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Jan 26, Landon rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book as far as I got. Then I just kinda fizzeled out. No real reason, the charecters are fun.

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It fun to get to spend time with historical figures in a new way and I think the books style works well for it's intent. I'll have to revisit it at some point. Dec 25, Ram Kaushik rated it really liked it Shelves: Curl up for this one - an enjoyable read.

The author captures the stilted formal prose of Poe's time and his macabre imagination precisely! The contrast to the colorful Davy Crockett is superbly done. Jun 16, Desiree rated it liked it. Ending was rather predictable. Nov 18, Larry rated it liked it. Jul 08, Rachel rated it liked it. While the mystery was unique, I could not get into the writing style. I quite liked the character of Davy Crockett, certainly much more than that of Edgar Poe. Poe I found to be utterly useless throughout the book. While I can't deny his powers of observation came in handy, he could have saved at least two lives if he hadn't been so squeamish, fainting or getting drunk.

I had forgotten about the odd relationship between Poe and his cousin, Victoria. While the relationship was very cringe worthy, While the mystery was unique, I could not get into the writing style. While the relationship was very cringe worthy, I feel like the author handled it the best he could. There is quite a bit of language and the violence could get a bit gory, but other than that it was a relatively clean book. Poe is extraordinarily wordy and each chapter begins with a sort of essay regarding some book he's reading or philosophical topic which was rather dry.

I figured out the ending about a third of the way through the story, so it's a tad see-through. Overall it's not a bad book and I wouldn't say not to read it, but for me, I just couldn't get into the writing. Jun 09, Diane rated it really liked it. Interesting how this story was told. Some pretty gruesome descriptions along the way. Interesting at the end how the author described the story and how it led to the books written by Edgar Allen Poe. Jun 09, Shawn Manning rated it liked it. Crockett is portrayed as a backwoods oaf with a good heart and Poe is the uptight stick in the mud.

The reader is then led through a series of murders that foreshadow yet to be written tales of Poe. It made for an entertaining read, but nothing to go out of ones way for. Mar 09, John rated it liked it. It's and the rambunctious frontiersman Davy Crockett, visiting Baltimore as part of a national tour to promote his autobiography, calls on the tyro writer Edgar Allan Poe to ask him in no uncertain terms why he gave the book such a rotten review. Any fisticuffs are precluded by the discovery nearby of a horrible murder -- a body so powerfully mangled that the killer seems to have possessed the strength of, say, a giant ape rather than a man.

And so the two are plunged into adventures a It's and the rambunctious frontiersman Davy Crockett, visiting Baltimore as part of a national tour to promote his autobiography, calls on the tyro writer Edgar Allan Poe to ask him in no uncertain terms why he gave the book such a rotten review. And so the two are plunged into adventures as they go on the trail of a serial killer who seems always to be thinking one step ahead of them and who, if witnesses including Poe himself are to be believed, looks uncannily like a certain E.

The book's blurb bills it as a "marvelous work of fiction in the tradition of. The Alienist ", a description that does it a great disservice. In reality it's an ingenious comedy rather than a thriller; we soon cotton on that the experiences the young Poe is undergoing are in later years, often with little more than cosmetic revision, going to form the bases of his best-known fictions.


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The text is written as by Poe himself, with all the prissiness, snobbishness, hypochondriac self-absorption, self-conscious pseudo-intellectualism, lit'rary flourishes, and copious use of italics to convey just how ghastly things often are; impressively, although one might expect the narrative to be turgid as a result, Schechter manages to make it very readable -- in part because of the dialogue he gives Crockett, which is full of malapropisms and hilarious "down home-style" nonce-words even as he tells his tall tales of bravado in the wilds.

Best are those moments when the two men's styles are set in juxtaposition: I saw a thunderbolt a-coming, and I dodged my mouth right under it, and -- bang! It was as if a whole tribe of buffaloes was kicking inside my bowels. My heart spun around amongst my insides like a grindstone going by steam, but the lightning went clear through me and tore my trousers clean off as it come out t'other end. Here he dotes on her every slightest flounce or display of precocity, with the result that she comes across to the reader, often hilariously, as an over-indulged little brat who might better have benefited from a spell in the coal hole than marriage.

Some of the jokes flew past me; for example, I don't know why Schechter renamed one of the book's in Roderick Asher's sic library as Virgliae Mortuorum Secundum Chorum Ecclesiae Maguntinae , rather than render its title as in "The Fall of the House of Usher": Overall, however, I was thoroughly entertained and diverted for pages, and was genuinely reluctant to turn the final page.

I gather Schechter has done some sequels, and I'll make a point of looking out for those. Mar 22, Lisa Swope added it. What if all of Poe's short stories and poems were based on actual experiences? And what if he had given a poor review to Davy Crockett's newly published memoir and the frontiersman wanted him to take it back, and then the two got involved in crimesolving and trying to escape from bizarre situations, enraged thugs, and a serial killer togethe What if all of Poe's short stories and poems were based on actual experiences? And what if he had given a poor review to Davy Crockett's newly published memoir and the frontiersman wanted him to take it back, and then the two got involved in crimesolving and trying to escape from bizarre situations, enraged thugs, and a serial killer together?

Furthermore, I love well-written dialect, where the voice and accent of the characters shines through. Poe narrates the whole but hears Crockett's backwoods speech in a particular voice as well. I half rose from my seat, prepared to forcibly eject the impudent stranger from my chamber. Jun 08, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 04, Dominc Bender rated it really liked it.

A good book for those who are interested in Edgar Allan Poe. It takes place around the time prior to his marriage to his cousin Virginia. The situation and story are based around the mysterious happenings connected to a theatrical play that had involved his mother and members of the play Nevermore. The members of the cast of Nevermore are systematically hunted by a mysterious assailant who leaves little left and possesses a connection to Mr.

Davie Crockett makes his appearance early on in A good book for those who are interested in Edgar Allan Poe. Davie Crockett makes his appearance early on in response to a negative review printed in a literary journal in response to his published memoirs by Mr. While is Boston the first of the murders is committed and he and Poe come to become a team in an attempt to locate and capture the suspect. The search takes them through out the local area while hunting for the killer and ends with a surprising connection revealed and the purpose for the murders.

Oct 12, Karyl rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this book to be quite a clever take on Poe's own novels. Schechter, of whom I've only read one of his non-fiction works, somehow manages to make Poe's voice, as high-flown and verbose as he is in his novels, interesting and readable.

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Initially I was a little bit off by his language, but as I continued to read, I began to be accustomed to the language, and it seemed to flow quite well. Davy Crockett's overly folksy speech tends to grate after a while, but it's a nice contrast to Poe. I wo I found this book to be quite a clever take on Poe's own novels. I would probably have enjoyed this book more, had I been more familiar with Poe's own works, but having a passing knowledge of his stories is enough to recognize various elements in this novel, elements that, according to Schechter, Poe would embellish later on to form the basis of his stories.

A fun and fast-paced read, though I felt it began to drag near the end. I look forward to investigating Schechter's other novels. Dec 23, Holly Ites rated it really liked it. Written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, with his over-the-top impressionistic descriptions, "Nevermore," by Harold Schechter, is almost a parody. Told in the first person, it proposes a time when Poe became instrumental in the investigation of serial murders with the help of none other than Davy Crockett.

It lends itself to the notion that Poe suffered from egomania of intellect, much like Hercule Poirot, and excuses his frailties as artistic hypersensitivity, an inheritance from his gifted-act Written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, with his over-the-top impressionistic descriptions, "Nevermore," by Harold Schechter, is almost a parody. It lends itself to the notion that Poe suffered from egomania of intellect, much like Hercule Poirot, and excuses his frailties as artistic hypersensitivity, an inheritance from his gifted-actress mother.

There are several references to events which suggest inspiration for Poe's literary classics, such as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Raven. Jan 19, Gori Suture rated it it was amazing. It's a fun adventure set around murder more than a "who done it" mystery. You're just along for the ride, and what a ride it is! Crockett is the perfect counterpart to Poe's stuffiness, and he is portrayed exactly like the legend of him, an over the top, never say die, American hero.

I tried to read this book before, and just couldn't get into it, but this time around, I guess I was in the right state of mind to enjoy it, because I couldn't This book is written from Poe's POV, in Poe's language. I tried to read this book before, and just couldn't get into it, but this time around, I guess I was in the right state of mind to enjoy it, because I couldn't put it down.

I really enjoyed this book. It is written in the same style as Poe's works. It actually seems like you're reading a story about Poe, written by himself. The book is about Edgar Alllan Poe and Davy Crockett teaming up together to solve crimes that supposedly later inspire many of Poe's short stories. Having Crockett as Poe's crime solving buddy is totally ridiculous and at times I had to put the book down and shake my head, but it also made the book funny when most of the time it's very grim.

Rec I really enjoyed this book. Recommended reading for any Poe fan. Aug 28, Kate rated it it was amazing. I wasn't a Poe fan until I read this. He was so wonderfully portrayed in this book: Davy Crockett was also wonderful. I loved their brotherly banter. The mystery was not as memorable as the characters, but I liked the personal connection of it to Poe's life.

It got me curious about Elizabeth Poe and what her life might have been like. Poe's theatrical heritage comes through in his mannerisms. Jul 27, Kristen McQuinn rated it liked it Shelves: So I am not sure what I think of this book. It had a really fun premise but I am not sure I liked its execution very well. I think the author's use of Poe's overblown language was a little cumbersome but, oddly, it still worked.

I think I would actually read more in this series, even though I am not entirely sure I liked it, and it took me an inordinate length of time to read even though it was a short book. Oct 26, Amal rated it really liked it. Sherrilyn Kenyon is a solid writer, of that there is no doubt at all.

Her new series of Insurrection seems to be replacing the series the Chronicles of Nick which has now merged with the Dark Hunters. This is the first book in the series and I quite enjoyed it though I felt like more backstory on the drabs would have been great. Perhaps we will get that later on. Waiting for the next installment before I decide if this is a must read or not. Dec 07, Kris rated it liked it. Much shorter than I had been expecting, so a bit of a let down as to how much new material I got to enjoy. Due to the shorter format, what was given was smashed in very quickly.

But, it was still good, true Kenyon work and I want the rest of the series. Jun 12, Taylor Breedlove rated it it was amazing. I can't wait for the next one! Feb 26, Erin rated it did not like it. This was a huge let down. The editing was terrible as well. At first I thought it was part of the idea that humans forgot how to talk correctly or that the Matans is that right?

Not at all what I expect from SK. Honestly, I wonder if she has a ghost writer at the rate she dishes out books. Such a shame because I thought the premise had potential. Jan 07, Lady S rated it did not like it Shelves: Normally I love books by SK no matter how long or short the book is, but this one left me cold and turned me off.

Maybe it was the storyline or just all the plain vitriol being spewed by Crow. For me, I have read brand new writers come up with better plots than this one has. Perfect start to new apocalyptic series. Review to follow soon. This was a hard one to score. It was especially painful because Kenyon is my favorite author. But this book is just not up to her normal writings. Not only is it a lot shorter, a good forth of the size is made up of previews, a couple of full-page illustrations, and large margins, but there were typos, distracting and disjointed internal monologues, and not enough world building.

It felt more like what I would expect for a first or second draft. Maybe one or two more rewrites would have been hel This was a hard one to score. Maybe one or two more rewrites would have been helpful. There were confusing bits, no foreshadowing anywhere, and parts that made me go "what the hell?

There were things which needed explaining so I could understand what was going on.


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There seemed to be entire scenes missing. There were almost no descriptions. All the characters seemed to be just floating in space because I had no idea where they were. I'm pretty sure that one of the characters changed his name a few times. Every part of his name except his last name and the name he was called most often.

But he had one full name at the beginning of the book, another at the end, and hinted that he had more middle names than he stated as part of his full name. The main character, Daria, was highly unlikeable. She was always whining and seemed really stupid. I understand that she had bad things happen to her, she was thrown into a situation with a group of people she couldn't understand and that this book isn't really long enough to make her a rounded character, but she seemed more of a caricature, like - dare I say - Bella Swan from Twilight. It left the ending open for more books, but I feel like it's going to be one of those teen dramas where the girl can't pick a side and is in love with any guy with a pretty face.

It was a great concept, one which could have been expanded on and she has been a favorite author of mine in the past. But this just isn't up to snuff. Kenyon has built another fascinating world version. Our introduction to post-invasion earth has painted a perilous future for humans. They are all in hiding as the alien invaders have decided that people are no more than scraps, or vermin, who don't deserve to live on their planet.

All humans are nothing more than tissue donars, slaves, and don't deserve to exist. The Nevermore characters are compelling and have evolved, over a year invasion, into much more than they were the day the invasion started. At least all the humans that didn't die from the plague the invaders brought with them.

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They have adapted physiologically, and magically, and have some exciting powers that will make for an Insurrection that certainly be historic. This is going to evolve into a fun series. The first edition is a bit rough around the edges, but that can all be ironed out with a bit of editing. I absolutely recommend this new series for everyone, even young adults. This is going to be ranked in with the Chronicles of Nick series. I'm ready for book two! Feb 07, Jennifer Roach rated it really liked it. I'm a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books but wasn't sure how this new series was going to strike me.

Written decades ago, she worked to get this published for years and now has the name and staying power to get it done. While this is just a novella it introduces us to a world where humans are being exterminated or used by the Drabs, an alien race that came to Earth and took over. Humans under age 25 survived though, with new abilities.

Other humans became Remnants, or flesh-eaters, but being su I'm a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books but wasn't sure how this new series was going to strike me. Other humans became Remnants, or flesh-eaters, but being super smart they hunt both the Drabs and "Scraps" mutated humans for their source of protein. Very well executed plot and story, and interesting characters are what I've come to expect from Kenyon, and this was no different.

She pulls the reader in from the very beginning and makes you turn the pages as fast as possible, devouring any and all morsels she sets in front of you. I still love the Dark Hunterverse and the Born universe, but I anxiously await the next installment of Insurrection. This is a really hard one to rate. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and every single novel and short she has released. This one is a short novella type, young adult series about an apocalyptic future. I do love the concept and where she may be leading us. There is excitement and suspense for sure. I do look forward to the next installment as I want to see how this progresses.

I rate 3 stars mainly because it was way too short. You don't really get to enjoy the characters and you don't get to learn much a This is a really hard one to rate. You don't really get to enjoy the characters and you don't get to learn much about them yet. When you finally get into it, it's over. I'm hoping the next one is more in depth and we get to understand them better. I feel she could have given us a lot more than just pages. I hope the next one is a lot longer than this one. All in all it is a good concept and good for young adult readers.

Feb 09, Ainoa rated it liked it Shelves: This book hasn't come out, but the first 6 chapters are available. The premise is interesting, although not so quite original still, it left me wanting to read more. However, the characters seem And don't get me started on the instalove. You're telling me you have this male character whose family got murdered by an alien invasion and suddenly he got the hots for the main female alien of the story.

I've read far too many of your books to know th I'm super confused.


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I've read far too many of your books to know that you can do better. Where is the conflict of interest? The internal conflict for both characters? We're talking about an alien race that invaded Earth and killed most of us. This ain't Mass Effect, lady; you don't get to fall in love with the Turian after seeing him just once. Let's hope the full book gets better. What the heck even?! I really loved the concept and the story and the beginning but really I feel like I paid for sample chapters and I'm severely disappointed by this. Bloody better get sent an ebook update when the full book is finished.

Will Kenyon even finish this one? Honestly, I love her work and have read everything I can but this is a massive let down. I'm sure if I ever read the completed version of this book it would get a heck a lot more stars in my rating Sep 21, Gillian Paulus rated it it was ok.

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I'm honestly not even sure if I liked this book or not, because it's not a full book. It's the beginning of a book. Which is extra bad when you're being introduced to a new series especially one in a fantasy world. You've just met the main characters and started to learn what kind of world they live in, and are shown the beginning of a plot, and then the book JUST ENDS. I've never had this experience with a Sherrilyn Kenyon novel before.

I might actually get the next book fro I'm honestly not even sure if I liked this book or not, because it's not a full book. I might actually get the next book from the library before spending money on it, though normally I want to own every single Sherrilyn Kenyon book. Jan 10, ClockworkBookworm rated it it was ok Shelves: Unfortunately, I have several issues with this one.

It is listed by SK as a Novella, not a full length book, but reads more like a sample of 2 stories. Lost a star for being so short that it's a tease. We got a group of scrappy humans trying to wrest control of Earth back from aliens who've claimed and colonized the planet, a group of highly intelligent non-zombie zombies trying to get their humanity back, and then there's the aliens themselves. The book seems to be just an introduction to a new Kenyon world, as little happens til the last few chapters, but it's looking like it's gonna be a fun one to revisit when the next book Pretty good start!

The book seems to be just an introduction to a new Kenyon world, as little happens til the last few chapters, but it's looking like it's gonna be a fun one to revisit when the next book appears. Jan 24, Samantha Westall rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.