Vermilion

Vermilion

The Adventures of Lou Merriwether, Psychopomp

Book - 2015
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"Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate. Lou fears her particular talents make her better suited to help placate their spirits than ensure they get home alive, but it's the right thing to do, and she's the only one willing to do it. On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou will encounter bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. Lou will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive...."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Petaluma, CA : Word Horde, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781939905086
1939905087
Branch Call Number: SF TANZER MOLLY
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 23 cm

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jessica_ebacher
Apr 12, 2016

Excellent world building, so-so plotting. I love the characters, who are offbeat, interesting, and not often represented in popular fiction. They live in a rich and complex world, and it was really engaging to get a glimpse of an America that's not... well, white. On the other hand, the plot relies a lot on coincidence and deus ex machina, which is never as satisfying as seeing a character get through a crisis using only their native talents. I would definitely be interested in a sequel (the existence of which was pretty well telegraphed by the end of the novel), but hopefully the author figures out how to get her characters out of trouble in as entertaining a fashion as they get into it.

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AvaBear92
Jan 03, 2016

This book was amazing! Molly Tanzer did a great job of exploring gender, race, and class aspects while writing a steampunk historical fantasy with wonderful world building and fantastic and diverse characters. I've never read anything quite like it, and I would definitely read any other fiction that took place in this world or with these characters.

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Kyanite
Dec 31, 2015

A great premise, but the execution is weak at times. Still, if this turns into a series (the ending leaves it wide open for another book), then I'll be picking up the next installment for sure. There are some really awesome characters in this book, and I'd love to hear more about them.

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