I think I’m going to have to blame Thundarr the Barbarian for this one--it was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid, and in some ways was a very strong influence in what I like to read and write. Thundarr the Barbarian was an early eighties cartoon with a post-apocalyptic setting, an episodic adventure story content and main characters that even my dad suspected were Doing It. (He would pitch a fit if he caught me watching it, because he was convinced they were Shacking Up. To me, it was obvious they were a Couple, and because of this, I had assumed they were Married.) Ariel and Thundarr were the first couple that caught my interest plot-wise as a possible romantic pairing, (though honestly, there was never canon confirmation they were a romantic couple).
Monday, October 19, 2009
At first glance, Loveless is a deeply disturbing manga. At second and third glances, your perspective won’t and probably shouldn’t change.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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This is the case with Daniel Suarez’ Daemon.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Roc, 484 pgs.
Another book where they be changing the laws of physics, and magic is afoot. (Or at least science that is indistinguishable from magic.) This is the latest of Stirling’s Nantucket/Change books where the island of Nantucket is transposed into the past, (and the past version of Nantucket is now in the present) and the laws of physics are tinkered with in the present so that firearms and combustion engines don’t work anymore. And of course, stuff happens.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tor, 367 pgs.
Breaking the Wall:Thirteen Orphans is the start of a new series by Jane Lindskold, author of The Firekeeper Saga and Lord Demon (co-written with Roger Zelazny) among many other novels. It’s an urban fantasy of the “magic is known to be real to a select few” variety with “people from the universe next door” as protagonists. It’s using a primarily Chinese and other Asian mythologies, though it’s also clearly indicated that other magical systems/mythoi also exist. (Culture appears to define Perception of local forces or energies, which is a useful gimmick if you can do it without making everything look totally and obnoxiously homogenous. Lindskold has managed to do this very well, by the way.)
Monday, October 5, 2009
No, really I have no idea of where I’m going to go with this one. I don’t have a literary degree, and I’ve never taken women’s studies so I have no idea of how to critique the increased number of fantasy romances with bad ass babes from a feminist dialectic. All I know is that I have a few opinions I’d like to share about bad ass babes with guns fantasy urban romances.