Thursday, June 25, 2009

Way Up in the Middle of the Air, Rin-Ne by Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi’s latest project is Kyoukai no Rinne (or Rin-Ne). It can possibly be described as “Bleach turned upside down, shredded, and then put in a blender on frappe with a handful of Takahashi’s romantic comedies.” I figure that now would be the best time to do a review of it, since it’s currently long enough to get a feel for the story, and short enough that I don’t have to tear my hair out trying to condense five hundred chapters into an overview. (Takahashi’s style tends toward the melodramatic continuous plot twist and cliffhanger side of the literary force. (It’s like Charles Dickens, only not.) This can be entertaining or frustrating depending on my mood and general interest in the series.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Interview: Martha Wells

Martha Wells’ works are primarily fantasy. Her third novel, The Death of the Necromancer was a Nebula Award Nominee in 1998, and the French addition was nominated in 2002 for an Imaginales Award. She has also written two media tie-ins for the TV show Star Gate: Atlantis.

More information about Martha Wells writing can be found on her site.

The Darkover Novels of Marion Zimmer Bradley

Originally posted: Sep. 23rd, 2004 at 8:54 AM on lj.

Yep. Another mocking of a beloved series/author. I adore Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series--when I don't want to run screaming from certain characters, plots and sub-plots that she created. From the little I've seen from a distance, I get the feeling that Darkover fandom is/was probably kinda wanky, after all, how could it not be, with the following rules?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Conspirator by C.J. Cherryh

Daw, 370 pgs
Conspirator: (Foreigner #10)Conspirator is the tenth book of C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. In this installment taking place shortly after the events of Deliverer Bren is given a notice of eviction from Lord Tatiseigi’s apartments (where he’d been staying as a guest because his own apartment has been taken over by a noble family claiming that they should have the apartment since they helped Tabini-aiji dispose of the usurper.) Not wanting to cause a hassle and break up the very tentative peace, Bren obtains permission to go to his country estate and attend to all the really important things he hadn’t been able to manage due to being in space for two plus years. A working vacation (with sailing, fishing trips and a visit from his brother in the planning) seems to be just what the doctor ordered, so Bren and his household pack everything up and head to the coast.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Outline of An Oblique Approach by David Drake and Eric Flint

This is an Outline, not a serious review or critique, meant for parody and humor purposes only.

Other Outlines can be found here

An Oblique Approach (Belisarius)purpose:*sparkles*

MICHAEL OF MACEDONIA: *Is a Very Snarky Stylite* Hmmm. *Considers* *touches*

purpose:*Brain shattering KA-BOOM* apocalypse! doom! destruction! evil empires! take me to your general!

MICHAEL OF MACEDONIA: Ow. *wakes up a few days later* Huh. Why don't I take you to my friend ANTHONY CASSIAN perhaps he'll know what to do.

AUTHOR1: BELISARIUS, he so fine, he so fine he blow our mind.

AUTHOR2: Also? His wife is a babe. And smart.

AUTHOR1: And anyone who disses them are dorks.