Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

356 pp.

With Dark Currents we have the usual paranormal romance/urban fantasy storyline of the babe with a law enforcement job with the usual possible romantic options. There are also some complications concerning Our Heroine’s parentage: our girl is half incubus and her existence represents a danger to reality itself. Daisy Johannsen is the liaison between her tourist trap town’s police department and the eldritch community. More specifically, she works for Hel (Loki’s daughter not her dad’s hometown). Daisy becomes involved with a case involving the drowning of a college student. Since all signs point toward the eldritch community, this is not a good situation for Daisy’s home town or the eldritch community.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reading: Godstalk, by P.C. Hodgell, Part Three

Though Godstalk is generally believed by fans to be the best book in the series, it does have some flaws. The biggest being the sudden shifts in pov at certain points. Very few fans will point this out however, though they tend to be more critical of later books. (I did not actually spot many of the problems until after I had read the book a few times.)

Even with taking the flaws into account, Godstalk’s is one of my favorite novels because of the rich prose, surreal background and the engaging main character. Jame is curious as a cat, and we soon learn that piquing that curiosity results in the “cat” deciding to play with what interests her. In this particular chapter, Jame will become very personally interested in Tai-tastigon’s god infestation, thanks to an encounter with a priest.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review: The Given Sacrifice, by S.M. Stirling

369 pp.

The Given Sacrifice brings the Rudi Mackenzie arc of the series to a close as Rudi and his allies close in on the Church Universal and Triumphant. The narrative covers the last battles with the Cutters, skating over the eventual defeat, and introduces characters that may become important in later books. The last few chapters cover the early years of Rudi’s daughter Orlaith and Rudi’s final battle. (I am not sure this counts as a spoiler since it has been pretty heavily implied that Rudi has a relatively short shelf life.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reading Homestuck Part Forty Four: Tavros> Learn why you shouldn’t play games for girls

From here to here.

While Sollux flips his lid, we get introduced to the silly cat girl troll! The silly cat girl’s name is Nepeta Leijon and she is possibly only silly to trolls, because she is actually a fierce huntress living a somewhat feral existence. She is also a romantic who really likes to speculate on romantic relationships. Her “trolltag” is arsenicCatnip and her quirk involves using a smiley reminiscent of her lusus, who is a large cat with two mouths. Nepeta is directed to retrieve claws from arms. It turns out that she is secretly Wolverine, and she has gauntlets that produce very long sharp blades. It is basically a cestus from heck. (Or in this case, Alternia, which is pretty much heck.)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book Review: Imager’s Battalion by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

509 pp.

In Imager’s Battalion, Quaeryt continues to further his goals in between leading imagers in battle against Bovaria and playing military chaplain. Since a part of his goal is to find ways to make imaging useful (which it is not, given that very little is known about the ability), the war gives him plenty of opportunity to do science. He also makes a few discoveries about a previous civilization that used imagers more extensively than his society, and learns more folklore related to Pharsi “lost ones.” He does not however discover why the locals are so superstitious about “black rabbits.” (As an aside, every time someone mentioned a black rabbit I’d fill in with “of Inlé,” for which I blame Watership Down.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reading: Survivor by Octavia Butler Part One

Survivor is technically a part of Butler’s Patternist sequence, except Butler disowned it. She also referred to it as her “Star Trek novel” for reasons which may soon become clear. I acquired Survivor via slightly sneaky means, in this case a pdf. file that I downloaded. The copy has a lot of typos and in general is kind of cruddy but still readable.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review: The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

417 pp.

I am not entirely sure whether or not I liked The Long War. At least, it didn’t hold the same level of interest for me that The Long Earth did. The story begins when the death of a troll attempting to protect her child and snowballs into a conflict between Datum Earth and the various colonies, which are beginning to have thoughts of independence. What we have here is a perfect storm of civil rights and state rights as Datum Earth attempts to maintain control and the various colonies attempt to break free of the control.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review: The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

Night Shade Books
265 pp.

In The Siren Depths family drama gets mixed with interpersonal drama when Moon discovers that he has living relatives. Living relatives who are attempting to reclaim him. Due to some communication failures, Moon decides he’s being shipped off to his newfound relatives because he is a failure as a consort. (The communication failure basically boils down to Moon actually being very young and poorly socialized due to the entire “grew up almost entirely alone and is kind of traumatized by it” thing. The poor guy has epic abandonment and trust issues.) The situation becomes even more complicated due to the Fell who have shown up in order to cause trouble, as only terrifying nomadic predators with bad touch tendencies can.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reading Homestuck Part Forty Three: > Sollux: You do not ever eat the mind honey!

From here to here.

At this point, Sollux’s lusus is raising a ruckus. The reason involves meteors that are beginning to fall outside. (Sollux lusus is a two headed Cyclops, or rather, a bicyclops.) The creature is so large it has to live on the roof of Sollux “hivestem.” There appear to be some slight parallels between Sollux and his lusus and Dave and his Bro. This should not surprise anyone, since Sollux is defined as “the cool kid” of the trolls. (There are also some parallels between Dave and Sollux which will become slightly more apparent if you think about them.)