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4 4.5 stars This review originally posted at The BiblioSanctumNow here s a book that comes with a ton of caveats.First of all, it seems whenever a title about vampires or werewolves comes out nowadays, most of us tend to automatically think, Oh geez, not yet another YA urban fantasy Except I don t know if I d let any tween of mine get within twenty feet near a book like this No question about it, it is adult fiction containing a lot of mature themes and very naughty language, though interes 4 4.5 stars This review originally posted at The BiblioSanctumNow here s a book that comes with a ton of caveats.First of all, it seems whenever a title about vampires or werewolves comes out nowadays, most of us tend to automatically think, Oh geez, not yet another YA urban fantasy Except I don t know if I d let any tween of mine get within twenty feet near a book like this No question about it, it is adult fiction containing a lot of mature themes and very naughty language, though interestingly enough, no sex.Which is also kind of the perfect segue into my next point If you are someone who prefers a little paranormal romance in your urban fantasy, then this book is also not for you Our main protagonist and narrator is one of those gals who would sooner kill a monster than get lovey dovey and make out with one, if you know what I mean As all tough demon huntresses should be, if you ask me That she also makes fun of sparkly vampires is a plus.Actually, if you re still unsure of whether or not this book is for you, just flip through the first few pages of front matter to the author s foreword Here s my favorite quote from it In fact, if you re the sort who believes books should come with warning labels, this book s not for you Also, please note Siobhan Quinn is not a very good writer Fair notice Yes, fair and pretty much accurate Good thing my sensibilities are not easily offended, because this book was a lot of fun and a riot to read It actually made me laugh out loud a few times There s just something about the gritty writing style and Quinn s sarcastic cynicism and that devil may care attitude of hers that makes me really like her She reminds me of a female Sandman Slim.Yeah, Siobhan Quinn is definitely not your run of the mill urban fantasy heroine Not at all The two monster kills that that first led her onto the demon hunting path were complete flukes, the products of her clumsiness and sheer dumb luck She s a foul mouthed street kid drug addict with serious issues who gets bitten by a werewolf and a vampire both in a single night but her werepire ness has not left her any prettier, anycheerful, or improved her hygienic habits one whit Not to mention she s also a junkie, a self admitted coward and compulsive liar, and a terribly unreliable narrator.But perhaps the thing I liked most about her character is the fact she breaks the urban fantasy female protagonist mold, in a way that s almost borderline satire That along with the book s departure from the norm offers a refreshing change of pace for those of us who are wearying of the same old same old genre tropes, and who might be looking for something different to stir things up.By the way, Kathleen Tierney is the nom de plume of Caitl n R Kiernan, whom I found out only after I finished this book is quite a well known author of horror fiction Though I have not read any of her other works, after Blood Oranges, I think I might want to I suppose Blood Oranges is intended to be a foul mouthed antidote to typical vampire romance novels or Buffy pastiches, but since I don t read either of those I have to judge it in a vacuum.tl dr version nice idea, so so execution.Our protagonist, Siobhan Quinn, is a runaway junkie who gets attacked by a werewolf and vampire in the same night, suffering from both curses Sadly, the author doesn t really play with this idea very much You ll find that story in the movie Underworld Turns put s I suppose Blood Oranges is intended to be a foul mouthed antidote to typical vampire romance novels or Buffy pastiches, but since I don t read either of those I have to judge it in a vacuum.tl dr version nice idea, so so execution.Our protagonist, Siobhan Quinn, is a runaway junkie who gets attacked by a werewolf and vampire in the same night, suffering from both curses Sadly, the author doesn t really play with this idea very much You ll find that story in the movie Underworld Turns put she was set up, and the book then becomes a basic mystery I m sure someone with a better memory of mystery novels could tell you which one Kiernan is emulating, but the structure feels a lot like Dashiell Hammett to me, complete with blackouts and a fevered dream sequence.Unfortunately without Hammett s gift for language Or even Mickey Spillane s.The whodunit part was obvious early on, so this felt rather like paint by numbers Kiernan apparently doesn t like action scenes in books, so she skimps on them, generally by having Quinn turn into a werewolf and blacking out She does, however, have an extraordinary love of detailing every goddamn street Quinn drives down.I get it, you looked up Providence on Google Maps Stop it And don t reference the Wikipedia articles you used to get sketchy background flavor for the city, that s amateur hour stuff.The main character grew up in a dysfunctional household with an abusive father, and a few references are made about how poor they were Which makes it inexplicable that Quinn was able to watch Nickolodeon s TV Land reruns I volunteer with low income people and they don t get that tier of channels even in the rare instances they do manage to get cable Quinn also hung out at the library, which explains why she has so much geek knowledge Another thing that rang false to me.I can kind of see what Kiernan was going for, but she didn t pull it off By the time we get to the guy laying out everything that s happened and why, we pretty much already knew it In the Big Reveal an author really should be trying to get the reader to go, Oh, of course instead of, Yeah, knew that, what else If you haven t read many mysteries maybe this will seem fresh to you Anyone who s been around the block, though, can see the ending coming a mile away Usually down Washington where you take a left onto Greene, which is one way only, turning onto Fountain.Side note why is Caitlin R Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney I mean, in terms of universal balance, those names are pretty much exact equivalents Seems to me like a good pseudonym should be somewhat different from the author s real name 4.5 StarsBlood Oranges is a rare Dark Urban Fantasy that centers on vampires that I actually really enjoyed It just so happens to be written by Kathleen Tierney who is in fact Caitlin Kiernan, one of my very favorite authors I really stay away from all things that fall into the vampire and werewolf categories, but there have been a few exceptions that I happen to love.Like Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden Files, this is an Urban Fantasy that contains just about everything, including the kitchen sin 4.5 StarsBlood Oranges is a rare Dark Urban Fantasy that centers on vampires that I actually really enjoyed It just so happens to be written by Kathleen Tierney who is in fact Caitlin Kiernan, one of my very favorite authors I really stay away from all things that fall into the vampire and werewolf categories, but there have been a few exceptions that I happen to love.Like Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden Files, this is an Urban Fantasy that contains just about everything, including the kitchen sink Vamps, Wolves, Demons, and Ghosts, as well as other things that go bump in the night Siobhan Quinn our very nasty heroine happens to be both a vampire and a werewolf kind of like Michael from the Underworld series Quinn is not a nice girl, heck she has very few redeeming qualities about her She has a tough childhood and by an accident comes to see the creatures of the night by accidentally killing one This is the story and the backstory of all the events that make her into the woman that she is today.Much of this book is filled with backstory after backstory filling in all the details that we do not actually need at this time Too much time is spent in the past as this book is clearly a setup forto come I would have been angry about this, but I already have book number two.Caitlin Kiernan is a gifted writer She has quite a collection of thought provoking, atmospheric, horror novels that seem to all have a heavy dose of cognitive horror within This book is not like that all This is her only lets call it main stream urban fantasy and her style of writing under her pseudonym is quite different from her past repertoire The good thing is that it really works for this type of series and I can see it easily have a large audience Quinn and her story come across as the hard R rating compared to Dresden and his clearly PG rating.Read this for the writing, the imagination, and the characters Point is, the way you think folks behave, and the way they really do, those two things frequently have very little in common with one another The prey has a tendency to imagine itself smart enough to outwit the predators No Strike that The prey rarely even bothers to believe there are predators Also, I m not talking about rapists, murderers, and thieves I m talking about predators I m talking about the creatures lurking around out there with appetites most human beings can t begin to imagine, the ghoulies intent on making a meal of you and yours, or, hell, just intent on torturing someone until they grow bored enough to contrive some especially messy way to finish the job Ever seen a cat play with a mouse That s what I mean, only not with cats and not with mice What I mean makes cats look pretty damn merciful Caitlin Kiernan Kathleen Tierney is an author not to missed She is among my very favorite and I hope that you pick up a book or three of hers as they really are not to be missed.This one is fun Implausibly well read junkie street kid inadvertently becomes in famous monster killer Rhode Island apparently has quite a vampire werewolf demon problem no wonder it seemed so underpopulated when I was there Sloppy but amusing as is the fake author bio at the end. The author s warnings are little pretentious If your ears, eyes, and sensibilities are easily offended, this book is not for you If you want a romance novel, this book is not for you In fact, if you re the sort who believes books should come with warning labels, this book s not for you Then she states, Also, please note Siobham Quinn is not a very good writer Fair notice Um, Siobhan Quinn is a fictional character who is the heroine of the book This paragraph left a bad taste in The author s warnings are little pretentious If your ears, eyes, and sensibilities are easily offended, this book is not for you If you want a romance novel, this book is not for you In fact, if you re the sort who believes books should come with warning labels, this book s not for you Then she states, Also, please note Siobham Quinn is not a very good writer Fair notice Um, Siobhan Quinn is a fictional character who is the heroine of the book This paragraph left a bad taste in my mouth Like the author is too cool and anyone who dislikes her book is not part of the cool group I guess I m not part of the cool group Fantasy Review BarnWell it is no wonder I keep getting this series recommended to me The first person narration is as haphazard, unreliable, and just plain crazy as one of my reviews Did I in fact write Blood Oranges I don t remember doing so, and if so my writing quality has gone up by quite a bit, but damn that is a familiar writing style.Siobahn Quinn is a hunter of the supernatural and a damn good one But when a nasty werewolf leaves her infected and almost dead she is saved from the mos Fantasy Review BarnWell it is no wonder I keep getting this series recommended to me The first person narration is as haphazard, unreliable, and just plain crazy as one of my reviews Did I in fact write Blood Oranges I don t remember doing so, and if so my writing quality has gone up by quite a bit, but damn that is a familiar writing style.Siobahn Quinn is a hunter of the supernatural and a damn good one But when a nasty werewolf leaves her infected and almost dead she is saved from the most unlikely of sources, an ancient vampire stuck in a child s body, who decides to pass her own little gift on to Quinn as well Now Quinn is twice cursed, and by the way, all of her exploits are possible a bit of an untruth as well That line about being a damn good hunter Perhaps a bit of a stretch In fact she is a junkie that hasn t died yet due to pure luck and by being a bit useful to the right people At first glance I took this to be a parody of the urban fantasy genre but I don t think that was the point If anything it feltlike a parody of other parodies that don t realize how transperent they are Quinn is all too aware of the UF tropes and laughingly points them out throughout Sparkly vampires honestly someday I am reading Twilight just to understand this reference is just one fallacy about the supernatural she points out Want a quick history of vampire mythos She has it on hand and can set you strait on which are real and which may be a stretch But don t take her word for it Seriously, have I mentioned she is a bit untrustworthy The real story here is whatever Quinn wishes it to be at the moment She admits almost immediately that she has already lied to the reader and warns that she will most likely do it again in the future She goes off on tangents at a whim, sometimes a few lines and other times it can overtake the entire chapter She forgets where she is, backtracks, and then hopes like hell the reader is still following Throughout though she is dark yet funny and a complete blast to read if I didn t always believe a street junkie runaway could be so well read, no matter how much time she spent hanging out in a library, her quick and dirty history lessons were always a highlight.Her story itself, or at least what can be believed, is enjoyable and tightly written A classic survive the set up and track down those responsible type thing She runs into other vamps and wolfs, gets riddles from trolls, gets pranked by dirty seagull my favorite scene in the whole book, damn did I laugh , and puts all the pieces together the wrong way The ending is either completely genius or a huge cop out I am still trying to decide Needless to say it fits both the character and goes against the grain of urban fantasy, so I am leaning on pretty damn smart.Another book in which your mileage may vary No doubt its entertaining anti hero, dark storyline, and consistent humor should appeal to many But I have seen unconventional writing styles turn people off before, and this one is completely unique Quinn was at times a little too aware she was living in a fantasy book, but for the most part it worked A junkie with a new habit, a bone to pick, and an unknown amount of luck left What s not to like 4 Stars Like many successful authors before her, Caitlin R Tiernan has taken on a different pen name to experiment with a different type of story Having already made quite a mark in her current genre, this pen name gives her some flexibility to experiment with different styles So, if you are absolutely in love with Caitlin s previous work, let this be a fair warning that Blood Oranges is slightly different from her usual type of work This has Vampires with piranha teeth and shark eyes werewolve Like many successful authors before her, Caitlin R Tiernan has taken on a different pen name to experiment with a different type of story Having already made quite a mark in her current genre, this pen name gives her some flexibility to experiment with different styles So, if you are absolutely in love with Caitlin s previous work, let this be a fair warning that Blood Oranges is slightly different from her usual type of work This has Vampires with piranha teeth and shark eyes werewolves that don t look like wolves, demons and monster hunters that didn t go to the Buffy school of monster hunting Most of the success in the monster hunting department is usually due to dumb luck rather than anything close to planning As Quinn says, Monster hunting does not come with a manual After being bit by the werewolf she was hunting, then rescued and bitten by a vampire, you could say her day has just changed from the usual lousy luck to maybe better off dead The only good part of the whole thing is the double curse gets her off the heroin addiction She would have preferred to stay addicted Yes, she is a homeless addict Not your usual hero material As Quinn reminds us, she is not a writer and addicts lie If you can accept a hero that does not fit into the usual hero mold and that does not even want to be a hero, you might enjoy this While awkward at times, as befits a story being told by someone that is not a writer and is an admitted addict and liar you might enjoy this book Warning, light sexual scenarios and drug use Night Owl Reviews &DOWNLOAD ⇨ Blood Oranges ↟ My name s Quinn If you buy into my reputation, I m the most notorious demon hunter in New England But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated Instead of having kung fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I m an ex junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time Or the right place at the wrong time Or whatever Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I mostly didn t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was saved by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too So now now, well, you wouldn t think it could get worse, but you d be dead wrong Siobhan Quinn is a monster hunter, if you believe the hype accidentally, incidentally, but at least it allows her to support her heroin habit But when Quinn is bitten by a werewolf and a vampire in a single evening, she s cured of her addiction and stranded neck deep in a whole new world of trouble Blood Oranges is an utterly successful parody cum commentary of the urban fantasy paranormal romance genre, but not necessarily the book that I wanted to read Quinn s voice leaps from the page, a Siobhan Quinn is a monster hunter, if you believe the hype accidentally, incidentally, but at least it allows her to support her heroin habit But when Quinn is bitten by a werewolf and a vampire in a single evening, she s cured of her addiction and stranded neck deep in a whole new world of trouble Blood Oranges is an utterly successful parody cum commentary of the urban fantasy paranormal romance genre, but not necessarily the book that I wanted to read Quinn s voice leaps from the page, abrasive and compelling it drives the book, gritty but not grimdark, humorous without levity, suffused with unscripted energy Rather than inverting urban fantasy s standard tropes, this cuts through them a merciless mockery of their limitations that s overlaid with a desire for something as simple as convention Blood Oranges makes apt use of a pseudonym, because this is a departure for Kiernan it s fast, hard, and angry, plot driven, looking outward with an eye for parody Kiernan is one of my favorite authors Tierney has a different focus, and it s not one that particularly interests me Blood Oranges is utterly successful in what it sets out to do, and I recommend it and appreciate it intellectually, but I took no particular enjoyment in the book There were some parts of this that I liked, but overall I think it s just a case of trying way too hard The book starts out with some faux warning that s like don t read this if you re easily offended and then goes on to say that Siobhan is not a very good writer Nothing in this book really offended me per se, but it seemed like it was really TRYING to a lot of the time, often at the expense of the actual plot I liked the overall thing with Siobhan being both a vampire and a werewolf There were some parts of this that I liked, but overall I think it s just a case of trying way too hard The book starts out with some faux warning that s like don t read this if you re easily offended and then goes on to say that Siobhan is not a very good writer Nothing in this book really offended me per se, but it seemed like it was really TRYING to a lot of the time, often at the expense of the actual plot I liked the overall thing with Siobhan being both a vampire and a werewolf and trying to figure out who is using her, but it was buried so deep in her random ramblings that it was hard to remember what was going on half the time.Also, Siobhan is not a bad writer She is a fictional character in a book being written by an actual real life writer who I KNOW can be a good writer because I ve read things by her under her other name that I enjoyed The lower than average prose style of the book honestly would not have bothered me that much I have enjoyed many books that were definitely not technically well written if it hadn t been mentioned constantly It seemed like every few pages she would apologize for getting off track or tell you she was lying about something and justifying it because I m not a writer I get what the author was going for but it was just major overkill One thing I did really like about this book was that there was absolutely no romance There wasn t even a character that was there to be a potential love interest later on Incredibly refreshing for urban fantasy It was an okay book but it seems like she originally wrote it as a standalone so I don t really feel the need to continue the series after this point