Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks

Rated 4.00/5 based on 12 reviews
In a city where two shifter clans reside, the Mayor is struggling to maintain peace while keeping the population safe. Through a series of short stories, we discover what happens when intruders appear, humans get turned, the Mayor's reputation is at stake, an invasion is planned, and not everything is what it seems. More

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Words: 34,020
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301007714
About Ioana Visan

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

For more information, please visit http://www.ioanavisan.tk

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Reviews

Review by: samantha powling on Nov. 03, 2013 : (no rating)
Blue Moon cafe:
This book starts off quickly by a murder and another shifting species is suspected. This is where we find that Laura the main femaile is going to be a were wolf. The city where it takes place has many shifter species and they are know but are living in their own area of the city. This cafe is where they can meet at a neutral territory so to speak and be safe. Every so often there is something called a Chase where each species tries to catch a creature in their true shifter form. Every time every species fails. Laura being new does not get the point. A were crow talks her into joining the chase for the final time this year and she rlluctantly goes. She discovers the thrill of being in the true shifter form. the creature every race is trying to find is a unicorn the point they thought was to kill it. Laura and the crow work together to find it and they both feed on the unicorn. They discover the point was to bring them together. This was to bring the shifter species together and to enjoy who they are together not to be apart.
This book was interesting and a little short I would have like to have more history about the characters and who they were and why they acted the way they did but i liked the book and thought it was a very interesting concept of shape shifting
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: mireilleg on Oct. 26, 2013 :
Take one location, a cafe, where everyone meets or eventually comes. But this cafe's visitors aren't your regular ones. In Ioana Visan's Blue Moon Cafe, a lot of these visitors are shapeshifters. Were - beings, sorta speak. You have were-wolves, but also were-eagles etc. Every story centers around another being, and it is always a nice guess which one it is.

In a perfect world everyone got along, but of course it is not, so every species has their own specifics and their own dislikes, which you learn more of throughout each installment.
The mayor does everything he can to keep everyone at peace, with his wife playing a major role as well. Is he succesfull? You'll have to read and find out!

These series consist of 7 seperate stories, 'glued' together by the Blue Moom Cafe and it's visitors. Some characters of the stories also appear in others, which makes the stories so interconnected it is almost like reading a novel, instead of seperate stories.

Not being really fond of short stories, that makes it a good read for me.I wouldn't mind at al if the writer decides to expand on these stories, I woukd like to spend some more time in this world!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: rox tao on Oct. 08, 2013 :
Am primit cartea Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks de la autoare, in schimbul unei recenzii sincere. Ii multumesc Ioanei Visan pentru bunavointa si pentru zambetele pe care mi le-a oferit prin povestile sale.

Auzisem de ceva vreme de cartea Ioanei si imi trezise curiozitatea din prima clipa, chiar inainte de a citi sinopsisul, prin faptul ca autoarea este romanca. Iar descrierea oficiala a volumului sau nu a facut decat sa imi creasca interesul. Oricat incerc sa ma feresc de idei preconcepute si de judecati superficiale, nu pot scapa totusi de senzatia ca majoritatea autorilor romani contemporani s-au axat mai mult pe un stil destul de greu de digerat, creat parca mai degraba pentru criticii literari decat pentru publicul larg. Exista cateva exceptii, bineinteles, insa prea putine. Descrierea cartii Ioanei Visan m-a facut sa cred ca autoarea este una dintre acele exceptii binevenite, asa ca abia asteptam sa ajung sa ii citesc povestile. Si nu am fost dezamagita nici o secunda.

Cei care ajungeti aici pe blog de mai multa vreme sau ati avut chef sa rasfoiti paginile cu recenzii stiti probabil ca Vampirii Sudului este una dintre seriile cu vampiri pe care le indragesc foarte mult. Sentimentul de familiaritate pe care l-am dezvoltat fata de personajele de acolo a avut insa timp sa se nasca si sa creasca de-a lungul mai multor volume, a sute si sute de pagini. Nu ma asteptam asadar ca o carte de povestiri – si inca unele destul de scurte – sa imi creeze exact aceeasi stare de bine, de intimitate si atasament fata de personaje si aceeasi senzatie confortabila. Sper sa nu imi ia nimeni in nume de rau comparatia, insa pe tot parcursul lecturii m-am gandit ca stilul Ioanei Visan aduce orecum cu cel al lui Charlaine Harris, asa ca nu puteam sa nu mentionez asta, ca sa va puteti face o idee despre Blue Moon Cafe Series.

Actiunea tuturor povestilor din Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks are loc in acelasi oras populat de doua clanuri de schifters. Gloria de altadata s-a pastrat totusi mai mult cu numele. Odinioara lupi si vulturi, in prezent membrii celor doua grupuri se transforma in… caini si respectiv, in ciori. Insa din pacate, vrajmasia dintre clanuri nu s-a disipat si ea odata cu trecerea timpului, asa ca primarul orasului si liderii grupurilor se lupta din rasputeri sa pastreze o atmosfera cat de cat linistita si sa protejeze cetatenii nestiutori ai orasului de aflarea secretului. Insa o astfel de adunare nu poate da nastere decat la o serie de intamplari care de care mai primejdioase si incurcate, mai ales atunci cand in oras apar si cativa inamici ce ameninta sa puna in primejdie linistea si asa subreda a locuitorilor. Incarcate cu un umor natural si inteligent construite, povestile din Blue Moon Cafe Series te captiveaza fara sa iti dai seama si te trezesti parca prea devreme ca ai ajuns deja la ultimul capitol. Unele personaje apar in mai multe povesti, la altele se face referire cel putin prin prisma altor participanti la actiune, asa ca intrigile se incheaga, firele narative se impletesc intre ele, iar intamplarile pastreaza o secventa continua, o linie comuna ce nu ofera senzatia unei rupturi odata ce ai incheiat o povestire si treci la urmatoarea. Autoarea reuseste sa redea sirul de episoade fantastice intr-o maniera atat de fireasca incat exista momente in care uiti ca citesti o carte despre personaje supranaturale. Exista insa si cateva fragmente total neasteptate, care te surprind prin originalitate si ideile indraznete, asa ca volumul reuseste sa pastreze un echilibru perfect intre normal si imaginar.

Nu stiu cum sa explic exact modul in care m-am simtit atrasa in ghemul de evenimente prin care trec personajele. Ma astept de obicei de la short stories sa imi lase senzatia ca lipseste ceva, sa simt nevoia sa cunosc mai bine personajele sau sa raman cu o oarecare frustrare ca am reusit sa surprind doar o singura intamplare dintr-o posibila inlantuire de fapte mai interesante. Nu a fost cazul de data aceasta. Desi povestirile nu sunt foarte lungi – altfel, nu ar mai fi povestiri, nu? – mi s-a parut ca autoarea a facut o treaba foarte buna cu modul in care si-a prezentat personajele si peripetiile prin care trec acestea. Portretele celor mai multe dintre personaje sunt creionate exact cat trebuie, surprinzi cele mai importante aspecte si ajungi sa te simti rapid atasat de ele, simpatizandu-le dupa doar cateva pagini. Bineinteles, se pastreaza misterul indeajuns incat sa te faca sa iti doresti sa citesti mai mult despre ele, insa nu te te simti lipsit de ceva esential. Iar intamplarile surprinse in roman iti lasa senzatia ca ai tras cu ochiul la un episod insemnat sau ca ai participat in secret la aventurile personajelor.

Nu pot decat sa sper ca aceasta carte sa aiba indeajuns de mult succes la public incat autoarea sa se simta incurajata sa continue seria de intamplari intr-un roman sau cel putin intr-o alta carte de povestiri. Daca va intereseaza cartea Ioanei Visan, o gasiti in format e-book pe Amazon si pe celelalte site-uri de profil, la un pret mai mult decat tentant.

Bile albe:

- Personaje bine conturate, intrigi atent construite si o serie de detalii surprinzatoare care vor face ca zambetul sa nu ti se mai stearga pana la finalul cartii.

Bile negre:

- Sunt inca indecisa, insa inclin sa cred totusi ca imaginea de pe coperta nu este foarte avantajoasa. Stiu ca surprinde destul de bine ideea ce sta la baza povestilor si este in acelasi timp si indeajuns de diferita incat sa atraga atentia cititorului, insa cred ca nu ofera acea senzatie ca nu iti mai poti desprinde ochii de pe ea si ca trebuie neaparat sa descoperi ce se ascunde sub ea. Impresia mea este ca se putea si ceva mai „catchy”.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: llyramoon on June 17, 2013 :
I liked this collection of short stories that are interconnected. I don't mind short stories and sometimes prefer them to a drawn out novel. If you like paranormal short stories involving shape shifters then I'd recommend this collection. If you don't like short stories then pick up a novel.

As a side note, if this author wanted to continue to make a novel based on this world (not a remake of this collection), I'd read it!

Received this from LibraryThing.com member giveaway.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily L. Moir on May 23, 2013 :
I found this compilation interesting. It takes on a new look at shifters in the sense that just about every animal out there can be shifted into. Each animal grouping has their own clan. Naturally, the clans clash.

I like how each story addresses separate characters, but as the compilation continues, each set of characters begins to tie into each other. It really helps create a sense of how the town operates.

The first story in the compilation is a bit silly, but even that ties into how the story of the town progresses.

Overall, it was a fun read for those who like supernatural stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily L. Moir on May 23, 2013 : (no rating)
I found this compilation interesting. It takes on a new look at shifters in the sense that just about every animal out there can be shifted into. Each animal grouping has their own clan. Naturally, the clans clash.

I like how each story addresses separate characters, but as the compilation continues, each set of characters begins to tie into each other. It really helps create a sense of how the town operates.

The first story in the compilation is a bit silly, but even that ties into how the story of the town progresses.

Overall, it was a fun read for those who like supernatural stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Merritt on April 07, 2013 :
This book is a collection of short stories all related by the same setting and local drinking establishment, the Blue Moon Café. The stories tell about the supernatural species of vampires, werewolves, were-eagles, and even a few wererats in one story. They are all trying to live and keep themselves a secret from the "normal" population.
Fighting against their genetic dispositions both to each other and the population.
Very good collection of stories. Hard to follow here and there so not a 5 star book, but a very good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: carmen on Feb. 15, 2013 :
I would personally rather read a full length especia;;py about a complete change of reality as it takes a bit to get into and have it end. i was half way through Black Stripes when i realized it was a new story. I really enjoyed the storyline but wanted More.
carmenmaranda
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicki Bland on Feb. 12, 2013 :
I know these were all shorts, but I really couldn't cohesively get into them. I wish that maybe there may have been a little more flow between the stories. But the stories were kind of funny and the ending of them all was creepy, but I liked that part :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Diana Gavrila on Jan. 24, 2013 :
When I first read the description of the book I thought of ”Hanul Ancuței” (Ancuța's Inn is my translation for those who don't understand what I'm talking about) written by Mihail Sadoveanu, because these two books have one thing in common: the action happens in the same place, but with different characters. So here we have the Blue Moon Café. Nothing bad until now. Then we have supernatural creatures and everything changes, we meet werewolves, vampires, were-eagles and some other great shifters. And my attention was captured.

I don't want to start talking about the action, because there will be no fun left for you, but I will try to show that you need to give it a shot. All I can say is that I really liked it. After every story that I finished, I felt I wanted more. Every character has charm and I almost believed they were actually my friends and even real people. My favourite was Jo, the mayor's wife who was independent, a heroine and an inspiration for me. She is capable of many things to help the ones she loves and to serve the purpose she believes in.

I really enjoyed being part of the town, knowing their inside problems and jokes. I also liked that Ioana left out all the drama behind the classic stories and these superhumans try to adapt, no the other way around. They really act like normal people and that makes them real.

I recommend it to all of you who love fantasy and humor in the same cup.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kendall Lewis on Jan. 09, 2013 :
This was an incredible set of one-shots that had me reading all the way through. Her stories allowed me to enter into a world where I would love to explore.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Andreea Sterea on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I read this entire collection of short stories in a heart beat. It was engaging, full of out-of-the-box ideas, like good fantasy should be, intriguing and almost surrealist on some points.

As a non-native English speaker, Ioana has a stunning command of English and her words create beautiful images. In a world that is both surprising and intense, her characters are well written, with a dose of humor that will make you burst into the most sincere laughter possible.

Since I personally am not much into the shifters lore, I must confess her stories were a delight, making me want to read more of her fiction. I would recommend this collection for all those who are looking for something completely different, as in concepts and imagery.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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