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The sun is always just about to set or just about to rise. That's because this second Inspector Chen novel is all about edges -- the edge of night and day, the edge of heaven and hell, the edge of sanity, tottering at the edge as the world ends. William's writing is so rich and layered; like a red and black lacquered box of magic and mystery. I missed Inari - but the badger tea kettle was there in full force my favorite character, I think.

The cover is fantastic! Oct 31, Brendan rated it it was ok. I loved Snake Agent; this one I struggled to finish. I still love the world Williams has created, but this story is just not as compelling as the story of Snake Agent. Though Zhu Irzh is an interesting character, there's just less at stake for him than there is for Chen--his worst case scenario is just going back to hell, so all of the action of this novel lacks the urgency that made Snake Agent such a compelling read.

Aug 07, Andrew rated it liked it. This book really carries on where the previous one left off- not directly but following up a number of hints and comments made in the previous book. Now this is a not a high concept book, nor is it a modern day classic - what it is however is fast fun and fascinating - now I see by other reviews this is not for everyone however for me i really enjoyed it - maybe not as much as the first - but still enough to drive me on to read the next instalment.

Jun 12, David Mcgrady rated it liked it. I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first in the series for a number of reasons. End the end this book was worse then the first because of a bad representation of LGBT relationships open misogyny and a lack luster ending. Repost review: Sadly while the cover is much more attractive than the one on Snake Agent the story itself is weaker than that one, though it might be more a matter of execution than concept.

Interestingly while this is the second "Detective Inspector Chen" novel, Chen himself really appears here in more of a supporting capacity. He's not even present for roughly half the book. His demon partner Zhu Irzh definitely gets to claim "lead character" in this one, which is fine by me, he's an enter Repost review: Sadly while the cover is much more attractive than the one on Snake Agent the story itself is weaker than that one, though it might be more a matter of execution than concept.

His demon partner Zhu Irzh definitely gets to claim "lead character" in this one, which is fine by me, he's an entertaining character. It's not his fault he's saddled with a weaker novel. Still, good enough that I plan to continue the series. I wish Inspector Chen appeared more in this book. While I like the demon, he is not really enough for this series, even with the love interest. This book was also really confusing to me in the beginning, sort of disjointed and not organized.

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I really enjoyed all of the mythology and the scenery, but the mystery was confusing and the scenes did not flow well. Will definitely be reading the third book because I think the series has a lot of potential, I just hope it brings more to the table. Detective Inspector Chen does not appear until later in the book Thus we have a rare treat in the further development of this nattily dressed , golden-eyes demon with talons. For some unknown reason this hellkind is infected with a conscience. Williams propels the story forward with elegant and lyrical prose.

This adventure was not quite up to the first tale , due to a weaker plot line Better than the first I enjoyed the first of the series but this was even better. The world building is cool and interesting. I liked this storyline too. The characters are as usual fun to follow.

Jan 04, Mary T rated it it was ok. What a disappointment after Snake Agent: the author tries to do too much and adds a couple of uninteresting characters. May 23, Tim Gesner rated it really liked it. Interesting approach - much more about the Demon than about Inspector Chen, but a good read - different circumstances than the previous book.

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May 04, Alicia rated it really liked it. I've never read anything like these books. Jul 04, Carolyn Rose rated it really liked it. Not my usual read, but interesting. Don't snooze or you might lose track of who's who. Not as good as the first Detective Inspector Chen story, possibly because that character in question is largely missing from the book However, there was some good too. I enjoyed the further development of the world which Williams is writing, expanding not only on Singapore Three, but also with greater insight into Hell and Heaven and the wider world beyond the Chin Not as good as the first Detective Inspector Chen story, possibly because that character in question is largely missing from the book I enjoyed the further development of the world which Williams is writing, expanding not only on Singapore Three, but also with greater insight into Hell and Heaven and the wider world beyond the Chinese cosmology.

As I mentioned in my review of Snake Agent , this is fun reading for background feeling for the role-playing game Exalted , in particular if you are planning on using Manual of Exalted Power Sidereals or Yu-Shan. Further, the basic plot was quite fun, and it was interesting to see it play out.

While many of the embellishments were rather dubious, and some of the internal reasoning and the way certain details were dealt with were rather less than satisfactory, it was still an OK story and a nice idea. Where I got annoyed though was the concentration of detail on certain parts of the book, in particular the details about Zhu Irzh - which was all well and good, but then the writing sort of went rather downhill in a lot of other areas, in particular the dialogue was rather insipid. Also, while the characters all had their roles to play in the unfolding story, the mashing back and forth between them was irritating and I felt it was hard to really care about any of them, and a number of their actions felt contrived to just give them a certain amount of page space, either to increase their importance in out minds, or to cover for the lack of anything really interesting happening with the other characters.

The thing which really bugged me though was the way that several times crisis points were thrown into the story, for no particular reason other than to try to inject some excitement or tension into the story, and then were promptly ignored. The worst of these was when the characters were apparently eaten by a giant space fish, at the end of one chapter and then the very next chapter they are elsewhere and perfectly fine Clearly it was not important.

However, if it was that unimportant, then why put it in the book in the first place? At the end of this book, I was not really feeling like reading another of these series. However, with a bit of time I may give the next one in the series a go - but I will not be in any kind of rush to do so, Apr 02, Margaret Taylor added it.

And gods and demons from several major religions walk the earth. Zhu Irzh is a rookie cop in the Singapore police department. The Demon and the City is a fascinating send-up of the noir genre, several world mythologies, and some received notions about good and evil. The trouble starts when Zhu Irzh has to investigate a murder while his partner is on vacation. You can never be sure who is a good guy and who is a bad guy, and there is always an ulterior motive. The murderer is not, absolutely not, who you would expect.

Zhu Irzh is a demon. So why does he have to keep whacking himself upside the head when he starts to care? One of the characters is a badger who can shapeshift, at will, into the form of a teakettle. In fact, Liz Williams might be trying a little too hard to bring us up to speed. Characters discuss things with each other that they would already know.

This book pushes the envelope — is it urban fantasy or is it science fiction? View 1 comment. Nov 10, Pauline rated it liked it. I also agree with the previous review. The first book gave me really high expectations for Liz Williams's writing. Where the first book was exciting, had good flow, and good character profiles, the "Demon and the City" presents a tumultuous disarray of events and a rather unlikeable character cast.

I liked Zhu Irzh's character in the first novel. He seemed like a real demon of the aristocracy, but in this follow-up book, he is reduced to a clumsy and weak protagonist. Chen is gone for the first I also agree with the previous review. Chen is gone for the first half, which is unfortunate becausethe first book makes you like him and draws him up as a true hero with a good heart. A huge point of dissatisfaction for me was that she would write very short chapters and jump from scene to scene so that I was constantly confused. It was hard to keep the story of one group of main characters aligned when random and often inconsequential side stories were thrown in.

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Also, I understand that she was trying to portray the ephemeral worlds that lie between Heaven, Hell, and Earth, but the fluidity and the abstract environment made it very hard to create a visual image of where the characters were. Additionally, they ran around a lot and to places that were not well described, so I was often wondering where they were and how they got there. Now, again, the first book is exquisite in terms of storyline, writing style, and language and I recommend that book highly.

I am willing to hope this was an experimental novel for Liz Williams and will continue to read the next books in the Detective Chen series. I'd read two previous books by Williams, including Snake Agent , the first book in this series, and I remember both as being slightly above average, though in the end I gave both of them three stars.

And the same thing has happened with this one. In the beginning I was thinking four stars - unique environment, interesting characters, and importantly, narration with just the right level of seriousness. Williams took that and turned it sideways in a most enjoyable way. Chen is married to a demon who has escaped from Hell because of an attempted forced marriage. DI Chen has dedicated his life to serving the forces of good, but things have gotten messy and gray areas have sprung up.

For one, his wife Inari is a demon from Hell. Chen and he form an interesting relationship of mutual respect and distrust, and their interplay is a lot of fun to read. British science fiction and fantasy author—and witchcraft supply shop proprietor—Liz Williams grew up in an unusual household. The daughter of a Gothic novelist and a stage magician, she thought nothing of the demonology books on the shelves at home. She also devoured science fiction and fantasy novels growing up, especially those written by science fiction Grand Master Jack Vance.

It was no surprise that she would become a writer of stories in the supernatural and extraterrestrial realms. Before taking on the literary world, Williams got her PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and lived and worked in Kazakhstan from the mids until The author credits her travels as inspiration for her writing, as she was often thrown out of her comfort zone and into unfamiliar, eye-opening experiences.

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No sales offers, please. Many, many thanks to all the wonderful readers who help to ID these books! We also appreciate those who take the time to thank the contributors for researching their books. Thank you for writing back. I'm very familiar with the book, but I wouldn't have guessed it because what sticks in my mind is the great black dog who led them to the old gentleman's house.

Everyone seems to remember books differently! It was also published in hardback. I am really quite fuzzy on the details but I am looking for a book I read when I was about 9. It was a horror book and I am thinking the girls name was penny graves? She dies and a girl moves b them thAt looks just like her but she is evil and she gets hit by a truck after leaving a funeral or something and at the end she is reborn when this lady has a baby.

The book was black and had a coffin on the front with a hand sticking out of it wearing a pink nightgown. Probably from Please help! I don't know the name of the book, but by the cover description it sounds very much like the Point Horror series, so might be worth searching for cover images of them to see if any ring a bell!

I recently remembered two books that I had as a child, 'The Giant's Toys' and 'the blue banana'. They are listed on Amazon but are unavailable, as they were published in , by Hamlyn Robin. I would love to get copies of these, or in fact any of the 10 books from that particular series, have been looking all over the net! Look on abebooks. They currently don't have the series, just different Puffin joke books and a translated one.

However, you can leave a Want and abebooks will notify you when the book is listed. I'd like to find the name of a pop-up book, I believe published in the 's, about a boy who wants to make snow. I believe my parents bought the book through Scholastic. All I remember is that an orphan boy ran away from a maltreating relative , found an abandoned house that was still furnished on the inside. Found a stray dog that became his best friend. At one point, he had a splash in a water barrel outside and in it, he found a baby someone was trying to get rid off. He started to cater for his little family, stealing bread for himself and the dog and milk for the baby.

He was found-out at the house and all three were separated. He was given a job in a circus that had a panther, he ran away and when he was worn out and about to give-up, he was discovered on the outside steps a nice old lady that clothed him and made him her errand boy. I remember taking this book out of the library when I was a kid, it was was a collection of bizarre poems with equally bizarre pictures.

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There was a poem called, "The Whimpley-Whim", with a picture of this weepy-looking catlike creature "The woeful Whimpley-Whim has never been known to woo. If you looked like him, would you? I'm disgustard. Any information would be much appreciated. Hi Kathy and Everyone, Kathy has a delightful blog Keeper of the Fun A fun blog about collecting and appreciating classic toys, cartoons, video games, movies and more.

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Honestly, the author was someone I should have been familiar with, but I just couldn't think of the name. Thank you so much! I remember reading this book as a kid, it was about this conceited bear on the first page of the book, he's admiring himself in a mirror who lives in a house with his two friends, a fox, and I believe a squirrel though he may have been a mouse. While I don't remember the circumstances exactly, I think that the fox and squirrel become too irritated with the bear and leave the house, but they soon miss their home, and, in turn, the bear re-examines his behaviour. Needless to say, there's a happy reunion at the end.

Any information would be much appreciated! What i can tell you is that it was a children's book that had poems and i guess some of the traditional nursery rhymes like "rain rain go away". I was born in and i remember reading it before 2nd grade. Please help me find the book!! I remember it being comforting when i read it. Not sure, but perhaps it's the orchard book of nursery rhymes, by faith jaques? I had a similar version when I was a kid, and it sounds very much like it. This book was late 70s or early 80s. It was about a boy who's father would go to the shed every night and be working on a project.

I remember the boy would see lights on but could never find out what his father was doing. Then, on the boys birthday his father unveiled the surprise - he has built him a train and some carriages. He would then give his friends rides. I remeber this book fondly and would really like to find a copy for my son for when he is old enough to enjoy the story as much as I did!

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The child develops some illness that requires quarantine at home. The dog is tan, not red, so not Clifford. Don't recall any human character being included in the story. Only one graphic is clearly remembered Can't remember any other of the plot line. Don't think it was a series.

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HELP for personal mental health reasons. I'm looking for a book that was read to me when I was younger.

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