Friday, October 29, 2010

Sample: In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling

Uraboku Episode Eleven "That Which is Fleeting, Strong and Precious"--Review

Tsukumo is brought to the Twilight Mansion infirmary after his encounter with Reiga and his minions. After getting bandaged up Yuki is asked to attempt a healing Tsukumo. Yuki is very uncertain and upset when he enters the room and sees Tsukumo, thinking that his protection charm had not been effective. The doctor however points out that the charm is most likely the reason Tsukumo is still alive.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sample: Jhegaala, by Steven Brust

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Uraboku Episode Ten "Cry of Despair"--Review

In this episode, Hotsuma is confined to his room to keep him from doing anything rash, while World's End (the Giou Clan investigative organization) tries to find Shuusei. We also learn a little more about Hotsuma and Shuusei, and the nature of their relationship. It is clear that though they are very close, they both have a number of unresolved issues, most of them revolving around the incident that resulted in Shuusei's burn scars. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks

400 pp
Earth Logic : Elemental Logic: Book 2 (Elemental Logic)Earth Logic takes place a few years after Fire Logic. Karis’ odd little family is doing its best to stay together and support her while raising their daughter. (Technically, Norina’s biological daughter, but everyone is raising her. Considering how extremely hyperactive the kid is, they might be outnumbered.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks

359 pp.

Fire LogicI tend to dislike the plotline of “band of patriots versus the evil invaders,” so one of the things I like about Fire Logic is that it does not really use that trope. I have also gotten slightly tired of the “lost heir” trope. Instead, we have “non-evil but slightly stupidly desperate refugee soldiers versus equally desperate patriots who are slowly alienating themselves from their own people because their own people are deeply sick of the fighting.” There is also a “lost heir,” but the aforementioned desperate patriots judge the lost heir unfit to be the heir.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sample: Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Uraboku Episode Nine "Scars"--Review

In this episode, a new supernatural case is brought to Takashiro's attention. Young men are disappearing, and high school age girls are falling into mysterious comas. We also learn more about the back-story behind Hotsuma and Shuusei's friendship. 

We open with another breakfast scene, and some interaction between Yuki and Shuusei. Yuki sees Shuusei's burn scar and is upset to learn that the injury isn't one that can be healed. Yuki questions Luka about this and learns that he cannot heal the scars caused by a friend. 

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

354 pp
An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3)An Artificial Night is the third book in the October Daye series. The book opens on a humorous note, with Toby attempting to wrangle a horde of Corgi sized barghests. Barghests are canine fae creatures, which are equipped with scorpion tails, and they have apparently invaded the hall of one of the local faerie nobles. (The person helping her at the time decides he wants to adopt them.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Uraboku Episode Eight "Brand Zess"--Review

This episode continues to develop the relationships between the characters, and to give more details about the past of Luka. Yuki also learns a little bit more about his previous incarnation--though not a great deal more. He learns that in his previous incarnations, he was female. In addition, Kanata approaches Yuki, asking him to go away with him, and duras attempt to attack Yuki on the way home from his new school. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Uraboku Episode Seven "The Twilight Mansion"--Review

In the second episode, Yuki gets settled into the Giou Clan's Tokyo headquarters, the Twilight Mansion. Some of the residents are more than a little eccentric. 

Meanwhile, the mysterious Reiga (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Kanata in profile) considers his options and orders his minions to mind their own business. We open with Yuki arriving at the mansion, which is protected and hidden by a barrier, and as a result, is not on any map.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Uraboku Episode Six “The Boundary Between Light and Despair”

The next episode continues from where the last episode leaves off. Yuki has left the little girl with a doctor.  Zess senses something, but doesn’t identify what it is.

The next scene involves a conversation between Hotsuma and Shuusei about Yuki. Hotsuma apparently has grave misgivings about Yuki, and the idea that the Zweilt Guardians need his help in order to win the war against the Duras. His partner reminds him that the Zweilt Guardians have a duty to protect Yuki, but Hotsuma doesn’t look convinced.

Read the rest of the review at Associated Content

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sample: Intrigues: Book Two of the Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

377 pp.

A Local Habitation (October Daye, Book 2)In A Local Habitation, Toby is settling back in as one of her Duke’s knights. Things take a turn for the weird when her Duke sends her on what at first appears to be a check-up call on the Duke’s niece, but ends up being a murder mystery. Toby has to find out who is killing off the retinue of the Duke’s niece, and why, while keeping herself and her young assistant alive.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Uraboku Episode Five “A New Encounter”--Review

In this episode, we get a more definite clue about Luka’s relationship with Yuki’s previous incarnation, we meet two more Zweilt Guardians, Hotsuma and Shuusei, and there is another attack from the duras. We also see how the Giou clan interacts with the more mundane law enforcement officials (hint; it is not a friendly relationship.) In addition, we learn that Luka is a very, very heavy sleeper.

We start with the conversation Yuki has with Luka during the previous episode. Yuki obviously harbors something of an inferiority complex because of how different he is from everyone else. Luka lets Yuki know that he will always be there for Yuki, which Yuki does not really understand why at this point

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

346 pp.
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, Book 1)Rosemary and Rue is the first in a series of urban fantasy novels by Seanan McGuire. It is primarily an urban faery novel of the “hidden magical world” variety. It is not, fortunately another “babe with a gun,” urban fantasy romance, though I do sense or think I sense a certain amount of romantic tension between the protagonist and various members of the supporting male cast. (I am happy that while I can see the tension, there is no sense of “will they or won’t they,” that occasionally plagues some books.)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Del Rey
274 pp.

Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of TemeraireTongues of Serpents is a very short novel with a very transitional feel--though it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and nothing is really resolved at the end of it. Temeraire and Laurence have been sent to Australia and the prison colony of New South Wales. They have not gone alone; they are in the company of Granby and Iskierka, who have gone to Australia along with three dragon eggs in order to establish a dragon covert there. (Temeraire and Laurence are helping in this endeavor in an unofficial capacity.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Uraboku Episode Four “Lost Days and White Future”

Episode four begins with a expanded view of the last scene. Kanata is watching Yuki run into the school, and is thinking about Yuki, and how he wishes more people were like him. Yes, this is a very Significant Moment, and if you haven’t gotten suspicious of Kanata yet, you might want to start now.

Yuki runs up to the roof, and sees Uzuki, who points out where the children are. When Yuki sees that the kids have been tied up, he still doesn’t suspect Uzuki, until “Uzuki” pulls a knife on him. Uzuki has been completely taken over the duras, who gives away a lot of exposition in classic villain style. (This is possibly not surprising since the duras in question is of the rank “mid-villain.”) Uzuki does a lot of boasting and terrorizing, and provides the name of the person who sent him after Yuki. “Reiga” is apparently the one targeting Yuki.

Read the rest of the review at Associated Content.