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Smoke And Mirrors Paperback – 7 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494777
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Blood series: 'An entertaining blend of warmly idiosyncratic characters, cinematic pacing and sharp-fanged humour' LOCUS 'The perfect vehicle for a diverting evening's entertainment' MYSTERY SCENE 'A fine mix of the detective story with the supernatural' SF CHRONICLE

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Tanya Huff's second novel in this sequence of supernatural thrillers set in the world of the Blood series

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 14 Jun. 2005
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Tony Foster is still working a s a harassed production assistant on Darkest Night, a TV show about a vampire detective. They are filming an episode inside an old mansion which turns out to be haunted by a bevy of ghosts, all of whom died violent deaths and are doomed to replay their bloody end at intervels. The hapless TV crew find themselves trapped inside the house, and Tony, who is just developing the wizardly powers he discovered in 'Smoke and Shadows' has to figure out a way to rescue them.
At the same time, he has to cope with his complex love life, with Lee, the handsome (but unfortunately straight) co-star of the series, on whom he has a huge crush, Zev, the musical director, with whom he had a brief affair, and a couple of other men with whom he seems to be emotionally entangled one way and another. As well, he has to cope with the two obnoxious little daughters of CB, who are trapped in the house with them, and who are intent on causing as much trouble as possible.
Outside, meanwhile CB and Henry Fitzroy, Tony friend and ex-lover, are itent on trying to find a way to get into the house, aided by Graham, the caretaker, who is also a medium. Their combined talents are formidable, but can they do anything to help?
Although I don't find this series as engrossing as some of Tanya Huff's others, nevertheless this is a good story with an exciting plot, interesting characters, and plenty of humour and suspense, and kept me gripped to the end.
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By Valveguy on 17 May 2011
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Having read the blood series and being unable to put them down I thought I would read this series. The central character Tony appeared in the blood series as the 'food supply' and gay lover of Henry, a vampire. In this, the second of the series, Tony is still working in TV on a vampire show. This story is set in an old mansion being used as a location for the show. The story starts slowly and takes a while to assemble the characters in their respective roles (it helps to read the books in order but can be read as a stanalone.) The central part of the story does become a bit repetitive and I found the character of Tony to be somewhat without depth. As a previous reviewer said of Smoke and Shadows I kept wishing for Henry to appear and do 'something'. I have just finished the last of the three, Smoke and Ashes which was the best of the three. It did not have the 'pull-in' power of the blood series but is worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nichola F on 1 Jan. 2007
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Tanya Huff is one of the very best writers of urban horror/fantasy out there. Her plots rattle along and her characters are well rounded and thoroughly likeable. For warmth, wit and lightness of touch Huff can't be beat; her books are reminiscent of the works of Joss Whedon not simply because of the trappings of the genre, but because Huff is funny and smart and knows how to take the piss - and when not to. The fact that the hero of 'Smoke and Mirrors' (and indeed 'Smoke and Shadows') works backstage on the production of a fictional vampire detective show in Vancouver...well, if you're fond of shiny cult television, most of which seems to be shot in Vancouver these days, there is an awful lot of humour to be gleaned from this irreverent look at the minutiae of putting a cult show together. It's a bit like watching 'Galaxy Quest' at times, in terms of recognition of genre cliches and foibles.

I would not recommend 'Smoke and Mirrors' for those who haven't read her previous novels; it WILL function as a stand-alone if you make it, but you'll get far more out of it if you've at least read 'Smoke and Shadows'. Ideally, though, I'd suggest you also read the five books of the 'Blood...' sequence which precede the Tony novels, if you possibly can.

It may sound silly, but part of what I find so engaging about Huff's books is definitely their sheer Canadian-ness; it's a very welcome contrast to the American-ness of much of this genre.

A final note - it's a very lovely change to have a gay protagonist in a mainstream genre book. (And much as I like Henry, I for one am rooting for Tony to bed the eminently shaggable - and, it would seem, not quite straighter-than-thou - Lee Nicholas.)
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Scary haunted house, fun banter and bitching between the TV crew, and wow -- keeping dialogue and POV clear between eighteen people trapped in a house, not to mention the ghosts? Huff pulled that one off very nicely. Not a lot of Henry, but baby-wizard Tony is adorable and I think I love him the best anyway. I thought his UST with Lee in this was perfect. I hope Huff writes ten more in this series
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