Review: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

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Publisher: Red Adept

Publishing Date: March 2013

ISBN: 9781940215136

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.1/5

Publishers Description: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul. 

Review: I really wanted to not like this novel, mainly due to the character development or lack thereof. If you were immortal and had lived around 5k years plus, wouldn’t you be really interesting if not totally fookin’ weird? You could speak dozens of languages if not hundreds and perhaps had been around pivotal times in history, either proximal or in the thick of it. You may have plowed the depths of spiritually, hung with Buddha, sailed a Viking ship, plunged a sword into a Norman or sat on the steps of the Alexandrian library. But nooooo, you own a fucking diner, talk like an American girl in constant heat for the angelic host (Gabriel) while traipsing around in hell.  Carrie is about as complex as a starfish and in no way evokes the image or mien of an immortal.

BUT, and its a big butt, the writing is pretty damn good and the storyline flows pretty smoothly. The supporting characters are thinly built but provide diversions and comedic relief in the form of Bedlam. I did not put it down and found I enjoyed most of it while ignoring the glaring error that is Carrie.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

  1. That’s the problem with a lot of fictional immortals (unlike the non-fictional ones OBVIOUSLY) innit? I can’t for the life of me understand how they can be sooo contemporarily shallow. You just spent 5000 years doing what exactly? Painting your nails? Good/pity that it didn’t suck as much as you hoped for, though!

    • Exactly! She was just like Mary Sue down the street with a tingle in the nethers and a penchant for creating bad food. She should have at least been pretty lethal with any weapon.

      • Lol, maybe old age will eventually set your brain back to the clueless teenager state of mind. I hope I die before that happens!

  2. Ugh, I hate when the main character is a total contradiction… maybe being alive for 5k years she just wanted to live like a human? and own a diner… yeah… sounds pretty unbelievable… at least she had the smarts eh? 😀

    • Smarts…..meh. Saved by ol’ Deus ex most of the time what with being able to miraculously heal or Angels/Demons stepping in.

      • What kind of wisdom was she sharing so? Relationship advice that she was unable to follow herself? 😁

      • She can read peoples minds gifted to her from Lucifer and some other stuff as to why she is immortal and dead people in her village that DID NOT MAKE SENSE!

      • Hmm… Sounds like a case of author liking their ideas so much they just had to write stuff in for the sake of getting them out there??
        But anyway, you kind of enjoyed the read so time not totally wasted 😀

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