Monthly Archives: May 2009
Currently being reprinted by Baen Books as The God Stalker Chronicles and Seeker’Bane.
Original version posted Apr. 18th, 2008 at 10:42 PM in another journal.
The Kencyrath novels by P.C. Hodgell does the usual fantasy heroine with a Speshul Destiny, Daughter of a magical race dedicated to killing the Big Bad, and then turns everything upside down and bassackwards in the BEST possible ways. There’s a lot of Fritz Lieber in this series, with a touch of Chas Adams and H.P. Lovecraft thrown in as an accent. It has Wry Humor, Rains of Frogs, Exasperated Earth Goddesses, Undead Poultry, Gender Neutral Heroines, Telepathic Kitty Cats, Snark, Humorously Inept Yet Still Dangerous Villains, Pissy Psychotic Meat-Eating Unicorns, Arboreal Drift, Absentminded Professors, Alarums and Excursions, Philosophical and Existential Crises, Reality Hacking, Crossdressing Innkeepers, Deeply Disturbing Imagery, and Chairs that Eat People.
Tor Books, 384 pgs.
If you are a fan of Orson Scott Card, you might like it, or, if you are a fan and believe this series has jumped the shark, then you might not like it. If you are a former fan and stopped reading him because his opinions on human sexuality and society annoy you, you might not like it. If you agree with his opinions on human sexuality and society, you still might not like it because you believe this series jumped the shark somewhere around Xenocide If not earlier. Then again, you might like it anyway. Because it is essentially a three hundred sixty nine page propaganda pamphlet promoting the evils of single parenthood, and describing how only heterosexual monogamy ensures the stability of society, and should be maintained at all costs. Continue reading
Previously posted in another journal, Dec. 1st, 2008 at 2:51 PM
Chrono Crusade is an eight volume manga and twenty four episode anime by Daisuke Moriyama. The setting is America during the late 1920s, and chronicles the adventures of Rosette Christopher, a fifteen year old exorcist of the Magdalen Order, and her demon partner Chrono.
The basic plot of Chrono Crusade is that Rosette and Chrono have spent the past four years with the Order trying to locate Rosette’s brother Joshua, who was kidnapped by another demon, Aion. The basic plot complication is that both Rosette and Chrono are living on borrowed time; Chrono’s horns, which are what supply him with “astral energy” were broken off by Aion in a fight that occurred fifty years previous to the story. Since a demon will eventually die without horns, Chrono uses the energy produced by Rosette’s soul. The symbol of their contract, and the device that keeps Chrono from draining Rosette too quickly is a pocket watch that ticks off the amount of time Rosette has left. Continue reading
I have the sneaking suspicion that Moriyama reads Stephen King. First, we have the alien space devils of Chrono Crusade, who at a glance could be taken to be Tommyknockers. Second, we have the Kanshu monsters that spread via cell phones. (Okay, the devils only vaguely resemble Tommyknockers due to certain back story implications and the ship is under water–my meta dumps it at the bottom of Hudson Canyon, because I am a Diane Duane fan, and loved Deep Wizardry–instead of buried somewhere in Maine so the connection is very tenuous and also probably exists only in my mind. And the only thing the Kanshu really have in common with Cell is that cell phones are the vector through which they infect people.) Continue reading