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Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking

by Kim Harrison

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Series: The Hollows (1)

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Dead Witch Walking takes forever to take off. Rachel is a witch and she works for a paranormal agency set out to catch illegal activities of paranormal creatures. She hangs out with a pixy named Jenks and a living vampire named Ivy.

It takes several chapters to get to how the world became this way. Meantime I am pushing through the story trying to fathom why this girl quit her job at the Interlander agency in the first place, why her boss wants her dead and what’s up with this Nick character.

The plots and subplots are uninteresting and nothing much happens until Rachel confronts Trent, a guy who may be a paranormal but no one knows what he is – throughout the book! And no one knows who sent these demon attacks – throughout the book!

And who is this Nick guy anyway? He was a rat in a rat fight when Rachel transformed herself into a mink (long story) and they escaped together. Was this planned in advance by Trent? Who knows?

The book goes in fits and starts. Some parts are exciting, others very domestic and dull.

It’s an easy read, most likely for very young adults or older teens. I have read comparisons to Anita Blake and the early Blake novels are much more into action and the life adventures and plots of the powerful paranormals. Rachel is a much more selfish character and makes lots of dumb decisions as she attempts to work off the contract on her life.

It’s true that the Anita Blake novels devolved into sex novels and formulaic plots.

The Kim Harrison novel here leaves a lot of plot holes, hopefully filled in the next book? Not sure I want to read more to find out.

Recommended for those who like their Anita light!

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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
This book has been recommended to me a few times. I didn't care for the writing, so didn't finish it. ( )
  Zumbanista | Dec 21, 2016 |
Dead Witch Walking
3.5 Stars

Good premise and solid world building but the first half drags and the main character has several TSTL moments.

Narration: listened to this after Some Girls Bite and Marguerite Gavin's narration probably benefits from the inevitable comparison. Cynthia Holloway is borderline monotonous and she fails to differentiate between the characters. In contrast, Gavin has a variety of voices with their own tone and inflection (Jenks is particularly well done although Ivy's voice is a little too deep and masculine).

The gritty world of the Hollows is very compelling with the variety of supernatural creatures and an alternate human history. The interactions between humans and supernaturals, the animosity between the Pixies and the Fairies, and the ominous threat posed by the vampires are all quite original. The idea that human ingenuity almost resulted in the annihilation of their race with genetically altered food is very apropos given the current trend toward messing with genetics and DNA - a dire warning, perhaps?

Rachel fails to come across as a particularly intelligent or successful witch nor is she a fearless, kick-ass heroine. She is extremely stubborn (not always in a good way) and consistently makes ill-informed choices that lead her into sticky situations from which she needs to be rescued. Moreover, her constant panic around Ivy is irritating and does not evoke respect or faith in her maturity.

Jenks, the loquacious pixie, is the highlight of the book. His sarcastic one liners and witty comebacks had me laughing out loud at inopportune moments. Trent is another intriguing character with an ambiguous morality that has you questioning notions of right and wrong, good and evil.

Overall, not the best beginning to a series but it has potential and there are numerous unanswered questions that I am eager to learn more about. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I have tried so many times to like this seris - I love paranormal & witches & wizards & vampires & all that stuff. Try as I might, I can't get into this series. Though I did finish the book, I felt like I was forcing it instead of really enjoying it. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
While reading:
--Do NOT care for this narrator. She makes Rachel sound like a 50 year old with smoker voice. Not at all how I envisioned her.
-- The more I listen to this book, the less I like it. Though I don't know how much of that is the narrator and how much is the text. May have to reread it as text and see if it is any better.
Thoughts after finish reading:

Okay, here is where I run into a problem. First book in the series, horrible narrator, okay story line, difficult to like characters. I'm wondering if I give it space and then read the book instead of listen to it if my opinion will improve. Right now, really not wanting to move to the next book.

I realize as authors, we put our characters through hell, so much so that they are lucky to survive. But this poor character couldn't catch a cold, much less a break. Just when she thinks she's found something good, it all goes to the crapper.

Then there's the writing style. Again, first book, still establishing the character and their traits, so a little fluctuation is understandable. I couldn't tell if Rachel had a sarcastic running tone or not. She kept shifting too much. The world around her is very well established. I almost wanted to follow the vamp friend rather than the main character. For a redhead (stereotype here), she's not that bright. Though it does fit with the impulsive and quick to act part...

Then there is the plot. Or I should say intermingled plots. The end of her one career and start of another (or lack thereof), the constant death threats, and the chance to bring in a big fish that all law agencies want. It felt like some details were glossed over while others were hung with neon lights. And the ones glossed over were the more important ones. Like suggest you know who tried to kill you... then leave it out of the book?!?!? Yeah, no.

So perhaps if I read as a physical book and get away from this horrible narrator, I'll do better. ( )
  gilroy | Oct 8, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060572965, Mass Market Paperback)

All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.

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Sexy bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati, keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants.

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