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4.0 out of 5 starsLizbeth vs many ppl who want her dead
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
This is still a suck me in, read it til the end story, let me say that first. It’s a more complex story than book 1, but I felt it’s equally good. Regarding the treatment of racism, which a number of negative reviews have been posted; perhaps folks born After 1990 should read about Rosa Parks, Jim Crow laws, and riots at Kent state university. I believe Charlaine has been meticulous in portraying the way African Americans were treated in the US between about 1860-1950. There’s a reason the Civil war occurred, slavery wasn’t just about owning human beings, it was an enormous culture trading on deep seated beliefs that only white men had rights. Women were not treated much better. It was a horror, and reading about even a fraction of those times is more chilling than anything on a movie screen. But I do not believe these portions of the book are gratuitous, they’re included to set the backstory of a people ready to rise up. I’m still interested in Lizbeth’s story, & want to see who & what she will become.
I waited (it seems) so very long for this second entry in Charlaine Harris's new series, but then it was so great that I read it too fast! Now I need more...more!! Gunnie Rose (Lisbeth) is a perfect main character - a strong female gunslinger who can shoot and fight with the best male gunnies in this alternate history that crosses multiple genres. The story is so good, and the world-building is so perfect that the reader never stops to figure out what genre it is or why North America is broken up the way it is. It's better to read the first in the series, An Easy Death, for a full explanation of how a failed America got to where it is, because the second one does not fully repeat the history. Better just to know that Lisbeth is a "Gunnie," who hires herself and her most recent group out to protect persons or things moving across the country. In fact, the title of the first in the series is a line from one Gunnie to another instead of "See you later/take care," but "an easy death to you." I was sucked in very quickly. This series, in my humble opinion, is the best yet by this author, even better than Sookie Stackhouse or the Midnight Crossroads series. Yes it's that good. This time we get to know the Russian prince and wizard Eli much better and I expect he will turn up again. The roles played by Eli and the magic in the story are very well done, and the reader has to learn with Lizbeth the rules and consequences of magic as well. In addition, since Lizzie never knew her father and found out in the first book that she is actually related to the wizards, her own part is more complicated. So much to explore!! Please, Charlaine, hurry and get us #3!!
In Charlaine Harris’ new Gunnie Rose series, the United States collapsed when FDR was assassinated and Vice President Garner succumbed to the influenza pandemic that wracked the country, killing millions. With the federal government largely out of the picture, Canada and Mexico each annexed parts of the country — significant parts, in the case of Canada. What remained of the U.S. broke up into five smaller nation-states, along geographic and cultural lines. The New England states plus the Carolinas and Virgínia established close ties with Britain, even naming themselves Brittania.
California had given the Russian Tsar and his family refuge following their escape from the Bolsheviks, and asked him to take over the government when the country fell apart; the West Coast from San Diego to as far north as southern Washington (Seattle was now part of Canada) was now known as the Holy Russian Empire. The Midwest and much of the West was now known as New America; an exception was Texahoma, a small state consisting of parts of Texas and Oklahoma, along with the bottom corner of Colorado. The fifth, and poorest, nation-state was Dixie, segregated before the fall and even more so now, with the Black population persecuted and abused in the rigidly stratified society.
In this second book in the series, 19 year old Gunnie Lizbeth Rose has just signed up with a new crew that’s been hired to deliver a small crate to the town of Sally, in Dixie. Traveling by train, the group is attacked en route by two men with guns (neither survives the encounter), and then just as they arrive at Sally the train is bombed and derailed, and multiple attackers come for them before being fought off.
The surviving members of the crew are assisted off the train with the crate, but after Lizbeth Rose helped one of their number to medical care, she returned to discover her crew boss dead and the crate stolen. The novel describes her attempts to locate the crate and complete the crew’s contract.
Happily (for both their and the reader’s sakes) and apparently coincidentally, one of the first people she meets is Sally is Eli, the Russian mage who was her employer and romantic interest in the first book in the series. As they share a goal in locating the chest, she agrees to work for him again.
The plot is convoluted and Byzantine, and Lizbeth Rose’s voice as narrator is perfectly written. The descriptions of Dixie’s inhabitants, both Black and White, feel painfully accurate. Charlaine Harris continues to be one of the top writers in the genre, even when there are no vampires involved in the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsGunny at her best determined self, to complete the mission was hired for.
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
Second story in the Gunny Rose dystopian world. You need to read An Easy Death first to understand where in time this takes place and how the country got where it is because it is not repeated for your education in this volume, nor are who the characters are and Lisbeths history with them, which I appreciated. The story picks up after book 1 with Lisbeth healed and back to work doing what she does best with her guns and knives. As the tale evolves most takes place in the city of Sally, and her desire to be back home in her village is great, but she hired out to finish her job and she sticks to it until it's end, thus describing Lisbeth Rose. She does what's needed to complete her job and along the way her past comes along to intersect with her and both missions are completed. I like Gunny Rose and the world building, especially how different the various countries of what had been the USA are from one another. Looking forward to the next installment, of which I hope will be many.
She`s scored another hit with me. I don't know how I missed these but I have read them now, and I'm in love with Gunnie Rose. Fantastic worldly building, characters to really care about, characters you can't wait until they die and how. I up into the wee hours with this one and the previous book/kindle. On to the next new to me series. Midnight Texas we will see how that goes. Thank you 's
I really enjoyed the first of this series and eagerly awaited this sequel. That said this story was weak and disjointed and I only finished it because it was an expensive purchase at £7.99 for only a five hour read. I won't bother with any subsequent books in this series!
5.0 out of 5 starsLizbeth‘s second adventure is better than the first
Reviewed in Germany on February 23, 2020
Note: you can read „A Longer Fall“ without knowledge of the previous book, but you‘ll get more out of it, if you know the characters and the world.
Review I liked book one already, with the good and inventive world building and Lizbeth Rose‘s cool character. But it had its lengths, which hampered the pacing a bit. This installment doesn‘t suffer from that. Gunnie Rose is now healed after her ordeal during her last job and she is working as a hired guard and gun as part of a new crew. They travel by train to get a crate with unkown content to someone in a Dixie town, Sally. Things don’t work the way they were planned and by some strange design, Lizbeth again ends up working with Eli the grigori (aka magician) to bring things back on track. Again there is a long phase where Lizbeth and Eli stay in a town investigating, but different from book one, there is such a menacing undercurrent in said town that there is always suspense. Things in Dixie aren’t what they are in the rest of the former United States. There, the color of skin matters and women dress and behave like in the good ole South... creepy. And it makes for an interesting and thrilling background.
I also liked the development of Eli and Lizbeth’s relationship. It’s refreshing to see something uncomplicated, yet full of questions because of their different backgrounds. I’m sure interested to see where things are heading. Overall, a great adventure of the cool Gunnie Lizbeth Rose.