Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part Three

Also, I don't remember the raft. We'll see if I somehow missed it.
That's not Lura... .

 Star Man’s Son/Daybreak has had some pretty awful covers. A few of them try to make Fors look like a TV Western Indian or make him look as if he were in his thirties instead of a teenager. (Though we do not get Fors specific age, I think he would probably be about sixteen or seventeen depending on what was considered “adult” for his culture. The reason for Fors escapade is that he is now too old get an apprenticeship and does not want to be stuck with a low status job for the rest of his life.) Many of them get Lura completely wrong, and many of them are extremely ugly and nonsensical in terms of layout and composition. (This could probably be said of most of the early sf covers. I can often guess what year/decade a book was written/printed in just from how hideous the cover is.)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Four: The Intermission Where Everyone is Gangsters Pt. 1!

From here to here

You have now made it to the Intermission. Do not however get up to stretch your legs or visit the concession stand or restroom. They are not going to be playing Woody Woodpecker cartoons at this drive in. What’s going on in this intermission will be just as important as everything else that has happened up to and including the weird chess piece apocalypse survivors!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Two, by Kazue Kato

In the second volume of Blue Exorcist, we are introduced to Rin’s new classmates. Rin acquires an instant rivalry with a boy named Ryuji Suguru, an overachiever who is less than impressed with Rin’s apparent lackadaisical manner. (Rin actually reminds me of kids I have known with ADD. I am not sure if that is what the mangaka was going for though.) They spend a great deal of time sniping at each other, but it seems as if they are going to end up friends (angry argumentative friends).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review: The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

336 pp.

The Long Earth involves an improbable invention, an astounding discovery and a journey to see how far the rabbit hole goes. The story begins with two people who have a strange experience where they are transported to some strange location. One is a soldier during World War One in France, and the other is a pregnant teenager, who dies shortly after giving birth.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Three ==>AR: Be the Law!

From here to here.

We see an animated gif of Dave’s apartment building. It’s raining very hard now, and by now, I actually mean in the past it was raining very hard, because the next scene shows Dave who is wearing pointy black shades instead of round ones. Dave has just received a present from John, a pair of shades that at one point in time were on Ben Stiller’s face. John admits this is possibly a crappy present but expresses the hope that Dave might find wearing them once in a while to be suitably ironic.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Three, by Daisuke Moriyama

In volume three of Chrono Crusade, we are introduced to Satella Harvenheit, a rich debutante who moonlights as bounty hunter known as Batman Hexen der Juwel, the Jewel Witch. She is a gem-summoner, someone with the ability to summon spirits from gemstones. She specializes in hunting monsters and the undead, and she meets up with Our Heroes when she accidentally totals Rosette’s car. Satella is less than impressed by Rosette, and the feeling appears to be very much mutual! However, since they are neck deep in undead human centipedes, they end up fighting together.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh

680 pp.
Cyteen is a Hugo Award winning novel that is extremely difficult to boil down into a simple “this is what the book is about and here are the highlights.” (At least, it’s hard for me to. Someone else might find it to be easier.) There is a lot going on in this novel, with political intrigue mixing with family drama and interpersonal conflicts. (It was a lot easier to review the sequel, possibly because the sequel was much shorter in length and took place over a shorter period of time.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Two: ==> John: Alchemize!

From here to here.

John was instructed to alchemize in a 1980s time lapse montage. John agrees that this would be a great way to show that a lot was getting done in a short period of time, but he cannot be bothered with doing something like that. We also learn that Rose has moved the Alchemiter back down to the deck (where it can be used more conveniently, considering how spread out all the other equipment is.)

The first thing John does is recombine the pogo ride with the hammer. He does something slightly different this time and ends up with a hammerhead pogo ride. In the next alchemizing attempt, he combines his ghost shirt with his suit. This creates the Green Slime Ghost Suit, which has a little ghost emblem and a bright green tie. He is not quite satisfied with the suit upgrade, so he combines the ghost suit with his copy of Wise Guy.  This creates the Wise Guy Slime Suit, which is teal with a bright green tie and ghost emblem. This particular suit has lots of hidden gimmicks!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part Two

At most I'd say he was about 16. At least Lura looks right.
Fors is not this old.
For some reason, I am still surprised by how well this book has aged. There have been several books I have read as a kid that I cannot really enjoy now because issues I didn’t find problematic then or even notice when I was younger became glaringly obvious when I re-read as an adult. (As an example, the Dragonriders of Pern books or anything I have read (and liked) by David Eddings. I tried to read Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster a few years back and I couldn’t get more than a chapter in because my tastes and perceptions had changed.) With Daybreak/Star Man’s Son however, I am just as enthused by the book and the character as I was when I was a kid, though as an adult I tend to engage in a lot more “meta” than I had as a kid.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Five, Julietta Suzuki

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Volume Five of Kamisama Kiss opens not long after the ending of the previous volume. Tomoe is furious that Nanami chose Mizuki as her second shinshi. (And Mizuki seems to think Tomoe’s rage is funny.) There is some indication that Mizuki feels some very distant sympathy for Tomoe, since the fox was also abandoned by his is kami. Nanami would very much like them to get along, but she is unable to get them to stop sniping at each other.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey

389 pp.
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This entry in Lackey’s Elemental Masters series is a reworking of Sleeping Beauty. Lower class artist friends of the family take the place of Sleeping Beauty’s fairy god mothers, and the wicked fairy’s place is taken by a wicked aunt who is more than she appears. Our Heroine Marina Roeswood is raised in complete ignorance of the curse that was cast upon her when she was an infant, but not of her abilities as an Elemental Master of Water. Her only contact with her parents is via letters, and as far as Marina is concerned, her “real family” is the artists who raised her.