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As a young cub, he found himself working side jobs at the Casino Monokowki. His twin brother 'Teddy" go figure was a whole other mess. Amberville also has a dark side. The cub list has a rumored counterpart , the death list. For hundreds of years stuffed animals have whispered about it, likewise about the chauffeurs, driving red pickup trucks through darkened night streets to take the dead off to their end. On waking with a particularly bad hangover one morning, Eric is accosted by his old boss, Nicholas Dove, gangster and proprietor of the Casino he used to be employed at.

Dove has found that the death list is real and that he is on it. Dove wants off the list and will have Emma Rabbit tortured and destroyed if his name is not scratched from the list. Older, more threadbare, and no longer the delinquent he used to be, Eric goes off to locate said mythical object in order to save his wife. He is unwillingly helped by his old gang: Only one concern when it came to reading this book. Some sections of the book have some bizarre verbiage in use which is confusing.

Tim Davys is not a real name. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I spent a good portion of my reading time trying to understand how the world in Amberville functioned for citizens. It's mentioned a few times that some of the animals are much smaller than the others, so how is the world adjusted for that?

One of the main characters, a snake, is said to move about like any regular snake, but it seems like, if he's stuffed with fluff as it's made clear all the animals are , he shouldn't have the ability to move like a live snake, right? Why are all the streets color-coded? Why are some people referred to by their animal type and then name Boxer Bloom, for example , while most of the other characters are referred to by their name and then their animal type Eric Bear, the main character? I thought that last one might be a sign of a generational change, the animal name becoming a sort of Mr.

When it comes to world-building, the devil's in the details, and it feels like the devil, in this case, took a vacation. This feels like a book that really could have built a world I would have enjoyed, but every ten pages or so, questions cropped up, and in the end, this world feels sort of half-assembled with just enough detail that it might feel complete if you're not reading carefully.

But it's more than the world-build that gets this book one star; it's also the way the narrative jumps to the point after a major decision has been made, then jumps back to how the decision got made. It feels lazy, like the author couldn't come up with a better way to build suspense in a scene than to take you away from it.

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There are also chapters in the book from the perspective of side characters, and while it's an interesting technique, it felt like a way to up the page count to a full pages, so it couldn't be said there wasn't enough going on. Lastly, there's some stereotypes at work here that weren't to my liking. One of the characters, Sam Gazelle, is gay. He's written as "mincing," and it's made clear he makes his living as a prostitute who provides sado-masochistic services to his clients.

There's also a problem with Emma Rabbit, the love interest of the main character. She is painted, over and over, as a remarkable woman who has changed Eric's life. She is artistic and lovely and amazing. And so, of course, since she's on a pedestal you'd need a helicopter to get to, she is actually completely the opposite: If I wanted to read that, I could pick up any number of noir novels from the golden age and get my fix.

And that, really, is the crux of the problem. This book has been written, and it's been written better, and slapping stuffed animals on top of the plot doesn't mean you have carte blanche to push out old stereotypes and half-baked world-building and a plot that--while solid--has been done to death Oooh, evil priest. Never seen that before.

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If you're going to write noir, you have to do something new with it, not just put a mask over someone's face and hope everyone really believes you were writing about a stuffed bear on purpose. Jan 13, Thomas Holbrook rated it really liked it. Beware of gifts being offered by trusted sources; the receiving thereof can lead to the reading of a well-crafted, perception altering, mystery novel set in one of the most bizarre concepts imaginable. Tim Davys, a pseudonym wisely chosen as it adds to the dis-reality of the story, sees a world inhabited by stuffed animals as a fitting place to offer commentary on THE questions of life: What happens next after death?

Do we have choice in those decisions? At no point in Beware of gifts being offered by trusted sources; the receiving thereof can lead to the reading of a well-crafted, perception altering, mystery novel set in one of the most bizarre concepts imaginable. The story is told from the first person perspective of Eric Bear, a twin of Teddy. The brothers could be less identical, apart from appearance where there is no telling of the difference. If he does not succeed in this task, his beloved Emma Rabbit will likewise be taken. The ensuing detective work is nothing new — clues discovered, some leads are dead ends, surveillance becomes mundane, the culprit discovered, resolution achieved.

It is a struggle. Because it is true. Such observations and dialogue reveal this novel to be an allegory of human existence. It is not flesh and blood that gives one life. Neither is it position of employ or family. There is much violence, most of it implied, in this book. Any male who had or has a stuffed animal knows how tough those animals actually are. There is no sex, nor allusion of sex, in the tale. I doubt I will ever discover Tim Davys true identity, but I would very much like to do so.

I want to talk with him about the animals that populated this childhood bedroom. I suspect we shared, at least genetically, some of those friends. I picked up this book at one of my favorite bookstores on a trip to Spokane. The bookstore is Aunties and it is an independent bookstore with a sister games store inside called Uncles.

I highly recommend a visit here if you are ever in Spokane.

This book was on the clearance table and the cover caught my eye. When I read the back I was amused because it appeared to be a book about teddy bears The book is actually far more serious than it sounds, as it uses stuffed anim I picked up this book at one of my favorite bookstores on a trip to Spokane. The book is actually far more serious than it sounds, as it uses stuffed animals to speak truths about people.

There are the same types of animals in this book as their are people: The book surrounds the idea of a death list that is created and a loved ones name that ends up on the list. In the quest to both search for the list and remove one name off of it the book focuses on the meaning of life. There were some interesting quotes in the book that both highly amused me, but also spoke to me about life.

This one just makes me giggle. It has the ring of something a old detective in a noir book would say. Spoken by a bear who lives in utter terror of doing wrong and withdraws from life to avoid doing evil. The book is very tongue in cheek. The author has a lot to say about what people live for and what life is all about.

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I only gave this book 3 stars because I am not sure I like the authors conclusions, but I did find the book an enjoyable read. One of the main themes of the book is Evil. One of the bears in the book is obsessed with living a good life and avoiding the Evil he has a lot of interesting things to say about the concept which made the book a very intersting read. Evil is often harm done to someone else. If something we do causes emotional pain and trauma to another person because we put our needs above theres it can be described as evil.

Good can exist by itself, but evil really can't if there was no good to compare it too we woudl not know what evil was. This was spoken by the bear who wanted to badly to do good. He knew that his freedom of choice might be his down fall because he constantly felt the pull of evil tugging him in. The book will likely not make my top ten but after you get into the book it moves quickly and is an enjoyable read.

Kudos to the author for creating a completely original concept that manages to work despite its unconventionality. Oct 19, Quinn Rollins rated it really liked it. Eric Bear has it all: He knows he's been lucky; a while back, his life revolved around drugs, gambling, a gang of thungs, and notorious crime boss Nicholas Dove. A teddy bear, in fact. Eric Bear and all of the other residents of Mollisan Town are all stuffed animals, and as far as everything in the book Amberville shows us, there aren't any humans involved in any part of their lives.

Eric Bear wasn't born, he w Eric Bear has it all: Eric Bear wasn't born, he was "delivered" to his parents, a stuffed boxer dog and a hippopotamus. Most stuffed animals don't die, either The way most animals reach their end is that they are collected by trucks and taken--no one knows where.

They're never heard from again. Who gets taken seems to be random, but there's always been a rumor of a Death List The crimelord is threatening Eric's wife Emma Rabbit with unimaginable violence unless Eric somehow finds a way to save Dove.

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Amberville is the first book in a trilogy by Tim Davys, and was first published in Swedish in The English translation was published last year, and there's definitely a foreign flavor to the book. This is just one of the intriguing things about the book. I loved the way all of the different species of animals interacted with each other. Eric Bear pulls together a sort of "Oceans Eleven" team to try and pull his caper, including a homosexual gazelle, a bureaucratic snake, and an enormous crow. All four of them have moved on from their own criminal pasts, but when they come back together, they're able to work together.

As a noirish caper novel, Amberville succeeds very well.


What surprised me is how it also aspired to be more than that. Because of certain characters and the factors that they bring into the book, much of Amberville also becomes a treatise on the nature of good and evil. Because these aren't people, Davys is able to extrapolate new relationships and new ways of understanding life and death. The residents of Mollisan Town have religion, under the watchful eye of a pious penguin. As the characters all struggle with issues of right and wrong, life and death, we get fascinating interludes about what these stuffed animals think about their lives.

What I picked up thinking it was some kind of fusion of "Toy Story" and "The Maltese Falcon" became much more than that, and I found myself reflecting on my own mortality, my own religion, my own understanding of good and evil. Amberville was a fast-paced, unpredictable, fascinating read. If you're a fan of talking animals, allegorical fiction, or crime novels, you'll find a lot to enjoy here. You'll also find your head spinning as you try to comprehend it all. I already have the sequel, Lanceheim, which I'll start reading this weekend.

I can't wait to see what's next. I loved this book.

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It was full of energetic, unique characters, a great storyline and the storytelling method was engaging. The fact the cast was presented as stuffed animals wasn't bad either, it just wasn't as big a part of the story as you might think--aside from the world building aspect, separating their world from our own.

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I think of complaints concerning the book, I only had two: First, I think the best part about the book, was also its biggest weakness--but only for the start. The book l I loved this book. The book likes to tell the story out of order using integrated flashbacks constantly, and interjected chapters of what appear to be completely separate and unrelated plot threads until much later in the story proper.

At the beginning, a few of them are particularly confusing as they present information that contradicts what's going on in the story, and it was a bit of a turn-off while reading. It wasn't until I was nine or ten chapters in that I had enough information for the flashbacks to start making sense and the book really picked up. A woman who had hoped to wake up and have the best day of her life must abandon those plans when her future is threatened. Tracking the lives of the Gucci clan, known for creating one of the elite fashion houses and putting its stamp on the fashion business over the course of decades.

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