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Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn -1) by Kathleen Tierney

Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn #1) by Kathleen Tierney

Siobhan Quinn series — by Kathleen Tierney (aka Caitlín R. Kiernan).

Recent release: Cherry Bomb #3 — February 2015

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

My name's Quinn.

If you buy into my reputation, I'm the most notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I'm an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or...whatever. Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I (mostly) didn't commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was "saved" by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too. So now...now, well, you wouldn't think it could get worse, but you'd be dead wrong. ~ FF

Lead's Species Edit

  • Werewolf-Vampire hybrid (bitten by both), Demon-monster hunter

Primary Supe Edit

  • Vampire & Werewolves

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • There is no PNR

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First Person narrative told by Siobhan Quinn—she's repeatedly breaks the fourth wall by talking to the reader.

Books in Series Edit

Siobhan Quinn series:

  1. Blood Oranges (2013)
  2. Red Delicious (2014)
  3. Cherry Bomb (Feb, 2015)

Themes Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • NYC

Places:

  • New England

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Werepire hybrid, Demon-monster hunter, Vampire, Werewolves, lupe, demons, djinn, ghouls, Ghosts, bridge trolls, necromancers, magic totem, talking bird, bogle, wolfbane, ancient artifact, lucid dreams, ancient prophecy, chosen ones, underworld uprising, , , weird rat creature, three dimensions, half-ghoul twins, 

Glossary: Edit

  • Evangelista Penderghast: monster
  • "Red delicious": what Quinn calls her blood fixes
  • Wolfbane: Selwyn imbibes some, sets Quinn on a rampage;

Groups & Organizations:Edit

World Edit

✥ while Quinn and her girlfriend are snuggling together in the ruins of a building enjoying their drug buzz, a ghoul grabs Quinn's girlfriend and eats her alive. Days later, a vampire attacks Quinn. In both cases, the supernatural perpetrators wind up dead, mostly due to their own clumsy actions. Quinn, though, gets full credit for the deaths in Providence's supernatural gossip mill, with her part in the deaths being exaggerated more and more as the tales are told and retold on the street. The two deaths lead to Quinn's "adoption" by Mean Mr. B (a Beatles reference), who continually changes his name but always begins it with a "B" (e.g., Barlow, Bayard, Baptiste, Balthazar—all having literary or popular culture connections). As Quinn says, Mr. B "is a smooth talker. He could have put the s in suave. Could sell celery to a vampire." (from Red Delicious) He maintains a mysterious aura and is quite secretive about his life, but Quinn knows that he is is heavily involved as a middleman in the supernatural underworld. Soon, Mr. B is paying for her apartment, providing her with heroin, and helping her survive. He also sends her out to assassinate various supernatural monsters, promising his protection in exchange for her services—in other words, he's a pimp, of sorts. Mr. B explains that Quinn's reputation as a monster killer makes her an asset to him in his dealings with supernatural creatures who tend to strike out in deadly ways when their deals go wrong.

The supernatural creatures in this series are not noble or romantic. They are monsters who eat people without a qualm or even a second thought. Quinn describes each individual monster in exquisite detail—their sizes, their physiques, their sounds, and even their smells. It's a relief to find a series with absolutely no angst-filled, uber-alpha male heroes and no virginal, feisty-but-submissive heroines. Quinn blows every tired vampire/werewolf trope out of the water. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction: Caitlín R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney: SIOBHAN QUINN TRILOGY

Protagonist Edit

Siobhan Quinn (sounds like “Chavon”) has been a runaway since the age of twelve and the story of her life is definitely not sugar coated. She's become a junkie and does whatever she needs to get her fix...including stealing and doing tricks. That's until everything changes one night when her best friend and make out buddy gets killed by a ghoul. Quinn's eyes are now wide open and she tells the tale in her own words which are sprinkled with verses from novels (from the hours she spent hanging out in the library) and heavily infused with sarcastic remarks and satire. ~ Goodreads | Sharon

✥ Siobhan Quinn has lived a hard-scrabble life on the streets since she ran away from her abusive and negligent parents as a twelve-year-old. She prefers (demands, really) to be called Quinn, and swiftly corrects anyone who calls her Siobhan. Within a few years of living hand-to-mouth in squalid squats, Quinn gets turned on to heroin one cold night when her friend/supplier/pusher promises that he can warm her up with his product... Nineteen-year-old Quinn looks back over the events of the past few years, telling her story in her cynical, sarcastic, streetwise voice, moving back and forth in time as she goes off on tangents and then abruptly brings us back to the events at hand. She is largely self-educated, having spent a lot of time (in her pre-junkie days) at the public library, soaking up as much knowledge as she could on her own. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction: Caitlín R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney: SIOBHAN QUINN TRILOGY

Sidekick Edit

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Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Siobhan Quinn Were-Vamp hybrid demon hunter, ex-junkie; feisty heroine; bit by a werewolf, kidnapeed by a vampire who also bites her, becomes a weepier, an abomination to everyone in the supernatural world;
Mean Mr. B Boss Siobhan Quinn's handler; sends her on monster hunting jobs; allied himself with Drusneth on the Unicorn horn job;
Bride of Quiet vampire killed the werewolf who bit Quinn, kidnaps her, informs her she's been turned into were, then bites her, turning her into the firs werepire;
Aloysius troll Quinn's frenemy; loves candy-bars;
Jack Doyle, Quinn meets seeking the truth of what happened to her; eaten by Quinn's werewolf self; brother: Samuel;
Boston Harry character Quinn meets seeking the truth of what happened to her;
? monster hunter priest a defrocked, child-abusing priest who considers her to be a monster that must be destroyed
Amity and Berenice Maidstone necromancers mob boss's necromancing daughters; among seven vicious beings seeking the unicorn horn;
Drusneth succubus demon powerful succubus whorehouse madam; Mr. D: allied himself with Drusneth; among seven vicious beings seeking the unicorn horn;
Yeksabet Harpootlian powerful demon who lives in another realm; among seven vicious beings seeking the unicorn horn;
Magdalena Szabó powerful demon powerful demon who lives in yet another realm; among seven vicious beings seeking the unicorn horn;
Samuel (aka Salem Sam) bogle brother of Jack Doyle, who was eaten by Quinn's werewolf self; among seven vicious beings seeking the unicorn horn;
Barbara wealthy human lover Quinn lives with her in Manhattan; woman who gets off on up-close-and-personal vampire action;
Selwyn, aka Annie Smithfield black-market dealer Quinn meets her at a BDSM party; dealing in black-market supernatural antiquities; double-crossed one of her clients, ghoul named Isaac Snow;
Isaac Snow high-ranking ghoul Selwyn double-crossed by selling some objects she promised to him to other clients;

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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Author Edit

Kathleen Tierney, aka Caitlín R. Kiernan

Bio: Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (born 26 May 1964) is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including ten novels; many comic books; and more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes. She is also the author of scientific papers in the field of paleontology. ~ Wikipedia

✥ Caitlin R. Kiernan was born near Dublin, Ireland, but has spent most of her life in the southeastern United States. In college, she studied zoology, geology, and palaeontology, and has been employed as a vertebrate palaeontologist and college-level biology instructor. ~ FF

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Publishing InformationEdit

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  1. Blood Oranges:
  2. Red Delicious:
  3. Cherry Bomb:

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Blood Oranges (2013): My name’s Quinn. If you buy into my reputation, I’m the most notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I’m an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or…whatever. Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I (mostly) didn’t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was “saved” by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too. So now…now, well, you wouldn’t think it could get worse, but you’d be dead wrong. ~ Goodreads | Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn, #1)

BOOK TWO—Red Delicious (2014): Siobhan Quinn is back and working a new case in the dark and satirical sequel to Blood Oranges. Half-vampire, half-werewolf Siobhan Quinn survived her initiation into the world of demons and monsters. But staying alive as she becomes entangled in underworld politics might prove to be more difficult. When the daughter of a prominent necromancer vanishes, it's up to Quinn to find the girl. But her search will land her directly in the middle of a struggle between competing forces searching for an ancient artifact of almost unimaginable power... ~ Goodreads | Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn, #2)

BOOK THREE—Cherry Bomb (Feb, 2015): Meet Siobhan Quinn—Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she thought… Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island’s seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon can’t catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again. What do you do when you’re stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age? Especially when you’ve fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess—and you ain’t nobody’s hero… ~ Goodreads | Cherry Bomb (Siobhan Quinn, #3) by Kathleen Tierney

First Sentences Edit

  1. Blood Oranges (2013) — First off, taking out monsters absolutely doesn't come with a how-to manual.
  2. Red Delicious (2014) —  First off, taking out monster absolutely doesn't come with a how-to-manual.
  3. Cherry Bomb (Feb, 2015) — Jump out. I met Selwyn Throckmorton five years after I'd left Mean Mr. B and Providence behind me and arrived in Manhattan, three years after that whole mess with the Maidstone sisters and those two demon warmongers from an alternate reality, all four of whom were scrabbling ass over tit to get their hands on a magical dildo carved out of a unicorn's horn.

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Notes Edit

One of the best parts of the series is that the author breaks down the fourth wall. Quinn talks directly to the reader. She tells her story as if she were chatting with you over a beer at a local dive bar. Some have criticized the narration as being rambling or misleading, but that's what happens when you tell a long story about yourself. Quinn tells us what happened to her as she remembers it—or, sometimes, as she wished it had happened. The author generally throws in one or two deus ex machina plot elements, and she sometimes interrupts her narrative to tell a related anecdote. But she's always up front about her story-telling technique, informing the reader that if you don't like her style, she could care less. "Those of you who find this annoying, go read another book, instead. I won't mind." (from Red Delicious) ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

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