Monthly Archives: October 2010

Book Review: Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks

 Tor
400 pp

Earth Logic takes place a few years after Fire Logic. Karis’ odd little family is doing its best to stay together and support her while raising their daughter. (Technically, Norina’s biological daughter, but everyone is raising her. Considering how extremely hyperactive the kid is, they might be outnumbered.)

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Book Review: Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks

Tor
359 pp.

I tend to dislike the plotline of “band of patriots versus the evil invaders,” so one of the things I like about Fire Logic is that it does not really use that trope. I have also gotten slightly tired of the “lost heir” trope. Instead, we have “non-evil but slightly stupidly desperate refugee soldiers versus equally desperate patriots who are slowly alienating themselves from their own people because their own people are deeply sick of the fighting.” There is also a “lost heir,” but the aforementioned desperate patriots judge the lost heir unfit to be the heir. Continue reading

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Book Review: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

DAW
354 pp
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An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3)An Artificial Night is the third book in the October Daye series. The book opens on a humorous note, with Toby attempting to wrangle a horde of Corgi sized barghests. Barghests are canine fae creatures, which are equipped with scorpion tails, and they have apparently invaded the hall of one of the local faerie nobles. (The person helping her at the time decides he wants to adopt them.) Continue reading

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Book Review: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

DAW
377 pp.

A Local Habitation (October Daye, Book 2)In A Local Habitation, Toby is settling back in as one of her Duke’s knights. Things take a turn for the weird when her Duke sends her on what at first appears to be a check-up call on the Duke’s niece, but ends up being a murder mystery. Toby has to find out who is killing off the retinue of the Duke’s niece, and why, while keeping herself and her young assistant alive. Continue reading

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Book Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

DAW
346 pp.

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, Book 1)Rosemary and Rue is the first in a series of urban fantasy novels by Seanan McGuire. It is primarily an urban faery novel of the “hidden magical world” variety. It is not, fortunately another “babe with a gun,” urban fantasy romance, though I do sense or think I sense a certain amount of romantic tension between the protagonist and various members of the supporting male cast. (I am happy that while I can see the tension, there is no sense of “will they or won’t they,” that occasionally plagues some books.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Del Rey
274 pp.

Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of TemeraireTongues of Serpents is a very short novel with a very transitional feel–though it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and nothing is really resolved at the end of it. Temeraire and Laurence have been sent to Australia and the prison colony of New South Wales. They have not gone alone; they are in the company of Granby and Iskierka, who have gone to Australia along with three dragon eggs in order to establish a dragon covert there. (Temeraire and Laurence are helping in this endeavor in an unofficial capacity.) Continue reading

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