Strange Practice by Vivian ShawStrange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice

byVivian Shaw

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead.

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies.

It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life, until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.
Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood at home in England before relocating to the US at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her...
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Title:Strange PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.38 × 5.62 × 1.12 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A ton of Fun This book wins you over of sheer interest and charm. Oddly believable for such a strange concept. It is the perfect weekend read.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review: Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing #1) by Vivian Shaw **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** While I enjoyed STRANGE PRACTICE overall, I couldn’t help feel a little duped. The series carries Greta’s name but she’s one of six POV characters. It was a disappointing realization because Greta was my hook into STRANGE PRACTICE. A descendant of Van Helsing runs a medical practice for the supernatural? Yes please. As a character, Greta Helsing is a great change of pace from the sulky, angry heroine that dominates most urban fantasy books. Greta enjoys her job and genuinely cares for her patients. However, she also the only main female character in the book. And, as a fraction of the POV characters, her importance becomes overshadowed by her supernatural patients. It was clear that the author had a lot more fun writing the vampire’s POV. Although their character development was still slim, it was easier to connect to Ruthven and Varney. They had quirks and were directly affected by the plot. By the end of the book, I knew only as much about Greta as I learned in her introductory chapter. She’s sweet and she cares, but she’s also incredibly reactive. I don’t want to her challenge people to duels, but her medical practice and skills should have directly influenced the research. Perhaps this is because of her dedication and niceness, since she spends a lot of the novel nursing other characters, but nice doesn’t have to mean passive. Exposition drove most of the novel. It was kinda great that the characters solve mysteries through research but most of the novel felt like a bottle episode. For various reasons, the main characters spend their time hiding in Ruthven’s mansion. While I loved both Varney and Ruthven, I wasn’t sure why they were separate POV characters. Ruthven is charming and can mingle in human society, Varney is dark and twisty… but that’s about it. With so much lived backstory to these characters there’s an endless possibility for future plots. I would have liked to seen more the London’s haunts that supernatural’s frequent. Greta has such a wide variety of clients (ghouls, mummies, sirens, witches, vampires), it would have been an easy way to introduce us to the their world. The STRANGE PRACTICE series will continue with other books; there’s a charming romantic set-up between Greta and Varney and the characters have developed a strong bond. It’s so rare to have an optimistic main character and a happy group of friends that I’ll be watching for the sequel. Hopefully in the next novel Greta Helsing will earn that series title and be a more focussed, driving force.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review: Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing #1) by Vivian Shaw **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** While I enjoyed STRANGE PRACTICE overall, I couldn’t help feel a little duped. The series carries Greta’s name but she’s one of six POV characters. It was a disappointing realization because Greta was my hook into STRANGE PRACTICE. A descendant of Van Helsing runs a medical practice for the supernatural? Yes please. As a character, Greta Helsing is a great change of pace from the sulky, angry heroine that dominates most urban fantasy books. Greta enjoys her job and genuinely cares for her patients. However, she also the only main female character in the book. And, as a fraction of the POV characters, her importance becomes overshadowed by her supernatural patients. It was clear that the author had a lot more fun writing the vampire’s POV. Although their character development was still slim, it was easier to connect to Ruthven and Varney. They had quirks and were directly affected by the plot. By the end of the book, I knew only as much about Greta as I learned in her introductory chapter. She’s sweet and she cares, but she’s also incredibly reactive. I don’t want to her challenge people to duels, but her medical practice and skills should have directly influenced the research. Perhaps this is because of her dedication and niceness, since she spends a lot of the novel nursing other characters, but nice doesn’t have to mean passive. Exposition drove most of the novel. It was kinda great that the characters solve mysteries through research but most of the novel felt like a bottle episode. For various reasons, the main characters spend their time hiding in Ruthven’s mansion. While I loved both Varney and Ruthven, I wasn’t sure why they were separate POV characters. Ruthven is charming and can mingle in human society, Varney is dark and twisty… but that’s about it. With so much lived backstory to these characters there’s an endless possibility for future plots. I would have liked to seen more the London’s haunts that supernatural’s frequent. Greta has such a wide variety of clients (ghouls, mummies, sirens, witches, vampires), it would have been an easy way to introduce us to the their world. The STRANGE PRACTICE series will continue with other books; there’s a charming romantic set-up between Greta and Varney and the characters have developed a strong bond. It’s so rare to have an optimistic main character and a happy group of friends that I’ll be watching for the sequel. Hopefully in the next novel Greta Helsing will earn that series title and be a more focussed, driving force.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her ending is a wonderful teaser Van Helsing is a household name as his battles with the undead and strange are well-known. Makes sense his descendants would carry on the tradition of being involved with the supernatural albeit in a different way. Dr. Greta Helsing operates a clinic in an entertaining urban fantasy using London as the backdrop in this first of a new series that has her involved with a serial killer. Vivian Shaw created an interesting world with a unique premise that will have you anxiously waiting for the sequels. Expect the unexpected as it is definitely different than your protypical urban fantasy which makes the storyline and surprises all that much sweeter as you travel through a side of London unfamiliar to most. Shaw picked a wonderful teaser to end her novel on to hook you into continuing with her series but even before you arrive at that the dry British humor, extensive examination of good versus evil and an eclectic cast will have you wanting more from this supernaturally chilling page-turner. As good as her plot is, the real meat is in her character work and this is where Shaw’s talent shines through the best as she assembled an array of humans of monsters for your fantasy pleasure.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! Shaw does a great job of creating a band of friends out of some unlikely characters – both human and supernatural. Friendship is a strong theme in this story, and this gives Strange Practice a pleasing, heartwarming tone – which is uncommon in fantasy novels these days. I really enjoyed the story and hope to see more from Shaw, soon.
Date published: 2017-08-01

Editorial Reviews

"For a book filled with creatures who ironically want to suck your blood, by the end it is a radiantly positive, life-affirming tale that won me over surprisingly quickly and with effortless prose that simply engages the reader from the start ... But most of all, and perhaps surprisingly for a book filled with monsters, Strange Practice has a lot of heart. The characters clearly care for each other and their mutual investment in each other's well-being leads to a book where you want to see that all is well. Vivian is to be commended for writing an entertaining book with characters that the reader will love -- even the undead!"-SFFWorld