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M. K. Hobson

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Tekijän teokset

The Native Star (2010) 627 kappaletta, 44 arvostelua
The Hidden Goddess (2011) 213 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
The Warlock's Curse (2012) 46 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Ladies and the Gentlemen (2015) 6 kappaletta
Hotel Astarte 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Hippocampus 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Domovoi (2005) 3 kappaletta
The Hag Queen's Curse [short story] 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
God Juice 2 kappaletta
Oaks Park 2 kappaletta
Powersuit 1 kappale

Associated Works

Haunted Legends (2010) — Avustaja — 188 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance (2012) — Avustaja — 83 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta
In the Stacks (2010) — Kertoja, eräät painokset76 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Polyphony 6 (2006) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Polyphony 5 (2005) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 27 (2011) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Sybil's Garage No. 7 (2010) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #270 (2019) — Kertoja, eräät painokset9 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 19: Enemy of the Good (2009) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #298, Special Double-Issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 5 (2020) — Kertoja, eräät painokset5 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Medicine Show (The Liquid Laughter Project) (2006) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #262 (Tenth Anniversary Month Double-Issue II) (2018) — Kertoja, eräät painokset5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Realms of Fantasy, October 2008 (Vol. 15 No. 1) (2008) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Black Static 01 4 kappaletta
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #275 (2019) — Kertoja, eräät painokset4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Realms of Fantasy, April 2010 (Vol. 16 No. 4) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Night at the Opera {short story} (2015) — Kertoja, eräät painokset1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

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Yleistieto

Kanoninen nimi
Hobson, M. K.
Muut nimet
Mary Catherine Koroloff
M.K. Hobson
Syntymäaika
1969-01-21
Sukupuoli
female
Kansalaisuus
USA
Asuinpaikat
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Koulutus
University of Oregon
Ammatit
Marketing Consultant
Organisaatiot
Historical Novel Society
Broad Universe
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
Romance Writers of America
Agentti
Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown, Ltd)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
M.K. Hobson was born in Riverside, California, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon, where she ran Catalyst Films (the campus film society), helped launch The Student Insurgent (a radical progressive ‘zine that’s still being published) and drove night-shift cab in nearby Springfield, Oregon. After graduating with a degree in English and Communications, she moved to Hiroshima, Japan to teach English. Returning to the United States two years later, she purchased The Northwest Neighbor, a community newspaper founded by legendary Portland mayor Bud Clark. She ran the paper for several years before moving on to a career in the field of corporate communications, working with Fortune 500 clients in the fields of retirement and healthcare.

Currently, she is one of the co-hosts of Podcastle, the acclaimed short fiction podcast. She lives in Oregon City, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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The Native Star by M.K. Hobson, FantasyFans (joulukuu 2010)

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It had its moments, but I didn't like it enough to keep it. Pat Wrede's take on the Wild West (with magic, without steampunk) is much better. ([b:Thirteenth Child|5797595|Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)|Patricia C. Wrede|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328840173s/5797595.jpg|5969561] & sequels)
 
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VictoriaGaile | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 16, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Suehyla El-Attar. I liked her pretty well. Her narration was easy to listen to and didn’t annoy me. I did think the voices she used for the male characters were difficult to distinguish between at times, but then there were quite a lot of male characters popping up for brief passages. The text made it pretty easy to realize who was talking anyway, and I was mostly just happy she didn’t voice them in a ridiculous-sounding way like some narrators do when trying to voice characters from the opposite sex.

Story
This is an alternate history fantasy set in the 1800’s. Witchcraft and sorcery have a relatively prominent role in society. The main character, Emily, is a witch from a small town in California where she’s struggling to make ends meet. She accidentally gets a dangerous magical rock embedded in her hand and she’s forced to turn to a warlock she dislikes for help. They set off on a trip to get help, but things get progressively more complicated.

This is a very romance-heavy story with the enemies-to-lovers trope. I should have hated it, but I actually enjoyed it pretty well. The setting was interesting and the story held my attention. The romance didn’t annoy me very much, because at least it wasn’t the sort where the character is constantly thinking, “Oh he/she is such a jerk. But look at his/her lips/butt/abs/arms/whatever. Swoon… Oh, maybe I should run from this big bad monster that’s about to attack me.” The relationship was developed more gradually, with none of the ridiculous obsessing at weird and inappropriate moments. The relationship developed from antagonistic, to somewhat respectful, to somewhat friendly, and so forth.

I did enjoy the first half more than the second half. By the second half, I started to get a little frustrated with all the people who were either insanely evil, or untrustworthy, or pursuing a hidden agenda, or some combination of those things. The romance also started to get a little more obnoxiously angsty. This was a good story for audio listening though, and another one of the ones where I wonder if I might not have actually enjoyed it more as an audio than I would have in print. It’s on the simpler side and I think that combined with all the romance would have annoyed me faster in print. I looked forward to having time to listen to more of the audiobook each day.

I’m rating this at 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4 on Goodreads. I’m marking this as a “maybe” for following up in the future. I wouldn’t mind reading (or possibly listening to) more, and there are a couple more books published, but it seems like the author stopped publishing books even though more were expected in the series. I might therefore just leave things where I am because the ending of the 1st book was pretty satisfying. Not all the threads had closure, and it did end with some hints about what the next book might involve, but the main plot was wrapped up well enough.
… (lisätietoja)
½
 
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YouKneeK | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 15, 2021 |
Really liked this one... Had to take a break from work to finish it... I will definitely read more of the series.
 
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RankkaApina | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2021 |
Well, I liked this, but not quite as much as the first one. This provided some answers that were left out of the first book, but I really missed Emily & Dreadnought together. That really was the appeal and this book was so much more about Emily. Although, I did like her and even more I like Miss Jesczenka.
 
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RankkaApina | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2021 |

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