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Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe & The…

Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe & The Dark-Elf (edição: 2021)

de William Schlichter (Autor)

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Título:Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe & The Dark-Elf
Autores:William Schlichter (Autor)
Informação:BHC Press (2021), 212 pages
Coleções:Giveaway Win

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Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe and the Dark-Elf de William Schlichter


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Sirgrus is a PI during the Prohibition Era investigating the death of a club dancer as well as trying to understand the smuggling operation that his dead partner was hiding. He has also recently come home from the Great War and is struggling with PTSD.

I enjoyed the time period and the noir style. The best character may have been Sirgrus' Fay office manager, Rhoda. Hopefully more background and interaction with her will come in the next installment. While there were some paranormal elements in the story (I would actually prefer more development of this part of the world) I think this would still appeal to those interested in regular detective novels. The mystery was pretty twisty with many red herrings.

The one thing that I found overwhelming was the PTSD. Sirgrus was either constantly dreaming about the war, drinking to forget it, seeing it in his head, or in a bar reminiscing. Along with alternating chapters where he was actually experiencing the war, it became too much for a book that was supposed to be a mystery rather than a war novel.

The pace picked up in the last half, and I would consider reading the next in the series just to see where this goes. ( )
  kcaroth1 | Sep 15, 2021 |
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Anyone who's intrigued by the idea of a supernatural spin on the Prohibition Era and noir detective tales will most likely eat this book up, especially if they prefer their stories with a darker and grittier edge. The fantasy is woven through a realistic portrayal on a society segregated along magical/non-magical lines as well as PTSD from men returning from a war against the Orcs.

All in all, extremely intriguing and highly recommended! (More to come)
  Carmen.et.Error | Jun 24, 2021 |
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It's the Prohibition era, but besides humans there are various fantasy demihuman species like dwarves, fairies, and trolls. Sirgrus, a dwarven private eye, has to figure out the connection between his human partner's murder and rum-running mob bosses. As he deals with threats to his own life, and his PTSD from fighting orcs in World War I, his investigation repeatedly brings him to a nightclub named the Dark-Elf, popular with humans and demihumans alike.

The story didn't become interesting until a third of the way through, ultimately building to a satisfying conclusion. There is a good observation that those who went overseas to fight tyrants in WWI came home only to face the tyrants that rose from Prohibition. But the most interesting segments were Sirgrus's WWI flashbacks simply because of their brutality.

Sirgrus's inner monologue is muddy. Sometimes it has the clipped affect of old detective shows like Dragnet. Other times it's filled with snark. The writing is better when Sirgrus is interacting with his perky fairy secretary Rhoda and a gruff, magic-wielding federal agent named Edgeangel.

Despite facing lots of discrimination as a demihuman, Sirgrus harbors anti-Irish feelings. I would have liked to understand where these feelings came from. Was it just the times? And why does the author keep using the word "Irishmen" (plural) when he means "Irishman" (singular) ?

Other problems are distracting Briticisms and dumb chapter names. One chapter is titled "Ahoy-Hoy" simply because it's about a phone call.

This book was OK. I might read some of the author's other works, but probably not any sequels to this one. ( )
  KGLT | May 22, 2021 |
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This is the story of an dwarf who works as a private detective and how his life goes skew when his human partner is found dead. Sirgrus served in Europe in a war something like World War I and it clouds his life. He has to deal with various factions in his city along with the racism that clouds his life.
It felt quite noir and blended fantasy with prohibition and quite a dark complex world that needed better female characters and the end left openings for a sequel.
Enjoyable read with interesting characters and potential. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 4, 2021 |
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Sirgrus Blackmane is a dwarf, a solider, and a demihuman gumshoe. Prohibition is in full swing and Sirgrus must solve several mysteries from murders, to mob dealings, to unresolved issues from his days in the war. This noir fiction involves an alternative society of characters including orcs, fairies, dragons, dwarves, and more set in a real world backdrop alongside humans. This dichotomy makes the story easy to process even for those who are not typically readers of the fantasy genre. The book wraps up all the big threads while still leaving space for more in a series, and I would definitely recommend it to others. ( )
  Amethy | May 3, 2021 |
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