Noir Fatale Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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NEW SCIENCE FICTION, URBAN FANTASY, AND MYSTERY STORIES WITH A NOIR THEME FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS LAURELL K. HAMILTON delivering an Anita Blake series story, LARRY CORREIA, penning a Grimnoir series adventure, an original Honor Harrington series tale from DAVID WEBER, AND MORE.
The silky note of a saxophone. The echoes of a woman’s high heels down a deserted asphalt street. Steam rising from city vents to cloud the street-lit air. A man with a gun. A dame with a problem....
From the pulpy pages of Black Mask Magazine in the 1920s and '30s, through the film noir era of the 1940s, to today, noir fiction has lured many a reader and movie-goer away from the light and into the dark underbelly of society. Names such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain; titles like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, The Postman Always Rings Twice...these have inhabited our collective consciousness for decades. Humanity, it seems, loves the dark. And within the dark, one figure stands out: that of the femme fatale.
Here then, Noir Fatale an anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the compelling femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction - all with a hard, gritty feel.
As Raymond Chandler said, “Down these mean streets, a man must walk who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.” Because, as these stories prove, doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean you get the big bucks or the girl. But you do the right thing anyway.
All new stories by
Laurell K. Hamilton
Sarah A. Hoyt
Christopher L. Smith and Michael Ferguson
Larry Correia is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, with first entry Monster Hunter International, as well as urban fantasy hardboiled adventure saga the Grimnoir Chronicles, with first entry Hard Magic, and epic fantasy series The Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, with first entry Son of the Black Sword and latest entry, House of Assassins. He is an avid gun user and advocate and shot on a competitive level for many years.
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot who also writes sci-fi/fantasy/alt history/horror fiction. Her first novel was a Dragon Award finalist in 2018, and her stories have been featured in Baen’s Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction compilation in 2017 and 2018.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 49 minutes|
|Author||Kacey Ezell - editor, Larry Correia - editor|
|Narrator||Brian Nishii, Bronson Pinchot, Erin Mallon, JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson, Marc Vietor|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 07, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #43,727 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#101 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Audible Books & Originals)
#154 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#304 in Fantasy Anthologies
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2019
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If none of these float your metaphorical boat, then consider yourself warned. If you have a love of noir, magic, and/or science fiction then you will likely enjoy this book and probably love at least one of the stories. Speaking only for myself, I enjoyed all of the stories, though I particularly enjoyed Ice Queen and Kuro. There is also an excellent story by Larry Corriea set in the Grimnoir setting -- which I love but found frustrating as I now want "more" stories in that setting.
Collections of short stories are hard to curate. When you combine noire and science fiction/fantasy, it is far more difficult. Noire is a style – everyone is familiar with post-world war II Los Angeles for instance. In fantasy and science fiction, the author needs to setup their universe and its rules – elevate the noire style – all within 20 or 30 pages. It is surprising that Noire Fatale managed to put together a generally solid collection. Recommended.
The Good – Some of the less famous authors wrote the best stories – especially since most of them have to craft the rules of their universe. Steve Diamond’s The Privileges of Violence is a true standout – a story that combines of horror combined with a fictionalized communist Russia. I hope Steve Diamond writes a full book in that universe.
The Bad – Most of the famous authors attempted to write their contributions to Noire Fatale in their preexisting universes. Kind of disappointing since it gives them a leg-up from their less famous counterparts. In general, I found the stories by these authors less engaging with the exception of Larry Correlia’s contribution. Since his Grimnoir Chronicles are basically noire already, a side-story was more than natural and welcome. It seems that some of these authors saved their best writing for their own books and not this one. These weaker stories are a minority of those present in this book – a minor criticism.
Hinkley Correia and Larry Correia Grimnoir story. all of them were great but this three were my fav's Excellent book well worth the read.