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Paperback  Ó Doppelgangsters PDF/EPUB á While waiting tables in Little Italy, actress Esther Diamond realizes some magical mischief is going on when a rash of doubles dopplegangsters starts to appear throughout the city A paranormal screwball comedy adventure Jennifer Crusie Original Alright, I ll start off by saying I LOVED this book and then continue on by going right into complaining about it My complaint isn t about the book itself, just a really irritating mishap by I assume, the publisher This is not the first book in this series When you open to the list of books in this series, this is the first one listed, followed by two with little s to indicate they hadn t been published yet The whole reason I read this book was I liked the look of book number three in this Alright, I ll start off by saying I LOVED this book and then continue on by going right into complaining about it My complaint isn t about the book itself, just a really irritating mishap by I assume, the publisher This is not the first book in this series When you open to the list of books in this series, this is the first one listed, followed by two with little s to indicate they hadn t been published yet The whole reason I read this book was I liked the look of book number three in this series which has in fact, now been published I was willing to take the time and start from the beginning and they let me down rantI should probably mention, that not reading the first book in no way took away from the story I loved this book and will continue to love it even though a swap in publishers made for one very annoyed Kellie.All that being said, this book was hilarious The title alone should tell you something It was laugh out loud funny the whole way through It was clever, witty and very well written I loved the main character, Esther as well as her mafia sidekick Lucky The older sorcerer Max was a little harder to get to know, but apparently that was what the first book was for Sorry, I said I d stop.I love that the mystery had a mob twist on it I m not especially a fan of mob stories, actually I m not sure I ve ever read one but it gave this story some unique flair that I ve never seen before It really helped to build the world that Esther lives in and the people that populate her life Her cop, would be boyfriend, even manages to play a roll in how the various crime families interacted with the main character I cracked a smile every time someone chimed in with You date a cop I ll definitely be reading the next book in the series I will not be going back to read the first though shakes fist know what you are thinking why did I read this when I apprently hated the first in the series The short answer it has been a month of severe reading ADD.The long answer I m enrolled in a class to advance my nursing degree when my employer announces they are merging my nursing unit with a critical care unit in four months So all of a sudden, I m also taking classes through work, one of which means trying to recover long ago knowledge of cardiac rhyth know what you are thinking why did I read this when I apprently hated the first in the series The short answer it has been a month of severe reading ADD.The long answer I m enrolled in a class to advance my nursing degree when my employer announces they are merging my nursing unit with a critical care unit in four months So all of a sudden, I m also taking classes through work, one of which means trying to recover long ago knowledge of cardiac rhythms I had already requested Kraken from the library and had begged NetGalley for Harrison Squared, so I was afraid of Full Brain Syndrome The Esther Diamond series by Resnick seemed to fit the bill for fluffy downtime reading Being on the orderly side of the scale, I picked up the first book, Disappearing Nightly, and discovered in Resnick s introduction that the book has actually gone out of print, had the rights reverted, and was then updated and republished When I reached a particularly clunky world building chapter on page 90 , I decided to set it down.Hoping it was a case of first book syndrome her first UF book , I thought I d give the second a quick spin Reviews seemed to support that decision Sadly, it was even less interesting than the first, and I wandered off somewhere around page 100 I came back to the first book, decided it was better than I originally thought but found the ending such a whopper of poor taste and decision making that I gave it negative stars when I wrote the review Went back to this one because I feel this weird urge for procrastination completion and lost interest again It s probably that I m the wrong audience The Sopranos was the last time I was interested in organized crime but it s also that it just isn t good writing.Esther the actress continues to be mostly airheaded and dramatic After witnessing a murder at her waitressing job, she is pulled into the mystery of apparent body doubles among the city s organized crime families The cop she is almost dating from book one is now on the Organized Crime Squad, so when he s assigned the case, he and Esther keep colliding Their romantic tension is cute and probably the most well developed aspect of the story The band of merry men from Disappearing has been replaced with a sidekick from the crime family, Lucky, and Max s new familiar, Nelli Through it all, Esther continues to agonize about acting jobs, the wizard continues to be almost useless, and Esther s interview skills continue to annoy There s numerous small plot inconsistencies to add to the irritation One example of a bigger plot hole comes from Nelli, who is initially able to identify the duplicates but is unable to identify one at a crucial moment.The writing is flat out awkward For instance, Esther is trying to get a woman to come with her down into the basement crypt of the church where Esther thinks she left a shawl I m not really sure why Esther decides she needs the ancillary character to go with her, but it becomes an excuse for a long, awkward dialogue about the crime family and the woman s three murdered husbands Then Esther instead heads into the crypt with the priest and continues to pump him for information about the widow while she looks for the shawl I still can t tell if it is a character issue or a writing issue, because Esther is very over dramatic about insignificant things she shouldn t care about Esther gasps hearing the story of one husband s death and puts her hand up to my own throat imagining a fight Shortly after, she offers to help the priest search the lost and found for her shawl, is told it is only a cardboard box, and then is disappointed Also surprised that her wrap has been stolen from a church The dialogues seem to be meant to provide the reader with red herrings and to provide information about the shawl and a weeping statue, but they are just awkward, practically screaming CLUE HERE It s great if you enjoy it, but I can t It s like late series Stephanie Plum review books with less logic and dumb magical elements Besides, I just got a new set of library books in, including by Robert Jackson Bennett City of Stairs , Dry Storeroom No.1 by Richard Fortey, and Afterparty by Daryl Gregory We Are All Completely Fine And there are always cardiac rhythms to study See my full thoughts here s a scene in Doppelgangster where the protagonist beats an evil sorcerer with a dead chicken That says just about everything, I think.This book is cheesy and stupid, but it very clearly understands that and is just having fun with it There are some serious aspects to the plot but most of it is just an excuse for the characters to get into absurd situations, observe things with some snark, or run into other odd characters.Speaking of See my full thoughts here s a scene in Doppelgangster where the protagonist beats an evil sorcerer with a dead chicken That says just about everything, I think.This book is cheesy and stupid, but it very clearly understands that and is just having fun with it There are some serious aspects to the plot but most of it is just an excuse for the characters to get into absurd situations, observe things with some snark, or run into other odd characters.Speaking of characters, they re the thing that really makes this book fun Esther herself plays a sort of straight man role, but that doesn t mean she isn t funny She has a few witty observations and one liners that make her a fun narrator Then there s her wizard friend, Max, whose lack of understanding of the modern world never seems to get old And all of the various mobster Wise Guys that they meet are such over the top Italian stereotypes that I couldn t help but laugh and shake my head whenever they did anything really.Not to mention that the mystery at the heart of the story is legitimately good The audience is only given information at a slow drip, which means that you figure things out at around the same pace as the characters It s not immediately obvious who s behind all of the murders and when I found out who it was, I felt genuine sympathy for them.The one part of the story I couldn t get into was the romance between Esther and Detective Lopez It s not that they don t have chemistry or that either of them are terrible people, it s just that life gets in the way of their relationship way too often for me to feel like they would ever work as an item Doppelgangster is very much a tongue in cheek book that s poking fun at the urban fantasy genre Even as someone who isn t much into that genre, this was a lot of fun to read I recommend it for anyone looking for a lighthearted comedy or a mystery with a twist I read this story in Murder by Magic Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural , and I loved it It takes a fresh look at Made Men aka Mafiosos This time they are the victims of supernatural hits Each victim appears to his cronies and performs his normal behavior minutes before he dies Only it s not the victim It s his doppleganger This story managed to do something that I did not feel was possible To feel sorry for mobsters I am not a fan of mafioso types But these guys died in awfu I read this story in Murder by Magic Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural , and I loved it It takes a fresh look at Made Men aka Mafiosos This time they are the victims of supernatural hits Each victim appears to his cronies and performs his normal behavior minutes before he dies Only it s not the victim It s his doppleganger This story managed to do something that I did not feel was possible To feel sorry for mobsters I am not a fan of mafioso types But these guys died in awful ways, due to a supernatural curse I loved the concept and thought it was very unique and interesting Another plus of this story is how funny it is to see the mafia guys behaviors The narrator was sympathetic, although he was another Made Man And I actually found myself hoping that the culprit would be caught before another victim was claimed You ll never guess who the perpetrator of these murders are I started getting an inkling towards the end, but the clues come together in a natural procession This story is unmissable So grab a copy of the Murder by Magic anthology and read this story, if only to hope that these Made Men don t end up dead men Or you can wait for the story to be released separately in January 2010

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