Monthly Archives: December 2011

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner

Greenwillow
316 pp.

In The King of Attolia, we learned that Eugenides friend Sophos, the heir to the kingdom of Sounis had been kidnapped by rebels and then had disappeared. In A Conspiracy of Kings we find out what happened to him. (Essentially, he manages to jump directly from the frying pan, into the fire, yet manages not to get burned too badly.)

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Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

St. Martin’s Press
310 pp.
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First Grave on the Right is a urban fantasy/paranormal romance with a thin candy coating of mystery. Our Heroine is a private investigator named Charley Davidson who sees dead people. Or rather, they see her, because she is apparently “the light” you’re supposed to go toward when you die. She is the Grim Reaper, and she is largely responsible for helping first her father and then her uncle become police detectives. (It is super easy to solve murders if you can talk to the victim!) Continue reading

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Reading Homestuck Part Eight: ==> John, you do not say no to cookies!

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After a brief explanation from Nanna about the game-cosmology, it turns out that John has jumped to the wrong conclusion. While John is correct in the general concept of this stage of the game in which he must build his house high enough to reach the first gate and from there hopefully rescue his father, he’s dead wrong about later stages of play. He is jittering around rather enthusiastically because he believes that that next stage of the game is to solve the ultimate riddle mentioned earlier and save the earth from destruction. Nannasprite however informs him that this is not in fact the purpose of the game.

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Book Review: Bold as Love, by Gwyneth Jones

Night Shade Books
277 pp.

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Gwyneth Jones is a great writer, and I find her work in general very readable, even if a lot of the time they are only one time reads. (This is not the case with this book. I have read and re-read this book dozens of times.) Bold as Love is a near future science fantasy with a chilling motif that borrows heavily from the fairytale type where the king tries to marry his own daughter (such as Donkeyskin, Allerleiruah, and so on). In general, child abuse and child endangerment is a recurring theme with this book, and some of the scenes and situations are extremely disturbing. (This is your friendly warning.) Continue reading

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Book Review: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Greenwillow

385 pp.

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In The King of Attolia, Eugenides has to figure out how to be king, when all he wanted was the queen. (Unfortunately, the queen and the gods are not letting poor Eugenides off the hook.) The Queen of Attolia’s subjects aren’t very enthused by the idea of Eugenides being their king and proceed to cause him a great deal of grief. The palace staff and even his attendants are harassing him, the nobility is on the very edge of insurrection, and there are conspiracies and assassins everywhere. On top of all that, Eugenides must also get used to being married to the woman he loves, who is also the Woman Who Did Very Bad Things to Him in A Very Public Way. (Eugenides and Irene have an extremely complicated and slightly frightening relationship.) Continue reading

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Reading Homestuck Part Seven: ==> John, weaponize your sylladex!

From here to here.

John is trying to read about data structures and how to deliberately turn his sylladex into a kind of catapult instead of doing it accidentally. The book is written in an aggressive style that John does not particularly care for. As he’s reading he’s arguing with the voice in his head, which is attempting to warn him about the monster behind him. John gets attacked by the monster in question. It’s a shale imp and the next part is an interactive section. The only command is AGGRIEVE. Hitting AGGRIEVE reveals that John is not up to the task of fighting yet. 

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Book Review: Snuff, by Terry Pratchett

Harper
398 pp.

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In Snuff, Vimes is railroaded into going on vacation at his wife’s country estate. He is not very happy at the prospect of being out in the country away from the sights and sounds he is familiar with. (He is also not too keen on hob-nobbing with the local nobs.) There is also a severe lack of bacon sandwiches, but this is mostly because his wife is making him eat in a more healthy fashion. The idyllic countryside turns out to be not so very idyllic after all when he uncovers a great deal of criminal activity, and certain activities which are criminal but are not against the law.

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