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Occultober Day 19 I Was a Teenaged Weredeer and An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Posted by Gilbert Stack on October 19, 2020 at 9:10 AM

Occultober Day 19 I Was a Teenaged Weredeer and An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Urban fantasy loves its lycanthropes, but I had never come across a weredeer before. I mean, take a moment to think about it—deer are not carnivorous and so just don’t come to mind when you think about ravenous half-man-half-animal monsters seeking human flesh. And—the weredeer don’t do that in this novel either, but they still make for a fascinating protagonist in a world where the carnivorous types of were-creatures also exist.

 

The setting is also well thought out with different sorts of were-creatures living together in a world that includes vampires, ghosts, old gods, and lots of monsters. (I suppose I should consider were-creatures monsters too, but since the heroine is one, they don’t come off feeling that way.) This is a world where something new is being discovered at every turn and where the crime is deeply intertwined with a highly credible setting.

 

I Was a Teenaged Weredeer is a fast-moving romp that mixes a very serious, thoroughly engaging mystery with a lot of snarky teenaged attitude and about five million pop references that really solidified the setting and the story. An American Weredeer in Michigan gives you more of the same. Honestly, I couldn’t figure out how Jane was going to get out of all the messes she wandered into, but the cast is so much fun—especially the gun with the angel in it—that I wouldn’t have minded her taking twice as long to resolve the problems in both novels. Phipps and Suttkus have found a wonderfully light-hearted way to deal with some very dark issues and I think it’s this tone that puts this series head and shoulders above so many other urban fantasies. I’ve just never read anything else in the genre that feels like these stories.

 

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