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Strange Practice

by Vivian Shaw

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Series: Dr. Greta Helsing (1)

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"Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life"--"A debut contemporary fantasy that introduces the fast-talking Dr. Greta Helsing, who must keep the supernatural community not-alive and well in modern London. Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life"--… (more)
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    Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (andreas.wpv)
    andreas.wpv: Different type of protagonist and friends, but dealing with the un- or supernatural, solving crimes and preventing disasters. This is very similar though in style and tone, mood of the story. It is tense, yes, but holds no horror or exceeding brutality. The protagonist is human, and like a human, and the story has an undercurrent of kindness that many novels miss. And it is funny at times, from gentle humor to laugh out loud.… (more)
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Pretty good-looking but not great. Really 3.5 star ( )
  Ranbato | Dec 17, 2020 |
READ THIS SERIES! that is all ( )
  RavinScarface | Dec 13, 2020 |
A few days ago in another review I described a certain type of British voice—sly, irreverent, prone to send-ups and slight non-sequiturs. Strange Practice is the sort of book that nails it absolutely perfect. Add in the reimagined Gothic characters, the urban fantasy world, and the twists on the standard fantasy-mystery plot, and this was a joy to read.

First of all, the characters. Greta’s no nonsense and gets things done, without becoming an Avenging Warrior. She’s a doctor, first and foremost, and knows her limits. I liked her compassion and her heart, and how much her actions were informed by her job. And the supporting cast? Lord Ruthven, the cheerful and domestic vampire. Lord Varney, who’s shy and kind and prone to depression. Fass, the ex-demon accountant who fills the role of “kindly uncle”. Not to mention the museum curator, the family of ghouls, the rusalka nurse… I want to keep them all, but especially Ruthven. Ruthven’s just great.

The mystery follows from the voice—a little odd, a little zany, some nice repurposing and remixing of both history and Gothic fiction tropes. It’s balanced very nicely between “here’s an utterly weird thing” and “okay, that’s actually kind of unnerving” and it’s told in multiple points of view, which both fleshes out the world and keeps the tension going. (Also, the undead POVs are, predictably, pretty amusing.)

I went into this expecting it to be all right, entertaining enough for a few days, and instead, I might have found a new series and author to follow. Exceeded expectations all ‘round! I was reminded most strongly of Genevieve Cogman and Gail Carriger, if you’re looking for read-alikes, and fans of the Rivers of London books and Good Omens will likely also enjoy this one.

Warnings: Murderous cult. Mind control. Mention of violence against sex workers. Possibly strained cheek muscles from grinning. If you’re squicked by attraction across vast age differences, there’s a bit of that.

8.5/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
This new Urban Fantasy was a rather slow starter for me. I was like... Oh, okay, a doctor for the monsters. What could go wrong? A little humor, a little less-well-known vamp, some old friendships with unknown monstrous types, and a serial murderer/s on the loose taking out all the good monsters who just want to get along.

The strength would have to rely on the writing rather than the concept for me.

Fortunately, I didn't mind the slow bits so much and after the action picked up I hopped along with the tale quite nicely. All in all, she pulled it off. The basic concept is okay but it's the characters that sold it. Add a pretty surprising run-in with a big bad and some cool worldbuilding with the supernaturals, and I'm quite happy. It may not be the most fascinating UF I've ever read but I may enjoy continuing it. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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The greatest joys in Strange Practice come from the moments when the entire gang is just sitting together in the kitchen, drinking tea and brandy, talking over each other and trying to figure out the solution to some mystery.
 

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Hampton, SuzannahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Staehle, WillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life"--"A debut contemporary fantasy that introduces the fast-talking Dr. Greta Helsing, who must keep the supernatural community not-alive and well in modern London. Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life"--

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