Amberville

Amberville

by Tim Davys
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Overview

Amberville by Tim Davys

“Audacious . . . [a] giddy thrill.” — Los Angeles Times

 “Weird? Obviously. But oddly gripping and convincing. … Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober—it’s plenty trippy as is.” — Washington Post

Amberville, Tim Davys’s first novel about Mollisan Town and its stuffed animal inhabitants, is both a noir novel with an unusual cast and an utterly original meditation on good and evil. In the words of Brad Meltzer (bestselling author of The Book of Lies), “When you’re tired of run-of-the-mill fiction, it’s time to read Amberville… a mystery that’s completely original.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061625121
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tim Davys is a pseudonym. He is the author of Amberville, Lanceheim, Tourquai, and Yok, the four books in the Mollisan Town quartet. He lives in Sweden.

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Amberville 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a strange story which is frequently incoherent. The author keeps introducing new characters, and new concepts that do not fit, and keeps jumping back and forth in time. The plot is very confusing and inconsistent. The swearing is annoying and does not enhance the story. The prose is clumsy. I disagree with the author’s remarks about faith - faith and religion are two different things. He seems to be lecturing but without a point; I detect an obsession with his own inner thoughts (which just confuse the plot more).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and its very interesting but not a kids book but once you start reading u cant stop!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept of everyone being stuffed animals is pretty cool, but the the author tends to go into too great of detail on something unimportant often. I would recommend to regular readers, but there's nothing special to see here. Could have been better with better plot development. Average. Would recommend on gimmick alone...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not afraid to read out of my comfort zone. I like all kinds of books all kinds of genre's etc. But for the life of me I could not get into this book. I tried for a solid week but couldnt get past the characters. I kept getting a mental picture of an evil winnie the pooh. It was a very strange experience for me...one I would rather not repeat. I am sorry I could not finish this book.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
I got Amberville as a free-Friday selection on my nook. The description alone had my attention, stuffed animals in a gritty story of crime, conspiracy, corruption and redemption. Sounds good. The story is told from multiple points of view, so the reader is constantly changing voices. . In truth, the entire book reads as a series of character studies, or at best a set of interconnected short stories that have been crammed together into a single volume. Nothing ever quite gels, as threads in the story peter out and lead to nowhere, characters are introduced and then forgotten, or dark hints are made that never really resolve into anything juicy enough to sustain our interest. There are a good deal of characters, some that are introduced then never seen from again. There were many pages in the middle that felt less like pleasure reading, more like work. Plus the ending is a huge let down, or at least it was for me and I just wanted to throw the book at the end. While I was happy I finally finished I just wished I had gotten an ending. The idea of stuffed animals in a detective mystery novel begs for plenty of sarcastic tongue-in-cheek humor, but Amberville avoids silly humor and instead relies on the subtle absurdities, to deliver the humor on their own, which they never really manage to do. I was interested by this book, but not entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!! What can you really say? It is shades of living through the later 60’s and 70’s when our brains were relaxed by, well if you were there, you know. If this story were about humans it would still be worth reading. It touched on so many subjects that we are all still trying to figure out (love, hate, religion, parent issues, gay issues, betrayal). The twist is to do the figuring out using stuffed toys as the characters. I think the author is having a bit of a laugh at the human race and trying to remind us that maybe we should loosen up a little. So, if you can relax you brain a bit this is a good read. I was puzzled, confused and amazed but most of all I haven’t forgotten this book and isn’t that what recreational reading is all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read whole thing because i will read almost anything. Two stars for creativity but the overall story is bizarre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone was once a kid playing with dolls, stuffed animals,or action figures. We used to pretend they were people getting married or fighting bad guys. Amberville is a throwback to those childhood days when your teddy bear was the greatest person you knew. Follow Eric Bear as he gets his old crew back together for one last mob job. This book is intended for adults. Do not let your children read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the whole book.
ElizabethSR More than 1 year ago
It is most unfair to both the reader and the author to rate this book because you do not like the reviewer or the genre or Free Friday's choices. I don't care for some of the reviewers either. And one wrote that he was giving it a one even though he hadn't read it yet. If you must make a statement at least give it a three! After all, Free is Free. Don't punch a gift horse in the mouth. If you don't like fantasy, don't read this book. Personally I'm tired of sword and sorcery, telepathy, vampires and zombies. I thought this was a refreshing story, both humorous and dark. It's not a literary masterpiece, so what? It was enjoyable and thought provoking. It's not just a fluff piece. I adored the characters, flaws and all. It's also a good mystery and a good find.
Mocker More than 1 year ago
Honestly, probably four stars but I find it moronic that this book got numerous one star reviews because it wasn't a good enough Free Friday selection. Apparently I didn't watch enough Winnie the Pooh to have every anthropomorphic teddy bear turn into him in my mind. Or perhaps I didn't just read a couple pages and give up. I thought his was an interesting twist on the noire genre and enjoyed the book.
ReggieMarkhamAbleThorp More than 1 year ago
Eric Bear is a modern day Sam Spade. The writting made me forget the characters where stuffed animals. I'm looking forward to buying and reading more from Mr. Davy
varbalow More than 1 year ago
I'll definitely read the next book in this "series". Noir about stuffed animals - love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I was like, "What?????" I almost put it down after realizing it was about stuffed animals, but curiosity kept e going and I am glad. The story was interesting, the writing was great, and whenever I'd forget I was reading about dolls, something would remind me and I'd laugh to myself. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that if I didn't get the book as a "free Friday" book, I would never have considered purchasing it. But I actually found myself getting hooked and enjoyed it. At first I wondered why the author would make the characters in the book stuffed animals, but having finished the book, I can see why now. This is not a cute story, but rather interesting and thought-provoking.
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Massive let down of an ending. Sorry armed to simply run out of steam
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pedigreedmutt More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed reading this. must confess i didn't think it would be interesting but it was. Very original and thoughtful. Have an open mind about the characters being stuffed animals. Maybe we are all just stuffed animals anyway.
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I really enjoyed this book!