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The Last Smile in Sunder City, by Luke Arnold

anjasfairylights's review against another edition

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dark funny mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

This was a relaxing and unagitated read. I enjoyed following the protagonist through the storyline - I don‘t often read books about antiheroes, but this one just hit the right spot. There‘s no big ending, no happy and all-embracing resolution, just a crime a detective decides to put up with.

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teynietiny's review against another edition

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5.0

Dresden files meets supernatural

cere's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

mckenzie_reads's review against another edition

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DNF. Really liked the concept, but this felt full of stereotypes that dragged it down. Alcoholic main character, all women were sexualized, plus a sprinkle of fat phobia. Not for me.

jasminenoack's review

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mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I feel like this book was funny but I can’t think of a single instance of it being funny. I don’t really know what to do with that. 

sharkmother's review

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adventurous funny mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

The premise of this book is very interesting, which is obviously why I got it on Audible. The world building is light, but it was still enough to get me intrigued. But unfortunately those are really the only positives to my experience with this book.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get behind our main character. While he's a classic tope of a down on his luck noir character, it was just all too much for me. There were a few scenes that just made him too unlikeable for me. 

I also think Luke Arnold needed maybe just a little bit more editing. There's some phrases that he reuses a lot that are quirky and witty at first but after the fourth or fifth time he reuses them it becomes really grating.

That being said, I was impressed with the prose which could be a bit heavy handed at times but was still pretty enjoyable. I might...MIGHT! pick up the second book just to see where the story could possibly be going. But I think I'll have to do a library lend or something.

chel_hop's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

talentedmisfit's review

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

littlelynn's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

joyelbe's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0