Ari Marmell

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He’s a Keeper

He’s a Keeper

I’ve finished reading the first two (of three so far) Mick Oberon “Jobs” by Ari Marmell. Good stuff. Mick is a very cool guy, for being one of the Fae and all. The second book, Hallow Point, is a complex romp through 1930s Chicago, and the strange imitation of our world that the Fae have created in their own world (and if Ari Marmell wasn’t inspired by my favorite Star Trek episode, “A Piece of the Action,” then I’ll dress up as Oberon the wolfhound for Halloween!). Anyhoo, one of the interesting aspects of this series is that Marmell carries through several plot points through more than one book. So in the first book, Hot Lead, Cold Iron, we learn that Mick often accepts barters from clients as payment for his private investigative work. Sometimes, Mick isn’t sure why he asks for certain things, but he follows his Fae instincts… READ MORE

It’s Better to Be Lucky than Good

It’s Better to Be Lucky than Good

I’m still thinking about Hot Lead, Cold Iron, the first of the Mick Oberon “jobs” (books) in the series.  Mick is a member of the Fae, but he’s in exile on Earth from Elphame (Faerie) for sins not yet disclosed. He’s busy making a living as a PI in 1930s Chicago and working his particular brand of magic. One of the original elements of this series and its world building is the specific nature of Mick’s magic—the way he manipulates luck to his advantage and the disadvantage of his foes.  I’ve never read anything quite like it, and, of course, it got me to thinking, as I am wont to do. I’ve often heard the expression, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”  I’ve also heard that, “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”  And, finally, we have the admonition that luck is a backstabbing bitch, deserting us when… READ MORE

Of Signs and Symbols

Of Signs and Symbols

I’ve started a new series, although I’m not quite sure where I found it. Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell is the first Mick Oberon “job” (story/book) and it’s different enough to be intriguing. The book is an homage to the hard boiled dick novels of the early and mid-twentieth century coupled with faithful adherence to the traditional tropes of urban fantasy in the style of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, with language from my favorite Star Trek episode, A Piece of the Action thrown in for good measure. What could be bad?  Turns out, nothing. The book is a delightful discovery and my only disappointment is that there are only three books so far in the series. I am also indebted to the author for highlighting an oversight in my understanding of magic, which I’ve discussed before. I’ve always said that the formula for magic was focus, energy and… READ MORE

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