Onsider reading the other novels in the series if only someone would give them to me to review Personal reading is just so far down the list of things I have to doI received this novel from Scholastic in return for a fair and honest review All thoughts and opinions expressed are my ownBook blurbs are taken from Goodreads So good to see another book added to the Half Continent collectionI love this trilogy I ve #not read anything else uite like it This trilogy is an #read anything else uite like it This trilogy is an to me as a reader a writer and as an illustrator I love the way DMC has created such interesting and beautifully illustrated characters a well developed world with an intriguing use of language and a setting so different from mainstream fantasy without being inaccessible It has some of the aesthetic of a steampunk novel without the use of steam or goggles It has something like Lovecraftian monsters without being about hopeless fear and insanity it has fantasy without sorcery and the sense of being a strange new world without being totally foreign and unrelatable And behind it all there is the hand of Providence at workThese books are magnificent and absolutely worth the effort to seek *out Be advised to have the full multi volumed version of the Oxford English Dictionary *Be advised to have the full multi volumed version of the Oxford English Dictionary as ou step nimbly up to any one of the Monster Blood Tattoo series but particularly this book Diving into it is like turning up to an immersion language class somewhere in the underbelly of an alternate Victorian society and finding not just the words are eldritch but the customs and culture are tooThese two novellas well they re too long for short stories and definitely too short for novels are set in the dark shadowed grotesuely baroue and feverishly complex lower echolons of society in the Half Continent *The First Story Ultimately Reminded Me Of Frank Stockton S *first story ultimately reminded me of Frank Stockton s short tale The Lady or the Tiger and Other Stories Long convoluted full of arcane perils involving human complicity with evil forces the story seems built to set the stage for an ethical dilemma moral choice similar to that in The Lady or the Tiger Although this was a surprise in retrospect I realise I should have seen it coming because the only specific notes I jotted down as I read were to do with references to the letter e Master Jack bore the oddest patterns on his knuckles like like a series of lesser case e s p 48 Formed like the rounded figure of a 3 these were the allegory of Lobe the Listening p 52 The picture on the page itself looks like a mirrored E At their feet the rescuers beheld broad white marks swiftly making them out as a great e form p 95These references attracted my attention because the letter e is an ancient symbol of choice The first story The Corsers Hinge reminds me in its structure of much of the work of Michael Morpurgo It has a framing device and that is formed by the narrative of Bunting Faukes a grave robber who has an order to fulfil and a specific list of corpses to deliver He is out in the back country on the edge of despair he needs a particular kind of body to help him pay off a considerable debtThe bulk of the story is however taken up with the tale of Atticus Wells and his associates a sleuthing team dedicated to the rescue of Viola Grey a oung rather feckless girl who goes out on the Half Continent euivalent of clubbing and gets abducted Sold Why is this not available in the US I want to read it I enjoyed writing them at leas. Pa’s olfactologue to remember him by But with it she can smell monsters The Corsers’ Hinge and The Fuller and the Bogle are two new stories from the Half Contine.Ure of the story begins Introducing
ATTICUS WELLS FICTLERS FALSE GOD WORSHIPERSWells Fictlers false god worshipers a slew of other characters and monsters A breathtaking adventure and one wild ride The Fuller and the BogleVirtue Bland is sent off to her recently deceased father s past employer in order to earn money for her family s livelihood Taking with her the one item which belonged to her dear father his olfactologue Upon confrontation with a bogle the size of a child this story truly begins To say much gives away the taleA fun somewhat dark ride filled with monsters bogles nickers and all other forms of gruesome characters Dire situations heart pounding *ADVENTURE AND DARING DO SPUNKY CHARACTERS AND ODD BALLS *and daring do Spunky characters and odd balls and heroes along with those that hang right there at the edge of evil as well as several villainous characters too A fantastical world to be absorbed in and a joy to readWhew I m most certainly long winded in saying READ the book Why only 4 stars Only because of the fact and what I understand is of the publishers doing lack of a glossary and there is miniscule explanation of several words or so difficulty in finding the definition later in the book As for my favorite words or rather name it has to be Mr Pypsuiue Actual rating 375 stasCW kidnapping child trafficking death of an animal mentioned death of a parentWithout Rossamund as our guide Tales from the Half Continent truly feels like it s leaving its YA tags and aspirations behind which is totally fine with me The Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy has always been uite dark for whatever age it felt like it was being marketed to but these stories felt particularly unencumbered As always Cornish s illustrations are remarkable The Coarsers Hinge 4 starsAll of the Lovecraftian elements that were alluded to in Factotum are really being explored here and I love it It even has most of the elements of good Lovecraftian fiction a detective view spoilercultists hide spoiler This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there for in depth reviews by me which appear on a timely scheduleThese are two original Tales that are set in the Monster Blood Tattoo universe Please keep in mind that I have not read the originals in this series The Corsers Hinge Bunting Faukes has a debt and no way to repay it times are tough for grave robbers But a way out is presented in the person of Atticus Wells a sleuth with strange eyes that see into everything I was frustrated from the very beginning about the references to different things and people that I was just expected to know Jumping into these as a set of short stories the background was just not grabbing enoughThis story started out with Bunting then jumped back to the sleuth then back to the present I would suggest that this was jarring except that the segue back into the present was flawlessThe ending of this seemed inevitable A possible reward against an obvious one I only wish there had been some escape and that something bigger would come of it The Fuller and the Bogle Virtue Bland is alone in the world Packed off to Brandenbrass to serve the household of her late father s employer she has only her old pa s olfactologue to remember him by But with it she can smell monstersThis short story resonated firmly with me Having gotten a basic grasp of it in The Corsers Hinge this one went a lot smoothly I liked Virtue I enjoyed the back story and I felt for her Not a complete lossI would Es that see into everythingVirtue Bland is alone in the world Packed off to Brandenbrass to serve the household of her late father’s employer she has only her old. .
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This is one of my favorite series I hope there will be a US ebook ePub release I hated this book What a struggle It s been a while since I ve read the monster blood trilogy of books and I was really looking forward to revisiting that world Unfortunately I found this book a bit of a struggleThe first of the two stories is the better crafted But the language and invented terminology that peppered the first few books becomes overpowering in places and I found myself re reading pages to find out what exactly was happening The second story also good unfortunately doesn t go far enough to explain itself and there are coincidence that even I found hard to reconcile and then it just ends very abruptlyIf ou liked the first three books then ou will most likely enjoy this I just wanted to like it than I did I waited I drooled for this book to be released Finally not able to wait for the US release I ordered it from Fishpond Upon it s arrival I did a happy dance OK enough I am again amazed at the world Mr Cornish has created with the Half Continent I don t know as I will ever have the desire to revisit uenched As before after not reading one of his books in
a while I had to re wrap my mind around his way of writing Whichwhile I had to re wrap my mind around his Dickensian way writing Which a good thing Once I was firmly hooked bound and deep into the story or rather stories I didn t want them to end Although these two stories are set in the Monster Blood Tattoo world they have absolutely no connection with the Foundling Rossamund So no worries if ou think Impossible Things you ll be left out in the cold with references to the Foundling trilogy There is nothing here thatou should be expected to know from those prior books These tales stand well on their own The one area where perhaps one might feel left out on some clue the prior books had a large glossary and many maps Whereas they were trimmed down within this book Since many terms are creations of the authors mind it certainly is difficult to look up their meanings However several of these odd words are defined within the same sentence This can be frustrating if later in the book ou ve forgotten what *It Meant And Really Have *meant and really have easy way to look it up againFirst a side note As with the first book The Foundling it s paperback The type of paper they chose for the cover is sooooo smooth and a delight to hold Odd I know but it is a joy nonetheless Also as with all the other books the art work is phenomenal both the cover and drawings within I don t know who chose the covers for the Foundling US series but they didn t hold a candle to the Australian or British releases Love love love the art work on this coverThe Corsers HingeA bit dark but so is this world to begin with Reminiscent of the dark ages time period Bunting is a corser and is having a particularly rough period earning acceptable cash flow to pay off debts Grave robbers have a tough job especially when there are specific reuests Bunting fills reuests for the ashmonger Mr Pypsuiue hoot and holler what s not to love about that name but pickings are thin especially when in competition with other corsers grave robbers Corsers have a code of honor called the Hinge which seems transient than applied So going further out into the necropolis is a necessary evil in order to fulfill Pypsuiues particularly uniue order Only trouble is there is likely a chance to run into a wild bumpkin nicker or bogle monster This is when all chaos breaks loose and the true nat. Bunting Faukes has a debt and no way to repay it times are tough for grave robbers But a way out is presented in the person of Atticus Wells a sleuth with strange ey.