Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Lord of Mountains by S.M. Stirling

326 pp.
One thing I will say right off about Lord of Mountains; at least it does not jump around all over the place the way Tears of the Sun did. (Do not worry the layout is not the only good thing about the book. I just really hated the way the last book had been set up.) This book mostly focuses on the first major battle of the war and the politicking afterward. Then the book trails off into pseudo-mystical Arthurian legendry as Rudi and Mathilde have a crowning ceremony and vigil during which they have a dream quest where they talk to their ancestors and descendants.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Seven, Julietta Suzuki

In Kamisama Kiss volume seven, Nanami eventually goes to the kamuhakari, though the first few chapters are taken up by side adventures. The volume opens with Mizuki attempting to go to school with Tomoe and Nanami. When his attempt is less than successful, Mizuki decides to go visit Kurama in the big city. The urban environment however is a little too much for him, though he manages to do a good deed for an aspiring actress. (The good deed will probably not make up for the part where Mizuki decided to take the shrine’s offerings with him when he went on his little road trip.)  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Review: Elfhome by Wen Spencer

376 pp.
In Elfhome, Pittsburgh continues to be a warzone as the elves attempt to eradicate the invading oni and tensions grow between the city’s residents. With Pittsburgh now stranded on Elfhome, the elves are attempting to enforce their cultural norms on the population, much to the resentment of the half-oni and human portions of the population. Also adding to the tension is the continuing presence of the Stone Clan, which is definitely in the political dog house after the events of the previous book.In this book, Tinker dodges an intrepid news reporter, searches for elven children who have been kidnapped by oni and uncovers evidence of a Stone Clan and oni joint conspiracy. (She also has to deal with cranky paranoid bodyguards and suddenly having a mother.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Seven: The Intermission Where Everyone is Gangsters Pt. 4!

From here to here.

Spades starts off with whacking Eggs’ Egg Timer, smashing it completely. Crowbar’s crowbar has the ability to destroy a temporal artifact and negate its effect on the timeline. This means that there are no longer multiple iterations of Biscuits and Eggs running amok. Hearts Boxcars is directed to attempt to eat Eggs. His attempt is an overwhelming success, and as a result, Biscuits is extremely apprehensive.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Review: Princeps, by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

  496 pp.

 In Princeps, Quaeryt and Vaelora do not get much of a honeymoon. Shortly after they are married and Quaeryt becomes the Princeps of Tilbor, Vaelora’s brother Bhayar sends Quaeryt on another assignment. This assignment is a promotion to governor of a region that has recently been devastated by a natural disaster. (It seems that Quaeryt has become the guy who gets to put out all the political fires. It is also fairly obvious Quaeryt is mostly going along with this in hopes of furthering his own ambitions which is not something I see very often in political-type fantasy storylines. The only loyalty Our Protagonist has is toward Vaelora and his own agenda. It’s a nice change of pace.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Six: The Intermission Where Everyone is Gangsters Pt. 3!

From here to here
I used to have an extreme distaste for second person. It was pretty much my least favorite viewpoint because it was weird and extremely confusing to me. This is probably because I have not encountered very many books written in second person. (I’ve only encountered two. The first is Hart’s Hope by Orson Scott Card and the second is The Broken Goddess by Hans Bemmann.) Thanks to Homestuck and it’s extremely snarky second person narrative, I have mostly overcome my dislike for second person.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Six, Julietta Suzuki

In volume six of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami is recovering from the festival and the Kagura dance she performed. While Tomoe is ragging on Nanami for being so weak and worn out, the mysterious person who “tested” Nanami in the previous volume makes an appearance. It turns out that the mysterious stranger is a wind kami named Otohikogami, and he was a friend of Mikage.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: Farlander by Col Buchanan

  388 pp.

Farlander is the second book with a recommendation by Glen Cook that I have not liked this year. (The other book was Awakenings by Edward Lazellari.) I have decided that even though I really like Cook’s writing, that his taste in books and mine are very, very different. This book is a hard book to classify as either fantasy or science fiction and it has a steampunk feel without the Victorian trappings. (I would almost have preferred the usual Victorian trappings compared to what I did get.)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Five: The Intermission Where Everyone is Gangsters Pt. 2!

From here to here.

Droog happens to have several back up hats, as well as back up finely tailored suits. He is the most civilized member of the Midnight Crew and his Brawlsoleum is the ideal storage unit for everything he needs. Diamonds Droog is directed to remove licorice fish from his back up hat. He withdraws a two of diamonds and is relieved that his Swedish Fish are still there. (He has always stored his fish in his back up hat, the rest of the Crew has only recently figure out that this is a good idea. Before, they had been storing their candy in the hat they were wearing at the time instead of their back up hat.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: Shadowfall by James Clemens

  463 pp.

The protagonist of Shadowfall is a disgraced “Shadowknight” who is falsely accused of the murder of a goddess. Since the dying goddess bestowed a blessing on the knight this is taken as proof that he killed the goddess to gain her powers. During the protagonist’s quest to clear his name, he discovers that the ancient war that exiled the gods to his world is starting to heat up again. He also encounters a mysterious secret organization that appears to be running a number of insidious plots. (It also turns out that this secret organization may be responsible for the events that led to the protagonists disgrace.)