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5.0 out of 5 stars The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen, Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing, A local habitation and a name
A Local Habitation focuses on the story of October Daye, also known as 'Toby', private detective and a changeling half-breed; half human and half Daoine Sidhe. Due to her dual nature she's been an outsider all her life -- finding herself in both worlds but a part of neither. She seems to have recovered well from the clandestine events of the prior novel. We rejoin her as...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas can't overcome a disappointing central mystery plot
It's 6 months after ROSEMARY AND RUE. Toby's settled into life in San Francisco, combining her duties for Duke Sylvester with work as a private investigator. When Sylvester asks her to check on his niece, January O'Leary because he hasn't heard from her, she thinks it will be easy an easy job. But nothing is ever easy in the world of Faerie. In Tamed Lightning she...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen, Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing, A local habitation and a name,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)A Local Habitation focuses on the story of October Daye, also known as 'Toby', private detective and a changeling half-breed; half human and half Daoine Sidhe. Due to her dual nature she's been an outsider all her life -- finding herself in both worlds but a part of neither. She seems to have recovered well from the clandestine events of the prior novel. We rejoin her as she gets in from a night out only to find her liege, Sylvester, wishes her to travel to the County of Tamed Lightning to check on his wayward niece. Thus off goes the grumbling knight errant along with Quentin; her new sidekick. She's not happy to say the least! What she finds when she reaches Tamed Lightning is a whole world of problems...
This book absolutely fantastic! I really really enjoyed it. I'd been finding it hard to get into books lately, so it was gratifying to find something so alive and readable. The mystery in this book is very well handled, and McGuire has improved a great deal since writing her first novel Rosemary and Rue. Toby does some clever investigating and deducting -- there's no easy out for her this time. There's a surprising amount of tension and atmosphere to A Local Habitation as things happen within the small confines of Tamed Lightning. It's an eerie, claustrophobic place and I thought the author evoked this quality rather well.
I felt that McGuire absolutely pinpointed Toby's voice in this book: she came through loud and clear which made the story all the more absorbing. Toby is tough and in less of a dark place since we left her -- she's getting her life back on track, and has made some allies. She's not alone anymore. Instead of being completely resistant to investigating this time around, she's actively happy to do it (well, mostly).
Most of the characters from the first book return here. Quentin gets fleshed out well, and I have to say I utterly adore him! He has some nice banter with Toby and we get a much better read on his character as a result. I hope he remains to the forefront of events in the future. We also get to see Connor, Sylvester, the Luidaeg albeit briefly, and of course, the irrepressible Tybalt. Tybalt is interesting, he positively exudes better than thou royalty. Plus he's funny. His relationship with Toby is layered and as yet somewhat undefined. The novel ends with some more questions and I love the touch of mystery that permeates every aspect of Toby's life. There's clearly miles to go before she sleeps.
I'm looking forward to the next book, which is out in september An Artificial Night: An October Daye Novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas can't overcome a disappointing central mystery plot,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)It's 6 months after ROSEMARY AND RUE. Toby's settled into life in San Francisco, combining her duties for Duke Sylvester with work as a private investigator. When Sylvester asks her to check on his niece, January O'Leary because he hasn't heard from her, she thinks it will be easy an easy job. But nothing is ever easy in the world of Faerie. In Tamed Lightning she discovers that January's court is being plagued by a series of mysterious murders, murders that leave bodies not even the Night Haunts will take. When the court becomes cut off from the outside world, Toby and Quentin find themselves in a race against time to find and stop the killer before they're next ...
The second in Seanan McGuire's October Daye Series contains some great ideas but this can't overcome a disappointing central mystery plot that lacks tension.
The mystery riffs on the idea of the remote country house where the guests are being murdered one by one. Unfortunately Toby's a lousy detective, running from one corpse to the next without ever asking key questions. The blurb is actually misleading because the purpose of January's company is central to the mystery but Toby never asks her what the company does despite January actually offering at one point. It really irritated me, not least because when she realises that there's a problem with the phones, she never just sends someone to go and get help in person. I found the murderer really easy to guess and their motive never convinced me.
It's a shame because there are some great ideas here, particularly the idea of a techno-dryad fused into the computer servers and a scene with the Night Haunts is chilling. McGuire also does well at weaving in more traditional faerie myth and Quentin's a fun foil. Toby remains a fascinating character, and while I was disappointed that there's nothing in this book about her human family, I enjoyed the way McGuire teases out information about Toby's faerie heritage. Tybalt's developing as a potential love interest in a triangle with Connor (who's rather under-developed), but it's very much in the background at the moment.
All in all, the book didn't work for me because the plot didn't draw me in, but I've bought the next couple of books in the hope that this is a blip in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Computers and Changelings and Cats,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)If you enjoyed your first outing with Toby then you are going to love this.
A Local Habitation is the second book in the October Daye series and it is even better than the first.
Six months have passed since the end of Rosemary and Rue and Toby is no longer the empty shell of a woman and is beginning t heal. She has been taking and solving cases and interacting with her friends.
A Local Habitation begins with her liege Sylvester Torquill asking her to go to the small but politically strife riddled fae county Tamed Lightning to check in on his niece January. She stopped returning his calls a little while ago and if he goes himself it will be the beginning of a fae war. So poor Toby is drafted in and as an added bonus teen page Quinton is sent along to help her. It isn't long before it all gets badly out of hand.
Whereas the last book saw Toby running around San Francisco, A Local Habitation is more of a locked door mystery with fairies and most of the action takes place inside ALH; which is January's computer firm. Fans of the Cat King Tybalt will be pleased to know that he makes a greater appearance in this book than he did the first.
The fae world is as interesting as the first time but this book is more about action and the world building does not bog down the story. New types of fae are met and the story is excitingly told as the tension keeps building. There are a couple of things that Toby took longer than necessary to figure out which was a little annoying but forgivable since they never stopped me from enjoying the book.
The story is complete with no cliff-hanger, though still a little melancholy in tone. Toby still has a long way to go for her happy ending and I can hardly wait for the third book (An Artificial Night - Sept)
5.0 out of 5 stars Local Habitation by S. McGuire,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)Good story. I could not put the book down. I loved the series and would encourage others to read it, if you like supernatural or shifters, fairies and other supernatural beings.
Book arrived in good time, and in good condition. Will us them again.
4.0 out of 5 stars A cross between Agatha Cristie and the Brothers Grimm,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)The second book in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, 'A Local Habitation', meets and raises the high bar that Rosemary and Rue set.
Although McGuire leaves the San Francisco set of 'Rosemary and Rue', her evocative writing does not suffer for the change. She brings what could be a boring corporate campus to life, proving that it is the author, not the setting, that is the star. Her characters are similarly vivid; the protagonist October Daye (Toby), so poignantly damaged in 'Rosemary and Rue', is showing the first signs of healing in 'A Local Habitation'. Quentin, the pureblood scribe from Sylvester's court, becomes Toby's apprentice, and as he gains depth as a character, we also get to see him grow as a person. New characters abound, including January, the Countess of Tamed Lightening, and Sylvester's nice, who Toby has traveled to help, January's puzzling daughter April, and a host of others. Characters also reappear from the previous book, including Tybalt, the King of Cats, Connor, the selkie son-in-law of Sylvester, and Luidaeg, who almost defies description. The mystery begins simply, but as the plot grows, so to do the twists and turns. The plot isn't perfect, and October misses some obvious clues, but as is often the case, that imperfection makes her more human (or fae, as the case may be). The ending is both surprising and moving, an impressive balance for such a new author.
As someone not particularly familiar with the various denizens of fairy tales, I found it helpful to read both 'Rosemary and Rue' and 'A Local Habitation' with my computer nearby, and wikipedia at the ready. Although it was initially a bit interruptive to my reading, I quickly found it quite enjoyable; almost as if short stories and illustrations had been hidden behind certain words in the books.
McGuire has left several small hints within 'A Local Habitation' about potential future storylines, and in managing to do so without interrupting the balance of the current book again demonstrates her writing skills. I can't wait to see what happens next in the world of October Daye.
5.0 out of 5 stars A blend of magics,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)In this novel October, the changeling detective, investigates murder and mystery at a fae-owned IT company in Seattle. It is both startling and interesting to read about the intertwining of magic and computers. There are times in the story when the reader sees the fae world as mundane and the computer world as magical, and this echoes the subconscious feelings of a lot of people! There is plenty of mayhem and tension to keep thriller readers on the edges of their seats, including major problems with cars and telephones which can be magically influenced. The resolution is a satisfying blend of the worlds of fairies and IT. Throughout the novel the background stories of October and her friends and enemies are further explained and expanded, leading to a strong desire for the next book in the series.
I particularly liked the descriptions of the building the IT company uses - partly in a fairy kingdom and partly in Seattle, it alters inside and dizzies the visitor. How often we have all felt that about the architecture of the buildings big companies inhabit! The cats, too, along with their king, are a powerful part of this book. Ms McGuire's descriptions are detailed, unique and absorbing.
This is a worthy successor to Rosemary and Rue. Seanan McGuire has created a fascinating clash of cultures in her tales of fairies in modern California; the well-researched fairy kingdoms are a vivid counterpoint to present day America and also echo the human condition. The characters are all three dimensional and memorable; even the villains are very real people with nothing 'cardboard' or stereotypical about them.
The writing is assured and smooth. It segues effortlessly between the lyricism of faerie and the grittiness of the classic detective novel. A quintessential urban fantasy with a heroine who will take root in your heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)It was great to be back with Toby Daye and her fabulous Fae world in A LOCAL HABITATION. This time the plot was very much a whodunnit storyline that kept me guessing right until the end.
The opening scene features a very tipsy October, and a chance encounter with Tybalt, King of Cats, whose character I am quickly becoming fascinated with. I don't know if it's just me trying to see something that isn't there with those two, but I'm half way convinced he likes Toby a lot more than he lets on. To which (if I'm correct) Toby is completely oblivious. It's a very subtle game McGuire's playing, but I think I like the teasing.
Sadly, since most of the rest of book takes place in the county of Tamed Lightening where Toby is sent by Sylvester to find out why the people there are dying, this meant leaving many of the secondary characters behind, including Tybalt. But we met some very interesting new ones and luckily, she got to take young Quentin with her (whom I just adore), so it wasn't so bad.
Seanan McGuire is very good leaving her readers little trails of breadcrumbs to follow in her writing. Perhaps in the form of a character exhibiting strange body language or behaviours, or making the odd ambiguous comment. This "show, don't tell" technique is driving me nuts with suspicions and theories. Needless to say, I'm heading straight for the next book to fins out more.
5 stars! ★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem,
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)picked this up by chance whilst browsing. When I started to read this I found it was one of those books where you fall into the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderful escapism.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy makeover of 'And then there were none',
This review is from: Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)'Rosemary and Rue' was a good start and this book consolidates Toby Day's world where Faerie and the human world are uneasily co-existing. This book takes Toby into a closed environment where 'people' keep turning up dead - hence my title - and it really works.
The whole range of faerie creatures is very credible as are mixed race Toby, full-blooded daoine sidhe sidekick Quentin and dual love interests Connor the selkie and Tybalt, king of cats. That my own tabby is walking around the keyboard as I try and write this review seems not at all surprising...
Looking forward to 'An Artificial Night' which I plan to start today.
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Local Habitation, A (October Daye Novels) by Seanan McGuire (Mass Market Paperback - 8 April 2010)
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