Omnitopia: Dawn is the first in a new series by Diane Duane. Reading it, I was reminded strongly of Daniel Suarez’ Daemon and Freedom ™, but mostly by way of contrast. Suarez’ book is about a computer game programmer who decides to make the world a better place by creating a daemon program which pwns the internet and uses hackers, various dupes and corporate espionage to completely destroy capitalism. Diane Duane’s book is about a computer game programmer who has to deal with a massive hacker attack, corporate espionage, family, and is trying to make the world a better place by providing a place to play, and making his staff a better place to work. Both are set in the near future, and both have a strong populist theme. Continue reading
The Stepsister Scheme is the first book in Jim C. Hines fairytale princess novels. We open with Cinderella (otherwise known as Danielle Whiteshore nee deGlas) who is trying to adjust to the riches and royal responsibilities of her rags to riches story. Shortly after an assassination attempt by one of her evil stepsisters, she makes the discovery that her royal mother in law has a small espionage service, and two of her lady’s maids are also her agents. One is princess Talia (who is Sleeping Beauty) and the other is Snow White (she prefers her fairy tale moniker to her real name which is Ermillina Curtana). Continue reading
Elizabeth Moon is a science fiction and fantasy writer. Her most well known works includeThe Deed of Paksenarrion the Vatta’s War series and the novels set in the Familias Regnant universe. Her solo science fiction novels include Remnant Population which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1997 and for The Speed of Dark which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2003–it was also an Arthur C. Clarke finalist.
More information about Moon’s works can be found on her author website here. Continue reading
Who Fears Death is a difficult story to write about, because it deals with situations that most people find difficult to understand or deal with, such as genocide and war. It’s a very strong book, with a great deal of depth to it. It’s a fast paced and engrossing read, but I wouldn’t call it entertaining. Who Fears Death is a post-apocalyptic fantasy set in a far future Africa, in the general area of Sudan; it is a story about a conflict between two tribes, the Nuru and the Okeke. The Nuru have enslaved and otherwise marginalized the Okeke in an attempt to wipe them out for centuries. The Okeke in turn have been fighting back but are losing as the violence escalates. Continue reading
Red Hood’s Revenge
takes place not long after The Mermaid’s Madness.
The story begins with the discovery that a famous assassin named Roudette “The Lady of the Red Hood,” has turned up. She is
apparently after Talia. (Otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty.) Roudette was hired by Queen Lakhim, who wants revenge for the death of her son, whom Talia killed when she escaped from Arathea, the kingdom she was born in. (The reasons why are complicated. Lakhim’s family managed to seize power, and decided to keep it by breaking through the wall of thorns surrounding Sleeping Beauty’s castle, murdering everyone there as they slept except Talia who was still asleep up until she gave birth to twins. You can add “ugly” to “complicated.”) Continue reading