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Nightlife

de Rob Thurman

Sèrie: Cal Leandros (1)

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"There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I've known that ever since I can remember, just like I've always known I was one... ...Well, half of one, anyway." Welcome to the Big Apple. There's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side--and that's only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares--and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn't exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out. He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him...for he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal's life...… (més)
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Nightlife is a bog standard urban fantasy book that has a lot of common genre elements such as vampires, werewolves, banshees, psychics and such, but also some unique elements like in universe grendels which are basically robots whos only program is "do while(true) kill;".

Unfortunately, the book focuses a lot on rambly internal monologue of the protagonist. The banter between him and his brother is great but after a while you notice its the same jokes. The world building and supernatural elements I mentioned before are interesting -- but there's not enough meat. I think this is intentional, as it may be a potential setup for what I think is future books plot strings, but this leaves the main plot not quite enjoyable because the more interesting parts are in the background.

For instance, the vampire lady sub plot is interesting, but so much of it was told so dryly. It wasn't shown but rather told to me -- and although I don't have enough literary expertise under my belt, when the author just tells us a characters backstory instead of actually showing it I find it a cop out of exploring the character and actually diving in. Another example of this is the main characters ~2 years trip to grendel hell, which was told posthumously and consequently felt boring squared to the googol-th power.

However this isn't why I settled on 3 stars, being upset some characters didn't get their limelight is nonsense as it is deliberately told in a single characters perspective (except banshee switcheroo at end). It's just average. The good parts are met equally with bad or boring parts. Perhaps the following books in the series would do this series more justice, but there are better urban fantasy books out there and I am unlikely to explore this universe before them. ( )
  berithjah | Feb 28, 2022 |
I read this book on the recommendation of my daughter, and really enjoyed it. For some reason, though, I found it quite stressful, and actually took a long break from it around the middle! Not because I wasn't enjoying it--I was just too worried about the main character. Haha, I'm a wimp, I admit it. There's a fine line for me between a book I can't stop reading and a book I have to stop reading for a little while. :) If you like paranormal/adventure you should like these characters and their troubles. There's lots of depth in both the storyline/plot and the characters, and it's well-written in both style and pacing. I'll definitely pick up this author again, and the further books about these characters. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
It's been quite a while since a book's characters were so instantly charismatic that they practically grabbed me by the sleeve and led me (or in these guys' case, it's probably more like inelegant dragging) into the story and world. Barely two or three chapters in and I was already sure I had found a rare dark fantasy series to add to my list of favorites.

Cal Leandros and his older brother Niko have been on the run for almost longer than he can remember. Their life has become constant movement, paranoia, fear, invisibility, and desperation to evade their pursuers, the hideous and terrifying Grendels. Monsters from the dawn of time, they will stop at nothing to find and claim Cal...he is one of their kind, after all, since his father was a Grendel. Cal despises his monster heritage, but he also knows it's impossible to escape from. Not even the dark tangle of New York, riddled with its own supernatural denizens, can hide them for long, however much Cal longs to finally find one place to stay. But his brother Niko is utterly devoted to keeping Cal alive, and staying is too much of a risk. In fact, they may have already stayed too long...

Cal's first person narration in an instant and sustaining hook; he's cynical, crude, lazy, and snarky as heck, but he's also sharp, street smart, intuitive, ferociously devoted to his brother, a ruthless fighter, and has a streak of confused and tormented realism that truly brings him to life. He's very real, and surprisingly easy to get attached to as a narrator. His fascinatingly likable brother Niko is the perfect foil, much to Cal's combined affection and chagrin; he disdains all things unhealthy and uncivil and is a walking library, an utterly lethal fighter, and a perfect gentleman all at once. Other great characters round out the cast, all of whom I very much hope to see more of in future books.

The villains are equally well written; the Grendels (or Auphes as they're later known) are a great new twist on paranormal monsters and are really and truly terrifying instead of providing cheap thrills, something not all authors seem to achieve nowadays. And another, much more personal villain is perhaps even scarier; he puts his own twist on Cal's narration that is integrated very, very well into the story's events and forces the reader to experience the struggles Cal goes through with a chilling intimacy. It's a great narrative device, but I won't say any more about it here. Suffice to say that windows and mirrors at night suddenly look a lot creepier to me.

The last time I can remember starting a paranormal series with this much immediate promise was the Morganville Vampires series, so I find myself hoping that I have just as many great adventures ahead of me with Cal and Niko.

Note: I couldn't help but notice that this book bears a couple similarities to Sarah Rees Brennan's equally awesome The Demon's Lexicon series (mostly in the dynamic between a chilly and cynical younger brother associated with the dark forces and a bookish, mellow-yet-badass older brother who are utterly devoted to each other). Not in a bad way at all, mind you, and this was published earlier anyway, but any fans of one series should definitely check out the other. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
Let's start with the good:

The writing itself was very good indeed.
The world building & new take on old mythological critters was well done.
Niko is fantastic.
I also loved Robin.
The idea/plot was a good one.

But...

The Book was told from Cal's point of view.
Cal is an unbelievably incessant whiner.
When Cal isn't whining, he's being self deprecating.
By about the 1/4 mark I was was hoping the "Grendels" would just catch Cal & kill him already...
I would've liked to have seen more of George & Promise. Female characters are decidedly lacking.

So, it's a bit of a toss-up for me on this one. Not sure if I'll read on, or not. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
Ever since Cal was small he and his half-brother Niko have been seeing monsters. They named them Grendels and knew they were after Cal even if they didn't know why. They should have suspected because their mother wasn't just being cruel when she told Cal she named him Caliban because he was a monster, she was telling the truth. When Cal is fourteen, Dad comes calling, right on the day when Cal and Niko were going to leave forever. His mother is killed, Niko is injured, and Cal is taken away. Ever-loyal Niko stays and waits, hoping Cal will somehow return. Two days later he does, except it's been two years for Cal. We catch up with them five years later. They've been running all that time. Niko gave up college and now works as a bodyguard and Cal helps him out when he's not tending bar. They still see grendels, though they haven't seen one in a while. Until now, that is.

The character of Niko scared me at first because he seemed too perfect. He has long hair that he braids down his back. He can fight in many styles. He is proficient with a sword. He's all human, unlike Cal, but he's a nearly unstoppable warrior. He's stoic. He speaks like your typical high-fantasy elf. I was sure I would hate him. Except underneath all that Niko is a real three-dimensional person, not the cardboard cutout I feared he'd be. He's terrified something will happen to his brother (again) and he's doing the best he can to survive. He loves his brother and that's obvious: they tease, they spar, they slap each other upside the head. They're very believable brothers.

Cal is a teenager. He's 19 but between the lost years when he was taken and the upheavals in his life he isn't anywhere near adult, nor is he in any way a child. He's immature when it comes to other people and very mature when it comes to monsters in the dark. I like him. I like him a lot. He's close only to Niko, he hasn't had the time, inclination, or ability to let anonye else get close. This comes to the fore in this book when he meets Georgina, a psychic with a crush on him, and car salesman Rob Fellows.

Rather predictably, I fell hard for Rob Fellows. Robin Goodfellow, actually. An immortal being (a puck) who is older than humans and knows what Cal is. Through him the grendels get a name: The Auphe. They're utterly evil, feared by everyone who knows of them, and Cal is the son of one. At first Robin is scared, then he's intrigued. Then I fell in love with him. He's a drunk, an asshole, a womanizer, and he's obviously got a background but there's no swimming in Lake Manpain for him. Oh, and he has a crush on Niko. Cal can't help liking him even though there's no way he wants to let another person into his life.

The Auphe are back and they want Cal. Since trying to train him failed years ago when they took him now they're going to use the Darkling to possess his body and use him to end the world as we know it. Far too much of the book is told from the POV of the Darkling for my taste, but that's understandable because the book is from Cal's POV and switching to anyone else would have made the story not as good. It's important we know what happened to Cal while the Darkling was in control.

It's a good read. The characters are tipped on their heads enough that I didn't get that same-old same-old feeling you can sometimes get. Seen one elf/vampire/werewolf you've seen them all, you know? The brothers felt real to me, Robin was awesome, and I enjoyed all the secondary characters populating this world. Fun. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
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"There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I've known that ever since I can remember, just like I've always known I was one... ...Well, half of one, anyway." Welcome to the Big Apple. There's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side--and that's only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares--and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn't exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out. He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him...for he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal's life...

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