- Mass Market Paperback: 385 pages
- Publisher: Clearway; Reprint edition (4 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756404258
- ISBN-13: 978-0756404253
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hounding the Moon: A Tess Noncoire Adventure (Tess Noncoire Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Sep 2007
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"A fun, fannish romp full of sarcastic quips and supernatural action."
"Original, fantastic, and spellbinding urban fantasy...P.R. Frost displays a unique and refreshing voice."
"Readers who like the urban fantasies of Mercedes Lackey will want to read the brilliant storytelling of Hounding the Moon."
About the Author
P.R. Frost resides on beautiful Mt. Hood in Oregon. She hikes the Columbia River Gorge for inspiration, reads omnivorously, and enjoys attending science fiction conventions. She is currently at work on the next Tess NoncoirE novel.
Top Customer Reviews
I have heard some really horrible things about this book, and guess what? I really liked it. There are lots of gaps and it jumps back and forth a bit, but there is enough of a story to get into. I would love to hear more about why Dill continued to haunt her etc, must wait for the next book!
Fun, interesting and warming.
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As Hounding the Moon begins, Tess saves a young Native American girl from a rampaging dog. When the dog and the girl keep reappearing in Tess's life, she learns that they have a role to play in a Lakota myth, and that Tess's help is needed to bring about a positive outcome. Meanwhile, she has to contend with her first romantic relationship since Dill's death, and with the revelation that her marriage might not have been quite what she thought it was. Peppered among the present-day chapters told from Tess's point of view are a number of "Interludes." These feature Scrap's point of view, scenes from Tess's past in the Sisterhood, or both.
The storyline concerning Tess's grief, and her coming to terms with it, is touching and emotional. These are some of the best scenes in the book. If I do go on to read more TESS NONCOIRÉ novels, it'll be to find out what was really going on with Dill, as questions are raised but not exactly answered.
The plot of Hounding the Moon is confusing at times, and the book is filled with scenes that don't do much to advance it. One example is the early scenes featuring Tess's eccentric family. I usually enjoy domestic scenes that lend a little warmth to urban fantasy's tough-girl heroines, but in this case, there's so much domestic stuff that the story grinds to a crawl for it. Another example is the many SF conventions Tess attends. I'm a con-goer myself, so I know cons are fun -- but it's hard to capture their charm in writing. Too often, Tess's con adventures feel like a recitation of the schedule: she goes to a panel, she goes to the dealers' room, she goes to a party, and so on. There's one con scene that worked really well, though: the filking scene at the end. "There's a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book" is a funny little ditty that spoofs cheesy science fiction and fantasy covers.
I didn't understand some of the decisions Tess makes. For instance, Tess spends much of the book searching for the dog and the girl, but when she hears they're nearby, she... sits back down at her restaurant table and cracks open a book. Or, when a friend calls her multiple times during a convention to warn her she's in deadly danger, she blows off his calls and carries on with her con socializing, even though P.R. Frost makes it clear she has plenty of downtime during which she could simply call the poor guy back and ask what's going on. I also spent much of the book not understanding why she kept trusting Donovan, even though he came off as slimy, but SPOILER ALERT: at least that turned out to have a metaphysical cause END SPOILER.
Overall, Hounding the Moon is too muddled and suffers from severe pacing problems and a heroine who lacks common sense. The exploration of Tess's grief for Dill is compelling, and the bits of SF-convention humor are fun, but they're not enough to give me much impetus to keep reading this series.
The rest of the "characters" are two dimensional cardboard cutouts; Tess gives them about as much credence in her decision making and thought processes. I can't believe that the author managed to get contracted for a series of this drivel.