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The City of Lost Fortunes (A Crescent City Novel) (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Bryan Camp (Tekijä)

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"The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters ... The post-Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane's destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known--a father who just happens to be more than human ... Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god's death, uncover the plot that threatens the city's soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father's son"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The City of Lost Fortunes (A Crescent City Novel)
Kirjailijat:Bryan Camp (Tekijä)
Info:John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018), 384 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 9) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Fun urban fantasy--like if Jim Butcher did American Gods. Worth a reread? Eh, maybe not on its own merit, at least for me, but I don't regret spending the time with it. Helps that it went pretty quickly, which speaks to the author's skill. May pick up the next from the library once it's available. ( )
  prufrockcoat | Dec 3, 2019 |
Although I guessed (hoped?) early on what the overall arc of the story was, getting there was a pleasure. This one was told from a single point of view. Set in New Orleans, City of lost fortunes is the story of Jude, who has a knack for finding things that has gotten overwhelming post-Katrina. When the fortune god of the city calls in a favor, Jude finds himself involved in a poker game with several deities and high stakes.

I like the use of Tarot cards and a card game to structure the story. No one got off with no consequences for their actions. This world felt real, and dealt with change and how once one thing changes, other things connected to it have to change to accommodate. ( )
  markon | Oct 29, 2019 |
If you're writing a novel about occult doings in New Orleans you've set yourself a high bar to clear as there are so many cliches to navigate, so the immediate question is whether the author manages to clear it. On the whole, I'd have to say that answer is mostly yes. That said I'm not sure that the struggle of Jude Dubuisson to essentially regain his spirit, and possibly save the spirit of New Orleans, is always convincing, often being more of a slacker's than a hero's journey. The cynic might argue that Dubuisson is the recipient of too much unearned grace. Still, I like the characters, Camp has a good sense of scene and place, and I personally do like the semi-poetic prologues to each chapter which some folks seem to find pedantic. I will give the next book in this setting a try. ( )
  Shrike58 | Sep 20, 2019 |
Bryan Camp had the idea for this book as he was evacuating New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. This book is set in New Orleans six years after Katrina took place. Jude Dubuisson has a magical ability to find lost things and after the hurricane, his powers went a little crazy. A magical poker game sets him on a journey to discover himself, solve a crime and race against time.

The genre of this book is considered ÛÏurban fantasy.‰Û This is something I have not read before and it reminded me a little of the ‰ÛÏVampire Diaries‰Û television spin-off, ‰ÛÏThe Originals.‰Û Vampires, magicians, mythological creatures, zombies, gods, and demigods all play a role in this story. Many cultural beliefs and religions play a role in this fantasy.

I thought the story itself was intriguing, but the writing was boring. There a few times throughout the story I found myself zoning out. I also did not like the author‰Ûªs writing style. ( )
  wordswithrach | May 2, 2019 |
This is another book I loved. It's about magic and gods and murder in post-Katrina New Orleans.

I knew next to nothing when going into this book and I think that's a good policy. There's a lot to discover about the world and the characters - it's very rich.

It's a long book and it was a slow read for me, but not in a bad way. I was very immersed and I both liked and wanted to slap the MC, Jude. He's definitely an underdog type. If you're looking for some...contemporary urban fantasy, I think you should check this out.

Also someone was described as looking like a "prolapsed asshole" and I could not have been happier.

Here are a few good quotes:

"Power always had a cost, and the fine print never included a generous return policy."

"There is magic in all things, in songs and in fire, in the night sky and in the storm on the horizon, in voices raised high and secrets hidden deep, in stories and in change and in hope. There is magic in beginnings, this is true, but there is also magic - such great and beautiful and powerful magic - in refusing to let something end." ( )
  MillieHennessy | Dec 11, 2018 |
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"The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters ... The post-Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane's destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known--a father who just happens to be more than human ... Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god's death, uncover the plot that threatens the city's soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father's son"--

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