Sunday, February 7, 2010

Elegy Beach by Steven R. Boyett

Ace, 368 pgs.

Elegy BeachElegy Beach is the sequel to Ariel: A Book of the Change, and you might call it “Ariel, the Next Generation,” except it isn’t quite like that at all. Yes, the protagonist is the son of Pete Garey, the protagonist (and not quite hero) of Ariel, but the writer takes his own sweet time getting around to admitting that yes, Pete went and had a mini-me.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Regenesis by C.J. Cherryh

DAW Books, 585 pgs.
RegenesisRegenesis takes place not long after the events of Cyteen, the Hugo Award winning novel by C.J. Cherryh. Ari Emory (version 2.0) is working herself to the bone trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, to the detriment of her health.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What Makes a Sekrit Rool?

A ‘secret rule’ is what I call a trope or archetype that a specific writer comes back to again and again. It might or might not be something that’s universal to the genre the writer is working in, it might be a specific theme or belief that the writer deals with.