Unshapely Things
Mark Del Franco
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Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM By Mark Del Franco

In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has important crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator whose magicIn the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has important crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator whose magical abilities were crippled after a run in with a radical environmentalist elf As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual And if Connor can t figure out the killer s M.O the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.
  • Title: Unshapely Things
  • Author: Mark Del Franco
  • ISBN: 9780441014774
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Kelly H. (Maybedog) Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I loved this book. It was a little slow paced in the beginning but that was fine because del Franco set up a complex world mostly by showing rather than telling. It started as an urban fantasy police procedural and it was well done. About halfway through the real action started and I couldn't put it down. I love the main character. He's complex and I like the idea that he is disabled for someone of his race. He isn't so by our standards but he can't live in our world as we do. He is very much cr [...]
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Mike (the Paladin) Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
***Originally reviewed 2014. Found a typo.***I'm going to say about this book what I've said about othersI wanted to like this book. I mean I really wanted to like this book. I'm always looking for good Urban Fantasy reads and this one looked promising. There's a nice number of books in the series and people have been rating them highly.Oh well. I almost went two stars here. In many ways the book is more mediocre than actually poor. The thing is I finally laid it aside as not worth my time to fi [...]
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Shannon Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
A great first book and a series I'll definitely continue with!Connor Grey is a druid but he's lost his abilities. He's collecting a disability check from his old job but he still wants to help where he can. Connor has a good friend on the Boston police force named Murdock that he helps out from time to time and one night Murdock calls him to the scene of a murder. At the scene is a dead fairy prostitute, held done with ward stones and missing a vital organ. Unfortunately what Connor agrees to he [...]
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Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
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Kati Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I keep seeing people comparing this book to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels. Well, yeah, it's similar - but only as far as the basic story wherein a crippled druid helps the local police solve magic-related murders. Other than that, it's like comparing apples to pears - both are fruit but they taste way different. I like Del Franco's characters/plot better than Butcher's. Don't know why. Connor Grey is kinda more likeable than Harry Dresden. And I love the supporting characters: the whole Mur [...]
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Aimee Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Unshapely Things by Mark Del FrancoGenre: Urban FantasyRating: 4 starsConner Grey. What can I say? I like him. He's a "crippled" Druid who's retired from the "Guild" and working as a consultant for the Boston PD. He's very limited in his abilities and it seems he has just enough to constantly get himself in over his head. Dead fairy prostitutes are popping up all over the "Wierd", hearts missing and no one has a clue as to how they got that way. Connor sticks his foot in it literally and it's a [...]
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Ami Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Somebody is killing Male Fairy prostitutes, removes their hearts, and leaves a stone behind. Since the crime scenes show residual magic, Boston P.D. decides to call Connor Grey, a former Guild investigator, who is now crippled of his abilities after a run-in with a radical elf. With a help from few friends, including a spunky flit named Joe, a human detective Murdock, and a smart-mouth researcher Meryl, Connor tries to find who is responsible behind all the murders.I always think that UF genre i [...]
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Kristin Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I'd give this book a little more than four stars. The plot was interesting, the main character and his friends likeable and though you got hints throughout the book about who might be responsible for the murders of young fairy prostitutes in an area of Boston called the Weird, the conclusion did have surprises.The story follows a druid named Connor Grey who fairly recently lost almost all of his powers after an attack by an extreme environmental activist elf. After his accident, Connor is no lon [...]
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Chris Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I originally read this in February 2008. Upon rereading, I definitely appreciated some of the more "old school" urban fantasy elements (harking back to Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Terri Windling, Tanya Huff, etc), such as the involvement of the Fae and the city/urban environment seeming to almost be a character itself. In this tale of druid who's lost his powers and helps out the Boston Police Department as best he can, the urban fantasy elements pair interestingly with a first-person noir detec [...]
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Nicole Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
This was quite enjoyable. The main character, Connor Grey, is very likeable--although he keeps telling us what a jerk he used to be before his humbling injury. I think this book would appeal to people who used to like Harry Dresden but have come to feel he has acquired too much power and/or gotten too full of himself. Connor has serious limitations on his magical druid powers (at least at this point) and is trying to learn to deal with that. He can be sarcastic, but he's not as much of a smart-a [...]
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Carly Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
**edited 12/04/13~3.5.Connor Grey was once an incredibly powerful druid, but a work incident left him magically crippled, unable to perform the spells that gave him such high status in the fey world. Now living in Boston and working as a police consultant, Connor is trying to form a new life while fighting his bitterness against the fey guild and his once-inferiors. When a serial killer begins targeting fairy prostitutes, Connor is on the case--and soon embroiled in the fey politics he tried so [...]
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Jensownzoo Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Although a standard explanation about why there are suddenly fairies and the like in the "normal" world, the protagonist is a new take on the topic. The protagonist is a disabled druid (with disability payments from the organization that oversees the paranormals) with little of his paranormal abilities intact. Like many urban fantasy protagonists, he is associated with the local police force (a consultant) and the novel reads a lot like a police procedural or mystery storyjust with fairies, elve [...]
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Kathy Davie Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
First in the Connor Grey urban fantasy series revolving around a powerless Druid in Boston.My TakeIt's okay. Del Franco has an interesting concept with a different perspective on the fae. Unfortunately, it's just a little too same-same. I do like the twist del Franco has given it with Connor beginning to see how arrogant and unfeeling he was when he did have all his powers. It could be interesting to read if only to watch him become aware and humble. Certainly a lesson we could all absorb in som [...]
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Naiya Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Connor Gray had been on the fast track in the Druidic Ward Guild (think magic Interpol)–right up until he chased down an neo-environmentalist elf terrorist in a nuclear reactor. That day, Connor lost his magic, condo, and career. What he gained was a dark shadow in his brain on an MRI and a certain lack of job prospects.Now he serves as a washed out consultant for the Boston PD, having gone from running high-profile investigations to an hourly, minimum rate. But what Connor still has is his in [...]
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Ithlilian Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I like that has a button that says "I'm finished" because I am definitely finished with this book. I'm not surprised that I didn't like Unshapely Things since I tend to dislike male led urban fantasy books, but I didn't dislike it for the reasons I normally do. Usually the main character annoys me to no end in male led urban fantasy, and that was not the case here. Connor Grey isn't too much of a swaggering idiot, but he isn't very deep or complex either. His sidekick detective is also not imme [...]
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Tammy Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I really liked this book. Connor Grey is kind of an asshole, but he's aware he's been an asshole and he's actively changing. He had privilege in his world, the kind of privilege that was innate--it came with his druidic power. Now that he's lost that power he's getting a great look at how the rest of the world lives, and at the person he used to be. Then there's The Weird, which is a bad Boston neighborhood inhabited by fairies, dwarves, elves, and everyone else who's not quite welcome in societ [...]
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Lorelle Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Every time I spy a book with a lower rating, Im hopeful ive just come upon a little unexplored gemis is not to be the case. Theres lots of info dumps, its an uninteresting world ( ill endure the hard yards for a really cool world), and Connor Grey is dull. There was not one secondary character that I was clinging onto for dear life I like I normally do . I skimmed the last 50 pages, but at least I almost made it, so a 3. I dont think Ill rush to go for number 2 unless I have a load of encouragem [...]
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Brooke Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
What's it about?In The Weird, a neighborhood in Boston, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. Their hearts have all been taken and left in their place - magical stones. There are two groups that cover crimes in Boston & The Weird: The Guild, who are the fey run law enforcement, and then the human law enforcement. The Guild, uninterested in these murders leaves the solving up to the humans. Working with the humans is Connor Grey, a druid who was left crippled when he lost almost all of his p [...]
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Richard Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
So, to start off I liked the sound of this book, from the description of the story and while it sticks to what it says it felt a little lacklustre and didn't quite work for me.Connor Grey is a ex superstar druid who is down on his luck after being attacked by a Radical Elf and losing most of his power in the bargain, leaving him for the intent and purpose of the magical community a cripple, he finds his superficial magical friends leave him high and dry now he's disabled and he scrapes by, by do [...]
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Elizabeth Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I immediately realized this would not be the most original urban fantasy I'd ever read - Connor Grey is more than a little reminiscent of Harry Dresden. Grey is a Druid who has lost his magic mojo and most of his high-powered magic-using friends. He consults with the police on cases involving magic, magic-users or other strangeness (sound familiar?). But I decided to stick with it. I love Harry Dresden, and I hoped that Franco would at least provide me with a few hours of entertainment. But that [...]
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James Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I don't know what to make of this book, I wen't into it expecting a good urban fantasy mystery and in fairness that is exactly what I got. The character was like-able, in fact all the characters were really well done, the plot line wasn't piss poor and the writing not terrible. Still though, there were times that I really struggled to get through the book. In the very middle there seemed to be a lot of times that I just thought 'Just tell me what happens, I can't be arsed to find out' - which su [...]
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Re-read 12 Jan 2011. As part of my effort to eventually actually review the fourth book in the series, I'm reading all the currently published books. I noticed what looked like it was the groundwork for something that happened in the fourth book, and started looking for clues about the timeline to confirm my suspicions. I think they're correct, and I wonder how long that loose end is going to be left dangling, and how many other readers have noticed. I'm probably building that up to sound more e [...]
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Angela Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I have to admit that these days it is a refreshing change of pace to read an urban fantasy in which the protagonist is male; such thing are few and far between. I also have to admit that while male-protagonist urban fantasies have to work really, really hard for me to compete with the Dresden Files, Mark Del Franco's Unshapely Things gave it a good college try.The book didn't entirely work for me. It's got issues with pacing and with what needs to get shown to the reader and what doesn't; for ex [...]
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Shelley Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Synopsis: Connor Grey is a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf named Bergin Vize. He now works as a consultant with human police detective Murdock to solve Fey murders that left the victim without their hearts and in it's place, stones that may have been stolen from the Guild itself.This is my first venture into the Connor Grey series after staying mostly with female lead characters, and it takes alo [...]
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Sarai Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
This book was fantastic I loved the suspense and action. I can't wait to see where it goes and it took me by surprise. I can't wait until next year for the new book. 4 stars out of 5*****Okay re-read review is coming****THOUGHTS/OPINION:For some reason the first time around I was absolutely madly in love with this book. I thought it was awesome. Since my second reading of this book my thoughts have changed. I thought it moved really slowly in parts. I felt like a lot was being set up and a lot o [...]
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Wendy Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
This was a good book. It took me a little while to get into it, but that was because it is a new series by a new author and I often find the whole set up of a series and the details of the world a bit boring. The premise is modern day Boston where Faerie has merged with our world in the past, bringing all sorts of magical creatures with it. I quite enjoyed the fact that this Urban Fantasy is all about magical creatures, and does not have the normal vamps, weres, etc in it. The author does a good [...]
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Lori Whitwam Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Del Franco has begun a world similar to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files or Simon R. Green's "Nightside." I can't decide if he just doesn't pull it off quite as well, or if it's because this is a first in a series and it takes time to develop and for me to become "part" of it. Connor Grey is a Druid who lost most of his abilities in a confrontation with a fey who was trying to detonate a nuclear device. Grey is recovering, but there's something in his head blocking nearly all his powers. He does some [...]
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Janice (Janicu) Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
This was a police procedural first of all, except with some unusual types of people as the victims (male fairy prostitutes), the murderer, and the people after him (Connor, the protagonist, and his cop friend Murdock). What was most interesting to me was that Connor is going through a rebirth - he's weak and handicapped (magically) and you feel his frustration at not being able to do things he used to do, but he's learning how to deal with this. He's learning how to treat people better as well. [...]
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Teresa Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
I enjoyed the world building, though the beginning read like a rip off of Simon Green's Nightside series. Unlike Green's John Taylor, Del Franco's Connor Grey is no longer a detective - he lost his birthright, the ability to manipulate essence (in other words, to do magic), in the line of duty on a previous case. With that gone, he was fired from the elite magical police, and lost the perks that well-paying, high profile job provided. To make a living now, he consults with the mundane police on [...]
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♦Jennifer♦ Sep 15, 2019 - 14:36 PM
Connor Grey is a former hotshot druid guild mage that through a case has now had his powers blocked. As a result he has been kicked out of the guild, and lost all of the power, prestige, and friends that came with it. Now he is forced to work on cases that he previously thought below him, and that is how he finds himself working on the case of Male Fairy prostitutes being murdered. While still trying to unblock the darkness in his brain. I really liked this book. I started reading it because I w [...]
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Unshapely Things By Mark Del Franco In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has important crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator whose magicIn the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has important crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator whose magical abilities were crippled after a run in with a radical environmentalist elf As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual And if Connor can t figure out the killer s M.O the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.

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