Book Reviews of The Midnight Work

The Midnight Work
The Midnight Work
Author: Kassandra Sims
ISBN-13: 9780765353948
ISBN-10: 0765353946
Publication Date: 12/1/2005
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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3 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was decent, not spectacular in any way. I enjoyed the characters, but they did seem to be a bit cartoonish at times. There were many funny lines and scenes but it seemed a bit forced on occasion, like the author was trying extremely hard to convey something she thought was hilarious. It started out promising, slowed down, and then rushed to a conclusion designed to tease you into buying the sequel. While the plot was a mish-mash of various genre conventions, I did enjoy the dialogue for the most part and the characters were interesting. While I'm not rushing out to buy the next one, I'd read it if given it, if only to see what happens next. Try it out if you like vamp fiction.
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Helpful Score: 4
The worse book of 2005! The story line was inconsistant, many editing errors, to the point that I wanted to scream! The thing that makes me so mad about this book is I wanted it to be good, the blurp about it sounded great. The author tried too hard and the editor was asleep through most of the book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I liked some things about this book, but other details made me nuts. References to Christmas are just tossed in with nothing to do with the story what-so-ever. I suspect it was just done in order to market the book for its December release date as were some of the historic references. It is almost as though this book doesn't know what it wants to be - historic, vampire, romance, or story about the joys of killing (though not gorey). I was disappointed, but not so much that I wouldn't try another book by this author. I'd describe it as "so-so" while showing some promise from a first-time novelist.
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Helpful Score: 2
Melange of paranormal elements here- vampires, past lives, zombies, witches, fey folk, magic spells etc. However, the elements never seem to gel. The reader is told over and over about how conflicted the main character is concerning her new dietary preferences, yet she never seems to register conflict. Other characters are poorly laid out and it is difficult to understand their motivation. Plot issues abound- mostly in that the author seems to be trying to do too much in the confines of one novel. Clumsy hints and poor attempts to be coy with information give away plot elements that are meant to be suspenseful. This is apparently the author's first book(according to the dedication), and I have read and enjoyed her later books, so the issues seem to be rookie errors.
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Helpful Score: 1
It started out promising, and then sank into a pit of confusion. I had a difficult time following the plot(?) and scenes the author was attempting to weave. There were so many transitions that didn't make sense. Some of them were "magical", some were the result of the characters' drunken 'blackouts', and still other scenes just had the characters "suddenly" somewhere else from the beginning of a paragraph to the ending.

The introduction to the Cathar mythology was interesting, but there were not enough details to flesh it out. The author threw in so many non sequiturs with fairies and other non-human characters that it just seemed like a big 'ol mess. I quit reading about 2/3 into the story, skipped to the last 6 pages, didn't like the last six pages, either, and tossed the book with a very satisfying THUNK in to my reject rat pile. (and I rarely EVER fail to finish a book, even a STINKER, like this one!). Anyone who orders this book from me will get a hand-picked "extra" book with my apologies. Please take it off my hands!
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Helpful Score: 1
an awful book. it was slow, didn't make alot of sense. i skimmed it from about the halfway point just to finish.
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Helpful Score: 1
Witty take on vampires that involves a few too many self-conscious pop culture references.The density of the vamp-history seemed out of place for the pulpy-ness of the fiction. If you like romance novels combined with vampire genre fiction, it isn't a bad read. I never got into it.
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This one confused me.
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An interesting read, but not as enjoyable as I'd hoped.
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Good it was a sequel. But good vampire/shapeshifter action :) If your a fan of the this auther and read her first book youll be happy to see some old friends :)
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this was good but it got old after a while. it was slow in the middle
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I read alot of this genre of books and this one was a bit disappointing. Not to say I won't try another of her books in the future but this was not in the same league as say Kim Harrison or the Merri Gentry series from LKH.
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I liked the book wasn't at all what i expected
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From Back Book Cover:
Christmas is a time of forgiveness -- so when Sophie's date, a sexy and mysterious artist named Oliver, turns her into a vampire, she decides to forgive him. Especially since being a vampire is just as cool as she always thought it would be. But there are a few drawbacks, like zombies, alchemists, and fairies.
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Romantic comedy about a newly-made vampire,
named Sophie, and her creator, Oliver.
Includes zombies, death fairies, a sleazy French
alchemist, and a vampire who insists that Sophie is his true love from a thousand years ago.
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THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL, VAMPIRES, DEATH FAIRES, GOOD AGAINST EVIL. ENJOYED.
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Christmas is a time of forgiveness--so when Sophie Aubrey's date, a sexy and mysterious artist named Oliver, turns her into a vampire, she decides to forgive him. Especially since being a vampire is just as cool as she always thought it would be. But there are a few drawbacks she never expected, like zombies, sleazy French alchemists, inexplicable and contradictory fairies, and her roomate, who has abandoned chicago and their cat for Fairy Land. Not only that, Oliver seems to believe that Sophie is his true love from a thousand years ago. Sophie can forgive that too, because when Oliver touches her, the whole world falls away--but what she can't forgive is that he didn't tell her the whole story, like how a crazy death fairy has a vendetta against her. With the help ofOliver--and the sleazy French alchemist, who turns out to be a vampire's best friend--Sophie thinks she can defeat the death fairy. And if she can't, not only will she and Oliver have no future, she's pretty sure that the whole world is doomed. Who says holidays can't be fun?
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Christmas is a time of forgiveness - so when Sophie Aubrey's date, a sexy and mysterious artist named Olivier, turns her into a vampire, she decides to forgive him. Especially since being a vampire is just as cool as she always thought it would be. But there are a few drawbacks she never expected, like zombies, sleazy French alchemists, inexplicable and contradictory faries, and her roommate, who has abandoned Chicago and their cat for Fairy Land.

Not only that, Olivier seems to believe that Sophie is his true love from a thousand years ago. Sophie can forgive that too, because when Olivier touches her, the whole world falls away - but what she can't forgive is that he didn't tell her the whole story, like how a crazy death fairy has a vendetta against her.

With the help of Olivier - and the sleazy French alchemist, who turns out to be a vampire's best friend - Sophie thinks she can defeat the death fairy. And if she can't, not only will she and Olivier have no future, she's pretty sure that the whole world is doomed.

Who says holidays can't be fun?