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Strange Practice
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
129 posts | 119 read | 194 to read
Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.
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wanderinglynn
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

While the synopsis was intriguing, the execution fell flat for me. One of main aspects that drew me to this book was the fact that Greta is a physician for the underworld. Some of the scenes I liked best were when she cares for Varney, sees to the ghoullet, & discusses an upcoming foot-bone replacement surgery for a mummy. Those were the parts I wanted more of & yet her practice (despite the title) is not even a subplot.

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wanderinglynn My other big disappointment was the antagonist. Dealing with that just didn't really fit for me within the set-up for this world. A slower build up over 3 or 4 books to this kind of antagonist would have worked better. But diving right into this kind of story before even really fleshing out the world made me lose interest. There are some other issues, but this is the biggest one. 2mo
Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 2mo
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wanderinglynn Oh I almost forgot! This was my October #bookspin. @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
bio_chem06 That book sleeve is 🔥 2mo
wanderinglynn @bio_chem06 Thanks! I love it. It was part of my #HauntedHollowSwap box from @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😀 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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wanderinglynn
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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#thoughtfulthursday

📖 tagged, A Good Day for Chardonnay, & The Archive of the Forgotten

🍁 getting caught in the rain & that NaNoWriMo is going really well

📚 books with basic spelling errors and misprints

Thanks for the tag Danielle! Have you played? @TheSpineView @Crazeedi @AlaMich @persephone1408 @wideeyedreader @Twainy

TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 💙🏷 2mo
MoonWitch94 You are very welcome! Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 2mo
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Laughterhp
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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This book came to mind for today‘s #LittensDressedinBlood September prompt - Monster Mash

Greta is a monster doctor. She treats vampires, mummies, banshees, etc.

This series is pretty good, though I never read the 3rd book.

MidnightBookGirl I almost picked this one too! 4mo
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Lizpixie
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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#LittensDressedInBlood #Day5 #DeadMansParty I have many books on my shelves that would fit this prompt, both well known & niche books about all sorts of dead men from vampires to zombies to ghosts. I chose this book, the 1st in a series, because it encompasses all of those types of dead men & more, including ghouls, demons & gargoyles. It‘s a fun series with a great female MC, a doctor who works with the supernatural sick.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a great series!! 5mo
MidnightBookGirl I love this book! 5mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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This was a little different from my usual fare, but I was just really intrigued by the recommendation by @Barbara the Bibliophage and it was fairly inexpensive. It was mostly fun, she writes well and is funny, but there were some heavier parts too. For the most part, I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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Littlewolf1
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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4.3⭐️ “Whatever you‘re into is some fascinatingly weird shit.” Dr. Helsing is a private medical doctor that treats London‘s undead from vampires, ghouls, mummies and so many others. But things get a little crazy when an old friend calls her for an emergency. There is one aspect I could‘ve lived without, but the book itself was pretty awesome. I‘m looking forward to continuing the series. This is also my #doublespin for #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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LostInSpace
Unnatural Remedy | Vivian Shaw
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Pickpick

A fun and easy going read. Very monster-rific.

Greta Helsing is a doctor to the undead, a ancient evil is brewing in the sewers of London causing problems for her patients.

Greta and her little squad of undead friends (I enjoyed the banter immensely!) are the only ones who can end the trouble that is hot on their heels.

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Lucy_Anywhere
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

Monsters need doctors as well - and Dr Greta Helsing‘s practice is full of the things that go bump in the night. With nods to Victorian gothic tales, this was a fun read and full of imagination, but the ending fell a little bit flat for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a bit

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starlight97
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, whose job is to treat the different ailments of vampires, ghouls, banshees, mummies etc. now has to fight a group of murderous monks who try their best to harm her and her patients.
Wonderfully written, creative and unique, a delight to read.
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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Twainy
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

🎧 Meh another tough review. You‘d either love or hate the narration. It‘s almost monotone & doesn‘t differentiate between characters. Gretta Hellsing is a Doctor to supernatural beings in London. The story brings up obscure happenings in London history. Interesting idea. I feel the treeware is probably better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/3

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ShyBookOwl
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I'm always down for a quirky monster book 🧛‍♀️🧟‍♀️

ozma.of.oz I really liked this one! I hope you enjoy it! 2y
ShyBookOwl @ozma.of.oz thx! I'm excited for it 2y
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BrieHive
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Greta Helsing is a doctor for supernatural beings, or differently alive as she puts it. This is the first book in the series and the characters you meet are awesome and written beautifully. Frankly some of the best moments are when the main characters are in a group just talking. The story itself is a bit predictable but still a good time. I highly recommend if for no other reason than hanging out with Vivian Shaw‘s characters.

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Rissa1
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Underworld meets the Da Vinci Code.

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Rissa1
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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February TBR List finished. The only carry over from last months list is Good Omens. Strange Practice should be finished today.

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Timidmagick
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr. Helsing is a doctor to the supernatural and gets involved in a situation where someone is targeting them and there is a serial killer loose in London killing the human population too

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BridgetteM
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Your package should be delivered to you by no later than Friday, @HerDarkHuntress1 :) Sorry for the delayed post. I was in a rural area for Thanksgiving and my Internet access was more limited than I expected. #lmpbc @Pogue @MeganAnn

HerDarkHuntress1 Woot!!! Looking forward to it!!! 2y
HerDarkHuntress1 @BridgetteM I got it! It looks interesting... and I‘m realizing I may have over marked my book! Sorry @MeganAnn! 2y
MeganAnn @HerDarkHuntress1 definitely not a problem! I paged through it briefly and I love all your annotations! I usually get so wrapped up in the story I sometimes forget I‘m supposed to be marking it up and have to go back later. Also, thank you so much for all the extras!! You at so very sweet and I loved them (and Axton loves the book you sent him too!) 😘 2y
BridgetteM @HerDarkHuntress1 Hope you enjoy the book! :) 2y
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ralexist
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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1) Doctor to the things that go bump in the night. Fun read!
2) Teleportation or the ability to communicate in every language
3) Scorpio
4) Getting holiday cards ready for the mail
5) ❤️🧡💛💙💙💜🖤🤍🤎

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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HoneyBeeLee
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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After loosing my headphones for a week and finally finding them this passed weekend I can finally finish up with book! Have to admit this was a really good book. Had me hooked at the start. Can‘t wait to start the next book in the series.

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MidnightBookGirl
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Loved this supernatural tale! Very Halloween-ish, and now I need to track down the other books in the series! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

kyraleseberg This is next on my list for the month! 2y
ozma.of.oz This one is so good! The third in the series just came out last month! 2y
Laura317 This sounds awesome! 2y
Eyelit Just started listening to this. Very intrigued 2y
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pyjamaviking
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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jen_hayes7
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Read this on our flight home from London (we scored an economy plus which made the long flight 500% more comfortable). I enjoyed it very much. Greta and her cast of characters were very likable. I wish there had been a little more of an intro to Greta before the mayhem struck, but other than that I thought it was a great story and am interested to see where the series goes next. Also,these HP Daily Prophet Vans might be the most comfy shoes I own.

Reviewsbylola You look super comfy for a long flight! 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr Greta Helsing has more than one #vampire patient.

#chillingphotochallenge
@Clwojick
@TheReadingMermaid

Clwojick 🖤🖤 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Vampires, Ghouls, Demons, Mummies, and Unholy Monks, oh, my! Really digging this book about a monster doctor and murder and stolen books. #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

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RainyDayReading
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Had a hard time figuring something out for today‘s #chillingphotochallenge because surprisingly despite my love for all things spooky I find myself short on anything #coffin like. Then I remembered this book which is still on my TBR. Forgive the unmade bed in the background. If you spy Daisy, you‘ll also figure out why despite my best efforts it remains unmade 😅 #teamslaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick Gorgeous!! 2y
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Squidapus
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Pickpick

Squidapus found this an enjoyable read. He likes stories where the supernatural or fantastic are brought down or interacted with in very real world ways. There were some stumbles here and there were either stuff happened to move the plot instead of being organic or where a solution was something that wasn't foreshadowed but everyone said was obvious (multiple times actually). Even then they didn't detract from wanting to keep reading til the end

TalecArashi Ooh, have you read this? ➡️ 2y
Squidapus @TalecArashi We have not actually! 2y
TalecArashi "stories where the supernatural or fantastic are brought down or interacted with in very real world ways" it's all over this! I love it so much (was surprised to see the only review on here panning it, although I suppose it is kinda densely written, ha) 2y
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Michollio
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Pickpick

An interesting take on the "monsters" that I haven't encountered before. Moving on to the second, which I didn't realize was the second until a week ago, several months after adding it to my list.

ozma.of.oz The third one just came out a couple days ago! So you‘ve got another one to look forward to! 2y
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Squidapus
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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From sci fi to sci...fantasy? Who knows! But he's been interested in this one a long time!

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shanaqui
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Finished up my reread in the best company, today. 💙 #BunniesofLitsy Love this book so much -- it's so *nice*, even amidst horrifying things. Greta's calling as a doctor is the best.

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

Squidapus Awesome, Squidapus picked this up last week...month? Whenever. Glad to hear it's so good! 2y
shanaqui @Squidapus I love it dearly, at least! I'm so excited and impatient for the third book, too. 2y
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shanaqui
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw

Rereading again, partly just for joy and partly because book 3 is out in September! Had a good long cuddle with Biscuit while I was reading, too, but my phone was dead so no pic.

Love the details of the stuff Ruthven has been doing to keep eternal life interesting. Latte art!

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

Clwojick Is Biscuit a 🐰🐶🐱? 2y
shanaqui @Clwojick Biscuit's a bunny! :) We have three buns: Hulk, Biscuit and Eclair. 💙 2y
Clwojick 💘 💖 💓 2y
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sidherinn
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
Pickpick

I thought this was charming. Its fun & clever & witty. The audio book is good, too. I found myself looking up various historical novels as reference points for some of the characters. That was nice; Ms. Shaw could have gone the easy route & used Dracula. It would be a perfect beach read, if you're near a beach. It's the 1st in a series, the 2nd is already out, & the 3rd is being released in October. I already have it reserved at my library.😎

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Victoriahoperose
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting supernatural book. I liked the setting and the time of the book. I felt like it was a bit dry in parts and it didn‘t stand out among other books in this genre. It was okay, but I‘ve liked other books better that had similar themes.

IndyHannaJones I loved this book, but I'm intrigued about the other books with similar themes... 3y
Victoriahoperose @IndyHannaJones I felt like A Discovery of Witches had a similar vibe. I have to look through my TBR and let you know a few others. 3y
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ElectricKatyLand
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr. Greta Helsing is a physician to non-human Londoners. Fun, campy thriller as Greta and her friends seek to save London's undead and human populations from zealous killer zombie monks.

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Hufflepuffle
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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1. My Friend Georgia who I met in sixth form
2. Best sunset was probably early this year up a hill not far from my house
3. A lavender and oat cleanser which I first used when I went to Barbados and always takes me
back!
4. Last book I read was Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
5. I tag anyone who wants to play!
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs
Thank you for the tag @wanderinglynn 😊

Eggs Old friends are the best💗 3y
Hufflepuffle @Eggs They are 😊 3y
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Hufflepuffle
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I adored this book!! It‘s got Vampires, Vampyres, ghouls, ex-demons and more, plus their feisty Doctor, what more could you want? I need the next one ASAP!

shanaqui I love both this and the sequel, and I can't wait for September for the next book! 3y
Hufflepuffle @shanaqui I was so relieved when I googled and found the second one was already out! Bring on September for the third!! ❤️ 3y
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thereadingowlvina
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Love the sun! And I'm enjoying this book so far! It's a peculiar story in a very different kind of world 🙂📚☀️❤

MrBook Love the pic! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
thereadingowlvina @MrBook Thank you! 🙂👍 3y
BookHoarder32 Yay! I love this series 3y
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Hufflepuffle
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I am dog sitting for my parents and so this pretty pup is my reading companion for a while. His name is Jasper, he is 11 and he needs approximately 1,000 cuddles a day. Especially after an early walk in the rain!

#DogsOfLitsy

JennyM Naw...cutie 🐶♥️ 3y
Sleepswithbooks 🥰🐶🥰🐶 3y
Slajaunie Handsome boy! 🐾💙 3y
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JoScho So sweet ❤️ 3y
SW-T Awwww💕❤️ 3y
AlaMich He looks like an awesome reading buddy! 🐶❤️ 3y
BooknerdsLife Awwww he is gorgeous!!! 😍🥰 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser He's Beautiful! 3y
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Hufflepuffle
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I wasn‘t going to buy any more books until I reduced my stack a bit but couldn‘t resist when I saw this on the shelves and realised it was a book I had spotted on Litsy. I just had to add it to my real #tbr pile not just my Litsy list! I also wasn‘t going to have anything naughty today but somehow ended up with a hot chocolate 😬🤷‍♀️

BooknerdsLife 😂👍🏼Best way to live! 3y
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wyvernfriend
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I quite enjoyed it. Characters were fun and I'm sure if I'd read more early horror I'd get more of the in jokes, but it works without having read those.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
wyvernfriend Thanks 3y
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wyvernfriend
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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The books with bookmarks in in the bedroom. Strange Practice is the currently actively being read book.

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 3y
wyvernfriend Thanks 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Sometimes a book you unexpectedly loved (The tagged one) is written by an author willing to really engage with the audience and interviewer. Now I‘m more excited than ever to read Dr. Greta Helsing Book 2, Dreadful Company. Thanks Vivian Shaw! (p.s. She‘s on the right.) #gburgbookfest

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Ellen_C
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

First in what promises to be an entertaining series featuring Greta Helsing, doctor to monsters. A strange group of people dressed as monks lurk at night attacking and murdering, their focus seemingly turned against the monster community of London. Dr. Helsing is an especial target due to her work. Love the characters in this book (stronger than the plot). https://cannonballread.com/2019/05/strange-practice-a-dr-greta-helsing-novel-elc...

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Conservio
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Finished these over the weekend. The trauma cleaner was my first biography/ memoir for the year (goal is 6). Both 4/5 for me.

#memoir #lgbtqia+ #supernatural

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Linsy
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I‘m loving this series! Not only is it full of gothic literary references, but also all the supernatural. It also somehow feels back in time while it‘s actually set present day. And it just pulls me in! 💀🧛🏻‍♂️👻

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GivenLemons
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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This book had amazing world building! The number of depth of the supernatural creatures was fantastic, as was the fact that they had normal problems as well as supernatural ones. It was also really hard to put down! The mystery kept me reading.

imyril It was a lot of fun. I didn‘t like the romance, but I enjoyed that sense of a supernatural community / ecosystem and how it can be magical and mundane at the same time. And I loved how Ruthven was everybody‘s Mom friend 😂 3y
GivenLemons @imyril He‘s such a Mum friend that he‘s the whole supernatural community‘s Mum! 😊 3y
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