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Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1 | [Patricia Briggs]

Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.
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Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 05-08-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 05-08-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "GREAT SERIES"

    JUST FINISHED THE SERIES AND REALLY LIKE IT. FOR THIS TO BE THE FIRST BOOK IT WAS AMAZING. GREAT CHARACTERS AND NARRATOR.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 04-21-12
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2004

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!"

    Mercy is not your typical female heroine. First off, she never intended to be a heroine. She is more interested in keeping her Volkswagen repair shop running, paying her bills, and living a quiet life in her 70's model trailer with her Manx cat. Oh, yea, and tormenting the werewolf in her back yard. The Alpha werewolf. Uh huh. Well, she WAS raised by werewolves herself, by the Maraq, in fact, the leader of all the werewolves in the US. A pretty good feat for a woman who shifts into a coyote.

    What develops is one of the more well developed series in UF. When Mercedes, or Mercy as she is called (yep. A Volkswagen mechanic named Mercedes) takes in a new, young, isolated werewolf, her life takes a new, and dangerous turn, leading her back into a life she thought she had left far behind.

    Next to Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews 'Kate Daniels' series) Mercy is one of the best realized female UF lead characters on the market today. She doesn't whine, cry, piss, moan, or otherwise turn into a whiny little boy-toy. As time goes along, you can see a romance coming on, but like Kate, Mercy's story is about the story, not about the smex. Thank goodness..... I like a good love scene as well as anyone else, but I am MUCH more interested in the story. There are none of the "seedy, ridiculous sexual encounters" (thanks to Leslie Sims of Denver for that little snippet) that are so common in other supposedly UF stories (read "the label says UF, and there are a few weird characters in there, but it is mostly about the sexual encounters).

    I have read the whole series multiple times (there is nothing like reading a strong female character when you are feeling low!) and I am really looking forward to "Frost Burned" due out in 2013.

    Read them all, read them in order. You WON'T be sorry!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 11-17-11
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Hooked me at the start"

    Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series and related books are a definite must for those who enjoy complex, compassionate, smart, strong female characters with a great sense of sarcasm. She values people/beings for who they are and not what they are quite to the dismay of others.

    I have listened the entire series & related books several times and continue to discover things about the series and how well Briggs has thought out the world and characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael HAZEL PARK, MI, United States 08-18-10
    Michael HAZEL PARK, MI, United States 08-18-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "WONDERFUL BOOK!"

    One of the better supernatural being stories written today. I am a lover of vampire / werewolf / magic beings stores and because of that I have read a lot of them. I found this one very entertaining and very enjoyable to "read". I will not call it the best, but I will definitely complete series in the VERY near future. I know others have called it a rip off of certain stories, but that can be said about a lot of stories. You probably could call almost all books published today a rip off of someone / something. A totally new idea is very rare in my opinion. I could be wrong, but if author writes about things people do not want to read, they most likely will be looking for another profession.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 04-03-11
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I (didn't) like vampires"

    I DON'T like vampire books. Don't. But ... somehow I missed that this one is about vampires, werewolves, etc, ordered and listened ... and quite enjoyed it. I guess good story telling trumps lame topic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Colorado 10-01-10
    Sandy Colorado 10-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I Listen Over and Over"

    As the review title implies, I've listened to this book (and series) more than once. After having purchased more than 100 audio books, I've gotten picky. I want my books to be good, really good. And this entire series lives up to the hype, so much so that every few months, I listen to them again.
    One of the things makes this book so good for me is that it isn't all graphic sex scenes. Mercy is a strong, independent woman who seems to have a knack for getting herself into trouble with the fae, vampires, werewolves... you name it and Mercy comes in to contact with it. There is lots of action with a little romance thrown in (romance, not graphic sex).
    My daughter won't even listen to this series because she doesn't like the voice of the narrator, but I don't have a problem with Lorelei King. Although her voice is a little deeper than you would expect, I think she does a fine job.
    This series, along with Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series and JR Ward's BDB series, is one of the best, in my opinion.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anneliese 09-15-09
    Anneliese 09-15-09

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    "Wonderful"

    I loved reading the Mercy Thompson series but I loved listening to it more. I have read all the books from this series and the Alpha and Omega series and was delighted to find that the Mercy Thompson series was now available in audiobook format. The narrator did an excellent job, I got totally lost in the book and didn't even think about the voices. I hope that the other books in the series are coming soon, I have a long commute to work and I'd love to be able to fill the time in listening to what's happening with Mercy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 10-24-12
    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Don't judge a book by its cover"

    Yeah, I know... Cliche.

    I don't recall why I added this to my wish list. I believe I'd read some good reviews and it had a generally good rating, and it "looked like my type of book". Someone more recently spelled out (and I will to), this is not a romance novel. There's a little romance in it, but the book is sort of mystery/fantasy/action.

    After I got past the misconception and got into the book, it was pretty good. Though I'm typically a romance reader, I got into this book enough that I will probably continue on with the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 09-19-12
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "I should have listened to it long time ago!!!"

    I have seen this book a while ago. by that i mean 2 years or so..... I don't know why i didn't buy it back then.... but oh how sorry i am for not buying it before.... it was so good and so interesting, loved the characters and the narration. going to get the next books and am already looking forward to them.

    Highly recommended.

    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Carlos, CA, United States 07-30-11
    Amazon Customer San Carlos, CA, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2011

    The World According to JimG944

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    "A good start to a series"

    A 4 of 5 stars rating for the Werewolf novel Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs. Set in the pacific northwest of the USA, this book exposes that "fae" (supernatural creatures) live among us and have only partially "come out of the closet". Mercy is a shape shifter (traditional American Indian style: woman become coyote; not a werewolf). She lives near a wolf pack though is not a member. Mercy becomes involved in the politics of the pack or more precisely the politics come to her door step. Well written, interesting characters, interesting "world". The payload of this book was a bit light-weight, but, opens to door to more stories. Hence, I will likely continue with this series of novels. I do recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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