Madhouse

Madhouse Half human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko aren t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City where vampires t

  • Title: Madhouse
  • Author: Rob Thurman
  • ISBN: 9780451461964
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Half human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place But now there s a new arrival in the Big Apple A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheeHalf human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place But now there s a new arrival in the Big Apple A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheep, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they re going to have to earn.

    One thought on “Madhouse”

    1. Holy cliffhanger hell, that was a doozy. Other than the last few paragraphs that came out of nowhere and knocked me on the side of the head, the book was rather sedate. Sure, there's a cool plot about a restored and ancient serial killer that's tough to beat, but just like the others in this series so far - nothing feels frantic or particularly suspenseful about it.I think the main issue is that most Urban Fantasies dip their genre toe deeply into the mystery pool, stimulating the thinking part [...]

    2. Yet again, I'm blown away with the third Cal Leandros book. To me, these books are powerful. They have so much intensity as far as human emotions and struggles. Not a book that could bore me, by any means.As anyone who has followed my reviews on this series probably has surmised, I adore Nik, who is Cal's older brother. But I find I am falling more and more in love with Cal. He is really turning into a remarkable man. He's lethal as a warrior. He's smart and resourceful. And he has a wounded hea [...]

    3. Another dark entry into the Leandros series, this time focusing on the pursuit of mass murderer Sawney Beane the Redcap, and on the mysterious attempts to assassinate Robin Goodfellow. Cal is less despair-ridden and more sardonic, which is a welcome relief in an overall grim story. I know the wisecracking narrator can be overdone, especially in the UF genre, but it seems appropriate here. This is Cal talking, the one who's been kidnapped, had his personality damaged, been trained to violence and [...]

    4. Spoilers of the Large Varity: Proceed at Your PerilI enjoyed it. Thurman's writing continued to improve.I really like what she did with Goodfellow. It goes a long way toward explaining why he is the way he is. And I love the idea that his crush on Niko is just a substitution for his feelings for another man. I'd love to know more about his history with the man in question.I kind of hope this is the last we see of George. I doubt it, but I can hope. She always seemed ridiculously young to me and [...]

    5. 4 Stars Madhouse book 3 in the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman is a solid addition to the series. Solid is a good word for all three of these Urban Fantasy delights. They are consistently engaging, fun, and we'll executed. In this third outing the focus of the book is the attacks on the undead hunter brothers only friend, The Puck, Robin himself.There is a good amount of humor and wit in this book that was highlighted when Cal got to see Robin's Hoodo funny. In Madhouse, Cal, Nikos, Robin, an [...]

    6. Again, this could be 3.5 tp 4.5 as to how I liked itbut we can't give half stars or ranges. This is pretty good urban fantasy and the field is open to so many tastes, it's hard to know anything but how you feel about it. I like this Thurman set and have followed the series. While I never care much for sympathetic vampiresbut at least here there is only one and she's somewhat original. The brothers are good characters and the stories are action packed and fairly originaletty good.

    7. I liked the Leandros brothers better when they were on the run, desperately fleeing from monsters. I feel bored with this series, and am kind of annoyed by how she deliberately created a cliffhanger by introducing a brand new plot line on the last page. That's a marketing trick, not an writerly one. I took a point off for it.

    8. This one definitely held my attention from start to finish. Once I passed the midway point, I didn't want to put it down (but life intervened). The author has a real way with words, description and dialogue both. She’s very inventive. The supernatural serial killer plot was gory as hell--I would *not* want to see what Thurman described. I rooted for Cal and Niko as they put a stop to the horror and didn't lose themselves in the process.The recurring characters continued to become more complex, [...]

    9. I'm a bit torn on how to rate this book What I like+ Cal still being snarky. I'm still amused on his thoughts. Some of them are REALLY FUNNY!+ A subplot related to Robin; because I love that oversexed puck+ Less George. I don't like her. I don't know why. She's creepy+ Delilah is interesting :)+ Is there possibility of a puck and a peri K-I-S-S-I-N-G in the next book? *grin*What I dislike+ The subplot of Robin actually makes the writing (since this is written from Cal's 1st POV) feels scattered [...]

    10. Damn Rob Thurman. She is responsible for many of my lost hours of sleep in the past couple of weeks alone. She writes well and knows when to stop a chapter so you have to keep reading the next one. Her characters are engaging and tug on my emotions even if they’re a bit unrealistic. There’s action and drama and the story moves along at a brisk pace, there is lots of bloodshed and characters on the verge of death. (I admit, I have very emotionally juvenile tastes in that arena.) She even shar [...]

    11. I liked the first book and the "correct" (to me) pronunciation of auphe but this is my favorite of this series

    12. I didn't entirely enjoy this book, tho I have no complaints about this particular book specifically (except, maybe, that I feel she overdoes the recap on the previous books) - it's more of a series problem. The monster in this book was scary, new things were learned about some of our main characters, romantic relationships made new twists and turns, new powers were explored So it was a decent episode as a standalone story, and it moved the series overall along nicely. My problem lies in the fact [...]

    13. OMG I love these books I can't wait for the next one! Madhouse was just as angsty and melodramatic as the previous two in the series, but the edge of self-aware irony elevates it from goth to highly entertaining. This series is much like Joan Vinge's Catspaw meets S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, with all the demons of hell thrown in. Big grin. :DThis book, being the third in the series, was more about character development and trying some new directions -- the overarching plot doesn't advance sign [...]

    14. Cal and Niko just keep encountering Trouble (note the Capital T). This is a whole new take on the Sawny Beene history, tho

    15. 4.5 starsI am really loving this series. This book was pretty great. I laughed a fair amount of times in the first half, but I don't think I ever cried. So I'll call this book a four-and-a-half "great!" star read. :-)I'll share the lines and scenes that I found humorous later (but they were on pages 41, 57, 105, 125, 128, and 169), but for now, I'll just share how this book ends, since I don't know when I'll be able to buy this series (although I might get it with my Christmas gift card many boo [...]

    16. If the sign of a good book is leave them wanting more, then this is a great book. It practically ended mid sentence. Ok, not really but it felt like it. That was some cliffhanger. If the 4th book wasn't already out, I might hurt someone. A solid 4 1/2 stars, (if we could only do half stars!!), not quite perfect but pretty darn close.The books in this series are getting better and better. The writing has improved and the characters have developed. I do have to keep reminding myself that the narra [...]

    17. You can see the following review also here: loveandlivetoread.wordpressAnd the great stories keep coming!! I am not surprised that I loved this story. Since I read the first book, I knew that this series was going to be a new favorite one! It’s dark urban fantasy and that means that except the adventure and the great sense of humor that every book has, there is also an internal battle of feelings for the main characters.Cal and Niko are trying to find a mass murderer and at the same time to he [...]

    18. Enjoyable though both Niko and Promise are slowly falling flat, there is little depth added to the characters and by now I'd have expected that at least Niko would have gained some character flesh on his bones. Another complained is that halfway through, a silly little thing an art professor said in a lecture i sat in on came to mind; "Its incredibly annoying if you can see the frame of a story through the plot". This actually does that, I can see the main plot, side plot, fight the bad guy 3 ti [...]

    19. Madhouse is the third installment in the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman and in my opinion, the best one so far. I loved the story. It was full of action and plenty of page time with each character. Ms. Thurman really found Cal's voice in this book. I felt like more story was told and less internal monologuing by Cal. Though books one and two were really good, they were so full of sardonic monologuing that I couldn't get through the pages without going back and re-reading the conversation to [...]

    20. In Madhouse, Cal and Niko are still getting into trouble as usual. Promise gets the boys a gig through a friend at a museum. Something has escaped the museum that should not have been able to. Turns out it was an ancient serial killer known for his numerous victims and cannibalistic tendencies. While trying to catch this murderer, another problem arises when Cal's new boss tips them off that someone has put a hit out on Robin. Robin can't even remember how many people's he's pissed off enough to [...]

    21. The third book in this series, Cal and Nik find themselves up against an army of revenants led by Sawney Beane, A Scottish mass murderer that has come back to life after 500 years as dust and ash. Sawney is actually a Redcap, a Scottish-English lengend that were rumored to murder travelers and then stain their hair with their victim's blood. An action-filled plot, I STILL could not learn to like Cal. This is the first series I've read where I like the books but feel "meh" about the protagonist. [...]

    22. This is the third in the series from Rob Thurman. LOVED it. The ongoing plot involving Cal and his brother who have lived their lives on the run from dark creatures which turn out to be the "clan" of Cal's previously unknown father is very interesting and intricate. I love the author's use of dry, dark, sarcastic humor, which entertains while maintaining the overall dark mood of the plot. Great characters, and his brother is especially fascinating. While on the run and living anonymously, it's h [...]

    23. I liked this one much better than . It wasn't nearly as confusing, or maybe it was just able to hold my attention better. The bad guy was super creepy. Yikes! My only complaint was Cal's realization that he now has friends. Yeah, mentioning it once or twice would have been fine, but it got kind of annoying having it shoved in my face. Yes, you've lived your whole life with only Niko to trust. Yes, I'm sure it feels weird to have a new friend. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I get it, but I don't have to hear [...]

    24. I've loved the series since the first book and Madhouse does not disappoint. The writing is, as always, immediate, visceral and witty. The characters develop without becoming unrecognizable or changing too quickly, something that in a series is always a plus in my book. One thing I really love about this series that is in force in this book is the wide verity of mythical creatures that the main characters come across - from the ubiquitous vampire to pucks to red caps. The plot has all of Thurman [...]

    25. Third book in the series of Cal and Niko, two brothers in NYC that run a underground supernatural detective agency of a sort, with reluctant help from Goodfellow, a Puck of ancient age and a murky past. As always, the book opens with a bang - in the first 60 pages, they meet a host of grandmothery spider creatures, a demon chicken, and discover that Scottish mass murder has been resurrected. Oh, and the Met Museum is overseen by a Valkerie. For a good reason. This series is a good one for anyone [...]

    26. I really loved this book. Mostly because I loved how all the things that have happened in the first two books are finally catching up with our main protagonist and he has to deal with it. Highly recommend this series if you like urban fantasies. - June 1, 2008Reread this book as part of my re-read of the entire series. I love this series, some books more than others, but I find I'm appreciating all of them more as I read the whole series again, little hints of what is to come that I pick up on n [...]

    27. Cal and his older brother Niko Leandros partner with vampire girlfriend Promise in a private detective/whatever else is needed business. An old evil is reborn and plans to reek havoc on the unsuspecting NYC dwellers. Robin Goodfellow their friend the puck, has a hit on him as big as his ego. Cal is coming to terms with what he is. He made decisions on the man he is going to be and he is a Man. He is breaking hearts in his path especially his own. It was funny and suspenseful thrill to read this [...]

    28. Good, but still an excedingly dark series. I'm finding it's difficult to read these books back to back because they are so hard on the heros. This one is about exterminating a crazy serial-killing redcap that has been reanimated in the Met. Unrelated, Cal also loses his virginity and claims to have closed the door on a relationship with Gerginia forever. We'll see. A third plot line: the puck is being stalked by non-redcap killers in this book. Dark with a lot of sarcastic humor. Interesting tak [...]

    29. This book was just ok. When a character ceases to grow or change, in an attempt to keep a series going, that's a problem. Cal doesn't learn anything in this book. He alienates his love interest for no good reason. The plot is shady and parts of it seemed tacked on. Never mind some of the odd sentence constructions that had me scratching my head.Too bad because I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I probably won't be checking out the fourth.

    30. this book was very entertaining and prob deserves 4 stars but im annoyed at Cal about George so im only giving it 3 looking forward to the next book.oh and i forgot to say the "villain" or monster in this book was FANTASTIC! super creepy! but Thurman does tend to have excellent villains/monsters in all her books.

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