Friday, September 18, 2009

Ariel by Steven R. Boyett

Ace, 389 pgs.
ArielFinding out that Ace had done a reprint of Ariel was a gleeful sort of shock. It’s a very, very hard book to find used copies of, and has always been a long time favorite. I was in fifth grade when I first read it. Those of you familiar with the sex and violence in the book may gasp in horror now. I’ll give you a minute. (No, my parents never knew that some of the books I was reading at that age tended to have a lot of sex and violence in them. To mom and dad, it was fantasy and therefore freakish, but harmless, and in Ariel’s case, the book had a unicorn on the cover.)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa

Translated by Jim Hubbert
Haikasoru, 196 pgs
The Lord of the Sands of Time (Novel)In most of the science fiction I read growing up, changing the time line is generally a Bad Thing. Killing Hitler in the cradle will simply result in a more horrible dictator arising. (Actually, I don’t think this was in an actual story, this was a Theory advocated by an acquaintance of mine who believed that this would be a logical consequence, though I’m not sure why or how). If you squish a butterfly while hunting a dinosaur, it can result in long lasting and unexpected repercussions and also incorrect spelling. (Or it results in getting sat on by a brontosaurus.) And of course, killing your own grandpa may result in finding out that your grandmother was unfaithful.

Sekrit Rools: The Warlock Novels of Christopher Stasheff

Originally posted: Jul. 24th, 2006 at 10:38 AM on livejournal
The following is a parody for humor purposes only: it is not an in-depth analysis. For a definition of "Sekrit Rool" go here

Once again, I mock because I love them. Actually, I loved the first book, and a couple of the "Warlock with cute cardboard children in tow" books--and that only because The Warlock series is the first sf/fantasy series I'd ever read where The Hero's Family is also in on the fun and games (No, Edgar Rice Borrough's Barsoom books DO NOT COUNT, no really, they don't.) Eventually the uber-captalism and the "all poor people are lazy, all religions that aren't Catholicism are Weird and Commies are Teh Debbil," got on my nerves, as did several of the "wimmin are mysterious and conniving critters utterly incomprehensible to red-blooded manly men." I wasn't able to read the last five or six because I kept thinking "this is not how women think," or "So the reason she's an enemy agent is because she was horribly abused and brainwashed as a child and not because you know, she actually believes in her mission? WTF?"


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Storm Born and Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead

Storm Born, 374 pgs. Thorn Queen 374 pgs, Zebra Fantasy
Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1)Two more examples of the “bad ass babe” sub genre of urban fantasy. The basic premise is that shaman long ago banished all magical beings and humans with inherent magical ability to the Otherworld. (Shaman do not have innate magical ability, instead they use their wills to manipulate outer forces, usually after having undergone a traumatic initiation. Also, the humans with inherent magical ability eventually became the sidhe.) It’s the job of modern shaman to serve as a kind of border guard, keeping all supernatural beings on the other side of the border. Our Heroine is one such shaman. (For some reason, I find it very amusing that she’s based in Tucson, Arizona.)