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This is an Audible-only novella set in Larry Correia's very excellent Grimnoir universe, a noir alternate history adventure series taking place in a diesel-powered magicpunk setting where the onset of magic in the last two centuries has changed our familiar world in often unexpected ways.
The novella takes place after the first three books (currently the only novel-length installments; I highly recommend those Audible performances as well), and so contains spoilers for that series. In particular, the fates of certain characters are shown, and I would recommend only listening to this AFTER you have finished Warbound. However, if you don't care so much about spoilers, this novella doesn't give away much in the way of plot, just what happens to those characters (which is more than just who lives or dies, but I can't say more without giving it away).
The name gives the impression of a detective story. To some extent, this is true; it's a story with classic mystery plotting and a bit of a whodunnit puzzle, but it won't feel like a mystery. Like all of Larry Correia's stories, this is a rollicking adventure where the good guys square off against the bad guys with clever situations that push the boundaries for all characters involved. There are even a few decent one-liners in it, but I happen to like puns so maybe I have a low bar.
Most importantly, this novella teases Correia's promised sequel, taking place some years after the events of Warbound. The ending left me rather hungry for more. The Grimerse's magic system is one of my favorites (easily matching something out of Brandon Sanderson's books), and I enjoyed watching the way he used modern physics to shape magic as viewed by Depression-era characters, and then continually pushed the boundaries to show how different forms of magic could do different things when applied correctly. In this story, Sullivan -- one of the main characters of the series and a top expert on magic -- encounters something impossible according to everything he knows. I want to know more, and eagerly await any further installments.
If you haven't picked up the Grimnoir series yet, try it out now. If you have, and haven't listened to this novella yet, I don't know why you scrolled down here. The button you want to click is up THERE.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Grim, Grimn, Grimoire, Noir
Correia has a huge following and it is easy to see why. He has carved out his own little niche. It is noir detective attitude, with Grimoire Magic, sometimes with grim results. It is not totally Steampunk, not totally Clockwork, but all alternative history. Buckminster Fuller was mentioned in the story and I had to look him up, knowing I had heard the name before. I had thought he invented geodesic domes, but turns out he did not, but he made them famous. He was an inventor and even worked on an air car.
This little story has Germans, Japs, Russian Spies, Commie Bastards, The Titanic (having never sunk), Blimps, Robots, Iron Guards, Magic, Fade Magic and Jake Sullivan who has control over gravity. It is all done in a fifties setting.
If you have not read Correia, this would be an excellent place to start. Some of his other works are fairly long. I am not a big fan of his writing, but I do appreciate his genius and creativity.
Pinchot is a great narrator.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
Where does Murder on the Orient Elite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The Grimnoir Chronicles has been a very enjoyable series of books and the only problem with this last one is that I wanted it to be longer. (It is a short story btw).
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoy the whole "Philip Marlowe meets forces of nature altering magic" which characterises this series. Good inventive story telling with good character development and background.
What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Bronson's performance helped bring the story and characters to life in a way I couldn't have done if reading a book. Excellent work.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
If you're new to the Grimnoir Chronicles, don't start here. Get the first book in the series "Hard Magic" and work your way from there, otherwise some of this short story will have little relevance.
It's a cracking short story that reminds anyone who has listened to the novels just how enjoyable they are.
It was so good to be back with the Grimnoir and Bronson Pinchot again. This was just like old times, with lots of action and excellent narration. I only wished it went on for longer!
A great listen indeed better when you know the back story can't complain at all do yourself a favour and grab a copy