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Three Parts Dead [Format Kindle]

Max Gladstone

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A god has died, and it's up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis's steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara's job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who's having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb's courts--and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt

Coulumb's slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 334 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reprint (2 octobre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely brilliant world-building 2 octobre 2012
Par Geonn W. Cannon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Worldbuilding is an art form. It's quite a feat to pick a reader up and place them in a story set in Seattle or New York City and have them feel comfortable even if they've never been there. It's quite another for an author to tell their story in a world that only exists inside their head.

Max Gladstone makes it look easy. It's a world where Gods (plural) interact with their followers and have a more hands-on approach to the cities they're sworn to protect. On the mortal side, there are Craftsmen and Craftswomen who draw power from the stars to work their magic. These two powers come together in the steam-powered port city of Alt Coulumb, whose God Kos the Everburning has just died. Craftswomen, the devoted clergy facing a future without their God, a chain-smoking cleric, black-suited officers of Justice with a hive mind, incidental vampires, gargoyles! All of these disparate pieces come together in a story that goes where very few (if any) steampunk novels have gone before: the courtroom.

Why has there never been a steampunk legal thriller? This novel proves it can be done, and done very well. Is it because publishers think it would be boring? The court sequences in this novel, and hit all the old tropes (I half expected the opposing council to declare he was just a "simple country lawyer" at one point) with tongue firmly in cheek. And thanks to the setting, instead of boring legalese we get to see cases argued with magic in a display that wouldn't be out of place on the Vegas Strip. We've all seen steampunk pirates, policemen, cowboys, et al. It's time the steampunk lawyer got a shot at the big time.

I don't want to say this book is easy, because that would be an insult to the care and work that went into crafting such an amazing world. The writing doesn't show off, doesn't play around, doesn't waste your time with making you realize how fancy it's being. The story is first and foremost. The characters are human enough to bring in some mood-lightening humor when necessary. I don't do bleak upon bleak. Where there are humans, there will be jokes even if it's gallows humor.

Gladstone deserves credit for not only tackling two overcrowded fields - steampunk and fantasy - but mixing them with the legal genre (itself more than a little overcrowded) and coming up with a novel that is unique, fantastic, and utterly readable. It also can't be ignored that the main character of the novel is a black woman who actually appears on the cover. There was a bit of controversy over the US covers for Ben Aaronovitch's novels, but Tor obviously decided to give their strong, funny, smart lead character the place of honor she deserved.

This is the best kind of first novel - one that introduces the reader to a clever, talented writer - but it's also the worst because it means there aren't other books by the same author for us to devour. In one scene, Tara narrates, "In three states is the mind most vulnerable, Professor Denovo had once told her: in love, in sleep, and in rapt attention to a story." My mind was incredibly vulnerable while reading this, and I can't wait to surrender it to whatever Max Goldstone comes up with next.

(Edited review originally written for Geek Speak Magazine)
21 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brilliant fantasy debut 10 octobre 2012
Par Robert W. Berg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
With strong, unique characters, superior and highly imaginative world building, and an expertly structured plot that gradually builds in intensity until reaching a genuinely stunning climax, THREE PARTS DEAD is an absolutely brilliant debut that works on every level. In short, it's a secondary world urban fantasy murder mystery/legal thriller set in a steampunkish city, Alt Coulumb, that runs on the fire, heat, and steam of a literal, great and powerful god, Kos Everlasting, whose sudden death threatens Alt Coulumb's long-term survival and balance of power and sets the plot in motion. Enter Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, an infamous firm of necromancers, a partner of whom, Elayne Kevarian, charges their newest probationary hire, our strong, female, refreshingly non-Caucasian protagonist, Tara Abernathy, with solving the case of why Kos died, before they use their sorcerous skills to resurrect him.

What is so ingenious about THREE PARTS DEAD is how beautifully and economically it succeeds in all of its various sub-genres. It's far better than the majority of supernatural female detective novels out there. Tara isn't a sassy, sexy, confident gal in heels. Instead, she is a fiercely intelligent but green young woman still coming into her own. Having only recently been expelled from a sorcerous academy in the clouds known as the Hidden Schools, she has had a lot of training in the magical arts and is very good at them (in fact, her expulsion ironically had to do with just how good at it she is), but she has also never been out in the real world as a professional, so much of this is still very new to her, and this first case-unlike any I've seen in an urban fantasy mystery before-has a profound impact on her that could forever shape the course of her life. She also has no potential romantic suitor. Three Parts Dead does feature a breathtaking romance, but it doesn't directly involve Tara and it is unlike any that one would ever expect.

Meanwhile, it also features a more throughly developed mythology-including a complex and original, legally structured magical system, fully fleshed-out world that you can practically smell, touch, and taste (Alt Coulumb is every bit as distinctive and realized as the cities found in Scott Lynch's novels), and intriguing history-than most epic fantasy tomes accomplish in 500+ pages, while simultaneously displaying more flights of genuine imagination and full-bodied characters than you often find in them, as well. Some of the novel's most wonderful creations include Abelard, a young priest of Kos, who constantly chain-smokes in order to perpetually fill his body with the fire of his lord, a vampire pirate named Raz Pelham, cops who are literally possessed by the spirit of Justice, and anthropomorphic gargoyles who used to be the Guardians of the city but are now viewed as dangerous renegades.

Additionally, the mystery is elegantly structured, each seemingly inconsequential puzzle piece coming together by the end in a manner that narratively dazzles, even as it strengthens the novel's underlying thesis. And it accomplishes all of this in under 350 pages, while also laying the groundwork for future novels in what promises to be an absolutely smashing series. THREE PARTS DEAD might be Max Gladstone's first published novel, but it certainly doesn't seem like it.
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Action, Amazing World Building, Can't Wait for another Book by Author Now 6 octobre 2012
Par Books31 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
The first thing I have to say about this book is wow.

From the 1st page to the last I was absolutely riveted. Even now having finished the book, the first thing I did after reading the last page was look up the authors website and see when the next book he's writing is coming out. If that's not a sign of a good book, I don't know what is.

Three Parts Dead has a fantastic combination of characters. All the characters are compromised, all them are filled with histories filled with shadows, and yet you find yourself rooting for these broken characters. I know you're supposed to love the protagonist, but in this case I really did. Tara is strong, smart, and full of piss and vinegar. Her history is almost as interesting as the back-story to the world here (which I personally could have read an entire series on and loved (not just a book but an entire series.))

That brings me to the second thing I absolutely loved about Three Parts Dead, the rich history of the God Wars and the system of magic that encompassed the book. As I mentioned before I could read an entire series about the God Wars, what was mentioned about this worlds history sound fascinating and thrilling. Gods battling against craftsmen and women (basically human magicians), and the transformation that occurs to these craftsmen over time, changing them from their human bodies, to something of the stars, all in all this whole history and back-story was fascinating. As for the system of magic, as a law student I loved the fact that Gladstone created an entire system of magic based on and for lawyers. Magic is based on contracts and agreements, with the craftiest and sliest being those with the most power. Those who are not in law school may be tripped up by terms such as law of perpetuities, but it is not a huge part of the story, but something that will bring a smile to those who do understand.

All in all I loved Three Parts Dead and can't wait for the next book by Max Gladstone. It had great characters, plenty of action, and is filled with fascinating back-story and system of magic. Definitely recommended for fans of a darker sort of magic.

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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Legal thriller wrapped up in a fantasy setting! 12 octobre 2012
Par misplaced cajun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Kos Everburning has died. The city of Alt Coulumb and the surrounding areas have long relied on the old God for power and heat, so his death would have terrible results for everyone. Tara Abernathy has been hired by Kelethras, Albrecht, and Ao to work the case. If they can find the cause of Kos's death, they can possibly bring him back. Though she is helped by one of Kos's Novices and one of the city's Blacksuits, Tara has limited time to unravel the cause behind the God's demise and when they find the Gargoyles have returned, things become complicated.

It's kind of hard to sum this one up in a brief synopsis. First, while the plot is basically a mystery -- what caused Kos's death -- the world and the history of the world are very intricate. You have the God Wars in which Kos's fellow goddess Seril was killed. You have the banishment of the Gargoyles, the creation of the Blacksuits -- the police force and servants of Seril in her new form --, and the Craft. And to try and tie those elements into the synopsis kind of gives away some of the great build of the story itself.

In essence, THREE PARTS DEAD is a bit of a legal thriller wrapped very deeply in a web of super cool fantasy. With such a detailed and different concept behind this one, any wary reader might expect one of two things, the dreaded info-dump, or being completely lost as you wind your way through a story with little to no info. Neither is the case here. Gladstone does a fantastic job including enough bits and pieces along the way that nothing comes across as confusing or overly detailed and slow. Quite a BIG accomplishment with this kind of story.

Whether you choose to read more deeply into Gladstone's story is your choice. Based on Gladstone's comments on the genesis of the story, you can definitely read more into the book and apply current politics and economic issues, should you choose. It's all there but thankfully never overwhelms the tale. I much prefer a quieter symbolic look at the possible downfall of the world than a blatantly bleak beating over the head. Never fear fellow ostriches, in terms of pure entertainment, THREE PARTS DEAD is intriguing and suspenseful. The plotting is smart and the pacing is spot on. What's more, this is the kind of cross genre release that'll appeal to lots of readers across the board.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Something new 21 mars 2013
Par MLE - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, and I would like to thank the publisher, author, and Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to read, and review it.

It was hard for me to shelve this book. It has aspects of Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and even a little Science Fiction. An interesting blend, of magic, technology, gods, goddesses, power, reason, and faith. There is no info dumping. What you know about how power works is revealed throughout the story. I have to say I prefer that to having someone just tell me everything. I think it flows better when information is revealed as needed, or where it fits in the story.

The characters are complex, and well developed. Tara is strong, and compelling, and I enjoyed finding out her history with the school that threw her out. It was also nice to have a bit of diversity without having it have to be a focal point of the story. Abelard is a smart, and complex character. It's nice to have a priest character in fantasy without him having to be the requisite "evil priest". He is truly devoted to his God, and you feel that while he struggles with the death of his God.

For me this is where the blurb is a little misleading. It says "Her only help: Abelard" when that is far from the truth. Characters like Raz, pirate and vampire. I will pause my review here for a moment, and say vampires have never been my favorite, but the take on them in this story is fresh, and they aren't the major focus of the story. Cat, Abelard's friend, and vampire junkie; Elayne Tara's boss with her own dark history with the city and its deities. Elayne is one of my favorite characters, strong, and morally ambiguous she also has a sense of humor and compassion that turned, what in another book might have been the hard ass, into a more fully developed woman. The story is told from each of these character's point of view, and it added to my understanding of the people, and events unfolding. There was no break between different points of view in my ARC, but while it was confusing momentarily, if I was careful it was easy to pick up on, and didn't throw me out of the story. The nemesis of the story was well drawn, and evil in the best banal and bureaucratic sense of the word.

The plot was wonderfully complex, and intricate. I was quickly absorbed by the workings of everything from the craft to the church's boiler system. The writing is beautiful, and gritty, and fit the setting perfectly. I look forward to reading anything the author decides to write in the future. I really enjoyed it.
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