Monday, December 31, 2012

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

One of the major reasons I have always liked Daybreak is because of the strong rebuilding theme. A great deal of apocalyptic fiction dwells on the destruction and the complete hopelessness of the situation the characters find themselves in. I find this to be extremely unpleasant, which is why I avoid stories that involve “no win” situations. (In my more depressive moods, I usually state that this is because no-win situations are too much like “real life.”)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Eight, Julietta Suzuki

In Volume Eight of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami finds herself in the land of the dead. She’s told by the kami in charge of the land of the dead that she is free to leave, but the human who came with her must stay. The kami also lets Nanami know that the “human” is in fact a demon hiding out inside a human body. (The kami of the underworld however does not identify the demon, who is Akura-oh.) Nanami is therefore extremely clueless and does not know that the demon inhabiting Kirihito is actually kind of homicidal, so she decides to stay in the underworld to rescue him.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Review: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

353 pp.

In Ashes of Honor, Toby finds herself on another missing child case. This time around, it’s the teenaged, changeling daughter of Etienne, one of Toby’s fellow knights. (A daughter Etienne never knew about because her mother had hidden her.) When Chelsea disappears in full view of her friends, her mother contacted Etienne, believing he had kidnapped her. (Word to the wise; if you are a Sidhe, do not every date a professor of folklore. It never goes well.)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: Fate’s Edge, by Ilona Andrews

372 pp.
Fate’s Edge involves Kaldar Mar, cousin of the heroine of Bayou Moon, several characters from On the Edge and a new heroine. Audrey Callahan a former thief who is attempting to make a better life for herself in the “Broken.” Her hopes of staying on the straight and narrow are shattered when her con artist father talks her into stealing a powerful magical item in the Weird. The money from selling the item is supposed to go into getting her drug addict brother into an expensive private rehabilitation center. Against all common sense and despite having very valid reasons not to, Audrey agrees to help her father steal the magical item in exchange for the family leaving her alone forever.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty: ==> Dave: Illegally pirate your friend’s grist!

From here to here.

The Authority Regulator is entirely overwhelmed by the Parcel Mistress, but duty comes first! He cannot surrender the parcels PM must deliver because they are illegal contraband. PM will have to petition AR’s superiors for the release of the items! PM points out that she has an official document requesting the items, but AR is only able to give her the envelope. PM puts the envelope into one of the nearby mailbox-things which are called Pyxis. She is forced to follow the Derse Agent, who still has the package.

It's The End of the World as We Know It--REM

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Six, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji Volume Six opens with Ciel and Sebastian beginning their investigation into a number of missing child reports. These disappearances seem to be connected to the travelling schedule of the Noah’s Ark Circus. (Their investigation begins at Scotland Yard. Abberline is extremely unhappy to have the pair going through the Yard records to get more information about the disappearances. He’s even less happy when Sebastian gives him money in exchange for going through the records.)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: The Demon’s Surrender, by Sarah Rees Brennan

Margaret K. McElderry Books
387 pp.

In The Demon’s Surrender, the point of view shifts to Sin. Up to this point, her entire life has revolved around the Market, and her family. She is currently in competition with Mae to win control of the Goblin Market. Since Mae is a “tourist,” Sin does not think Mae has what it takes to become the next leader. (Unfortunately, the current leader feels it is an even match, hence the competition.) Sin’s life is also greatly complicated by the escalating war between the Market and the magicians, her home life, her father, and the possibility of a romantic relationship with Alan Ryves. (With whom she was emphatically not interested in previously, so it is a surprise to both of them.)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Five, by Daisuke Moriyama

Volume Five of Chrono Crusade begins with a reunion between Rosette and Joshua that goes extremely sour. It turns out that Joshua does not recognize Rosette. Aion takes this as a sign that Rosette will not serve as a good “limiter” for Joshua so he moves to the next part of this little encounter. He goads Rosette into shooting him, and then goads Chrono into a berserker rage. There is a definite purpose behind his actions that seems to go beyond the usual villain confrontation and mustache twirling.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Review: War Maid’s Choice by David Weber

598 pp.

War Maid’s Choice takes place a few years after the events of Wind Rider’s Oath. It is slightly better than Wind Rider’s Oath, but that is not saying very much. We open with an introduction of the Dark Gods as characters instead of as offstage menaces. (It is the kind of “villain discussion” that is actually better suited to a science fiction setting instead of a fantasy one. De-mystified gods are generally boring gods.) The Dark Gods are apparently not very happy with the way their stooges keep failing to take over Norfressa, so they dispatch Carnadosa and her brother Krashnark to make yet another attempt at invading.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Four, by Kazue Kato

Volume Four of Blue Exorcist begins with Rin using his powers to protect Shiemi and nearly getting discovered by Ryuji. Rin manages to evade Ryuji’s questions (barely). Fortunately, everyone is distracted by the discovery that this particular class competition will involve teamwork after all. (The initial assumption had been that the competition was an individual one. I strongly suspect that at this stage of their training, exorcists of this order get presented with a lot of activities that turn out to be team work centered even if they are framed as solo activities. This is an interesting training method.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Reading Homestuck Part Twenty Nine: ==> AR: Attempt to woo the lovely lady carapace!

 From here to here.

AR is directed drink the Tab cautiously, but we see here that he is in fact chugging it down in an epic manner. The only problem with the Tab is that it is too warm, and the only problem with the delicious gravy is that it is too cold. AR is directed to retrieve the mysterious artifacts from the ruins. He does this, and also brings along Jade’s Squiddle toys to give to PM. WV meanwhile is directed to introduce his new friends to John, so he invites PM into his vehicle.