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Never Knew Another J.M. McDermott Never Knew Another Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by Supported by her brother Djoss she hides out in their

  • Title: Never Knew Another
  • Author: J.M. McDermott
  • ISBN: 9781597802987
  • Page: 238
  • Format: ebook
  • Never Knew Another J.M. McDermott Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon s child too, but instead of livingFugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon s child too, but instead of living in fear, he keeps his secret and goes about his life as a cocky, self assured man of the law.The first book in the Dogsland Trilogy, Never Knew Another is the story of how these two outcasts meet.
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    1. I had a really hard time with this one I wanted to like it, I ve been looking forward to reading it, and I loved the cover, but it just didn t measure up for me.First of all, the blurb is pretty misleading It leads you to believe that you ll be reading about the demon children, and I guess you are, but in a roundabout, convoluted way it s written in 1st person from the POV of a shapeshifting demon hunter, who has all the personality of a macadamia nut It is all must kill all demon childreney are [...]

    2. The Good An ambitious, gritty urban fantasy crime noir family drama While ambition isn t of itself a good quality, it was interesting seeing all this thrown together It was a good effort The setting was very atmospheric, and the story intriguing The characters were dark, complex and sympathetic They were well done.The Bad This was so shades of grey that there was barely a genuine antagonist The claustrophobic atmosphere, while effective, doesn t really work in a fantasy setting Not for me anyway [...]

    3. Quick reaction bastardbooks 2012Well, this was a unique one Really hard to put into words what I feel about it, but at the end of it I really loved it Beautiful prose that contrasted the ugly world it depicted It s a very short novel, yet quite packed The story itself is not that complex, but the storytelling technique is It s easy to get confused since POVs are not always easily identifiable, but that s part of the charm Part of the story is experienced through a character accessing another s m [...]

    4. I usually don t summarize the books I review because a reader can find a summary on the inside cover flap, on the back cover, or in listings at and online bookstores However, this book requires a summary because the one give in those places is wrong.This is not a book about Rachel Nolander She appears only as a minor character in the backstory and mostly through second hand memories The book instead is about a couple, part human, part wolf, who track and kill people who, through no fault of thei [...]

    5. Never Knew Another is a haunting little gem of a book, the kind that lingers in your head long after you ve turned the last page It reminded me of Gene Wolfe s novels while reading, I had that same sense of deep truths hidden between interlocking tales, where words left unspoken hold equal weight to those on the page The framing story for the novel follows a married pair of shapechanging hunters, whose sacred mission is to seek out and kill the halfbreed children of demons, and cleanse the taint [...]

    6. rantingdragon never kn My husband and I arrived in a city that I shall call not Woodsland, but, rather, Dogsland That is the name for human places in the language of the wolf packs Dogsland is the setting for J M McDermott s Never Knew Another, the first book in the Dogsland Trilogy In this novel, we follow two of Erin s Walkers half wolf, half human, all demon hunter When they find the skull of a half demon child, they leave their woods to explore the city, following the memories left behind in [...]

    7. Love the title, love the cover, love the opening My husband and I placed the head from the body we had found upon a rock face at the top of a hill, where the sun and moon would always fall upon it He had worn the uniform of a king s man in life, but he had demon in his bloodline, and he had stained the earth where he had fallen My husband and I prayed there, with the head on the stone, to the goddess Erin, and raised our eyes to the sky, to her We fasted and fasted all day We drank only water wh [...]

    8. When I walked into the library, I was only going to return a book, not get another You know the story But it would make no sense to drive all that way and just not take a quick peek That s how this book came to me It was propped on a shelf between insipid romances and ignorable high fantasy I don t understand I looked at it, glanced away, looked back Thought What the heck is up with that cover I mean, seriously gorgeous, right A badass chick in a wolf skin clutching a skull in a field of sunflow [...]

    9. It s funny I was a third of the way through when I said, This reminds me a lot of The Last Dragon, and another third of the way before I connected the dots and realized McDermott wrote them both It s been ages since I read The Last Dragon but I remember enjoying it a lot than I enjoyed Never Knew Another, even though both are grim and surreal at times, with prose that flows around you like a fever dream Part of the appeal of The Last Dragon was trying to piece together the chronology of a timel [...]

    10. This is a Joe McDermott book so it s hardly going to be anything other than 5 star awesomeness is it If you ve not ready any yet, why not you only live once and you don t want to die before experiencing one of the greatest voices in modern fantasy fiction.As for reviewing Never Knew Another, it became clear to me towards the end that this is of a first chapter than a self contained novel and that the reason I was struggling to get a handle on what I d been reading was that it was far from finis [...]

    11. I have a weakness for badasses wearing animal skins as hoods This weakness has led me down many paths, most of them utterly terrible, and yet still I follow the siren song of the badass with an animal skin hoodd now, at last, I have found my reward Yet rest assured even if you don t give half a puma pelt for the cover art and the promise therein of a badass wearing a wolfskin, this book will rock your socks.The beautiful writing and perfectly realized characters combine to create a heady brew th [...]

    12. Disclaimer If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section Also, if you have any questions, don t hesitate to ask Thank you.Never Knew Another is the second book by author J.M McDermott and the first book in the Dogsland trilogy His first book is called Last Dragon.Never Knew Another is about a pair of hunters who are trying to rid the world of demon born and the main plot focuses on the back story of the life of the few demon born who [...]

    13. Ambitious, but flawed and ultimately unsatisfying.McDermott has created a compelling and original world rife with conflict, some of which he mines in this book I m of the opinion that he could have written one long book rather than a trilogy, considering how short this volume was and how void of anything resembling a solid conclusion The narrative arc just stops, at an almost arbitrary moment it feels like I honestly don t know why he separated this into three books, but perhaps the next two vol [...]

    14. J.M McDermott s tale, Never Knew Another was both engrossing and frustrating But I think my frustrations stem from the fact that this book is only Part One in the Dogsland Trilogy The tale follows two Walkers People who can turn into wolves and are servants of the Goddess Erin , whose job it is to find Demon Children and erase their stain on humanity The books open with the husband and wife Walkers discovering the corpse of a Demon Child Through her connection to the Goddess Erin, the female wal [...]

    15. When you receive a book that is a gift or a prize you never know if you are going to enjoy it or not Book prizes are often surprising It is kind of like putting your hand into a bag that you can t see into You never know what you are going to pull out.I won Never Knew Another on a little Twitter contest J.M McDermott posted When it arrived, I marveled at the wonderful artwork on the cover by Julien Alday The very subtle use of colors gives you an indication that this is not just another hunters [...]

    16. This book is a hallucination caused by snorting demon blood You think I m joking Well, maybe about the snorting part, but it s a frame story from the perspective of two wolfish demon hunters who experience the life of a demon through his bones in order to track down the taint of his blood and sweat The novel is written in a surreal style, a piece of modern art than a plot The content of that blood and mud painting surprised me.Never Knew Another depicts the other, the persecuted demons who are [...]

    17. Completing this book is like coming up from a dream The layered storytelling is done really well here What you see on the cover with the person in a wolfskin is the outer layer of the story It s hard to describe the book without giving too much away I guess I could say it s about demons and demon children and the sense of isolation they feel from the rest of society.The world is so rich that even though I was fully invested in some of the character Rachel and Djoss, for example , I still felt li [...]

    18. These things happened in cities The narrator of J M McDermott s Never Knew Another 2011 and her husband are Walkers of the goddess Erin, healer hunter exorcist executioner priests who don wolf skins to become super wolves to search out and purify the demon taint of Elishta At the start of the novel the wife recounts finding the toxic corpse of a demon child dressed in the uniform of a king s man, removing the head to access the mind adhering to the skull The first thing she heard was the demon s [...]

    19. Well, it sounded very promising but unfortunately is the sort of stream of consciousness that falls in the verbal diarrhea category Ok, fine, you want to write a book with shifting points of view that results from minds melding Ok, it s supposed to be about memory, and sifting through another s memory to find clues All of those are really interesting things, and the world is an interesting world and yet I kept wondering when the story would start I kept waiting for something interesting to happe [...]

    20. This book left me filled with emotional attachment for the characters I can only remember feeling this attached to a character or characters in a novel twice before, with A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Blackout All Clear by Connie Willis.Refreshing and different from normal fantasy, if you are a lover of fantasy, you will love this If you are a lover of fiction but not a regular fantasy reader, I suggest this book even to you, it is a good example of how great the genre can be while keep [...]

    21. I don t have much to say I enjoyed this book but I did not find myself in love with it Just me though and I would recommend the book to others if it were in line with their interests.

    22. Worum gehts Eine Mensch zu Wolf Gestaltwandlerin und ihr Mann erfahren von ihrem D monenkind, das k rzlich get tet wurde Die Kinder der D monen stellen in der geschilderten Welt eine Gefahr dar Kontakt mit ihnen macht Menschen todkrank, verseuchen ganze H user unwiderruflich In den Erinnerungen des D monenkindes begibt sich die Gestaltwandlerin auf Spurensuche sie versucht, herauszufinden, ob der Get tete Kontakt zu weiteren D monenkindern hatte, die es dann ebenfalls zu t ten gelte, um die Welt [...]

    23. Review originally posted on my blog The blurb does not do justice to the compelling and skilfully woven tale that lies between the book s covers Whilst Never Knew Another is indeed about the meeting of Jona and Rachel, that is only one facet to its intricate narrative a narrative that surpasses much of the traditional fantasy genre in its emotional depth, stylistic and structural crafting, and understated elegance In that regard, I would say that the book s cover is a better indication of its co [...]

    24. quote Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon s child too, but instead of living in fear, he keeps his secret and goes about his life as a cocky, self assured man of the law The first book in the Dogsla [...]

    25. This is a strange, interesting, uneven book McDermott s prose is lovely in places, and he writes with assurance His fantastic world is several angles off from our own, and he pulls us into it without laborious explanations or coddling We open in first person, in the voice of a woman wolf who s hunting, together with her husband, the trail of a dead demon child In other words, a man of demonic ancestry has been killed and they re following up to find who killed him, and to purify anything and any [...]

    26. As I am a huge fan of fantasy literature, I always look for books that don t follow the old And then we went on a long journey and in the end, there was a great battle plot Never Knew Another by J M McDermott is very different It starts with the way it uses words and sentences that feels strange Not human as the main character is a walker who changes from woman to wolf She and her husband hunt for demon children These children of demons and humans pollute the earth and make people sick with thei [...]

    27. J.M McDermott s Never Knew Another is a fantasy novel about two people, Jona Lord Joni and Rachel Nolander, who are both demon children of the Nameless who must hide their true nature from fear of being put to death Set in a medieval type world, their story is told in a very interesting way through the eyes of the people that are hunting Rachel and other demon children It is explained from chapter one that Jona is dead or so it seems, I m hoping somewhere there is a loophole in the second book a [...]

    28. Se trata de un libro incompleto, en realidad es el inicio de una novela, ya que deja todas las tramas en el aire, sin concluir ninguna.La historia empieza muy bien, con la presentaci n de un matrimonio de sacerdotes druidas inquisidores que se dedican a perseguir y purificar los rastros de una linea de sangre demoniaca demon childs , maligna por naturaleza y que es t xica para la naturaleza y el hombre, en un territorio que se recupera, pasados ya unos a os, de una gran guerra.Despu s de este in [...]

    29. Wow Breathtaking, intriguingly original story The author s world building is both spare and almost decadently lush hard to do, but read it, you ll see It starts as the story of hunters, two skinwalkers who follow an old religion, bound to destroy what they call demons and heal the damage done to the world by these creatures In order to seek those who have had contact with the demon child, the hunters must take in and re live the thoughts and memories of the creatures they hunt, stealing them fro [...]

    30. They slip in among the men and women of day to day life, the offspring of demons whose blood is acid and whose very presence can cause a person to sicken Their deformities, reminders of their demonic heritage, can be hidden like the wings Jona s mother cut from his back, or debilitating like the long forked tongue, black scales, and talons Rachel s father left her To be a demon child is to be marked for death So Jona works hard as a Kings Man, passing for mortal day by day Rachel moves from city [...]

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