Necessary Monsters

Necessary Monsters Lumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him But when the opportunity to steal a rare boo

  • Title: Necessary Monsters
  • Author: Richard A. Kirk
  • ISBN: 9781630230500
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him But when the opportunity to steal a rare book from the man who sentenced him to prison puts him on the wrong side of the wrong people, Moss finds himself on the run And it s not just the book he stole that these peoplLumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him But when the opportunity to steal a rare book from the man who sentenced him to prison puts him on the wrong side of the wrong people, Moss finds himself on the run And it s not just the book he stole that these people want, it s also the secrets of a long forgotten location on Nightjar Island, a place cursed and abandoned since the Purge.When Moss falls in with Imogen, a nimble fingered thief who has taken a traveling bookcase filled with many secrets, he starts to realize how much of his unsavory past is indelibly tied to a frightening witch child and her nightmarish pet monster.In a fantastic world, still recovering from a war where magic and technology were fused together, Moss and Imogen must decipher the mystery of their mutual pasts in order to illuminate the dark heart that still lurks on Nightjar Island.

    One thought on “Necessary Monsters”

    1. **I received this as an egalley from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately, I had to finally give up on it at about 80%. I know, I was almost done, but at that point, the story had been dragged out beyond reason since the halfway point, and the characters were just so uninteresting that I could not even care what happened to them in the end. The premise of the book was really interesting, but also a little hard to follow. There was some wo [...]

    2. Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.This novel is hard to define. It's a wacky, atmospheric, spooky, horror novel

    3. Although he considers himself a smooth criminal operator, I think it’s fair to say that Lumsden Moss has no idea what the hell he’s doing in Necessary Monsters, by Richard A. Kirk. At first, Moss is only involved in a little identity theft and a little vengeful larceny. Then his plans almost immediately go wrong and he finds out that there are much bigger fish in his pond than he realized. His little schemes are derailed when one of those bigger fish tells Moss that he has to find a women he [...]

    4. I really didn’t get on with this. There is a lot to like, but an infuriating lack of detail in the world. A lot of the plot points end up unexplained or unanswered and there are gaping holes in the prose - there were several points where I thought I’d skipped a page by mistake. Annoying.

    5. Warning: English is not my native language. I apologize for errors in the review.This novel of artist Richard A. Kirk (the illustrator of such famous authors as Thomas Ligotti, China Mieville, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Clive Barker) immerses the reader in the surreal atmosphere of a fictional world, which level of technological development roughly corresponds to the beginning of the XX century, but it is filled with bizarre and frightening magic. Immersion in this world happens spontaneously, witho [...]

    6. marked this as a DNF since I haven't touched it since my last update. I'll still write a review on the reasons I DNFd. Since this was an eARC :/

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