Monthly Archives: March 2011

Manga Review: Pig Bride Volume Two


Pig Bride Volume Two, KookHwa Huh/Sujin Kim

Pig Bride, Vol. 2 (v. 2)
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Volume two of Pig Bride continues from the cliffhanger in volume one. Doe-Doe Eun is snooping around Si-Joon’s house in the company of Ji-Oh, who has been assigned to escort her by Si-Joon. (Ji-Oh really can’t stand Doe-Doe and is not shy about letting her know this. Doe-Doe can’t figure out why he dislikes her so much. Hint: Maybe he’s a good judge of character.) Ji-Oh eventually abandons her, and Doe-Doe has a brief encounter with Mu-Hwa. Continue reading

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Book Review: Kings of the North, by Elizabeth Moon

Del Rey
478 pp.

Kings of the North
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In this sequel to Oath of Fealty, the characters are still adjusting to the new situations instigated by Kieri Phelan having become the king of Lyonya and Dorrin having become Duke Verrakai. We also have indications that all is still not well in various quarters, and the activities of a pirate who would be king (or at least Duke) are beginning to cause trouble elsewhere. On top of that we learn a great deal about Pargun, the machinations of various evil gods and a little about dragons. (I think the dragon is probably one of the best parts of the book.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Tinker, by Wen Spencer

Baen
448 pp.

Tinker (Elfhome, Book 1)
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I first read Tinker when it came out in 2003. It quickly became one of my favorites because of the heroine Tinker (who is an engineer who runs a junkyard), and a great deal of the world building. The setting is Pittsburgh, which has had a variable location between Earth and Elfhome since the Chinese built an interdimensional gate in orbit. Tinker has lived her entire life in Pittsburgh and many of her inventions take advantage of the magical energy available on Elfhome. Continue reading

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Yes it Damn Well IS SF/F

If a book has science fiction or fantasy themes or situations, then the book is science fiction or fantasy even if the novel is tagged as “mainstream.” If a book has science fiction or fantasy themes then the book is science fiction or fantasy even if the writer wails, “I never thought of it as science fiction, I don’t like that Twilight Zone stuff at all!” It is still science fiction if the reader who likes the work defensively declaims that the novel may have science fiction elements but it was published as mainstream.

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Manga Review: Mugen Spiral Volume Two by Mizuho Kusanagi

Mugen Spiral Volume 2 (v. 2)The second volume opens just a few moments after the cliffhanger that ended volume one. The stalemate between Ouga and Ura is broken when Ouga loses control of his power, and the darkness begins to eat him. When she sees Ouga going under, Yayoi immediately rushes to his rescue, trying to pull him out. This is something of a surprise to Ura and Hakuyoh, especially since Ouga had just kidnapped her. Yayoi yells at Ura, asking him if he wants to regret not trying to save his brother for the rest of his life. Ura pitches in and helps pull Ouga up out of the darkness.

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Book Review: Mother of Demons, by Eric Flint

Baen
367 pp.

Mother of Demons
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Mother of Demons is one of my favorite books. The novel is a “braided timeline” style novel that tells the stories of a disparate group of people–human and alien–who become allies in a conflict with an enemy tribe. One timeline follows Nukurren, a mercenary currently serving as the body guard to a slave merchant. (This being the only job she can get since she is a “*pervert.”) One timeline follows the leader and followers of a religion that is currently being persecuted by the main religious institution of a city-state. Another timeline follows a young infanta of a barbarian tribe about to go into battle for the first time and who is desperate to save her tribe from an invading tribe of cannibals. Yet another timeline follows a struggling human colony that has been adopted by a dwindling and nearly extinct species related to the dominant intelligent species.

Braided timeline novels can be a little tricky to read since the timeline within each point of view tends not to be entirely concurrent. Continue reading

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A Voyage to the Moon

There is too much overcast to see the Supermoon, so have a voyage to the moon instead.

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