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Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows (Hardcover) #03) Harrison, Kim ( Author ) Sep-02-2008 Hardcover [Anglais] [Relié]

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  • Editeur : Eos (2 septembre 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
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De son propre aveu, Kim Harrison fut longtemps un garçon manqué. Elle joue (mal) au billard et (beaucoup mieux) aux dés, et aime regarder des films d'action en mangeant du popcorn et joue de son tambour Ashiko quand personne n'est là pour l'entendre. Plus sérieusement, elle est depuis 2004 l'un des best-sellers de cette nouvelle tendance héritée d'Anne Rice et de Buffy, mélange détonnant de Fantasy, de thriller et d'humour qui cartonne aux Etats-Unis et en Angleterre.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 every which way but dead 7 octobre 2013
Par sanders
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le livre est tres bien ecrit , comme le reste des livres de la serie mais j'ai ete un peu decue que l'auteur ne developpe pas vraiment les personnage de Jinx et d'Ivy , ils sont toujours la mais jamais vraiment inclus , on reste toujours sur rachel et ses problemes.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a slow start, but the plot gets better halfway through 18 juillet 2005
Par R. Kelly Wagner - Publié sur Amazon.com
In the first 275 pages of this third volume of the series, there's some action, but nothing actually happens. Rachel resists getting dragged into the ever-after by Algaliarept yet again; Rachel resists getting laid by Kisten yet again; Ivy manages not to bite Rachel yet again... same old, same old. However, about page 275, Rachel decides to let herself be seduced into sex, but not blood, by Kisten. (And if you are a prude about sex between vampires and witches, you shouldn't be reading this book, really.) After we get that out of the way, Rachel can start kicking ass, rounding up bad guys, trading smart-ass remarks with Trent Kalamack, and all the other fun stuff. Up until that point, I thought I was going to have to say that the third volume in the series isn't as good as the second, but based on the last 200 pages, it's the best yet.

We get to know more about Weres in this volume. In "The Good, the Bad, and the Undead" we got elves. This book, we find out lots more about the elves, and more about weres. In fact, at the end of the book, Rachel has a relationship with both Kisten and David (the Were insurance adjustor) but it is so VERY different from Anita Blake's relationships with her vampire and were! Those of you who follow the Anita Blake series will see what I mean - this is not a case of lust for every species she meets an alpha male of, unlike Anita. I really like the character David Hue - and there is apparently a whole subculture of werewolf insurance adjustors, which strikes me as a very funny idea. Closer to Tanya Huff than to Laurell Hamilton.

One small complaint I have about this series is that although it's set in Cincinnatti, we don't get much of a sense of the place. I happen to like to know more about the cities our characters live in; that's a personal thing. Some authors do it, some don't. Hamilton's St. Louis is sorta vague - could be any city that has nightclubs, and we only know it's St. Louis because she says it is. Jim Butler's Chicago, where Harry Dresden the wizard and his vampire friends and enemies live, and Tanya Huff's Toronto and Vancouver, on the other hand, are very clearly real places - we learn street names, characteristics of the city, peculiar idioms of the speech of the inhabitants, and so on. Harrison's Cincinnatti falls in between - we know this is a city with a river, and we hear a lot about baseball back in Volume 2, so we can narrow down where it is, but we still don't get much detail.

Among other things in this book, we get a 1000-year old elf, who then gets taken in for safekeeping by Mr Keasley across the street, who turns out to be a witch who doesn't want to let people know that's what he is. I suspect that in a later volume, we'll find out more about Mr. Keasley. We meet Trent's fiancee, Ellasbeth, as unpleasant an elf as you'd ever care to avoid. Most important, we meet the villain of the book, Lee Saladan, who shares a secret with Rachel...

A short observation that many of the vampire authors seem to have last names beginning with H - if you know of Hamilton and Harrison, but haven't read any Huff or Charlaine Harris yet, you'll want to check them out, too. On the other hand, there's Jim Butler, so it's not a 100% rule.

And, for those just finding out about this series, a few notes on how it compares to the overall vampire genre, a/k/a BunRab's Standard Vampire Classification: What is the vampires' position in the world; do they stand as an allegory for women's sexual fears; what powers do the vampires have; are there other supernatural characters; is the author dead serious, if you'll pardon the pun, or have a sense of humor? The answers, in this case: The vampires in this series can be either good or bad guys. Most of them have jobs; they don't exist merely to be evil and brooding, unlike some series which shall remain unnamed. They do have extra powers, which vary based on the age of the vampire and the living or undead status; in general these powers include the usual super strength, and once undead, they live very long lives, but there's no turning into bats, no invisibility or seeping like smoke between walls. These vampires' taking of blood frequently involves sex, but doesn't have to; they do need human blood to survive, unlike some (P.N. Elrod's vampires can survive quite well on animal blood, for example.) There are several other species of supernaturals besides vampires, the most notable of which is that the witches such as Rachel are a separate species, not actually human. Perhaps the least common additional species we have, not one we run across in other series, is the pixies, such as Jenks.

In sum: if you liked the second volume of the series, you'll enjoy this even more; if you haven't read the second volume yet, I'd recommend buying it as well and reading them in order, and if you read several vampire series, you should have at least as much fun as I have comparing the similarities and contrasting the differences in how the various authors treat their supernatural characters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ahhh, another blissful witchy read 11 mars 2008
Par - Kasia S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was another breathtaking entry in the complex and colorful world of Miss Rachel Morgan, sort of a supernatural bounty hunter if you may, who always manages to get into immense trouble and who longs for drinking coffee on Ivy's couch while trying to figure a way to save her life. This is the third installment of this delicious series and I cannot stress enough to read it in order, this story line has so many twists and turns that's it's easier than I can say to spoil things and ruin those great surprises, I don't even read reviews for next entries because it's never safe with the amount of ingenuity Kim Harrison puts into each one of her books.

I adore the subtle mix of humor thrown in, the main heroine has the audacity to make fun of the demon that keeps trying to pull her into the ever after, calling him big Al and stealing his familiar, and she enrages him to the point where their battles become hairy. Her relationship with Ivy is back on track although an old flame shows up, a vampire that I am sure Ivy is not going to be done with yet and whose job stands in Rachel's way. Kisten is back, the bad boy has some heart and really grows on the reader, I am starting to adore his role in the books, and he always smells like silk and leather, interesting combo...There is also more Trent drama but better than ever, I didn't know whether to sit or stand when reading, some parts were so ingenious and wonderful that I giggled or made noises while reading, making my boyfriend look at my strangely, books rarely have this effect on my hard to please reading palate but his one was superb. Nick is here somewhere, he needs to have a great excuse for his deplorable acting or he's out of my fan club, Jenks is fresh as always but with some changes, and new characters are subtly added, it's hard to tell who's bad and who's just pretending - but that's just part of the fun.

Currently being in the middle of the series I have to force myself and not read the remaining three books in the next three days, because then I think depression would set in, so hopefully I can stretch out the time between each because they are true jewels in the fun, wicked world of witchcraft, vampires, werewolves and all things magical. Although these books are very much part of the fantasy world of writing they are realistic, insurance, jails and lawyers are always breathing down everyone's back, some things can't be avoided even in other worlds...

- Kasia S.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And they lived happily in the ever-after 5 juillet 2005
Par J. Holmes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Kim Harrison has positively out-done herself this time. Every Which Way But Dead is the best in the Rachel Morgan/Hollows series to date. New friends, old friends, and a new romance to set the sheets on fire await in this latest installment.

Rachel made a deal with the devil -- a demon, actually -- and now "Big Al" is coming to collect. Our beloved heroine finds a why to stay one step ahead of the demon but karma has a way of finding you when you least expect it. And Rachel has quite a debt to repay. Yeah, he's a demon. Yeah, he's evil. But, you have got to like a guy who dares to wear lace while supplying some of the book's best one-liners and some of the most unforgettable scenes.

New friends are introduced and promise to make Rachel's continued existence all the more interesting. Many mysteries remain while many questions are answered along the way. Old friends return and offer a new view of their own lives and their ties to Rachel. Kisten and Ivy offer the most interesting twists and the most possibilities for the future. Both show their human sides and leave Rachel (and the reader!) craving more.

Filled with wit and seat-of-your-pants action, anyone who is already in love with this series is bound to enjoy this book. For those who are just beginning to explore the world of the Hollows, be sure to pick up the other two books -- Dead Witch Walking and The Good, The Bad, and the Undead -- to read first so the full impact of Every Which Way But Dead isn't lost.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great world, fun characters hampered by loose story and faulty protagonist 7 août 2011
Par Jeronimo - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have to say, I like the Hollows. The idea is a fun variation on a traditional urban fantasy world. In most UF fiction, we have our world with some vampires/werewolves/fairies thrown into the mix. Here, we have a strange fun-house mirror variation on our everyday lives. Witches and vampires and elves and pixies have 'come out' after the Turn, basically the end of the human world, and are bringing their previously hidden lives and cultures with them. The ways in which the old and new worlds intersect and feed off each other are fun, funny and wonderful to read about. I hear there's a world book coming out, and I for one would love to buy it. The world building is just that enjoyable.

'EWWBD' is a bit different than the previous two installments. Instead of having a mystery (albeit a loose one) to provide framework, we basically get a glimpse into Rachel Morgan's work and play. Beholden to a demon after using his help in putting a crime lord away, she's on the run from said demon, seeking to ensure she doesn't get pulled into the 'ever after.' Big Al, the demon, is one of the highlights of the book. Charismatic, cruel and hilarious, he dominates every scene he graces. I always want more of him.

Some previously sounded notes are heard here; Ivy, Rachel's vampire roommate, is 'off the wagon' and drinking blood again. She still wants Rachel, and this is one plot thread that needs to go away for a while. At this point if I were Rachel, I'd just move. There's an interesting subplot with Jenks, Rachel's pixy partner; she didn't trust him enough to reveal the secret of Trent Elf Guy's identity, and he leaves in a huff. Be warned, that means he disappears halfway through, not to be heard from again in this volume. Jenks can grate on my nerves sometimes, but I realized how indispensable he is to the melodrama at chez Rachel and Ivy's. SOMEONE needs to pipe up when things get too ridiculous.

Two 'bad boys' reemerge into Rachel's life. One is Trent, the billionaire drug lord elf whom she hates with a sometimes too intense passion. Rachel gets snide and snotty with everything the guy does, but he's a far more interesting character than she is. He's one of the last of his kind who will do anything to save his race, he's trapped in a seemingly loveless engagement and distributes illegal drugs that meet his safety approval; if he didn't, someone else who didn't care about people's lives would flood the market with dangerous items. He's a gray character, fascinating and enjoyable, and Rachel can't like anything about him because he turned her into a ferret and killed a guy in front of her. Also, he curses. Shut up, Rachel.

Kisten the ridiculous vampire is back. Yes, stupid British accent and 'bad boy leather' and all. He's here to seduce Rachel and luv her up after her stupid boyfriend Nick deserted her. Truth is I like Al and Trent far more than Kisten, the reason being that they feel like they have lives and plans that go beyond being Rachel's Dream Guy. Kisten feels like the author's idea of a perfect mate, and that's why I dislike him. I don't like ANY character, male or female, who basically exists to make the protagonist happy. I get bored. And Kisten is boring as hell, not to mention eye-rolling. I hope Ms. Harrison doesn't actually believe that a guy adopting a terrible British accent is hot. It's not.

Here's what I like: I love the world, I love Trent and Al and Quen and Jenks and Ivy and Ivy's sister and Newt. Newt, especially, gave me the willies. The Hollows is a great place to visit.

Here's what I dislike: there is almost no story, the writing's padded, and Rachel's bordering on insufferable.

Look, I honestly don't go to the Hollows for a riveting plot. I enjoy them for the world. Having said that, the POINT of the whole damn book didn't seem to emerge until a hundred pages from the end. Of a five hundred page book. When the plot DID show up, I was hooked. Getting there was a chore.

As for the padding, it's almost enough to make me put Harrison's books down sometimes. I feel like someone needs to explain to her that we don't need to know every time someone moves their leg, or puts their feet on the floor, or puts their hair behind their ear. That's always, to me, the sign of someone with a bit too much control over their world. If Ms. Harrison took out all of those control freak details, I guarantee the book might actually be two hundred pages lighter. I hear this problem improves in subsequent volumes, and I hope it does. And I hate to be mean, but 'a smile curved over me' is Ms. Harrison's favorite phrase, and it drives me nutty. This, however, is purely my reaction and shouldn't really matter to anyone reading this review. We've all got our pet peeves.

My biggest problem at this point is Rachel. Here's the thing: I actually like her voice. I like that we have a heroine who makes mistakes. I like that the character even recognizes her mistakes. But there's a fine line between recognizably human and a total flake, and Rachel is edging to the wrong side. For instance, if you knew a demon would be coming for you at sundown to drag your soul to hell, and you had to stay on holy ground, would there be ANYTHING in the world that could make you forget that detail? Even great sex? Rachel's realization that she is an idiot is good, but not an excuse. She IS an idiot. I don't think I'd have such a problem with it if we didn't also get the borderline Mary Sue thing of everyone loves her/ wants her/ believes she can kick ass and take names. (Kisten actually tells her she's the most erotic woman EVER; both a virgin AND a whore! We totally got both sides of the coin working! Seriously, it's head-bangingly stupid.) She's not very smart, sorry but it's true. I hate to say it, but she acts like kind of a bimbo. She persistently makes what she KNOWS are the wrong choices, seemingly just to advance the plot. Again, I love a flawed hero, but I don't like this idea of hot girl makes stupid choices and behaves like an idiot, and ends up winning the hot guy/ big prize anyway. Since it feels almost inevitable she'll hook up with Trent the billionaire at the end, it feels kind of like a supernaturally influenced version of a John Hughes film. Maybe Pretty in Pink, where the Ringwold redhead wins over the rich guy, except instead of being smart or competent she...really DOES dress like a hooker. I don't need Rachel to be perfect or a genius, but I need her to be competent. She isn't even that, and I'm sorry Ms. Harrison but it's NOT endearing. I hope Rachel gets better, because I can't take much more of this. She is a mid-twenties woman who behaves like an eighteen year old girl. For her line of work especially, it makes little sense. Not fun.

Overall, I liked this book more than the first two because I LOVE more Al and found Trent's development fascinating. The villain, when he was revealed, was great. The world is very engaging. There's a lot to like. Still, the stalled plot and the padding and especially Rachel's idiocy have to stop if I'm to keep going with this.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Klutzes Can Be Witches Too! 2 octobre 2005
Par Marc Ruby™ - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm going to buck the trend here. There are a couple of things that I found disappointing in what should have been a great book. If I get hammered a bit sobeit, but I think fans deserve more than an essay in occult dysfunction.

This has been a fairly solid series, with some interesting characters. A team of three 'runners' occupy center stage: Ivy the reluctant vampire to be, Jenks the motor-mouth pixie, and Rachel the earth/ley witch whose specialty is spending most of her time getting into situations where she can panic. Unfortunately, Rachel is the narrator, and gradually you will get tired of reading lines like "So like an idiot, I froze, and it smacked right into me." Rachel is spunky, self-reliant, and determined. So determined that she persistently jumps from one disaster to a worse one. For a while it's funny, then it's entertaining, and finally, you just have to shake your head in dismay.

This time her boyfriend leaves because he is terrified of her, so she misses him so much she starts up an affair with Kisten the most dangerous vampire in the city. The demon Algaliarept is hot on making Rachel into his familiar, and since she knows exactly what makes her vulnerable to him, that's what she keeps doing. She wanders into a struggle between to supernatural mavens of crime. Insisting that she doesn't kill people, the list of fatalities around her keeps mounting. She has an amazing ability to alienate friends as well.

Which doesn't mean that this is a bad book just that for all her pretensions, Rachel is no Anita Blake. It's obvious that Kim Harrison is setting her up to be the series sex star, but that really isn't enough. Thank goodness, though, most of the other characters are much stronger than Rachel, so, usually by accident, she manages to survive. What I don't know is if the series will survive another volume of plots that careen from one unnecessary problem.

Actually, I'm giving this book a three because late in the book she makes a genocidal decision for a selfish and silly reason. Haphazard plotting and gratuitous sex I can handle. But Kim Harrison isn't the kind of writer who can carry a character who is that hopelessly vicious. The result is that she blows by what is probably the most significant opportunity in the book. Well if you like a lot of action and 'no biting' sex, this will do for you. Hopefully the next book will work better.
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