Creatures of Want and Ruin

Creatures of Want and Ruin

Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It's dangerous work under Prohibition--independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike--but Ellie's brother was accepted to college and Ellie's desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party, Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It's dangerous work under Prohibition--inde...

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Title:Creatures of Want and Ruin
Author:Molly Tanzer
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1328710254
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Creatures of Want and Ruin Reviews

  • Heather
    Oct 01, 2018
    Creatures of Want and Ruin takes readers back to the era of pulp fiction with its gothic atmosphere and horror-filled storyline. The main characters are Fin and Ellie, two strong heroes who fight for their homes in the face of demonic evil in prohibition-era Long Island. These two stro...
  • Alan Baxter
    Nov 24, 2018
    Brilliant fun. A wonderfully written dark weird adventure built around prohibition era moonshine running in Long Island. Recommended. Brilliant fun. A wonderfully written dark weird adventure built around prohibition era moonshine running in Long Island. Recommended. ? ...more...
  • rebecca
    Dec 08, 2018
    This may be my favorite Molly Tanzer novel. The plot is smart, the pacing is perfect, the historical setting is convincing without becoming precious, and the nods to Weird Fiction's forbearers are organic, not contrived. Tanzer's characters are vividly drawn, and she excels at writing ...
  • Julai
    Dec 09, 2018
    Creatures of Will and Temper had just a little less imagination, a little less adventure, a little less of that dirty creativity I look for in Molly Tanzer books. Creatures of Want and Ruin has a bit less than that. I?m not sure if it?s the attempt at a series that is making th...
  • Annie
    Oct 21, 2018
    It?s hard out there for a young woman with a bitter, disabled father who has to support her family and help pay for her polio-stricken brother?s medical college fees. Her only marketable skills are her ability to pilot a ship around Long Island and a certain disregard for being str...
  • Deborah Ross
    Oct 20, 2018
    My introduction to the work of Molly Tanzer was her novel, Creatures of Will and Temper, a 19th century urban fantasy revolving around The Portrait of Dorian Gray, and demonic possession. Creatures of Want and Ruin takes place in the Roaring Twenties on Long Island, New York. The commo...
  • Devann
    Oct 14, 2018
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss I really enjoyed Creatures of Will and Temper from this author, but I had a bit of trouble getting into this one. This isn't a sequel really so you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy it, although I think they might have...
  • Kamisha
    Nov 09, 2018
    Thanks to the NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed this strange, but entertaining speculative fiction story! There were elements of this that nodded to Molly Tanzer?s previous book, Creatures of Will a...
  • Kam
    Nov 11, 2018
    This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher via Edelweiss. This does not in any way affect my review. This novel is slated for release on November 13, 2018. Despite those Lovecraftian trappings, this novel goes in the complete opposite direction from Love...
  • Megan
    Dec 04, 2018
    Listen. I just love everything Molly Tanzer writes. This is a semi-sequel to her Creatures of Will and Temper (same universe and a tenuous connection, but completely separate stories) that takes what Will & Temper did with Wilde and fencing and does it again with Wharton and bootle...
  • Anneke
    Nov 16, 2018
    Book Review: Creatures of Want and Ruin Author: Molly Tanzer Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Date: November 13, 2018 Review Date: November 16, 2018 This was quite a bizarre book; a strange combination of genres. It was speculative...
  • Alex Can Read
    Nov 13, 2018
    Creatures of Want and Ruin is a sex-positive historical magical realism novel set in the roaring twenties. Creatures of Want & Ruin is apparently a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper but stands alone perfectly. (I have not read Creatures of Will and Temper and never felt like I...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Oct 30, 2018
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My first introduction to Molly Tanzer was with last year's Creatures of Will and Temper and I was really impressed by her Dorian Gray inspired tale. Of course as soon as I caught wind of her newest release I knew I h...
  • Mark
    Dec 16, 2018
    Creatures of Want a Ruin was an enjoyable read that deals with some very ugly and very present time issues. It doesn't shy away from it's dark themes, though it does shroud them, somewhat, in a veil of supernatural horror. (Why else am I here, I ask?) Ellie and Fin are worlds apart,...
  • Joe Crowe
    Jul 03, 2018
    (Review thanks to a very early advance copy.) Author Molly Tanzer could have easily done a reprise of her first novel and that would have been awesome -- Creatures of Will and Temper is excellent. Check it out -- it's a reimagining of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but with cults and ...
  • Aryssa Hutchins
    Dec 18, 2018
    A fun story. I enjoyed the thoughts of the two women as they experienced life and death. ...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Nov 08, 2018
    I have waited for a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper for a year now! I was very excited to be able to read it, and very thankful to both the publisher and Molly Tanzer herself who was so sweet to help me out to procure a review copy as an international reviewer - considering how ...
  • Jeremy Brett
    Nov 14, 2018
    Molly Tanzer triumphs again with the second book in her loosely-connected series of fantasies centered around the interaction of demons with their human vessels. The first book, "Creatures of Will and Temper" took place in a deeply-realized Victorian England (with many gender-swapped t...
  • Eliese
    Nov 25, 2018
    There were a lot of reasons I didn't like this book. The plot was uninteresting and didn't make much sense, the pacing was off and the characters felt extremely fake, but all of these issues and others all lead back to the same thing. There was no heart and no passion in this book. It ...
  • W.L. Bolm
    Jan 03, 2019
    I think that Tanzer is improving as she goes along; I liked this more than the previous book I read from her, Creatures of Will and Temper. There were some places I thought could improve (there are a lot of scenes where characters lose their lunch over and over again, and I thought it ...
  • Madame
    Dec 30, 2018
    It's more weird and less wonderful (or what counts as wonderful for me.) It was definitely creepy but nowhere where I felt scared or really creeped out. It built a good setting and I love how Molly Tanzer threaded everyone's stories and character arcs amazingly. The characters wer...
  • Nicole Beaudry
    Dec 16, 2018
    Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Want and Ruin is a loose follow-up to Creatures of Will and Temper, which I read at the beginning of the year and then browbeat every single person I know into reading, or close to. I was worried picking this one up - would it live up to my expectations? Wou...
  • Marc BaguĂ©
    Dec 22, 2018
    Why is it that, on the two books from her that I've read, Molly Tanzer succeeds so smoothly in portraying the time period and conveying its social problems and casual daily life? I don't think if it can get better than this. I cannot recommend it enough. I'm excited to get the rest o...
  • Michelle
    Sep 23, 2018
    I wanted to like this so much. The storyline was intriguing, the cover was fantastic...I couldn?t wait to read it. But then I started it...and it went downhill from there. It took me ages to get through it because it felt like a chore. I ended up skimming it around 35%. The ch...
  • Acqua
    Dec 07, 2018
    This wasn't perfect, but queer fiction about fighting bigots is the best kind of fiction. Creatures of Want and Ruin follows Ellie, a moonshine smuggler in prohibition-era Long Island. She is a polyamorous woman in an open relationship with a bisexual man, and in this story she will h...
  • Michelle
    Jan 21, 2019
    "Looking away from something doesn't make it disappear." Ahhhhhh words can not express how much I enjoyed this book!! I loved Creatures of Will and Temper, and while I know they aren't exactly a series, I hoped this one would also be awesome, and it did not disappoint. We have 2...
  • Nancy
    Jan 23, 2019
    Such a fast and Intriguing read! Set in Amityville Long Island we follow a very independent Ellie West who takes matters into her own hands to get what she wants for her family as well as herself. I loved her ambition and hustle throughout the story. When Ellie meets Delphine ?Fin?...
  • Erica
    Sep 04, 2018
    I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ellie West navigates her skiff by moonlight distributing SJ's moonshine liquor to her local customers. Although it's not the safest or most proper job for a young woman, especially during the prohibitio...
  • Jess Harker
    Jan 16, 2019
    I enjoyed Tanzer?s creativity and vocabulary in this book, but other than that I didn?t enjoy much of anything else. I felt it was a bit convoluted and even sloppy at times. What upset me the most were the unrealistic and perhaps careless story choices. The best example I can give ...
  • Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
    Feb 28, 2018
    RELEASE DAY! Review also found at: https://grumpybookgrrrl.com/2018/11/1... Creatures of Will and Temper: ????? Follow me at Twitter. RELEASE DAY: Tuesday, November 13, 2018. I really liked Creatures of Will and Temper and this new release is a stand-alone set in t...