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Blackout chapter 1 Blackout, meaning Blackout, genre Blackout, book cover Blackout, flies Blackout, Blackout 1164933a1715d When Half Human Cal Leandros Wakes Up On A Beach Littered With The Slaughtered Remains If A Variety Of Hideous Creatures, He S Not That Concerned In Fact, He Can T Remember Anything Including Who He IsAnd That S Just The Way His Deadly Enemies Like It

10 thoughts on “Blackout

  1. says:

    Loved, loved, loved Thurman has done a lovely twist on the old amnesia device, successfully re inventing Cal and writing a riveting book While technically it could be a stand alone book, it s genius is in the setting of the series and character development.The sarcasm is much less dark and self flagellating and closer to genuine playfulness than once I giggled with Cal s lines like Sun in the sky, bacon in the skillet, and a cell phone for everyone past the first stage of mitosis Then there was Miss Terrwyn saying, You have a mouth on you, don t you I was thinking you were the quiet sort, but maybe I was only thinking you should be the quiet sort And Cal s boast of confidence, While I might have the haircut of a sheepdog, I was one badass mother effing sheepdog Or during a fight with a pack of spiders The other one fell but dragged itself behind the refrigerator Wasn t that always the way Off to the ultimate spider sanctuary The section with the mummified cats view spoiler in Robin s house was merited a laugh out loud Salome perched on top of that giant refrigerator with dimly glowing eyes crossed in pleasure It was only right Every power mad villain merited minions hide spoiler

  2. says:

    There really hasn t been a paranormal series that I have enjoyed as much Rob Thurman s Cal Leandros series I can be a harsh critic of urban fantasy because the genre has already defined itself with a series of clich s including snarky protagonists and monsters that induce romantic fantasies rather than nightmares But Thurman s series about half Auphe Cal and his human brother Niko worked for me because Cal had good reason to snark and the inventiveness of the series brought a freshness to a genre that seemed to quickly be collapsing under the weight of a glut of copycats trying to capitalize on the new hot thing But, and I really hate to say this, after six books the series seems to be losing some steam as it succumbs to clunky writing and a seeming lack of ideas When Cal Landros wakes up on the beach in beginning of the aptly named Blackout he doesn t know he s a monster, but he does quickly realize that he is a monster killer when he sees the bodies of several giant spiders lying in the sand and the knowledge that he s the reason for the carnage And Cal s okay with that even though he can t remember anything else about who he is or where he comes from Fortunately Cal wakes up in the fairly idyllic town of Nevah s Landing where amnesiacs are taken in like strays in given work at the local restaurant without too many questions But before Cal can settle in, his brother Niko shows up and Cal begins to realize he didn t know that much about monsters after all Blackout is a book that spends a lot of time inside the head of the amnesiac version of Cal Leandros and I haven t decided if that s a good place to be I ve always liked Cal but I m not sure how much interaction I want with the innermost thoughts of a twenty something guy and his thoughts about this size of his family jewels and Rob Thurman isn t so polite when it comes to how she refers to said jewels which is kind of jarring when that happens than once All kidding aside, Blackout is a big departure from what I ve come to expect from this series and different isn t always a good thing Cal is a dark character He has a rough history that shapes his character and it is interesting to see what kind of guy he would be without carrying all that baggage But it becomes apparent after the first one hundred pages or so that a reader can only handle so much introspection before you get a little bored When I pick up a book by Rob Thurman I expect rapid fire dialog, action and a wide variety of myth based bad guys and Blackout kind of falls short on every level But if I had to point to one thing that I have to critique, it s the clumsiness of the writing I did notice that the last book of the series, Roadkill, didn t always have a flow that was easy for me to follow, but I didn t want to mention that in my last review because I was reading a review copy and I was sure that sort of thing would be ironed out before the final copy hit the shelves Now I wonder As I read Blackout I had a few moments where I would have to stop and fight my way through a paragraph to make sure I understood what was being said At first I put this down to the stream of consciousness thing that goes on when you re reading a narrative based on someone s thoughts But, as time went on, it became distracting and that s when I started marking the pages so I could go back and quote passages like the one that follows with particular emphasis on the italicized portion I was still tasting blood from the Wolf s kiss when we made it home The tang didn t mix that badly with the wasabi mayonnaise, but it was still blood and we found of the same waiting for us The window hadn t been fixed yetIt was so high that getting anyone out there was going to be a pain in the ass I saw learning glass replacement and where to find tall ass ladders in NYC in my future The blood would ve been carried through that break in the glassand rested in the eight hearts that had once contained them. I d smelled it a block away as little as it was, which was why Nik unlocked the door and then went through ahead of me with a sword drawn and an elbow in my gut to keep me back That s how the passage is written exactly I can t make heads or tails of it When the writer speaks of the eight hearts that once contained them are we taking about blood being a them I m so confused I read and re read this over and overand still don t get it Is it me If it seems as if I m being nit picky, let me just say that this wasn t the only sentence of dubious structure to show up It was just the one that I chose to mention.And that for me sums up my frustration with Blackout It just didn t feel like the earlier books I like that Thurman chose to explore Cal s character, but a lot of what made the series great just isn t present here I loved that little creatures like the bodach would find their way into the story in past books and scare the bejesus out of me There is the requisite villain, but the character doesn t have much oomph She s described very prettily, but has little depth The loyalty between Cal and Niko is also still there, but I missed the shared knowledge between the two that forms the glue of so much of their story In the end this book feels a little rushed between the choppiness of the writing and the predictability of the ending When you look at my review and compare it to what you seen on mostly 5 star reviews so far it s going to seem that I m being unduly hard on Blackout, but I don t think I am From my view that simply means that readers have lower expectations when it comes to paranormal fiction and review accordingly And maybe that s fair most of the time But I personally think Thurman is a better author than this She s proven that paranormal fiction doesn t have to be sweaty werewolves or preening vampires and for that reason I have set an uncommonly high standard for her I m sad that Blackout didn t work for me I will give this series a chance to pick up the slack, but I fear that Thurman is trying to write too many books too quickly nowadays three series and the overall quality of the work is suffering I d still give the book 3 out of 5 stars for being better than most paranormal fiction, but still I was hoping for .

  3. says:

    I d been the monster all along Me What we d been chasing was nothing compared to what lived inside of me what was me With every job we did, every case we took on, every mystery we tried to untangle, I d been the real monster and we d all pretended we didn t know it I d been half right a week ago A killer had woken up on that South Carolina beach A killer and a monster that was who I was, and it was never going to change So what actual rating 2.5Except for Never which honestly is just The Book of Which We Do Not Speak this is by far my least favorite of the entire series I did bump up my official rating from 2 to 3 stars last time I read this, but that s really just because she happened to put out something even worse in the interval I did listen to the audio this time though and I think it did make the whole thing enjoyable overall MacLeod Andrews does a really good job with this series and he brings some of the sarcastic moments to life and makes the rest of it bearable And there are still quite a few great moments here, but I hate hate haaate the whole amnesia thing so much that it really ruins it overall.About 70% of this book is just amnesia Cal wandering around whining about whether he is a good person or not Let me just step right in here and give you a real quick answer, Cal NO And that s not a bad thing I don t read this series because I want to read about good people and I like Cal better when he is Auphe than not I would not necessarily call Cal a flat out bad person either, but I think he is definitely willing to do bad things without much regret if it s what needs to be done or will help Niko and in his life that s not a bad thing I m sure this book appeals to a certain part of the fandom, but this watered down constantly worrying version of Cal is so far from the entire reason that I like his character that it is almost painful at times Luckily he comes through it and does some really savage shit at the end I love when he thinks outside the box with using his gates but this is a definite low point in the series for me The one good thing about this book is that he finally works through the last of his self doubt and just accepts himself for who he is Thankfully the next two books are probably my favorites in the whole series so even though I dread coming to this part of the series it s easy to move on.

  4. says:

    5 Stars Blackout is the 6th adventure for the Leandros brothers The Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman has been a guilty pleasure series of reads for me that I have truly enjoyed reading This is the first book in the series that I am giving full marks Blackout is a smart set of story telling by Thurman It was done when the series needed it most, basically giving a restart kick in the ass Although the overall story line amnesia and plot big scary baddie killing too many needs to be put down , are very simple and straightforward, Thurman handles it through creative moment.No spoilers but I am pretty sure that every reader will know what the outcome will be from page one No shock there They will also see the way that Thurman is manipulating us and the series through this mechanism Everything is transparent Hell, Cal even has several of his own aha moments But all of this doesn t detract one bit from the fact the series needed this story, Cal needed these events, and we the reader the reboot It is freaking awesome.The mechanics behind amnesia allowed us the reader to get insights into our favorite brooding hero that which we have never before There were quiet moments that we beautiful There was dialog that was thoughtful There was even glimpses of serious intelligence and understanding Awesome stuff.Blackout, like all the books in the series shines through witty and smart ass dialogue It is dynamic due to the awesome protagonists and their killer side kick friends I love it.Cal, Nikos, and Yeah, I m the life of the party all right I m surprised balloons don t pop out of my ass and streamers fall wherever I go This is a fantastic dark urban fantasy series that gets better and better My highest recommendations.

  5. says:

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this series is not popular Not only does Rob Thurman deliver one of the most original and amusing voices in all of urban fantasy in Cal Leandros, but the series also manages to provide some of the best sidekicks as well Puck masquerading as a used car salesman, Robin Goodfellow provides some of my favorite comedic relief in the genre, while soybean eating, katana yielding Niko Leandros is a stealthy and staunch rock for his brother to lean on.Blackout is the best of the series to date When Cal wakes up with no memories of who he is or what has happened to him, Thurman takes the opportunity to remind readers of what drew us to the series to begin with and how far her characters have come though not always in a good way As always, the action is intense and insistent, providing Cal and co little time to rest before the next crisis is at hand As Cal slowly begins to string together the pieces of himself, we are treated to Thurman s usual wit and to the familial closeness that has grown among these three characters.And to date, I am still unable to look at forks without laughter bursting forth Want to know what I mean Do yourself a favor and read the book.http abookandashortlatte.wordpress.

  6. says:

    4 1 2 stars.I m impressed that this series is still going strong and getting stronger at some levels.Given the blurb, I was afraid this book was going to be pitch dark, darker than Cal and Niko s wardrobe dark but it surprised me Of course it wasn t unicorns and rainbows happy this series will never be that, and I wouldn t want it to be but there were some genuinely funny moments and some heartfelt moments, as well Thurman uses the partial amnesia plot device expertly Instead of going with a totally Auphed out Cal, as book 5 would ve led the reader to guess, she went with a Cal who has his Auphe side temporarily repressed And he s no Boy Scout, but he believes in the possibility that he s a good person, even while a voice in his head tells him all monsters are evil My concern for the character and dread of what he might do next were similar to what I felt back when Harry Dresden started wielding Hellfire What Niko does, with Robin s help, to try to keep the alternate version of his brother around because he thinks Cal is happier that way is so poignant When I reached the end, when Cal chose to face the truth and had to deal with a new problem I d never even considered, I definitely felt melancholy The writing taps into the mixed emotions and expresses them wonderfully What could have been, what could never be, what Cal and Niko have to do to surviveI had to sit with it all and think about it awhile It s entertaining urban fantasy on one hand and something , something amazingly deep on the other.BTWThurman does a hell of a job with her action scenes, and she out guys some male authors in terms of writing from a male point of view, with its locker room and strip club talk Definitely not for those who prefer their fiction PG rated.

  7. says:

    Grumble A watered down amnesiac Cal Leandros yapping on and on about how he hopes he s a good guy and how he wants to be worthy of his brother is not my idea of an awesome read It certainly doesn t measure up to the books that came before Still, I m sticking with the series because I think this particular plot was mostly to blame for my bad attitude Amnesia stories are not my favorite, The Rook notwithstanding Might have to take a break before I pick up another one, but pick up another one I shall Eventually.

  8. says:

    After Roadkill, I really thought that Thurman s latest installment of the Cal Leandros series would be about Cal and his increasing battle which worries me, as he seems to be losing with his Auphe half Instead, Blackout opens with Cal on a beach in South Carolina, with no memory and surrounded by really big, really dead spiders The rest of the story follows the amnesiac Cal and, eventually, Niko and Robin as Cal tries to recover his memories and the trio tries to stop a killer who targets and eats the life force of supernatural beings As a result, a lot of Blackout rehashes things we already know about Cal and his past, but seen through the eyes of a Cal who doesn t know he s not 100% human.Several times throughout this book I felt like I should be annoyed at Thurman for going over things we already know about Cal, his relationship with Niko and the people most of whom aren t actually people that surround him Much like I keep waiting for the neverending one liners and constant sarcasm and I love lots of good sarcasm in my books to start bothering me As with the snark, this never happens instead, I love it even .Thurman has, once again, written a book that has action, a great cast of characters and dialogue much of it in Cal s head that would make my own head explode if I had to try and write it Robin, though he s still in a monogamous relationship, is as pervy as ever and supernaturals like Wahanket, Promise one of the few characters I just don t really like, not sure why , Boggle and her Boglets, to name a few, show up as well Also front and center, as it is the with all of the Leandros books and I love it , is the us against the world relationship between Cal and Niko Though Cal picks up on it, in large part because Niko is Niko and does whatever he can to protect Cal, and reciprocates somewhat, in Blackout, Niko is the only one that s truly aware of their tight bond and past He has to deal with the fact that he may never get back that Cal, who s now human and happier Well, as happy as even an Aupheless Cal could ever really be than he s ever been mostly because he s not aware of the existence of the Auphe, let alone that he s half one In fact, the new Cal thinks all non humans are monsters that should die, which leads to some funny interactions that include Robin and the business end of a fork.One geek comment bring back the original Cal on the awesome covers I don t care if the guy s not living in NYC any Have him pose, take a picture and e mail it to the artist Seriously, that s the only thing that bothered me about this book If you ve liked loved the past Leandros novels, you ll probably feel the same way about Blackout The last line of the book has me biting my nails because it looks like the human genes vs Auphe genes battle may be heating up again in the next book As usual, I can t wait for it.

  9. says:

    3.5 stars He wakes up at a beach, remembering nothing but the knowing that he is a good killer and that monsters are bad Then when he reaches a motel to stay, he finds three fake names He gets a free hair cut, he works as a waiter then two guys, one claiming to be his brother comes to take him back to New York They say that his name is Cal but who is Cal and how can he believe that not ALL monsters are bad And what is with the killer spiders and monsters asking of his brothers and sisters At first, the idea is very welcoming This is the new Cal He might still be an effective killer, but because he cannot remember anything, his way of looking at monsters are different He is not as dark as before even if he cannot remember his brother and his friend He questions whether he wants to go back to old Cal because old Cal does not look happy He does not lose his snarks, though, which of course still amuses me to no end And I m waiting until Cal remembers Niko, remembers his friends, remembers everything Unfortunately, for me, this amnesia plot drags on I find that Cal gets his memory back few chapters too long I kind of lose my patience and starts skimming the books to get to that point I guess my biggest problem is that my favorite character in this series is Niko It s sucks that I don t know his thinking of his little brother doesn t remember who he is One of my favorite scenes is where Niko asks new Cal to call him by his name, Niko instead of Leandros new Cal decides to call him Leandros, since he cannot remember anything, so Niko doesn t mean anything for him It will be effective for me, I think, if the book is written like book 4, so I know what Niko is feeling At this point, I start to get annoyed with the story, because what new Cal is doing, hurts Niko.Also because of new Cal is seeing things with new eyes and no memory, I miss his banters with Robin Here, he doesn t trust Robin that easily though he gets familiar with the puck as the story progress Robin still provides some portion of the entertainment of course, by flaunting his monogamist life Robin Goodfellow, Monogamite, established 2010 , that makes me smile widely lol The ending is good though I appreciate the less darkness in this one Even if I skim most part after the first 2 3 of the story I wish there is editing to the technical part, because one of the flaws of this series is that sometimes the narrative is exhausting.Still, I d welcome the next book with open hands.

  10. says:

    Cal is half human and half Auphe, the world s original monsters and first beings to walk on the planet Raised by his brother, they ve not only had to fight off the Auphe who wanted to use Cal, but with their monster fighting skills, take on jobs stopping other murdering creatures They ve come a long way since the first book where they wouldn t stay in one place long enough to form a friendship always running from the Auphe Not only is Cal now the only Auphe left, but he s embraced his Auphe abilities to the extent that his Auphe genes are now dominant to his human ones Cal can be a monster.In this latest book, Cal wakes up on a beach surrounded by dead Nepenthe spiders He understands he s a killer and easily makes the distinction that he s not a murderer but can t recall who or what he is It takes Niko and Robin four days to find him, but since Cal appears to be happy not remembering that he s part monster, they keep that bit of info from him while trying to stop Ammut, a creature as old as Robin who feeds on life force, leaving the victim a dried out husk As Cal s memories slowly return, he must come to grips with what s most important to him.I had a difficult time deciding whether or not I liked the book The things I enjoyed in the prior books are all there humor, sarcasm, scary creatures, action, a good story and all of the secondary characters we ve come to know But I don t know if this book has internal dialogue and self reflection some of which is excellent than the prior books, or if I m just getting tired of it Much of it was important, but there could be paragraphs of internal monologue in the middle of a conversation Seeing Cal s philosophy without knowing about his monster half is definitely interesting, as is his understanding of what his brother has done or given up for him and how Cal feels about that We ve only had small glimpses of this in past books, but without being weighed down with the thought that he s a monster, Cal is able to mature in this story and eventually comes to terms.This could easily be the last book in the series, and I hope it is I ve been there since the first book came out when learning about Cal and Niko was fresh, as was Cal s sarcasm which made the book a real treat But it no longer feels fresh and the inner dialogue is bogging down the story.

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