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The Rook [Read] ☆ Daniel O'Malley


  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • The Rook
  • Daniel O'Malley
  • English
  • 06 October 2018
  • 9780316098793

10 thoughts on “The Rook

  1. says:

    “Yes Minister it turns out that there was a mysterious force that caused that plane to crash We call it gravity” I can't believe no one has recommended or even mentioned this book to me before It's a creative complex urban fantasy with an hilarious and likable protagonist monsters and an intriguing mysteryThe Rook gr

  2. says:

    This is ridiculous she thought I’m possessed of terrifying powers Why am I relying on a ridiculous little gun that I picked becaus

  3. says:

    Audio reread so I can carry on with the next book There are too many next books I need to get readI freaking loved this book I can't believe this was the author's first book It's got all kinds of cray some ewww so

  4. says:

    Finally First great read of the year Admittedly that's because I'm hoarding Days of Blood Starlight and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There like a survivalist with canned goods or a chocoh

  5. says:

    page turner page turner lady wakes in park with no memory battered bruised bloody surrounded by dead people that she killed with her bare hands cause she has special powers the same special powers that i have often imagined myself having if dreams came true uelle coincidencethe narrative is propulsive the ideas are automatically ri

  6. says:

    I tried to like this book I really did I have disliked so many books lately that I am afraid of becoming a book c

  7. says:

    299 Kindle sale July 14 2019 Loved it Review posted at wwwfantasyliteraturecomAs Daniel O’Malley’s supernatural thriller The Rook book one of THE CHECUY FILES begins Myfanwy Thomas comes to herself with complete amnesia She’s standing in a London park at night Surrounding her is a ring of motionless bodies They are all wearing latex glovesMyfanwy “rhymes with Tiffany” finds two letters in her jacket pocket from her form

  8. says:

    I mean I loved this book Myfanwy Thomas wakes up with a note that says This body used to be mine YEAH I LOVE AMNESIA PLOTS Except this is a bit than that Secret societies are kind of my fave and this book builds a GREAT one The secret Cheuey I love all the chess terms battle supernatural forces in the world and this new

  9. says:

    Honest to god I'm both confused that I'm still reading this book and appalled at how highly rated it seems to be everywhere The praise this book has been getting got me interested in reading it and within a few chapters I had to wonder if there was some massive conspiracyTo put it uite simply the book has an in

  10. says:

    Sale Alert Oct 13 2019 Kindle Deal for 399You’ve woken up and are surrounded by a handful of dead people wearing gloves and have no idea who you are or how you got there But luckily there is a note and with this note and a few others you learn about a world you had no idea even existed Dear You The odds of your reading this are slim to none Who would choose uncertainty and vaguely worded warnings over a new life of wea

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Daniel O'Malley ☆ 9 summary

The Rook

Hat she is a Rook a high ranking member of a secret organization called the Cheuy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain She also discovers that she possesses a rare potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own In her uest to uncover which member of the Cheuy betrayed her and why Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies an a Finally First great read of the year Admittedly that s because I m hoarding Days of Blood Starlight and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There like a survivalist with canned goods or a chocoholic with a secret stash of Toblerone in the back of the freezer not that I m speaking from experience And while I tempered down my five stars to a reasonable four the fact is this was a perfect read the first time through I ll save the detailed summary this is one time when the blurb gets it right It starts rather hard core action movie woman coming to consciousness in a midst of a circle of bodies no memory of self or events dripping from the rain and blood She discovers an envelope in her pocket from the Myfanwy That Was Soon it evolves into a James Bond style government agency spy thriller crunched with identity disorientation of The Bourne Identity Halfway through I realize O Malley is channeling The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy or at least Men In Black and that the flashbacks felt a lot like X Men I m finding it disturbing that I m describing a book by referencing movies Is that acceptable in a book reviewNarrative shifts between letters from Myfanwy That Was to the current scramble of Myfanwy That Is to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill her While that had the potential to become a tiresome device O Malley uses it well giving context to Newbie just before she needs to use it cuing the reader at the same time Sometimes Senior relates an incident sometimes she lays out structure and organization or gives a dossier on other characters For the most part it was able to maintain pace and tension through the shifts At times O Malley is tongue in cheek right as Myfanwy thinks I suppose I should do some homework on how this organization actually works the next section is from one of the letters under the title of How This Organization Actually Works I actually found it rather delightful highlighting the mental similarities in how they process information As the story develops Myfanwy starts to take on her own personality abrupt and direct than the prior who she now thinks of as Thomas their last name I thought the transition between the two was handled well and as the story developed I cared just as much about what happened to Thomas and wanted to know her story even though I knew where it would end here s where my habit of peeking at the end of books comes in handy it s kind of like the book is a spoiler for it s own self because we know Thomas is dead or at least gone I enjoyed Myfanwy s character breaks and it set the stage for gentle humor as she responded almost but not uite in character An emergency has emerged and both you and Rook Gestalt have been summoned to an interrogation the secretary replied in an unruffled mannerOh Okay Myfanwy looked down and her desk thought for a moment and then looked up Are we getting interrogated or are we doing the interrogating she askedThen there isIt s time for your dinner with Lady FarrierOh crap she sighed then noticed Clovis s shocked expression I mean oh good this should be delightfulThe humor isn t out front in the beginning which now strikes me as one of the delightful parts about the writing Tightly wound around an action core at the start O Malley sneaks in humor one subtle comment at a time gradually becoming absurd The first hint that we aren t in London any comes about three chapters in when we meet Rook Gestalt really one of the innovative creations in sci fifantasy literature that I ve happened upon One mind four bodies I found myself trying to wrap my head around that one somewhat distracted by comparing it with Zaphod and his two heads and just got rather smacked with the possibilities By the end the absurd veered out of control at a couple of points but for the most part O Malley was able to maintain the balance between chuckles and tension Before too long the American version of the Court comes to call and the subtlety gloves come off when the American Bishop Shantay and Myfanwy take on some fungus after lunch of course That is experience talking said Shantay In these situations the glass is always half empty Always Always confirmed the Bishop Right until it fills up with some sort of spectral blood that grows into a demon entity Or a threat I ll kill you first promised Myfanwy in a cold voice I ll kill you twice if I feel like it Truly riveting fun exactly what I needed after an awful start to the week it was the ideal book experience of immersion and diversion Highly recommended to anyone who likes a dose of humor with their surreal action spy mystery thrillerFour out of five stars Or are theyUpdate from Dec 2015 reread I think I nailed it fairly well the first time except that part about humor It s seriously funny almost all the way through in that very British wayCross posted at from September 2019 idk almost all the way through There is a lot of back story

summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daniel O'Malley

Ristocratic woman who can enter her dreams a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters and a conspiracy vast than she ever could have imaginedFilled with characters both fascinating and fantastical The Rook is a richly inventive suspenseful and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer Honest to god I m both confused that I m still reading this book and appalled at how highly rated it seems to be everywhere The praise this book has been getting got me interested in reading it and within a few chapters I had to wonder if there was some massive conspiracyTo put it uite simply the book has an intriguing premise that s destroyed by a hackneyed writing style a juvenile approach to character and a narrative that is grossly overshadowed by the writer s apparently high opinion of his own talents The main character is not even remotely likeable When she s not being a high school prom ueen regularly calling technical people nerds repeatedly criticizing the dress sense of the former occupant of her body she s delivering oh snap wisecracks She s just strong enough to take command of a situation when a story needs it but also nicely feminine enough to need to be rescued She confronts the leader of the enemy forces and her primary concern is the gross goop getting on her clothes She appears commanding and independent and in the next scene is naked in front of a stranger for laughs and then subjected to intrusive and demeaning physical exams for comedy She s strong willed enough to be attractive but not so much that she s truly an independent character Her sexuality is regularly and offensively used as a tool to humiliate her for laughs and that makes her non threatening In short she s not a character so much as she s a collection of tropes designed to make her the perfect female character for the male audienceTo make matters worse none of the secondary characters are anything than one to two word tropes Ingrid motherly secretary Shantay sassy friend Alrich mysterious vampire etc None of these characters develop from these descriptions into anything memorableSetting aside the issue with characters is the issue with plot Myfanwy goes from knowing absolutely nothing to be a confident and controlled leader of a powerful government organization How much time has passed between her waking up and her turning into this bombshell in a suit We re told it s been several weeks and it s here that we arrive at the crux of the problem with the narrative we re told too much We re told everything We re not left to learn anything Practically overnight she turns from this terrified mouse whose every third thought is DO THEY KNOW MY SECRET to this confident administrator When her sister appears we re told suddenly that she is lonely and wants friends and family There s no buildup There s no sense of this given to the reader through dialogue and emotional description I had no idea this was coming We re told that she suddenly wants to be with friends and family just as we re told that she becomes confident in her new role These are just two examples of manyThis goes further than just the author hamfistedly handing us important facts about the characters as though we re moving our way down a checklist The book redefines what it means to infodump Nearly every chapter is interrupted by what is essentially an encyclopedia entry giving us the history of the character Myfanwy just met or the term she just encountered When it s not an infodump about a character it s a letter written by the pre amnesia Myfanwy telling the current Myfanwy some story that is rarely connected with the plot at hand and it s usually written in such exacting narrative detail that violates the nature of the epistolary format that these sections are written in Finally there are just so many parts of the plot that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE you re hunted by the same person who made you lose your memory and just killed a bunch of your friends and you decide to go out clubbing and then the author spends four pages talking about how ruined her clothes were and her struggles to get her car back from a hotel garage In what world would this be even slightly logical An uneuivocally awful book Avoid unless you re looking for something for kindling A Fire Within: Sekret Machines Series, Book 2 promising young writer Honest to god I m both confused that I m still reading this book and appalled at how highly rated it seems to be everywhere The Idenics praise this book has been getting got me interested in reading it and within a few chapters I had to wonder if there was some massive conspiracyTo Night Owl Loonette put it uite simply the book has an intriguing Deadshifted (Edie Spence, premise that s destroyed by a hackneyed writing style a juvenile approach to character and a narrative that is grossly overshadowed by the writer s apparently high opinion of his own talents The main character is not even remotely likeable When she s not being a high school El agujero del infierno prom ueen regularly calling technical The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) people nerds repeatedly criticizing the dress sense of the former occupant of her body she s delivering oh snap wisecracks She s just strong enough to take command of a situation when a story needs it but also nicely feminine enough to need to be rescued She confronts the leader of the enemy forces and her Teddy primary concern is the gross goop getting on her clothes She appears commanding and independent and in the next scene is naked in front of a stranger for laughs and then subjected to intrusive and demeaning Calling Me Home physical exams for comedy She s strong willed enough to be attractive but not so much that she s truly an independent character Her sexuality is regularly and offensively used as a tool to humiliate her for laughs and that makes her non threatening In short she s not a character so much as she s a collection of tropes designed to make her the The Taint of Lovecraft perfect female character for the male audienceTo make matters worse none of the secondary characters are anything than one to two word tropes Ingrid motherly secretary Shantay sassy friend Alrich mysterious vampire etc None of these characters develop from these descriptions into anything memorableSetting aside the issue with characters is the issue with Mr. Francis Wife plot Myfanwy goes from knowing absolutely nothing to be a confident and controlled leader of a The Shadow People powerful government organization How much time has The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, passed between her waking up and her turning into this bombshell in a suit We re told it s been several weeks and it s here that we arrive at the crux of the Degrees of Elevation problem with the narrative we re told too much We re told everything We re not left to learn anything Practically overnight she turns from this terrified mouse whose every third thought is DO THEY KNOW MY SECRET to this confident administrator When her sister appears we re told suddenly that she is lonely and wants friends and family There s no buildup There s no sense of this given to the reader through dialogue and emotional description I had no idea this was coming We re told that she suddenly wants to be with friends and family just as we re told that she becomes confident in her new role These are just two examples of manyThis goes further than just the author hamfistedly handing us important facts about the characters as though we re moving our way down a checklist The book redefines what it means to infodump Nearly every chapter is interrupted by what is essentially an encyclopedia entry giving us the history of the character Myfanwy just met or the term she just encountered When it s not an infodump about a character it s a letter written by the Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels pre amnesia Myfanwy telling the current Myfanwy some story that is rarely connected with the The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook plot at hand and it s usually written in such exacting narrative detail that violates the nature of the epistolary format that these sections are written in Finally there are just so many Vietnam Perkasie parts of the Losing Strength and Dexterity person who made you lose your memory and just killed a bunch of your friends and you decide to go out clubbing and then the author spends four Afghanistan pages talking about how ruined her clothes were and her struggles to get her car back from a hotel garage In what world would this be even slightly logical An uneuivocally awful book Avoid unless you re looking for something for kindling

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The body you are wearing used to be mine So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves With no recollection of who she is Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy herShe soon learns t Audio reread so I can carry on with the next book There are too many next books I need to get readI freaking loved this book I can t believe this was the author s first book It s got all kinds of cray some ewww some funny parts Well I almost peed my pants at times but I digressMyfanwy Thomas known as Rook Thomas wakes up not knowing who she is There are dead bodies all around There is a note in her pocket and lots of instructions and letters through out the book Rook Thomas has powers along with all kinds of creatures do that her form of government work to oversee so to speak I m still confused as to whether Rook Thomas was before and was she after only people that have read the book will know what I m talking about Maye D And then there is Rook Gesalt Wasn t it great fun I will let you all meet it for yourself God I freaking loved Myfanwy and Shantay together Shantay came over from America when Myfanwy s group found out some stuff from this person they had captured The group was going to torture him and some stuff went down and freaked everyone out But oh the girls had the best time I almost cracked a rib laughing when they went into this place together to see what kind of freaky thing was causing chaos I wish I could excerpt the whole thing Poppat gripped her arm desperately Myfanwy we both know this is not your field I can t let you go in there aloneNo came a firm voice from behind them They turned to see Shantay zipping herself into a Pawn combat uniform She d coiled her hair up at the back of her neck and suddenly looked much dangerous She s not going in alone I m going in with herAbsolutely not said Mayfanwy There may be legal precedents for you coming along to observe but can you imagine the repercussions if a Bishop of the Croatoan was harmed on a Checuy opYeah but you ll probably be dead too so it s not like it ll be your problem Well then said Myfanwy As long it causes me no inconvenience When they got inside I about peed myself I felt like I was reading a weird version of Stephanie and Lula only Plum series lovers will get that reference Anyway I had loads of fun and am going to be getting my next book as soon as BN sends me my reward card Enjoy Mel

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