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Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2005
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In Every Which Way But Dead, witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan's managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.
But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn't sound like he's coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there's a turf war erupting in Cincinnati's underworld.
And there's a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there's hell to pay--literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.
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“The world of the Hollows is fast-moving, funny, harrowing and scary, and―the greatest compliment to a fantasy―absolutely real.” — Diana Gabaldon
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; First edition. (June 28, 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 501 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006057299X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060572990
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.02 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #390,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I was 21, after an extreme bout of poor decision-making, I decided to take a sabbatical from dating. In quick succession, I had dated a slightly-younger-than-me guy, a guy who was my age, and a more-than-slightly-older-than-me guy, and they were ALL great, big lamewads. 19 y.o. Mark, the 6’7” college basketball player and DRAMA QUEEN liked to wake up, drink milk, and then try to kiss me . . . I tried (really hard) to come up with a collection of letters that could accurately describe how completely disgusting that was, but failed utterly. Then there was 22 y.o. Ryan, who onlywantedonething. Then there was 29 y.o. Luke, who hated his job and was under-appreciated in his work. Even though he wasted MANY a morning shooting emails back and forth with me instead of, oh, I don’t know, WORKING.
I made it nearly a year, and it was fabulous. I would have made it longer, but I started working at the front desk of a local gym, and well . . . I’m only human. *wink*
Then right before I met my husband (who is, of course, perfect *snorts*), there was Ivan the hipster musician, who . . . played his own music in his car on our one and only date.
Oh yes. He did. Come on, guys—I can’t make stuff like this up.
All of them had great, big WARNING signs flashing over their heads, and I chose to ignore every, single one of them. Then when things didn’t work out, I (being the ridiculous female I was) wailed and lamented, “What’s wrong with me? How did I manage to scare him off this time? Oh, what a world!”
At the time, it didn’t matter that these guys were all HEP-big losers . . . I liked them, damnit!
And all of that is why I (in equal parts) am completely exasperated with, love, and relate to Rachel Morgan.
Let’s talk about Rachel’s love interests thus far.
Fair warning—this is more of a commentary on Rachel’s love life so far than a review. But come on . . . it’s book 3. Either you’ve read it and know what I’m talking about, or, if this was a normal review, you’d be afraid I’d spoil you, so this is a new thing I’m trying. No spoilers this way, AND a chance to vent.
First up, we have Nick. Nick, whom she met in the ring of an illegal rat fight b/c he had been turned into . . . well, a rat . . . in retribution for his sticky fingers. And not just any old case of sticky fingers either, nope, Nick got sticky-fingered with the belongings of a MASTER friggin’ VAMPIRE.
So Nick has a loose moral code, AND is either too stupid to realize how stupid and dangerous it is to steal from a master vampire, or is so cocky he thought he could get away with it. Or both. Could definitely be both. But he did save Rachel’s life, and he’s awfully geek-sexy, and well, humans apparently have a bit more going on down there than male witches . . . He took a demon mark for her! Come on . . . doesn’t he deserve a chance?
NO. No, he does not.
Then there’s Kisten . . . ye gods . . . SO many road blocks that should never have been ignored.
All you lovers-of-Kisten, CALM DOWN. I love him too. As a character. But as a potential boyfriend for Rachel . . . well, let’s look at this rationally:
1. He’s a VAMPIRE. Rachel refuses to ever be food for a vampire. IT’S A PROBLEM. Even if you want to argue that Kisten is a living vampire, and therefore technically doesn’t need blood yet . . . YET. Kisten WILL die, and when that happens, Kisten will lose his SOUL, and he will NEED blood. Even if Rachel really does like Kisten-the-living-vampire, she will want absolutely nothing to do with Kisten-the-true-undead, and Rachel’s not interested in casual that I can tell.
This relationship was DOOMED before it even got started.
2. Their very first “date” was a SHAM. That Kist would blindside her that way does NOT bode well. And then she gets all goo goo-eyed b/c he saved her . . . *grinds teeth* . . . if he hadn’t asked her out under false pretenses, her life never would have been endangered in the first place<——ALL of that would be in caps if I wasn’t worried about annoying the hell out of you. But know that I am screaming in my head.
And Lee . . . Lee is more of a flirtation than a real romantic interest, but he is also a perfect example of Rachel’s stupidity with men. Almost immediately after she lays eyes on him for the first time, she sees that he has a DEMON MARK, but still, after he teaches her how to gamble, she’s disappointed that he leaves without asking her for her number.
I know I’m not the only one driven crazy by this kind of behavior, but I also know that I’m not the only one who feels this way due to flashbacks of “I am become that which I hate.”
But relationship choices aside, Every Which Way But Dead continued the steady improvement of the The Hollows. More action, more new characters to love, more to love about old characters . . . and all of that is in addition to yet another definitive and unique plot with side-plots weaving through all the while, paving the way for new adventures. Seriously people . . . come and watch Rachel grow and learn from her mistakes with me. This is not a series to be missed.
Welcome to our What Kind of Heroine are you Quiz. Please select the option that best describes what you would do in the following situations:
You have recently started a business with a friend. Should you
A. Work as a team and solve mysteries and crime
together playing off each other’s strengths.
B. Go off on your own rarely telling your
partner what you are working on and where you
are going, with no indication on when you will
C Hedge your bets and have a few other people
/beings you are working with on the side for the
same goal as your partner.
Clearly the answer is B I can do
this all on my own I don’t need and help. I mean
what could possibly go wrong and if I do get in a
bind I guess I could still call someone to come
rescue me later.
Your boyfriend/significant other leaves town to get a handle on things after something extremely traumatic happens. The first thing you do is?
A. Accept a date with a guy you kissed recently
while you still had said boyfriend/significant other.
B. Accept responsibility for part of the situation
that the two of you are in He did have a seizure
and almost die because of you and give him the
time and space he needs to work it out.
C. Go kick some bad guy ass and trust that things
will work out. You don’t need a man to be validated
and you are perfectly capable of entertaining yourself
in the meantime.
Well B sounds good but if Nick really loved
me like he said he did he wouldn’t have left town and
Kistin is pretty hot. I’m sure Ivy won’t mind if I
go out with her Ex at all I mean it isn’t like they are
together anymore…right? So I think A
While out on a ‘Plutonic’ Date *bullshit* no such thing *bullshit* and meeting a handsome stranger in your date’s absence….your gut instinct would tell you that….
A. Some stranger has just come to talk to you
while you have been singled out. Warnings about
what that person might want and who he really is
jump through your head.
B. Wow…he is so nice and he has a Demon scar too.
I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I should flirt with
him and see if he wants to get me number and
♪♫♪Call me maybe♫♫.
C. I wonder if he knows anything about this place?
I should covertly pump him for information find out
who all the main players in the room are.
Huh…he is cute and look we have so much in
common all ready. B because my mom would
probably love it if I brought a witch home for dinner.
You have just defeated your nemesis in a battle during which he told a loved one you are as good as dead and can never be pulled back from where he is taking you. The first thing you do is….
A. Drink some coffee and hope your head feels
better soon because you have a big job that night and
need to get a little rest before then.
B. Call said person to let them know you are okay and
that you have escaped a fate worse than death, they
don’t need to find a way to save you.
C. Hang out with some people and wait for your loved
one to find you since as soon as he knew you were in
trouble nothing could keep him from tracking you down.
This is easy….A coffee of course. I
can’t do anything until I get rid of this headache.
Besides my semi-loved one left town so I bet a demon
telling him I’m dead isn’t going to matter much and I
do have a big job to do tonight.
You know that using a certain power or magic will be dangerous and could alert your enemies to your location and compromise you. When in trouble do you….
A. Do everything in your power to never use that
magic/power so that you can’t be found by your enemies,
unless it can be masked by other power around you.
B. Jump the gun and use that power to intimidate your
enemies and convince them you aren’t worth the trouble.
C. Forget in the heat of the moment at every possible
instance and use that power accidentally.
B Damn it….it only happened twice, who
told you. I was trying not to use it but really my
roomie can get a little handsy sometimes it really
wasn’t my fault. Anyone could have made the same mistake.
The man you are thinking of starting an intimate relationship with confesses to you that he has killed multiple people and will try not to do it again but really won’t make any promises. Your reasoning for why you can still be together is????
A. Is he Jericho Barrons? Because really
if he is Jericho Fucking Barrons I’m totally okay
with that. He is the best Anti-Hero EVER.
B. I’m sure that every time he has killed anyone it is
for the good of his family. He would never do anything
like that without a reason and for protection of everyone
he loves including me.
C. Well it’s not like he wants to kill people and he
isn’t a scion right now so the chances of him killing
me on purpose aren’t that big.
Kistin is really hot…and he is here. Nick sure
isn’t here right now. Sure he wants to be a scion again
to the guy that wants me dead but he is soooo hot and he
makes my scar tingle. That totally makes it okay I think.
Would you say that your relationship with your father was…
A. Really Good, my dad is the best.
B. A Bit Complicated, My dad pushes me to be the best.
C. Somewhat neglected…He missed a lot since he wasn’t
Well I’m sure that my dad would have been
there for me if he could have been. It’s not like he
wanted to die or anything and really he was a good Dad.
Sure the answer is C but that is only because our
time was cut short since he was involved with something big.
I’m gonna find out what really happened to my father.
Based on your responses we have accessed you to be Rachel Marianna Morgan - You often fly off on your own without thinking about the others around you who care for you. You rarely take personal responsibility for things that are your fault, but often take responsibility for things that really had nothing to do with you. You make horrible decisions, even knowing at the time they are really the worst possible decisions you could make. In relationships you either choose the wrong guy or completely forget to communicate with your partner in any way letting them know what is going on in your life. You are very prone to hasty and rash decisions that usually leave you off worse than where you started.
The other possible solutions to the quiz were Kate Daniels or Makala Lane both more likable and savvy than you in this writer’s opinion. Our suggestion is that you slow down, quit fawning over every cute guy you run across. Stop making deals with demons. seriously though we thought this one was obvious. Maybe sever one relationship before starting another. Quit keeping secrets from your business partners and lovers. Decide what kind of witch you really are and then learn something so you quit making stupid mistakes because you didn’t have any information.
That said the world in this is what I’m sticking with the series for right now. I have been told it gets better by book 5 and I’m counting on that. The world building and secondary characters are the main draw for me at this time. The final battle was interesting and almost made me like Rachel again until she did that stupid thing so she is now in more trouble than she was before. Ceri was actually my favorite character in this book and I hope to see her again in future books. Holding on until book 5 to make final judgements.
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