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Book Title: The Dead of Winter|
The author of the book: Lee Collins
Edition: Angry Robot
Date of issue: October 30th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780857662729
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 850 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.8
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I like stories that surprise me. The Dead of Winter surprised me. When Cora Oglesby and her husband, Ben, ride into Leadville, CO in the early 1880s I thought it was going to be another cowboys versus the supernatural story. It definitely started out that way.
Cora was the hard-drinking, hard-talking, tough-as-nails heroine who could take down the unnatural using a combination of lightning reflexes, an indomitable faith, and grit. She is the driver of the story and it was refreshing to read about a heroine who is, frankly, kind of a bad-ass. She is most definitely is not waiting for someone to rescue her. Ben, by contrast, was the more laid back, cerebral yin to her yang. The guy who talked Cora off of a ledge. The guy who did the research and the deep thinking that made the two of them such a dangerous pair of monster hunters. They rolled into town to help with a mysterious beast that was killing miners and townsfolk.
(Spoiler). It was only as the story went along that I realized that there was something wrong with Ben. It wasn't anything that I could put my finger on, but he was definitely 'off.' At first I wondered if he had 'red shirt' painted all over him. I read page after page of exploring dark, nasty places just waiting for him to bite it, but he rolled through one bad situation after another. I started wondering if maybe, just maybe, there was something sinister and dark about him. Then I found out the truth. It caught me off guard and I really, really like that.
The surprise made me appreciate the book and overlook some of its weaknesses. For example, the first half of the book is about tracking down a rogue Wendigo. It was entertaining and fun, but kind of disconnected from the second half of the book. The second half is about the confrontation of a master vampire and Cora's own past.
Three and a half stars rounded up to four on the strength of the story's unexpected twist.
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Read information about the authorHaving grown up in Colorado, Lee Collins is no stranger to mountains, pine trees, and unstable weather patterns. He remains, however, willfully ignorant of certain other Rocky Mountain delicacies. A job at his alma mater supports his writing, reading, and video game habits.
After receiving a degree in English, Lee remained in the dark with regard to all things publishing. This darkness continued unbroken for several years until he finished drafting his first novel, The Dead of Winter. Now faced with the unmitigated terror of marketing the manuscript to agents, he began failing spectacularly for nearly a year. His protagonist Cora Oglesby mocked him for his inadequacy, so he thrust her into the gauntlet of the Open Door Month at Angry Robot Books. Once there (and perhaps just to spite him), she rose to the challenge and did what he could not: secured a two-book deal.
He still lives in Colorado with his girlfriend and their imaginary corgi Fubsy Bumble.
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