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Jes Battis

Jes BattisCanadian author Jes Battis earned a Ph.D. in English and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the City University of New York. He has published numerous academic articles. Read excerpts of his fiction at Jes Battis’s website.


Night Child: Unoriginal, but lots of heart

Night Child by Jes Battis

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first. All of these paranormal investigator potboilers coming down the pike are more or less the same. It's all a question of how well each one rearranges the furniture. Some do it sufficiently well so as to avoid the easiest of criticisms, that the book in question is little more than a CC of the latest Laurell K. Hamilton/Jim Butcher/Kim Harrison opus. Some manage to establish their own voice adequately, then fail to do enough with it to rise above the para-pack. In 2008 at Armadillocon, there was a panel on a closely-related subgenre, paranormal romance (which they didn't put me on, wisely), which asked the q... Read More