Ooks The streets is hungryIt s official Daniel Jos Older is now on my authors to watch list I first ncountered Older through his YA book Shadowshaper While Shadowshaper is a rich vibrant story Bone Street Rumba is right down my alley I love urban fantasy underpowered protagonists and political skirmishes in the magical world Add to that a set of complex interesting characters a gritty plot and some seriously creepy roach dudes and I was sold TL DR Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba 1 just became my first book purchase of the year The story is narrated by Carlos a half dead agent for the Council for the Dead and the protagonist of the previous book Reza a driverhitter for a local gang and Kia a mischievous teenager who works at a bot nica
And Finds Herself Pulled Inextricably Into The finds herself pulled inextricably into the of Culture and Enchantment events There s a reason why Kia is on the front of the cover and have I mentioned i loved the cover instead of Carlos who is pretty much worse than useless for the whole book One of the reasons I picked up the first book is that I m rather interested to see what Carlos was like when he was actuallyffective and didn t just spend all his time angsting and moping Kia on the other hand is a lot of fun I loved her constant banter with Carlos I smile Things will go much asier for you when you realize that I know verything We ve been through this already C and we don t have time to go through it again If you leave me behind I ll do something stupid like follow you all by myself and get killed and then you ll feel guilty Let s save ourselves an argument we both already know I m gonna win She has some interesting depths as a character from a traumatic childhood D DAY Through German Eyes 2 experience to her insight while navigating a biased worldThe politics of Midnight Taxi Tango are less overt and nuanced than Shadowshaper but all the interesting andffective for it One of the subplots involves Capoeira which as the instructor notes Is how my people survived European domination in Brazil It is a martial art disguised as a dance but it is also a dance disguised as a martial art Why Because we were not allowed to train to fight We had to disguise our training as dancing yes We had to become clandestine warriors in a system that did not believe we are human yes Maybe this is something you can understand today
Or Maybe NotKia S maybe notKia s illuminates the pervasive racism she Baroque Personae experiences I d never been to this neighborhood before Maybe driven past once or twice with my dad but it was all white folks and the feeling of don t belong don t belong hung heavy in the air like all the molecules wanted me to leave too She perceives and is angered by the constant assaults on diversity surrounding her from the white policeman who feels it is acceptable to harass her on the street to her realization that she as a black woman can get shot for carrying a sandwich let alone a ghost killing knife One of my favourite moments was her reaction to a conversation between a group of white teenagers in the bot nica Kenny what s this mean a love potion Yeah that s supposed to be bring the ladies right to you man Let s get it for Bill Maybe Christine will stop friend zoning his ass Wild laughter Because really what s funnier than other people s cultures and sexual coercionAnother aspect where I felt this book improved upon Sh. Eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems This time it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals and is bound to take The incidents in the park have put Kia on dge When she first met Carlos he was the weird gu. Look This man Daniel Jos Older put his FOOT in this one Wanted to hit him with the book after finishing it was so damn good Geez I was here for Half Resurrection Blues the preuel though it should be noted MTT can be read
as a standalone ven with how he had me reeling Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? emotionally at thend He been won me a standalone ven with how he had me reeling motionally at the Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group end He been won me as a fan of his writing but believe it or not his writing gotven better with this one Kia Summers the melanin filled goddess depicted on the cover is the badass we all need Kia is EVERYTHING and listen to me when I tell you she is coming to take over Please get your copy and get ready Get ready I said Kia is one of the three characters whose POV we get in this book The departure from one person to three really works here I was on Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust edge almost thentire time just STRESSED about what would happen tot the characters next but it was the good kind of stress I can t wait to see what happens in book 3 This is the downside of getting books Conscience and Memory early uite the downside to haveh I ll take itNote it s uite creepy in some parts because well that s what this author likes But it s so worth it I d recommend reading in the daytime if you re Pansy Vol. 6 easy to freak outThis book being dedicated to me has no bearing on my review I would have reuested that the dedication be removed if I didn t like it Trust Technically my name is on the line and I don t play about that I do hope you love it as much as I do What a bunch of wonderful women in this second instalment as super icky cockroach things begin investing different locations around the city And Kia and fantastic Reza and theirxperiences and pasts become integral parts of the larger narrative The Council and their past and current decisions are looking increasingly suspect and was I Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods ever glad to see how all these dif SUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEThat sentiment remainsven still now that I ve finished the book OH MAN I loved it Thanks Older for using roaches for the persistent creep out factor Elizabeth I even if there weren t any zombies or freaky long limbed High Priests the roaches still would have done the trick shudderIt was funnyI m so used to Reza being a male Persian nameven when it was made clear that Reza was Puerto Rican I still just assumed Reza was a he I laughed so hard when I figured out otherwise the second Reza chapter into it then shouted Hell yeah and would ve high fived myself if that was a thingIn this immediate aftermath it s difficult for me to go through Education in a New Society everything I loved without just recounting thentire damn thingmaybe I can c Sueamish alert Thar be cockroaches So Many CockroachesA lot of interesting things get revealed
In This One Including Who this one including who Carlos and it was not what I was Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education expecting at all It makes some thingsven harder to swallow actually and makes me curious about what lse is going on Was Carlos chosen for a reason view spoilerAnd who is Aisha I do suspect the Council had something to do with it ven so after this book and maybe that s why Sasha doesn t trust them now hide spoiler Yes it s a seuel but Daniel Jos Older s books are so much fun I couldn t leave it out If you have read the first one HOORAY THERE S A NEW BOOK And if you haven t GET ON THAT These books are pure delight Ghost detectives awesomesauce Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books All The The author of Half Resurrection Blues returns in a new Bone Street Rumba Novel a knife dge noir shaded urban fantasy of crime after death The streets of New York are hungry tonight Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not so alive As an agent for the Council of the Dead
summary Midnight Taxi Tango Bone Street Rumba #2Adowshaper was the humor Midnight Taxi Tango was constantly uotably funny "Carlos Reza and Tia ach have their own uniue narrative flair and while I loved them all the dialogue and situational "Reza and Tia ach have their own uniue narrative flair and while I loved them all the dialogue and situational tickled me to death for xample So you brought the demon child assassin to my house and locked him into the bathroom across from the girl he s trying to kill My whisper is like a strained cough The fuck lse was I sposta do with him manI feel like I ve been saying this a lot lately but while I felt like the plot was a bit of a mess I just didn t care view spoilerOne of the aspects that I think was really underdeveloped was Jeremy Because seriously what makes a person decide that being a nest for a colony of creepy roaches is a desirable career plan I know the implication here is that to an imperialistic ideology power of any variety makes any sacrifice worthwhile but given the glimpse of Jeremy that we get from Gio and Kia this didn t really fly for me How did the beautiful laughing dancing boy that so ntranced Gio come to the decision that roach master was the way to go Was it a sacrifice to save Gio or something he really wanted I also would have liked to see a confrontation between Gio and Jeremy I felt their broken romance was thrust aside and it would have been interesting to xplore it hide spoiler The world of Bone Street Rumba gets complicated gnarly and gross There s some serious gore and ick in this one not unrelated to the villains who are basically people being used as hosts for cockroaches oh god Lots of fantastic characters developing teams the story of Carlos and his x lover Sasha takes a few turns and we have new POV characters with a stroppy teenager and a dapper lesbian superfighter It s all fantastic if dark and occasionally messy with terrific dialogue giving a strong sense of place A great UF series 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Taxi Tango is the second book of the vividly imaginative Bone Street Rumba series I can honestly say I ve never Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation encountered an urban fantasy uite like this and I said as much in my review of the first book last year which Injoyed immensely This was most EXCELLENT i WANT SEVERAL MORE BOOKS PLEASE AND THANK YOU Adult urban fantasy Older s first Bone Street Rumba novel was very good Midnight Taxi Tango kicks things up to the next level It
Would Have Been Easy And Perfectly Reasonablehave been asy and perfectly reasonable Older to stay with his wisecracking hard boiled half dead hero Carlos Delacruz as the sole first person narrator Instead Midnight Taxi Tango is told from three alternating perspectives Carlos his young friend Kia who works at Baba Eddie s Botanica and Reza an motionally scarred and dangerous lady warrior who works for a shadowy organization called Medianoche part scort service part mercenary group part we re never uite sure what but these folks are badasses Pulling off three alternating first person narrators is incredibly difficult Older makes it look asy Each narrator has a distinctive voice and gains our sympathy uickly I specially
loved kia she is one tough young ladyKia She is one tough young lady her chapters are both moving and hilarious Her voice is authentic sixteen year old Brooklyn teen with attitude heart and cynical savvy I hope we ll be seeing of her in future booksAs for the plot we have sinister kidnappings the ghosts of young children bein. Y who came to Baba Eddie's botánica where she worked But the closer they’ve gotten the she’s seeing the world from Carlos’s point of view In fact she’s starting to see ghosts And the situation is far sinister than that because whatever is bringing out the dead it’s only just getting start.