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"A Roaring roller-coaster coaster of a read... Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious... [It'll] take your breath away."
About the Author
Rob, short for Robyn (yes, he is really a she) Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows, deer, and wild turkeys. Many, many turkeys. She is also the author of the Cal Leandros Series: Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse, and Deathwish; has a story in the anthology Wolfsbane and Mistletoe; and is the author of Trick of the Light, the first book in the Trickster series.
Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don't have a dog, how do you live?)--one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person's hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you're looking for a Rover or Fluffy.
For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal.
Top customer reviews
The story is told by Cal the younger brother, who makes for a cynical protagonist, with an extremely cutting sense of humour. It's interesting how when the style of narration changes (Cal undergoes something of a transformation halfway through) that underlying humour is still there, albeit with a much nastier twist.
It does take a couple of chapters for the story to get going, but almost without realising it, you are slowly drawn into Cal and Niko's world. And once you are in there it becomes very hard to put the book down. Although the major focus of the story is the relationship between the two brothers and their struggle to survive, the world is populated with interesting and original secondary characters - Boggy, Georgina, Robin Goodfellow (yes, that Robin Goodfellow :) ), Promise and Abbagor. It's made very clear that these are creatures / people who all have their own agendas and problems to deal with and who don't necessarily have the welfare of the brothers at heart. It's refreshing not to have the good guys and the bad guys made completely obvious.
Because there is a major change in protagonist behaviour halfway through, this is a book of two halves. The change is very much a necessary part of the plot, but I did prefer the narration of the first half more, finding that because there was less interaction with other characters in the second half it did get slightly bogged down in exposition.
Having said that I recommend this book for anyone who's looking for something a little different in the Urban Fantasy line. (Definitely worth checking out if you like the Ukiah Oregon series by Wen Spencer.)
Moonshine the second book in the series is also available.
A very good read. The relationship between Cal and his brother to me seems very believable having a brother of my own even if the dialogue does seem occasionally cheesy in the way the rib each other. At times the main characters arrogance gets a little irritating but by the end you cant help but like him.
Buy it. You'll like it!
This book was fantastic. I knocked off a star only because there's a significant alteration in narrator halfway through the book which got a little trying after a while. I enjoyed it initially, it was a clever move on behalf of the writer, but I did get tired of it! That criticism aside, I loved almost everything about Nightlife. I'd ummed and ahhed over this series for some time now, not wanting to waste my time picking up another long started series I might hate... so I read Thurman's other novel 'Trick of the Light', of which there is only one at the moment, thinking it'll be a faster read being only at one book. Unfortunately for me I disliked it and ignored this series as a result. However, I gave in (weak willed that I am when it comes to books) and bit the proverbial bullet: upon finishing 'Nightlife' I wondered why I hadn't started the Cal series sooner! Always the way!
Cal is the first person narrator of this novel and it's delightful to see the world through his eyes. Cal is 19, extremely lazy, half human and works in a dump of a bar. He has an older brother named Niko who is a stalwart warrior with a Roman nose who he's nicknamed 'Cyrano'. Heh.Read more ›
this book reminds me a lot of the tv show supernatural especially the relationship between the two brothers.
trust me if you like supernatural or books by laurell k hamilton and kim harrison then you will love this.
first point I should make the whole book is just setting the scene for the rest of the series. obvious right? well yes and no, most first books usually fill you in around a specific event happening such as a crime to solve or whatever. what's been done here is that you a introduced to the world that is cal and niko's life. The way they live and why is explained, friends/enemies are introduced and the characters are all padded out. don't get me wrong this doesn't make it boring or mean that there's no plot at all it's there but in this book just rests lightly in the background for the most part.
The humour and the brotherly relationship is all there and possibly is a little overdone at times (the only real negative that i could find)but it still manages to keep the book interesting to read and help move the story along.
as for the change of narrative style halfway through well i thought it worked. It meant that blanks were filled in on parts of cal's life that otherwise may have been drawn out far too long over future books. Also that is really the point that the background stuff is swapped to the backburner for the story and the action begins to really kick in.
my only real reason for only giving it three stars was because it didn't quite make the same quality level as jim butcher for me. But that's not stopped me from just ordering the next one in the series. and it did have me hooked enough to stay up till 3 am to read it.
Most recent customer reviews
I just recently discovered this author and series. I've seen this author and her work around the blogosphere for sometime but just never picked it up until now. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2010 by Cherry
This is the first in Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series which I bought on a whim a few years back when it was just this and the following title and I was hooked. Read morePublished on 13 April 2010 by Ms. Al Trivett
At face value this is a typical urban fantasy where all sorts of things lurk undetected in the dark comers of our world. But this is something else too.... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2009 by Nick Brett
I really do not understand the positive reviews this book has had. It truly is an awful book. I found myself bored with every page. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2009 by GentleWolf
I really loved this book. The strong family theme throughout mixed with mortal peril at every corner was wonderful. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2008 by Amazon Customer