Here There Be Books (BL)

I love books with great characters who go on adventures and/or solve mysteries re: invading aliens/vampires/etc. I blog about those books at Here There Be Books!


This is the BookLikes thingy for HTBB.


Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes - Rob DeBorde It's the first book in the series, and unfortunately it does that thing where ALL the characters, backstories, worldbuilding, and main conflict are set up all at once. There's a LOT going on in this book, with the end result being that I don't entirely understand wtf is going on. The story itself is fairly simple but the details surrounding it are confusing, especially since I assume the main plotline is going to continue onward in the next book if not the entire series.For example: the bad guy is scary, but I don't know what his deal is besides just wanting his stuff back. So much time is spent setting up everyone ELSE'S histories/conflicts/etc., that the bad guy becomes "vaguely disturbing back-from-the-dead" guy who seems to almost hover in the background rather than hang out in the front, where he belongs. That said, despite the overabundance of STUFF, I had a really good time reading Portlandtown. It was FUN! I love genre mash-ups, and though I haven't read many regular Westerns I definitely want to read more paranormal/sci-fi/whatever Westerns now. The world of Portlandtown is very interesting, too: it's a lot like what you'd expect a regular historically-accurate late 1800s Western town to be, but with the added bonus of supernatural intrigue.Read the rest of my review at Here There Be Books!

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