How about the existence of the soul-- and spirit. What makes us "human," and what part does having a soul play in defining our humanity (or inhumanity, in some cases). What are angels? Who and/or what is god or God? Or even gods, as the case may be.

The villain. You have to have a villain, right? I'm always attracted to the bad boys-- even when they are most dastardly! Garrick did not disappoint (well, until the very end...). Up to a point, he seemed a bit more complex than most villains in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre. I don't want to give too much away, but "crazy" isn't usually enough of an explanation for me.

Ok, this review is almost as long as the novella Space Junque, that got this all started. Quickly, the various characters really appealed to me-- the "hubbies," the Counselors and KP's, the Pala Clan, the Empani (how creepy are they, eh?) The settings were vivid and it was a little reassuring that some of the places of our time (perhaps in name or landmarks, only) have survived.

Enough already! I could rave rave rave on about this book. One caveat, though-- read Space Junque and Spiderwork before this one-- though those books throw a lot of world-building at you in a short time. You'll appreciate the brilliance of Bleeder all the more for having started from the beginning of... The End.
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