D.M. Cornish: Tales from the Half Continent



Say much gives away the taleA fun somewhat dark ride filled with monsters bogles nickers and all other forms of gruesome characters Dire situations heart pounding adventure and daring do Spunky characters and odd balls underdogs and heroes along with those that hang right there at the edge of evil as well as several villainous characters too A fantastical world to be absorbed in and a oy to readWhew I m most certainly long winded in saying READ the book Why only 4 stars Only because of the fact and what I understand is of the publishers doing lack of a glossary and there is miniscule explanation of several words or so difficulty in finding the definition later in the book As for my favorite words or rather name it has to be Mr Pypsuiue This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there for in depth reviews by me which appear on a timely scheduleThese are two original Tales that are set in the Monster Blood Tattoo universe Please keep in mind that I have not read the originals in this series The Corsers Hinge Bunting Faukes has a debt and no way to repay it times are tough for grave robbers But a way out is presented in the person of Atticus Wells a sleuth with strange eyes that see into everything I was frustrated from the very beginning about the references to different things and people that I was Absolute Khushwant just expected to know Jumping into these as a set of short stories the background wasust not grabbing enoughThis story started out with Bunting then The Day We Meet Again jumped back to the sleuth then back to the present I would suggest that this wasarring except that the segue back into the present was flawlessThe ending of this seemed inevitable A possible reward against an obvious one I only wish there had been some escape and that something bigger would come of it The Fuller and the Bogle Virtue Bland is alone in the world Packed off to Brandenbrass to serve the household of her late father s employer she has only her old pa s olfactologue to remember him by But with it she can smell monstersThis short story resonated firmly with me Having gotten a basic grasp of it in The Corsers Hinge this one went a lot smoothly I liked Virtue I enjoyed the back story and I felt for her Not a complete lossI would consider reading the other novels in the series if only someone would give them to me to review Personal reading is ust so far down the list of things I have to doI received this novel from Scholastic in return for a fair and honest review All thoughts and opinions expressed are my ownBook blurbs are taken from Goodreads Be advised to have the full multi volumed version of the Oxford English Dictionary ready as you step nimbly up to any one of the Monster Blood Tattoo series but I enjoyed writing them at leas. Pa’s olfactologue to remember him by But with it she can smell monsters The Corsers’ Hinge and The Fuller and the Bogle are two new stories from the Half Contine.

This is one of my favorite series I hope there will be a US ebook ePub release It s been a while since I ve read the monster blood trilogy of books and I was really looking forward to revisiting that world Unfortunately I found this book a bit of a struggleThe first of the two stories is the better crafted But the language and invented terminology that peppered the first few books becomes overpowering in places and I found myself re reading pages to find out what exactly was happening The second story also good unfortunately doesn t go far enough to explain itself and there are coincidence that even I found hard to reconcile and then it ust ends very abruptlyIf you liked the first three books then you will most likely enjoy this I ust wanted to like it than I did Actual rating 375 stasCW kidnapping child trafficking death of an animal mentioned death of a parentWithout Rossamund as our guide Tales from the Half Continent truly feels like it s leaving its YA tags and aspirations behind which is totally fine with me The Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy has always been uite dark for whatever age it felt like it was being marketed to but these stories felt particularly unencumbered As always Cornish s illustrations are remarkable The Coarsers Hinge 4 starsAll of the Lovecraftian elements that were alluded to in Factotum are really being explored here and I love it It even has most of the elements of good Lovecraftian fiction a detective view spoilercultists hide spoiler So good to see another book added to the Half Continent collectionI love this trilogy I ve not read anything else uite like it This trilogy is an inspiration to me as a reader a writer and as an illustrator I love the way DMC has created such interesting and beautifully illustrated characters a well developed world with an intriguing use of language and a setting so different from mainstream fantasy without being inaccessible It has some of the aesthetic of a steampunk novel without the use of steam or goggles It has something like Lovecraftian monsters without being about hopeless fear and insanity it has fantasy without sorcery and the sense of being a strange new world without being totally foreign and unrelatable And behind it all there is the hand of Providence at workThese books are magnificent and absolutely worth the effort to seek out Why is this not available in the US I want to read it I hated this book What a struggle I waited I drooled for this book to be released Finally not able to wait for the US release I ordered it from Fishpond Upon it s arrival I did a happy dance OK enough I am again amazed at the world Mr Cornish has created with the Half Continent I don t know as I will ever have the desire to revisit uenched As before after not read. Bunting Faukes has a debt and no way to repay it times are tough for grave robbers But a way out is presented in the person of Atticus Wells a sleuth with strange ey.

Ing one of his books in a while I had to re wrap my mind around his Dickensian way of writing Which is a good thing Once I was firmly hooked bound and deep into the story or rather stories I didn t want them to end Although these two stories are set in the Monster Blood Tattoo world they have absolutely no connection with the Foundling Rossamund So no worries if you think you ll be left out in the cold with references to the Foundling trilogy There is nothing here that you should be expected to know from those prior books These tales stand well on their own The one area where perhaps one might feel left out on some clue the prior books had a large glossary and many maps Whereas they were trimmed down within this book Since many terms are creations of the authors mind it certainly is difficult to look up their meanings However several of these odd words are defined within the same sentence This can be frustrating if later in the book you ve forgotten what it meant and really have no easy way to look it up againFirst a side note As with the first book The Foundling it s paperback The type of paper they chose for the cover is sooooo smooth and a delight to hold Odd I know but it is a oy nonetheless Also as with all the other books the art work is phenomenal both the cover and drawings within I don t know who chose the covers for the Foundling US series but they didn t hold a candle to the Australian or British releases Love love love the art work on this coverThe Corsers HingeA bit dark but so is this world to begin with Reminiscent of the dark ages time period Bunting is a corser and is having a particularly rough period earning acceptable cash flow to pay off debts Grave robbers have a tough ob especially when there are specific reuests Bunting fills reuests for the ashmonger Mr Pypsuiue hoot and holler what s not to love about that name but pickings are thin especially when in competition with other corsers grave robbers Corsers have a code of honor called the Hinge which seems transient than applied So going further out into the necropolis is a necessary evil in order to fulfill Pypsuiues particularly uniue order Only trouble is there is likely a chance to run into a wild bumpkin nicker or bogle monster This is when all chaos breaks loose and the true nature of the story begins Introducing Atticus Wells Fictlers false god worshipers and a slew of other characters and monsters A breathtaking adventure and one wild ride The Fuller and the BogleVirtue Bland is sent off to her recently deceased father s past employer in order to earn money for her family s livelihood Taking with her the one item which belonged to her dear father his olfactologue Upon confrontation with a bogle the size of a child this story truly begins To. Es that see into everythingVirtue Bland is alone in the world Packed off to Brandenbrass to serve the household of her late father’s employer she has only her old.

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D M Cornish born 1972 is a fantasy author and illustrator from Adelaide South Australia His first book is Foundling the first part of the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy The second book named Lamplighter was released in May 2008 The third in the series is yet to be namedDM Cornish was born in time to see the first Star Wars movie He was five It made him realize that worlds beyond his ow