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Live and Let Drood: A Secret Histories Novel Hardcover – Jun 5 2012

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464521
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A terrific, adventurous blend of genres, delivering high-octane heroism on a road lined with razor blades.”—SF Revu

“A fresh thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Love conquers all June 15 2012
By kitty kat - Published on
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Sometimes revenge, loyalty, sense of purpose and smiting, don't want to forget the smiting, is called for and seemingly justifiable. I like that in a book. I like characters who don't waste time on pleasantries but just do what they have to do and get on with it. If you like that sort of thing as well, then I suggest you read this book. It's the best of the Drood books, in my humble opinion. It's all about killing weird things, loving your family, even though many of them aren't lovable in the least and it's about doing what is necessary to protect the person you adore...the one who makes it all worthwhile. So it's a love story with a lot of blood, ooze, and strange out of this world places. It's a tale of bad and really bad people...people who are sometimes very hard to kill...which only means that you have to try harder put them down, of course. It's a story about the past and present bumping into each other and catching up. It's a fun ride and while the pace is sometimes a bit slow and methodical, the story just keeps moving and dragging you along with it. I love the references to the NIGHTSIDE books, since that is truly one of my favorite series. This book also answers some important questions and lets us know that changes are coming in the next exciting tale. The characters are true to form and it's easy to fall into step with them once again. Admittedly, I scanned some of the pages because I couldn't wait to see what happened next, sigh, but that's what good writing is all about. It's an extravagant book written in low-key. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
something has gone wrong here! Aug. 13 2013
By Daniel Orodenker - Published on
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Read most of the prior books in the series. This one was lame. The discourse between characters was overlong usually leading to some cutesy joke, the plot dragged was disjointed and seemed to lack cohesion or a sense of purpose. It's as if the author had a contract to fulfill with his publisher and wrote something in a week or so before the deadline so he wouldn't get sued for non-performance. Skip this one - last five pages sum everything up. If the next one is as bad as this I'm done.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Probably done with this series June 14 2012
By Dukes Sheep - Published on
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Let set it straight, I'm a Simon Green fan but this book is probably the last "Drood" novel I'll buy/read.

Its a good concept but every story comes down to something happens, Eddie powers up and kicks people's butt. Dozens of butts. We get it. Add in the infantile bantering between Eddie and Molly and I came close to losing my lunch. Don't even start me on Eddie having a time travel device and failing to use it to stop the destruction/disappearance of Drood Hall.

So I'm done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not the best of the secret histories but I enjoy the series April 5 2013
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For some reason, this episode of the Secret History stories reminded me of the first part of the last Harry Potter book. You know, Harry Potter and the Endless Campout. But I'm a big fan of the series and am looking forward to reading some of Green's related series too.
Serious degradation in quality Jan. 11 2014
By RK79 - Published on
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I REALLY wanted to like this book. I like the concept of the series quite a bit and thoroughly enjoyed the first few books. The previous book left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, but its end had me wanting to know what happened. So I took the plunge, hoping for some improvement.

I regret my decision.

I don't know what is happening with the author, but his dialogue has gotten steadily worse. For the first few books, the wit and playfulness was great. But now, everyone is an exposition fairy, using most dialogue to detail what happened in a previous book. Or to remind us that the Armourer is a bit crazy or that anything is done for family. I would think this far into the series, readers would realize these latter two points without having to be reminded every other line and might be mostly update to date on the first. A little recap is fine but it seems that A LOT of dialogue is spent with recap. I don't imagine a lot of readers are jumping into this series with book 6. So what is the point? Does the author assume that readers can't remember or that they are not smart enough to figure things out? There should be much less hand holding about what happened before. Readers can follow along without it and if necessary can go back and review previous novels.

This sort of repetition also happens with Molly and Eddie and their relationship. It seems every few lines is ANOTHER line stating something to the effect of "And that is why I love you." We. Get. It. They love each other. Show us the reasons, don't beat us over the head telling us.

All of these issues did not just appear in this volume; they have been occurring more and more with each book. As the history of the characters gets more and more involved, it seems the author insists more and more on reminding us of that history. It is not needed and instead seems just like page-filler. The Secret Histories was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Maybe it should have stayed that way.

It has gotten bad enough that I believe this will be my last purchase for this series. Which is sad, because it started out in such an interesting way. T

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