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Dreadful Skin By Cherie Priest,

  • Title: Dreadful Skin
  • Author: Cherie Priest
  • ISBN: 9781596061910
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • I ducked into a niche between a cabin and the pilot house and hiked my skirt up enough to reach down into my garter holster I ve heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal We d see what Mr Colt could do for a woman Jack Gabert went to India to serve his Queen He returned to London a violently changed man, infected with an unnatural sicknesI ducked into a niche between a cabin and the pilot house and hiked my skirt up enough to reach down into my garter holster I ve heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal We d see what Mr Colt could do for a woman Jack Gabert went to India to serve his Queen He returned to London a violently changed man, infected with an unnatural sickness that altered his body and warped his mind Eileen Callaghan left an Irish convent with a revolver and a secret She knows everything and nothing about Jack s curse, but she cannot rest until he s caught His soul cannot be saved It can only be returned to God In the years following the American Civil War, the nun and unnatural creature stalk one another across the United States Their dangerous game of cat and mouse leads them along great rivers, across dusty plains, and into the no man s land of the unmarked western territories Here are three tales of the hunt Reader, take this volume and follow these tormented souls Learn what you can from their struggle s against each other, against God, and against themselves.
    Dreadful Skin I ducked into a niche between a cabin and the pilot house and hiked my skirt up enough to reach down into my garter holster I ve heard it said that God made all men but Samuel Colt made all men equal

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    1. I am so glad that I found out about this book It was just what I was looking for This book is an excellent journey into the heart of darkness in the American West, with a supernatural twist And to top it off, the protagonist is a woman of unquenchable will and determination.Irish nun, Sister Eileen, is small, but her spirit is tremendous She has made it her mission to track and end a vicious werewolf disguised as a man, Jack She s followed his trail of rampage and blood over several continents N [...]

    2. How not to write multiple first person narrative Introduce 5 or 6 first person speakers, none of whom sound at all convincing as who they re supposed to be a Southern slave woman, an English aristocrat, a river boat captain, a gambler, an Irish nun, etc or distinctly different from one another.Then have most of them dead by page 60.Thanks for wasting my time I m really glad I didn t start reading Priest here or I wouldn t have picked her up again.

    3. So a nun with Colt gun, a gambler and a werewolf sat down at a table on steamboat.No, it s not the start of a joke it actually happens in this book More important, it s not stupid.I ve read my fair share of urban fantasy, and I ll admit, I m getting very tried of the tormented good guys You know what I m talking, the poor vampire who is looking for his true love, and finds her embodied in the heroine of the series I m not saying I don t enjoy a story where the vampire or werewolf is good guy I l [...]

    4. I ve been meaning to get round to Dreadful Skin for ages I mean, the idea of a gun toting nun chasing an actually scary werewolf across America has got to be fun, right Particularly given that I enjoyed Those Who Went Remain There Still, which had a similar horror feel This isn t creepy, grotesque, but not gratuitous either It s Dracula in tone than slasher film, I mean I didn t realise it was actually three shorter stories collected together, telling the story via three episodes in the nun s [...]

    5. Oh boy This was bad BAD Not one of Priest s better works It was so bad I bailed at 25 pages before the end.

    6. I had mixed feelings about this one I love the weird western genre, especially with werewolves, as my first novel was a weird werewolf western And this book had some awesome ideas A werewolf on a riverboat Werewolves traveling around in a tent revival and adding wolves to the pack as they traveled from town to town A werewolf nun Just some cool ideas, but for me it never quite took off.The story jumped around than I d have liked for one thing Also, part of the novel was written in letters simi [...]

    7. It s only been a couple days since I finished this novel, but I find myself struggling to articulate why I m leaning towards three stars Premise wise, it s a tale of werewolves in the Old West and features a badass nun hunter named Eileen Callaghan, so should have been right up my alley.Dreadful Skin is told in three parts, like a set of three inter connected short stories than a full novel Because, yes, I really can t call this a novel there s very little arc or development here, like episodi [...]

    8. This is the first book of Cherie Priest s that I ve read, and it won t be the last A wonderfully gothic werewolf tale that starts in 1870 on board the steamboat Mary Byrd as it makes it s journey up the Tennessee river, bound for Chattanooga It is divided into three tales, the first tale taking place on the boat and from varying points of view as some of the passengers tell you about themselves and their fate on that tormented night.The second tale is set in 1879 and starts in Texas, and comes m [...]

    9. From my point of view, it s hard to do a werewolf story well They turn out silly, or are just gory I mean, most are pretty predictable moon gets full, person turns into wolf and kills people Turns back to human, doesn t remember anything This one is different They lycanthropes aren t all cut from the same cloth, and they don t lose their wits completely when then transform During their human times, they have plans and carry them out methodically Some are good, some are tormented, some are evil T [...]

    10. An Irish nun pursues an English werewolf through the American south but in order to kill a monster, she may have to become a monster herself The story is told in three sections, each with a distinct narrative style a choice which holds reader attention but fragments the book Dreadful Skin is not a unique addition to the werewolf genre, but it does feature realistically brutal violence and an unique, haunting Southern gothic setting The thematic elements of justification and prey could be better [...]

    11. Such a complicated book Let s unpack this.So Priest loves to experiment with multiple POVs In this case, six This does and doesn t work It doesn t work for the first story because we have five POVs thrown at us from the get go, and then they re winnowed away as they re killed, but oy five POVs It does work in that I see what she was going for with setting up five POVs who are then killed off one by one to narrow and focus the narrative.Killing off five POVs doesn t narrow and focus the narrative [...]

    12. Disclaimer This is is one of those werewolf stories for people who actually like werewolves, not pretty shirtless boys who happen to turn into wolves.That said, Cherie Priest s Dreadful Skin is a three part novel that slowly unfolds a truly horrifying, sometimes shocking story She packs the entire story with historical details, well rounded characters, buckets of gore and truly monstrous monsters and it has a gunslinging Irish nun hunting werewolves What could be better In the years after the Ci [...]

    13. Dreadful Skin is the literary version of potato chips edible, went fast, but left me unsatisfied and wishing for something either substantial or tastier.A number of factors contributed to my dissatisfaction, and the sum of the whole was greater than the individual problems First, there was the disjointedness The book hops from head to head as if it can t stand to hang out in any particular one for than a few pages In the first part, where the narrator isn t immediately identified, it felt like [...]

    14. Cherie Priest has just catapulted to the top of my must read authors list with this book of three short stories about Irish nun Eileen Callaghan s hunt for a werewolf in Dreadful Skin The stories are set in the last half of the 19th century, in a variety of locations a steamboat on the Tennessee River a religious revivalist camp in Holiness, Texas the burnt out town of Mescalero in the arid western desert The shifting first person narratives of the characters on the steamboat the Mary Byrd give [...]

    15. What can I say about a book which made me want to throw it across the room for the first third Ms Priest indulges in one of my least favorite literary tricks, the d then I died first person narrative, not from the point of view of one person, but from the point of view of three characters If there is zero explanation for how a dead person is telling his story, then I don t want to read it.The second part was a bit better, and I did like Ms Priest s take on werewolves as monsters rather than as a [...]

    16. A little known book that I think deserves shelf time, I wish I had the power to stock it in the horror section where I work It s a refreshing addition to the werewolf genre and should be a staple of reading lists on like subjects Violent and gothic without romantasizing, I still found the text to be beautiful The characters are unique, the settings southern and lush.Why it did not get raised to five stars, was the format of three sections I saw the author s intent in splitting to illustrate a s [...]

    17. very traditional horror story makes me think of Byron and Shelley Described as a Southern Gothic but I thought it felt Western in the sparseness of language and stoic heroes Almost feels like a serial with the multiple POV and the asides that bring the reader up to speed between parts Quick read but well done and satisfying.

    18. I really enjoyed the different writing style used to tell this story Also, great characters and setting Really innovative and refreshing.

    19. The Mary Byrd is a steamboat known to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the late 19th Century For her latest round of passengers, this will be their final voyage along the Tennessee all but two will find the muddy waters of the river their new home The only question is which two And which of four vivid voices will perish in their desperation to subdue the Mary Byrd s opportunistic attacker Their outcome will be determined by the rise of the moon, the depth of the waters, and the [...]

    20. I have Dreadful Skin as a part of the Cherie Priest Bundle ebook, and I went into it thinking it was a novella I was surprised to find it s actually novel length, and then surprised to find the book is actually a collection of three shorter, related works The main character, Eileen Callaghan, is what connects the three stories Eileen is trying to track down a werewolf.The first story, The Wreck of the Mary Byrd , is hard to follow because Priest writes the story in the first person, but feature [...]

    21. There are so many elements of this book that I really like but its the overly creative methodology of presentation, the over abundance of telling and drop off the edge ending that stop me from rating it higher So werewolves, in a not overdone fashion, in interesting backdrops a Mississippi River Boat, a tent revival and a western end of the line town All gold as far as I m concerned The book is broken up into three portions, the first of which consists of bouncing between several view points, wh [...]

    22. I love books that take a real life mysterious event and give it a much cooler explanation Cherie Priest pulls that off quite neatly with Dreadful Skin, a novel in three parts starring an Irish nun and a werewolf I know, I know, who hasn t seen that pair used in a really good book The story opens on the Mary Byrd, a small ship that actually did disappear somewhere on the Tennessee River between Knoxville and Chattanooga in 1870 On board the story s version is a tipsy captain, a former slave, a pr [...]

    23. Finished reading Dreadful Skin 2008 by Cherie Priest yesterday According to The Internet Speculative Fiction Database isfdb Dreadful Skin is a collection of three works of short fiction Part One The Wreck of the Mary Byrd , Part Two Halfway to Holiness , and Part Three Our Lady of the Wasteland and the Hallelujah Chorus all which have only been published in Dreadful Skin Sounds like an episodic novel to me although each story could probably stand on its own, they are much better together.Dreadf [...]

    24. There aren t a lot of solid werewolf novels out there, that aren t PNR where shifter is an actual genre So when I d heard that Priest had written one, I ran for the library Starting on a riverboat on the Tennessee and moving to Texas and then onto the frontier in post Civil War old timey western times, the setting of the novel is a familiar one for fans of Priest s works though the Clockwork Century is, admittedly, an alternate steampunk timeline And, as always, Priest accentuates the locality u [...]

    25. This was an interesting book It wasn t exactly what I was expecting, Cherie Priest does an excellent job of making me think I m going to be getting one thing and then turning around and tweaking it just enough that I m stunned by how it turns out She did that to me in Fathom also On one hand it can be disconcerting and yet she s never predictable I can t complain when an author leaves me thinking.Narrative wise, the book is divided into three separate stories that span years and miles The chapte [...]

    26. So, so sad Boneshaker was such an amazing book, and Dreadful Skin is, well, dreadful Cherie Priest excels at describing lush, gorgeously foreboding settings that send shivers down your spine while seducing you to come closer That being said, she sucks at first person narrative In Dreadful, Priest switches POV between five characters an Irish nun, London veteran, freed slave, and Southern gambler should each have a very distinct voice and internal monologue, right Not so much It took at least a p [...]

    27. If you like werewolves, and you like the Old West, then Cherie Priest s short story collection Dreadful Skin is a decent way to spend your time We ve got three interconnected stories here, featuring the werewolf Jack Gabert and the woman who hunts him, Eileen Callaghan, an Irish ex nun who s tracked him all the way to America.The characters are sketched in with Priest s usual deft touch, though due to the length of each story and to the propensity to change points of view with each scene change, [...]

    28. Jack is a changed man Well, a man changed into something Avoiding spoilers when discussing stories like this is hard Some of the joy of reading Cherie Priest s wondrously intense writing is the little surprises in the beginnings that set the mood and reveal bits of joy and horror As in a well done horror film, you can tell from cinematography and music that something scary and terrible is about to happen, but you can t tell what until it jumps out at you from the shadows Ms Priest manages that t [...]

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