Irregulars

Irregulars[PDF / Epub] ✅ Irregulars ⚣ Nicole Kimberling – Bluevapours.co.uk It’s a secret international organization operating in cities on every continent It polices relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world enforcing immigration laws the transfers of It’s a secret international organization operating in cities on every continent It polices relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world enforcing immigration laws the transfers of magical artifacts and crimes against humanityThe agents who work for the NATO Irregular Affairs Division can’t tell anyone what they do or how hard they work to keep us safe It brings a colorful collection of men togetherAgent Henry Falk the undead bum Agent Keith Curry former carnivore chef turned vegetarian; Agent Rake Babylonian demon with a penchant for easy living; and Agent Silas August uncompromising jerkFour cities four mysteries four times the romance Is your security clearance high enough to read on.

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Irregulars PDF ✓ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 476 pages
  • Irregulars
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • English
  • 14 May 2016
  • 9781935560166

10 thoughts on “Irregulars

  1. Julio Genao says:

    Not that kind of irregularCherries Worth Getting by N Kimberling Snappy dialogue and tight pacing 3 starsGreen Glass Beads by J Lanyon Sexy and tantalizing with compelling leads 2 starsNo Life But This by A Amara Fresh ideas but stupid plotting choices and occasionally clunky prose 1 starThings Unseen and Deadly by G Hale Novel and compelling with lovely imagery and appealing leads 4 starsOverall three stars—no probiotic yogurt necessary

  2. Mir says:

    This is four longish novellas in a shared world where our earth overlaps with other universes some mythological but others even foreign The Irregulars are a division of NATO charged with regulating travel and trade and making sure normal humans don't find out think MiB but with magic instead is aliens There is some character overlap but each story stands alone I thought they were all solid but my favorite was No Life But This by Astrid Amara I wouldn't say it was better than Hale and Kimberling's stories which I also really liked but it had a unusual protagonist and the sorta Aztec world with the complex calendar magic was something one doesn't see as often in anglophone fantasy

  3. mwana says:

    I only read Josh Lanyon's Green Glass Beads I don't care how awesome the others are I only wanted to read Lanyon's story So technically this is a dnf But it's a selective dnf

  4. Feliz says:

    As Wave once put it this is royalty writing here indeed I've enjoyed each of these author's works separately but together they created a world so multi faceted and uniue that someone could easily write dozens of stories inside it without repeating themselves once Fantastic alluring and simply awesome All stories are set in the same universe and each story contains a mystery a romance an aspect of worldbuilding and a message This setup and of course their shared universe connects the stories to make four pieces an almost seamless whole but there's also a distinct individuality to each novella which I'd attribute mostly to each author's personal preferences and style Mind you we've got four masters of their craft at work here so each novella contains all aspects and all stories are beautifully woven but each story focuses on one particular aspect of the basic scheme In order of appearance Cherries Worth Getting by Nicole KimberlingBeing in the forefront this story had to paint the backdrop for the other three which it did with subtle perfection by using bold strokes Sounds contradictory? Well it isn't The key was using a normal place Portland in this case and a normal activity buying food from a food cart and then dropping a bomb smack in the middle of this peaceful scenery human meat as contraband From there I felt irresistibly sucked into a world where blissfully oblivious humans live side by side with beings from other realms where everybody could be wearing a disguise and next to nothing is uite like it seems Human meat is a traditional dish among otherworldly races like for example goblins and vampires but recently it has become a sought after delicacy for food crazy humans too Of course if you want to serve human meat you need a fresh corpse first And since we're still in the human world here killing of people is considered murder This is where the Irregulars come in Former chef turned agent Keith Curry and goblin expert Agent Gunter Heartman used to be lovers once but their antagonistic parentage drove them apart Now forced to work together they slowly find their way back to each otherThe focus here was on the mystery Hunting down leads some of them false uestioning witnesses perpetuating evidence the story had all the elements of a genuine murder mystery and a very good one at that It was also at least to me the most hair rising of the four Cannibalism just for the thrill of it? OhMyGod Weaving an actually rather sweet romance into something like this and coming out with a positive message like don't let your preconceived notions stop you from falling in love with someone that's uite an achievementGreen Glass Beads by Josh LanyonAh the master did it again wove a story so full of subtle romance and sophisticated character development I couldn't help falling in love with age old Rake seemingly detached and single mindedly unscrupulous investigator and half faery Archer uick witted passionate intellectual This story may have some exciting cat burglar action magic wielding and bloodshedding but first and foremost it's a tender poignant heartwarming and yes VERY sexy love story It's the most character driven story of the four and its message is the simple ancient wisdom that love comes with true care and consideration and anything else is just so much noise No Life But This by Astrid AmaraIn regard to cruelty bloodshed and outlandishness this was the darkest and most sinister of the four stories in the truest sense of the word since the world of Aztaw it introduced literally has no light This story was also something of a maverick although it was still set in the Irregulars universe it created a distinct subsphere with a different set of rules Which was also this story's biggest forte The worldbuilding took my breath away with imagination and colorful weaving And then the character of Deven an assassin who kills as easily as he breathes but still somehow managed to retain his innocent soul which makes him something like a feral child He's slow to trust but once he does he's loyal to his own death Gruff and aloof agent Silas August balances Deven perfectly Those two found each other slowly almost reluctantly while the story moved around them and pulled them along with breathtaking speed to an explosive finale Things Unseen and Deadly by Ginn HaleWhile the first story set the foundation this last story wrapped everything up nicely though still standing very much on its own TO me this story was the most intellectual of the four from the whacked out cookie jamboree where all characters of the other storys make cbrief cameos to the many hidden hints and references at literature Sidhe lore music Talmudian mystery and contemporary history This story had also the most memorable character for me in Henry the Half Undead bum a man forcefully stripped of all his humanity who's still the epitome of a decent considerate being The story took a classic plot the lost prince and his world weary self sacrificing knight in shining armor and turned it into something uniue and new something very tender and touching as those two lost souls connect and ultimately save each other Every single one of those storys was a treat on its own but together they were just perfect They entertained me and touched my heart they made me think and flattered my intelligence they made my skin crawl and my heart race in excitement and had me laughing out loud than once Books like this one are rare gems that stand out like lighthouse beams from the fog of mediocrity Books like this one are the reason I read

  5. Emanuela ~plastic duck~ says:

    This anthology is remarkable first of all for the awesome world building but also for the impressive characters and the great uality of writing Even if there are the hands of four authors there is no prominent voice and each one of them put their craft at the service of the anthology In a contemporary setting NIAD the Nato Irregular Affairs Division handle what happens in the earthly realms when they involve extrahuman beings and activityIn Cherries Worth Getting Nicole Kimberling introduces us to the Irregulars and their tasks and cases The main couple is made of two agents from the Irregulars Keith is an ex cook which was recruited by NIAD after cooking an unusual meal As a conseuence he is not able to eat meat any Gunther is sent to help him investigate unusual killings which seem to involve the Goblin community Gunther and Keith were lovers but Gunther called off their affair leaving Keith in whose point of view the story is told feeling a bit of regret Keith is biased against goblins since they were involved in his fateful meal but Gunther behind his human appearance is a goblin As the case unfolds the two men learn something new about each other and they learn to understand what didn't work for them the first time the preconception and deception that kept them apart Even if the story is short we can see the characters change and become closer and their relationship develops and breathes in a very satisfying wayEven if this is the intoductory story the author is able to smooth the reader into this complicated world easily with no info dumping describing an alternate Portland The Goblin market was an incredible place that came alive on the page There is a wonderful sense of place that made my mind travel in a virtual map inside my head together with the protagonists In the second story Green Glass Beads Josh Lanyon expands this universe with two fascinating characters that are not really enemies they're two people with contrasting interests and goals Archer Green is the half fairiehalf human curator of the MoSSA the museum which stores otherworldly magical artifacts exorcised before being put away Archer has a complicated past The just appointed Commander Rake is keeping a not so discreet eye on him because Archer was in his youth a member of a radical group which advocated the return of these magical artifacts to their realms instead of nullifying their magic Archer is also looking for the green glass beads his faerie mother lost causing her banishment from the faerie realm the abandonment of her lover and lately her death Since then Archer lived in human foster care feeling that he didn't belong to the realm he was confined to He collects all the objects which belonged to his family The green glass beads have become his obsession something that could give him peace and maybe justice He turned his need for a family for a heritage into objects Objects are something you can hold you can see but sometimes what they stand for is this bundle of memories and wishes that almost hold a life energyIn their confrontations Archer and Rake dance around each other turning the words they say against each other they flirt Even if they have different goals Rake respects Archer he can see that he's a man of principles even if they're misguided Archer feels something special for Rake but what the Commander wants is strictly defined by what he is even if the blossoming feeling which transpires from Rake's eyes is so rare that it's difficult to believe the Commander would be able to let it go At one point the objects of desire the beads Rake Archer seem impossible to reconcile and the readers know that something will have to give to make their story workIn the third story No Life But This Astrid Amara pairs up two humans Deven who has recently returned from the realm of Aztaw and Agent Silas August who has the reputation of a stern and cold man They have to investigate the death of August's colleague in Mexico City a murder which is linked to the almost unknown Aztaws Deven is called as a consultant He lived in the dark Aztaw for years taken and relegated there by his crazy father He survived there as a warrior a servant to Lord Jaguar WHile he was there the Aztaw realm was going through a period of civil war and dissolution and Deven fleed taking with him the magical object of power of his lordI think Deven is awesome He still feels out of place among the humans because his staying in Aztaw left him a sight defect and no clue about the way people behave socially so much so that he mimics what he sees others do to feel less awkwardAugust seems cold but we can see glimpses of his attraction to Deven from the off handed remark about his green pretty eyes to the ogling of the other manThe story with its many turnings is a real ride where the Aztaw world and magic bleed into the human realm Deven's character has a fascinating growing arc because he had to change his vision of life to override his instincts and to uestion his loyalties in order to solve the case and protect Silas I don't know if Silas changed but the constant exposure to Deven was very beneficial because it brought out the best in him even if he was maybe trying to resist it but he had to learn to love againIn the fourth story Things Unseen and Deadly Ginn Hale writes about two outcasts Jason is a talented musician who has spent years under medication since when he saw monsters killing his father Since he is barely surviving and can't afford his medicines he is convinced that's the reason why he continues to see monsters and strange creatures It's hard for him to keep a job and unfortunately the first steady job he finds suddenly disappears in a mistHalf dead Henry is one of the most experienced Irregulars with a reputation of a man of power but also hopelessly drunk He is a revenant he can open the Shade Lands the place of the restless deadWhen they meet Henry immediately realizes there's in Jason than meets the eye Jason can see the truth at the core of people; there's something soothing and enthralling in him; he can heal with his songs It doesn't take long to find out that Jason is the most coveted being in the realm of fairiesBoth Henry and Jason were betrayed Henry by his lover Jason by his family They don't really belong in the world they're living in but they are good for each other Jason can see the real decent caring loving man hidden behind Henry's wasted persona Jason can heal him but also Henry becomes a harbor for Jason I was riveted by the way they entered each other's life It was as if Henry was able to fuel Jason's power and self awareness while Jason gave back to Henry hope and maybe his humanityI hope the authors will play again with this world because it's full of possibilities I also hope the characters will return sooner or later they were all fascinating and since we didn't hear the voices of all the characters I'd like very much to see stories from Gunther Rake and Agent August and meet Henry and Jason again Highly recommended

  6. Elena says:

    35 starsNicole Kimberling – Cherries Worth Getting 275 stars This one almost turned me vegetarian I’m not kidding I couldn’t stand the thought of eating meat for 5 days straight after reading it But that’s not the reason for the low rating I loved the worldbuilding the beginning was very promising and it delivered to a point but the execution lacked that something that would’ve made this short story really greatI haven’t read anything else by this author aside from trying another one of her books and not finding it to my taste so it might just be that her writing style isn’t for meDespite everything this story had probably the best uote in the entire book “When I was a little kid my favorite food was Christmas lights I used to eat them right off the string like candy” “You’re shitting me” “Not at all My godfather used to bribe me with them so I’d stop sucking all the butane out of his lighter” Josh Lanyon – Green Glass Bead 375 starsI really really wanted to like this than I didI loved the worldbuilding the plot the pairing of view spoilera demon and a fae on opposite sides of the law hide spoiler

  7. Ami says:

    Cheries Worth Getting Nicole Kimberling 35 starsKeith Curry is a ex chef turned Irregular Agent who is investigating culinary related crime humans are being murdered and their flesh are well being served as meat on restaurants yuck Enters Gunther Heartman an agent who is also goblin expert and one time Keith's ex friends with benefit They now must work together while navigating around the 'case of the heart' as wellIt's an interesting set up to the world of Irregulars agent I think Keith is appealing because he actually starts as a professional chef rather than directly interested with Irregular's world his reason for joining is interesting The romance is subtle and there are some tender moments So though the ending is not HEA it's Hopeful For Now I think the story is pretty goodGreen Glass Beads Josh Lanyon 35 starsArcher Green is a half faerie who works as a curator of the Museum of State Sanctioned Antiuities in Vancouver All his life he is a bit obsessed of finding green glass beads magical items that is part of his family heritage Commander Rake is an Irregular Agent Vancouver Division and he is certain that Archer has a connection with the illegal acuisition of a highly dangerous magical artifact Definitely not love at first sight for these two Aaah Archer and Rake why do I keep remembering Adrien and Jake PThe story is strictly from Archer's point of view so we get why he wants the green glass beads so much and how his perception of Rake slightly changes I have to say it's classic Josh you know one of his heroes is always a bit of a jerk yes I'm looking at you Rake though the ending is heavenly sweet with something out of romance movie with rains and all Considering that this might be the only new Josh Lanyon's title out this year I wholeheartedly savour it No Life But This Astrid Amara 4 starsDeven is an Aztaw expert working for NATO Irregular Task Force Mexico City as a consultant to help a murder of an agent and his sister on what seems to be caused by Aztaw magic Agent Silas August is the one in charge since the victim is his partner This story is the longest in this anthology and pretty complex with Aztaw culture and magical creatures; and I also think this is the most round about story; feels like a short novel Strictly written from Deven's perspective 3rd person I find him as very likeable character He used to be an assasin for one of the Aztaw's Lord but at the same time he was also a victim Deven was taken to Aztaw land when he was only 10 years old and he survived sacrifice from the Lord that ended up being his Master Stockholm syndrome? Or just a different perspective on loyalty? Unfortunately I don't feel like I know much about Agent August though except that he seems lonely But that's okay Deven is interesting enough for the two of them The relationship builds slowly as both actually carry their own baggages Sexual wise it's pretty clean I actually think this is on the urban fantasy element rather than the romance; however it is nevertheless satisfyingThings Unseen and Deadly Ginn Hale at the moment DNFSorry I cannot rate this one yet I'm just not pulled into the story cannot get passed the first chapter Not interested with the characters Maybe I'm not in the right mood Please note from all the authors here Ginn Hale is the one that I'm less familiar with Even if I read her stories before but I couldn't remember it being spectacular for me to remember any of them That is why hers is not a priority I might visit this later but for the moment it's a DNF for me

  8. ttg says:

    Anthologies can be a mixed bag and I mostly don't go for them especially since it can be hard to keep momentum up through the whole bookProject concepts like the Irregulars though is a great way to do it As other reviewers have discussed the anthology is based in the same setting our world but skewed with the existence of other realms and supernatural beings and an international police organization that helps maintain order and minimize incidents between the humans and other beingsBy having the authors play in the same world using the same rules and even bringing in characters from other stories in the anthology they're building individual pieces that contribute to an overall rich reading experience It's a lot of fun and I definitely recommend reading the stories in order You'll get of the side jokes and referencesThe Irregulars didn't suffer from the other big issue that anthologies can suffer from inconsistency All four stories were great reads The author styles are not identical but they flow well together I enjoyed all four immensely but I would say that my favorites were Lanyon's Green Glass Beads and Hale's Things Unseen and Deadly since I've already gone back and reread themThis book also got me interested in checking out Hell Cop which several of this book's authors contributed to same anthology style of one world different stories I just started but so far that's also goodThis is a neat model to do these shared author projects I would definitely be up for reading from the Irregulars universe and I recommend this book for anyone looking for a mm read that features fantastical elements excellent writing and really wonderful characters and of course romance D

  9. Vanessa North says:

    this was pretty goodYeahThe worldbuilding was good Creepy but also cool The paranormal aspects were really well done And as far as mixed author shared worlds go I felt these authors worked really well to tie their stories together cohesivelyIf I were to rate the individually Ginn Hale's story would be the standout 5 star read of the bunch Imaginative emotive really well written and it could stand alone without the others but it was enriched by the details from the other storiesPlot wise I found Astrid Amara's piece excellent but the execution not as strong Hottest sex scene of the antho thoughJosh Lanyon's story was atmospheric and really sexy but felt less paranormal than the others which seemed odd since both MCs were otherworldly creatures shrugNicole Kimberling's story was gross And fun And really gross It was a great start to the anthologyAnd I know I just reviewed them backward but you know that's how it goesSolid anthology recommended

  10. Mandapanda says:

    I loved all the stories in this anthology All rated between 4 5 stars My favourites were Astrid Amara's for spinning such a uniue and imaginative tale and Ginn Hale's for the brilliantly complicated hero Half Dead Henry Most of the endings were HFN and I'm really hoping that the authors will return to this world for a second go around like they did with Hell Cop and Hell Cop 2

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