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Monday, February 11, 2013
Book Review: Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney
Author: Kathleen Tierney
Publisher: Roc Trade
Source: From publisher for review
Buy it here: Amazon | Book Depository
Blood Oranges is about a junky, named Siobhan Quinn. Quinn fell into hunting things that go bump in the night. One night a werewolf takes a chunk out of her. Before the wolf puts her lights out for good, she is saved by a vampire, who has a vendetta. That involves turning Quinn into a vampire, so she is duel natured, both a vampire and wolf. On the plus side this gets rid of her heroin issues, on the bad, things get strange.
If I didn’t know this was a kind of spoof, and you asked what I thought, I would say it’s a well written pulp supernatural story. Labels are hard to put on things, and no two books are made equal, that’s one of the beautiful things about reading. You can expect in your face grittiness out of Blood Oranges. Instead of the heroine telling readers how ‘stormy’ their man’s eyes are four hundred times, we get the F bomb. Like most pulpy novels there isn’t a ton of character depth, but I will say there is more than the majority.
Quinn ran away from home when she was twelve. She hung around a library before she got heavy in heroin, because of that she is a border line intelligent junky. She always relates things to other books, which in many cases can be the spoof to urban fantasy. I think her reactions and dialogue is more in line with the situation. I have always said if I saw some kind of supernatural critter, I wouldn’t be buying him a drink. I would be running the other way, most likely screaming. This story kind of agrees with me.
Quinn is wrapped up in the supernatural, from porn loving bridge trolls to demon prostitutes. She is a tough as nails character. She tells the readers the story as she writes it, often times making up false details which she later retells. For someone who doesn’t seem to care what we think of her, she does tell us she isn’t a writer a ton. Then again, this could be more of the spoof.
The plot is a little more cut and dry. The vampire that turns her informs her that she will be her pet and weapon. It slowly comes into focus what the vampire means, and leads Quinn to discover and try to stop it.
Blood Oranges isn’t very long, and it’s a quick read. If you’re not one for grit, foul language, and are squeamish it isn’t for you. There is even a warning label, which is pretty funny. I enjoyed it, and do recommend it for those who wouldn’t be turned off by the language and so forth.