Three Parts Dead

Three Parts Dead

Book - 2012
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"A god has died, and it's up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis's steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Tara's job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who's having an understandable crisis of faith. When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb's courts--and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb's slim hope of survival. Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs. "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765333117
Branch Call Number: GLAD
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 09, 2018

rb Fred Hicks

Feb 09, 2017

This book *did* grab me and keep me reading into the night- I read almost the entire book over the course of one (long) night. I love this world and it's details. The techno-mage aspect always keeps me riveted wherever I find it and I miss being in those types of worlds once I extract my brain from the books in which they are found. Missing a place/time I've never occupied. Ah and Yum.

Jan 02, 2016

Gladstone's Craft Sequence is beautifully written, and much more subtle and subversive than any other urban fiction I've read. You have to pay attention to everything-things that superficially seem like non-sequiturs are anything but. Gladstone does not spoon-feed his readers or bash them over the head with the glaringly obvious, but builds plot and character slowly and thoroughly. Gladstone very obviously does not, as so many writers do, take himself too seriously. He is a craftsman, and more interested in telling a story than creating a serious, scholarly epic. His dystopia is much like our own world, but has more interesting gods and technology. His characters are not the annoyingly introspective, noble and damaged protagonists that urban fantasy is over-full of these days. Not much brooding, very few chips on shoulders. Stylistically, Gladstone tips his hat to steampunk, but these are not steampunk novels. His references to Aztec or Mayan culture are a welcome change from the same old. As well, he has created many completely original and fascinating creatures and social conventions. Two of my favorite characters, Elayne and Temoc, as well as a few others, appear in more than one of the Craft Sequence novels, but all four books are complete in themselves. Gladstone himself recommends reading the books not in the order they were published. Last First Snow should be read second. If you are going to reserve these books, just a reminder-they are called the Craft SEQUENCE, not the Craft "Series". Great stories, compelling characters, and more substance than run of the mill urban fantasy. I love all four books, and hope here will be another one soon.

Sep 15, 2015

This is the first book published in Gladstone's Crafts Series. I found the world he created fascinating for his use of metaphors for the operation of institutions that exist in our world: gods kept alive by fealty from their worshippers, craft representing science in many ways through which man does things for himself without relying on gods, and the economic relationships involved described as trading of soulstuff.

The story is good too but suffers from weak integration of story and theme. The result is a lot of exposition in the last third of the book instead of outcomes told through changes in plot and relationships.

Nevertheless, it's a fascinating world and an exciting mystery, with several very cool characters.

Jul 19, 2015

This addition to the fantasy canon comes from a fresh new writer with a vivid imagination and a penchant for blending and twisting genres. Magic in Gladstone's world defines the structure of the legal system, while religion informs science and technology. Our protagonist is learning the ropes of the legal profession, and finds herself deeply involved in a complex web of intrigue. Wonderfully inventive scenarios, startling imagery, and plot-driven writing make this a fun read.

Feb 16, 2015

An excellently written book where humans can influence, deal with, and resurrect gods. Gladstone does not belabour the rules of his fantasy world yet manages to convey completeness and rules that are followed. The main character is approachable and the secondary characters are given personalities such that it is truly a world of many, not just one and her story. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest in the series!

Nov 12, 2014

I have never read a fantasy book that was more like a legal procedural. It was interesting, and the world Gladstone paints is strikingly original, but this wasn't one of those books that grabs you and keeps you up reading way too late.

JCLJoshN May 05, 2014

A fun mystery/thriller with some really great characters and a very cool setting that's almost like "the real world, but with actual gods and magic," but not quite. Somewhat reminiscent of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station.

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