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The Nimble Man (A Novel of the Menagerie)

The Nimble Man (A Novel of the Menagerie) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Golden , Thomas E. Sniegoski
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Behind the facade of a stately Boston brownstone, humanity's last defenses are being marshaled. Called to action by the enigmatic, brilliant man known only as Mr. Doyle, they hail from all planes of existence and are born from an array of supernatural and otherworldly backgrounds and bloodlines. But as the group struggles to come to terms with their shadowy pasts, personal demons, and conflicting loyalties, their greatest challenge awaits them.

Together, they will confront the minions of utter darkness, who have already begun their quest to resurrect the most malevolent of the fallen angels -- and whose wrath against mankind knows no bounds . . .

They're as hodge-podge a mix of other-worldly beings as anyone can imagine. But a sorcerer, a scientist, a sixteen-year-old demon, and the others all have one thing in common: a hunger for justice -- no matter what the cost.

They are beings of myth and legend. They possess powers beyond imagining. They are our only hope.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A86KFQ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a Great New Series 19 Dec. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is fast paced from start to finish. In fact that is probably the only complaint; that the end comes too soon but it does set up the tone for the rest of the series. Some great new characters are introduced here and some old ones reworked nicely. Clay is a particularly fascinating character and it will be interesting to see how he is developed in the future. All the characters are introduced with some detail to their background but alot of questions still surround their past and this is part of the appeal. The villains are slightly one dimensional but this does not truly detract from the story. Overall, if you like horror, action, suspense, thriller and the supernatural, this should have everything for you. Book Two will be eagerly anticipated to see what it holds for this group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Meddle In The Wizards Of Affairs 4 Dec. 2004
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on
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Chris Golden has become a 'presence' on the horror scene. He has been a prolific writer of stories for the Buffy and Angel series, as well as having many successful efforts of his own. Tom Sniegoski is best known for his comic books work, where he has frequently collaborated with Golden. Now they have joined together to write the first volume a new series, The Menagerie: The Nimble Man.

The basic premise isn't particularly original - wizard and friends join up to save the world books have been around since Lord of The Rings. But the group that make up what is to become The Menagerie are unique in every way. Something one should expect from authors who have the temerity to make Arthur Conan Doyle the magic worker. Then there's Eve, whose second husband made her a vampire (after she proved that gardening wasn't her strong point.

Then there is Clay, the world's oldest shape changer, Len Graves, adventurer and ghost, Squire, the hobgoblin chauffer, Ceridwin, a princess of Faerie and Doyle's one time lover. And last, but not least, is Danny, a demon in the offing with a worried mother. All of these unite when Doyle's attempts to prevent Lorenzo Sanguedolce (Sweetblood) from being extracted from a living tomb backfire, and a deranged Queen of the Fay sets about trying to end the world.

What makes the book is the reality the writers bring to the characters. These aren't cut-and-paste heroes speaking overblown prose, but people who, if you didn't know who they were would seem like ordinary folks with both good points and issues. Or as ordinary as a 16 year old with horns is ever likely to be.

As much as I like him, Chris Golden is an erratic writer, who often falls short of his full potential. Teaming with Sniegoski seems to have done the trick, though, and The Nimble Man is that great rarity, an intelligent action story rich in both character and context. I was much delighted, and am looking forward to the next volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where oh where to begin 17 Nov. 2006
By James D. May - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first I was a little hesitant to pick this up, there is, in my mind, a ling line of collaborations with but a few shining starts among them, but Goldens prior work got the better of me. I am so glad I got this.

At first it was your run of the mill supra-natural super powered thriller, the end is known but in these it all about the journey. And then the writing came shining through. I meant to read a single chapter the night I finished this book! But alas I could not.

The chapters leave off like cliff hangers forcing you to read the next one and then the next and you have no choice but to keep plowing through and then Bam! You are done.

The characters could have used a little more, Clay would be a phenomenal stand alone as well as Doyle's love life. But all in all the mix is perfect, a perfect fit to eat a night of your life and leave you wishing and begging for the second, and a third and with luck a whole complimentary for many years.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nimble Man's LXG!! 24 Nov. 2004
By Mace & Lacey Gannon - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Nimble Man, Book # 1 of The Menagerie, was a great choice for me to read.

From the first page to the last, the action and adventure never let up. If you liked the League of Extrodinary Gentlemen comic or movie, then you will certainly enjoy this colorful novel.

Led by the sorceror Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Menagerie team battles awesome forces of darkness quite unique from anything I've read before. From vampires to elementals to hobgoblins to shapeshifters, THE NIMBLE MAN has that and so much more to offer for hours of reading enjoyment.

Fresh and ever-growing characters abound in this debut 1st novel, partly written from the author who wrote the famous and great Shadow Saga. These two writers seem to blend beautifully together, and I for one, will be looking forward to purchasing the next installment.

Hollywood, please make this into a movie!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable pulp action novel 15 Nov. 2004
By R. Snare - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An enjoyable pastiche, "The Nimble Man" is an fast-moving action-adventure pulp novel in the best tradition of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Spider, Tarzan, et. al. While it may be said that "They don't write 'em like that anymore," the evidence is to the contrary, 'cuz there's one right here. Time and again I felt a grin spread over my face as I recognized where the writers were going. And they seem to be having such a wonderful time getting there. If there's a fault to the book, it's perhaps the authors may be overreaching just a bit beyond their capabilities in a few places. Still, I can't wait for the next adventure of this thrilling troupe!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Quite Work 8 April 2009
By Jem - Published on
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This novel had all the elements of a great urban fantasy: a cast of colorful characters (the Menagerie) including a vampire, a shapeshifter and a demon, led by a familiar yet newly interpreted figure - Arthur Conan Doyle; an apocalypse complete with a downpour of frogs, zombies and bloody fog; a wicked faerie, goblins and an uber powerful wizard sealed in crystal; and a totally clueless humanity. Reminded me of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with a fantasy element. And I have really enjoyed Christopher Golden's work before. However, something didn't meld right in this novel. It took me several days to finish the book because I kept putting it down. I'm not sure if this is a result of two authors working the story, or not.

The characters were great, and well crafted. I like the idea of Doyle as a powerful wizard, with an equally powerful ego, watching over humanity. I completely loved the character of Eve (yes, THAT Eve) who is the mother of all vampires. The goblin squire added a lot of humor and was very likeable. And how cool that he can travel through shadows? Clay was a mystery I'd love to unravel. There was a lot of witty, clever dialog amongst them all. I think the problem was the plot. Despite what seemed like a lot of action, the book plodded along. Doyle is searching for the world's most powerful wizard, Sweetblood, who locked himself away so others wouldn't try to use his power for evil. Doyle needs to find him to stop a coming apocalypse. An evil fey princess wants to find him as well. She needs him to release The Nimble Man - a mysterious menace that isn't even mentioned until 2/3 of the way through the book, despite being the title, and is promptly defeated. That's the plot in a nutshell. We find out the real danger comes later, now that Sweetblood is free, so this book almost felt like a set-up for the real novel to come later.

Though I can't pinpoint exactly what went wrong, I liked the characters enough that I'll try the next book, The Tears of the Furies (The Menagerie, No. 2). If you are looking for new dark or urban fantasy, this is worthwhile. It just didn't satisfy like I hoped.
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