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Singer of Souls Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (3 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765350270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765350275
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,206,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
GREAT! A Full Story with a hard-landing finish. 20 Jan 2006
By Steven Horton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Adam Stemple has created an interesting and engaging story which crosses from our world to faery. From the very beginning, the books pulls you in. The story is well told and the language flows perfectly. You won't find yourself stumbling over clumsy style or grammatical errors. Most notable he establishes a fascinating relationship between music and magic.

The characters are full and often dark. Watch out for Father Croser...Whoa!

We could do with out the one sex scene, which is boring and obviously plays to the fantasy of male readers with little experience. Of course you might laugh too since it's so incredibly over the top cheesy.

The pace near the ending of the book changes suddenly. It took me by surprise anyway, and unpleasantly so. Days later I'm still digesting and can't quite get it out of my head. But upon reflection, it all makes sense. The main character stumbles into a world where his only talent becomes his greatest power. Sympathies, loyalties and positions change, dramatically.

If you need a feel good, fuzzy, happy ending this story is NOT for you! Personally I can't wait for the sequel.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Promising start, beginner's ending 18 Oct 2006
By Michael L. Maddin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A quick scan of the review indicates that there are two main camps here - those who find the ending edgy and those who see it as vandalism, as pointless as painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa. I have to agree with the vandalism people. If the author had foreshadowed it, I would not have cared for the effect, but it would have been acceptable. However, sprung jack-in-the-box-like as it was, one can only wonder what the author's point was.

"Life is senseless, so books can be, too"?

"Junkies are junkies and no matter how much they seem to have changed, they are really still cold, self-centered jerks and shame on you for being fooled by them"?

"It's my book, I owe the reader nothing, and I can do what I want"?

I really don't know nor do I, at this point, care. And it's too bad, too, because the author has the potential.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
wild urban fantasy 27 July 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An addict trying to quit, guitarist Douglas knows he must leave Minneapolis and the temptation of his friends. He is estranged from his siblings and parents, so to dry out he heads to his Grandma McLaren in Edinburgh. While awaiting a passport he cuts a deal with Twin Town Guitar owner Zack Johannson.

A few weeks later, his grandma welcomes Douglas, but sets three conditions that if he does any he is out. Douglas makes money with his guitar and a gift for rhyme. When the city hosts the annual Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival, Douglas performs and does quite well until he meets Aine. She gives him a vial promising him he will see the world from a different light. He resists at first but finally takes the drug. Douglas questions his mind as he see fey folks walking the streets of the city; worse they see him with each wanting to either recruit him to their cause or kill him as Douglas learns how dangerous the war between the fey is even as humans thinks he tripped out one time too many.

SINGER OF SOULS is a wild urban fantasy starring a likable expatriate American struggling with controlling his addiction while wondering if he finally went over the edge as the only human who sees the Fey and more terrifying they see him. The story line starts off as a character study as the audience sees Douglas trying to kick the habit, but once he takes that step he feels like Alice through the looking glass. Fans will enjoy Adam Stemple's zany joy ride in the streets of Edinburgh from a distinctly weird perspective.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A faery tale...And everything that means. 2 Sep 2005
By Mikeal Blackford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The two most important things to know about this book:

1. It is a faery tale.

2. It is *not* a disney faery tale.

Adam's first solo novel is still running through my head and in the end, I'm not entirely sure I liked it; Singer of Souls will stay in my library, but it may be a while before I can re-read it. I sure didn't know what I was getting into. It is 'good' from the perspective that while I did not see most of the big turns coming, retrospectively, they made sense.

It's also worth noting that Singer of Souls, while somewhat reminiscent of some of the faceted-darkness works of Charles DeLint, perhaps owes more to the deeply incestuous music/literary scene of the twin cities. This interconnected group of serious local musicians has involved, off-hand, emma bull, will shetterly, neil gaiman, and steven brust. Heck, a former band, Cats Laughing, now has 3 published authors as alumni, in Emma Bull, Steven Brust, and Adam Stemple. As a former observer of this musical/literary scene, I can't believe no one has done a PhD dissertation on it yet.

In conclusion, read the book, but don't say you weren't warned.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Overall, an exciting new author 14 Dec 2005
By V. K. Noll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are serious about fantasy, this is a good book. If you are serious about happy endings, this is a bad book.

Adam Stemple has a wonderfully readable and likable voice as an author. He hooked me from page 1 and I didn't want to put the book down. That is why the ending is so devastating. Was it a lack of maturity on his part? Was it a desire to startle the reader? Was it an intentional statement trying to separate his identity from that of his mother (Jane Yolen)?

The only way I'll ever know is if he writes the sequel that this story is screaming for.
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