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We get glimpses of his past, and they're good, probably more engaging than his investigation. Warden is a fascinating character who makes Low Town enjoyable. Unfortunately, the mystery isn't that strong by itself. Nor is the resolution. But Warden has a distinct voice that makes it all worthwhile (to me). There are some things a man can’t fake, and lethality is one of them—a lapdog might learn to howl, even bare its teeth on occasion, but that don’t make it a wolf.” Tara, ένα νεαρό κορίτσι που είχε εξαφανιστεί για μέρες, δολοφονημένη, και χρησιμοποιημένη με τον σκληρότερο τρόπο για τις επιθυμίες ενός διεστραμμένου μυαλού, ο Warden θα πρέπει να καλέσει τους παλιούς συναδέλφούς του - κάποιους που από την τελευταία τους συνάντηση τον άφησε μετά βίας ζωντανό - για να αναλάβουν την υπόθεση αυτή όπως μόνο αυτοί μπορούν να λύσουν.

The most common property types available for sale in Low Town, WV15 are 1 bedroom flats and 4 bedroom detached houses. Low Town can be described as a mix of fantasy and noir with some underdeveloped magic. The narrative revolves around Warden's present and past. He is a soldier turned junkie and drug dealer. But with morals. Questionable ones, to be sure, but still. The incident that led to this is (more or less) unspecified. Bridgnorth itself is a picturesque and historic market town that has its origins in the 12th Century. The town is divided into High Town and Low Town - High Town being set on a sandstone ridge one hundred feet above the river, with Low Town situated alongside the river and the two are connected not only by main traffic routes but also by several strategically placed flights of steps and an historic funicular railway. A very large prehistoric promontory fort surviving as upstanding earthworks and buried deposits including a box rampart considered to date to the early/middle Iron Age (around 500-400BC) excavated in 1969-1970, the whole monument surveyed by English Heritage in 2001. Although the basic street layout of the Low Town still exists to this day, it can be difficult to imagine how the area appeared up to the early 1900s, and while those dark days of North Shields have long since disappeared, much of the area is virtually unrecognisable today, while a schedule of redevelopment and modernisation continues to progress.The Strait Razor Cure, ωστόσο, έρχεται και αποδεικνύει ότι μπορεί να γίνει τόσο καλό όσο και ενδιαφέρον, με τον Daniel Polansky - κάνοντας μόλις το μυθιστορηματικό ντεμπούτο του - να συνδυάζει δύο αντίθετα είδη, προσαρμόζοντάς τα στην ιστο��ία με ένα αλλόκοτο, κι όμως δυνατό τρόπο, πηγαίνοντάς μας βαθιά μέσα στα σκοτεινά, βρώμικα μυστικά της, και σε έναν χαρακτήρα που κρύβει ένα ακόμη ασχημότερο παρελθόν που θα κάνει τα πάντα στην δύναμή του για να προστατέψει τα πιστεύω του και αυτούς που νοιάζεται. Are you in the mood for a fast-paced book that's almost impossible to put down? Low Town is a great break from your average fantasy. It certainly has plenty of fantasy elements, but this is its own beast altogether, something I've never seen in a fantasy novel. Highly Recommended. Overall, The Strait Razor Cure is a good first introduction to the world - or rather the underworld would be more proper - of Low Town, with Daniel Polansky showing his skills like an experienced fantasy writer to make a powerful and impressive adventure which puts us deep into the protagonist’s past and a mysterious case into its darkest secrets - and what we will find at the end is even more twisted, yet beautifully executed. There was also a high concentration of public houses in the Low Town of North Shields, where at one time, there were 16 public houses recorded on Clive Street alone. Festooned with sorcerers and demons in a pre-industrial otherworld setting, Low Town ...is a fantasy-crime hybrid with serious noir chops...Gritty, cryptically funny and relentlessly inventive." - Winnipeg Free Press

Another problem is it's somewhat predictable...that's my take of course. I know that as the plot was being set up and the characters were being introduced as soon as we met the "villain" I said to myself....it's "this person". Overall I’m going to say that this just isn’t my particular cup-o-tea. Maybe I’d like The Warden more if he was an addict trying to survive and crawl his way out of the gutter. Or maybe I’d like him more if he was just a drug dealer that didn’t use his own product but for some reason the combination of the two just didn’t work for me and at no point in the story did he even try to give up the drugs. He lived off them and needed them to get through the day. It really interrupted my attempt to care about him. Low Town" by Daniel Polansky is a true noir fantasy with spectacular voice and an incredibly rich world that more than makes up for its few flaws. I highly recommend this book to fans of noir, fantasy, and those who want to read something different from what normally ends up on the shelves. I've been a life time reader and usually have a pretty good filter. I don't get taken in by hype. I don't get in too much of a hurry to read the new hot book. I now have goodreads to help me make sure I don't spend my hard earned dollars on bad books. I was taken in by this book folks. It happens, but how was I to know that Daniel Polansky sleeps with Smurfs.

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Entrance Hall - A timber and glazed door provides access through to the entrance hall. There is a beam on display, as well as twin timber and glazed doors which lead through to the dining room and living room. Anyway the book is okay. It tends to drag a bit at times and when laying out the plot and having our protagonist investigate "things" it gets positively "wordy" now and again.

Documentation: understanding of the monument is enhanced by the excavations in 1969-1970 and the archaeological survey carried out in 2001. A strong debut novel with a hero who doesn't waste time worrying about the moral implications of cutting someone's throat." -- Kirkus So, ‘Low Town’ by Daniel Polansky is awesome. It’s everything I love in a detective noir book. And this one just happens to be set in a fantasy realm as well, and for me, that’s just icing on the cake.As we learn more about Warden's talents and networking skills, certain parts of his past are revealed as well and these were some of the best parts of the book. Not only do they not slow down the fast pace of this book, but they move the plot forward deftly. Maitland’s Quay is a section of quayside on the old North Shields waterfront behind Bell Street, running from Maitland’s Lane to Mullin’s quay. The bustling waterfront provided the inspiration for a number of local artists.

Well this didn't go quite as planned. When I started writing this fascinating review, I'd decided to go for a 3-star rating and to continue with the series. Now I'm struggling NOT to lower my rating to 2 miserable little stars. But The Builders + I'm feeling uncharacteristically lenient today = I'll leave it at 3 2.5. As for the rest of the series, well… Polansky's writing is confident and punchy from the offset. The action rips along at a brilliant pace allowing us to experience this gritty world through the eyes of a thrilling, dangerous, flawed, yet strangely endearing protagonist. This is modern, dark fantasy at its best and a debut to be envied." -- British Fantasy Society The building that houses the Old Mill Antiques Centre is substantial and is listed. Used previously as The Ridley Seed Company premises and seed mill, The Old Mill is fronted by a 16th Century Gentleman’s Town House. The Centre has recently been extensively refurbished to a very high standard and has approximately 40 antiques dealers over four floors. External - Externally, the property enjoys good-sized gardens that complement the home superbly. There is a huge amount of stone flagging, providing a lovely space for sitting out. A wrought iron gateway gives access to the footpath which leads gently down to Low Town or up to Riley Park and rural walks beyond. The gardens must be seen to be fully appreciated. The full-width stone flagged terrace is quite fabulous, particularly as it provides a lovely view overlooking the village, with Kirkburton church dominating the skyline. There are stone steps leading down to the property’s off-street parking, with mature shrubbery and trees. The parking area is hard surfaced and provides parking for 2/3 vehicles. There is a lawned garden to the side which is overlooked by the sitting room. There is a good-sized shaped lawn with flagged patio/terrace, once again enjoying the view out of the village and beyond. There are steps leading up to a further area of land where there is a garden shed.I also mentioned some of the slang, like hoax and pixie dust, but this book is full of this very colorful language that really pulls you into the world. What's quite impressive about it is that it feels organic to the story and not just slapped together and placed in there like other fantasy books I've read.

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