#bookreview – Salsa Nocturna: Stories by Daniel José Older

sncovernoblurbfrontSalsa Nocturna: Stories
by Daniel José Older
Crossed Genres Publications, 2012
Urban fantasy/ghost noir
5/5

I received the electronic copy of this book for backing Crossed Genres’ Kickstarter in 2012. After M. Fenn’s glowing review, I decided I’d jump on in and read.

I am super glad that I did.

All of the stories in Salsa Nocturna are set in New York City; Older’s prose gives a cadence that I would imagine fits well with NYC. I loved the pace that he set, as we got to know the characters and as we dove more deeply into some of them.

I don’t think I met a character I didn’t like – particularly of the good guys. They felt human and real. There is a strong sense of voice that came through when reading Older’s work. I really appreciated Carlos, the main character in most of the stories. He is a Puerto Rican soul catcher – with the twist that he’s only mostly dead. It allows him opportunities fully dead soul catchers can’t have, and many adventures abound.

I loved all of the stories, and am hard pressed to pick a favorite; I think it was the interweaving of characters and stories – how each built upon another and there was this tribe that came together with similar goals by the end of the stories. The stories can be read in any order, but I would recommend reading them all – they are that fantastic.

And, I heard there is going to be a full length novel coming out!

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