Monthly Archives: June 2012

Book Review: Imager by L.E. Modesitt, J

Tor

432 pp.

Available on Amazon

L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a writer I go through phases of liking a lot to not liking him at all. My liking of him can change from one end of a series to another or from one end of a book to another. As a writer his world building is meticulous and detailed, though occasionally his cultures are thinly veiled excuses to get a Point of some kind across. His magic usually has a good bit of science in it, and vice versa. He tends to be the kind of writer who will write the main character’s entire life story before we get to the part where there is a story beyond, “and then so and so went to school where he learned a lot of stuff that is important and then this happened and he dated so and so.” (This can occasionally be extremely annoying.) He is a writer who never, ever writes about *stew, though he does not tend to go into the rhapsodic detail Steven Brust does when discussing food.

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Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
386 pp.
Timeless is the final book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Our Heroine has been living in one of the closets of Lord Akeldama’s home so she can be close to her daughter. (If you will recall, Akeldama is supposed to be the primary caregiver, so a certain amount of subterfuge is required.) She needs to be close to her daughter because Prudence does not actually possess the quality she is named for and has the distressing habit of being wild, reckless and nearly uncontrollable. (A toddler with the ability to become whatever supernatural person she touches is especially difficult to handle if you are say, a vampire, especially if you are a vampire who is now mortal because the kid stole your powers.) Continue reading

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Reading Homestuck Part Seventeen: ==> Jade: Feed the dog and Ignore the Jerk!

From here to here.

The end of the intermission leads to an [S] command titled Midnight Crew: Act 1031. We go to an animated sequence that reveals a purple city. It is a story of jazz and rival gangs in a city that never sleeps. The titular gang is made up of four individuals, Diamonds Droog, Clubs Deuce, Hearts Boxcars, and Spades Slick. (Please note that these guys appear to be of the same species as WV.)

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Reading: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Part Six

dbpm01h5smallChapter Fifteen: Sola Tells Me Her Story

(Even though we do not really see much evidence of friendship or rapport between these two characters, so we really have no idea of why Sola is offering it.)

John wakes up to discover that he has successfully defeated his opponent. The women of his household tend to his wounds, and we realize that John is only remotely complimentary concerning Green Martians if something they do directly benefits him. (In other words, his narrative states that Green Martian women are extremely skilled as far as medicine is concerned. Of course, he does not bother to show his appreciation for the efforts of the women in his household.)

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Bring me the head of Shirley Bogart

So! I have a deep and sincere loathing for the Great Illustrated Classics line of books. Just the merest glimpse of one of these “adapted” works makes me go ballistic. Especially in regards to the Time Machine adaptation by Shirley Bogart. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip

ACE
329 pp.

The Bards of Bone Plain combines ancient magic, music and archaeology into a slow, meandering story about the search for magic that turns out to have been there the entire time. The primary storyline involves a search for a place that may only exist in metaphor and legend, a princess who is more interested in archaeology digs than in parties, and an archaeologist and his rocky relationship with his son. The secondary storyline is about Nairn, a legendary bard who failed some kind of mystical test, and is cursed with the loss of his music and immortality. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Two, Julietta Suzuki

In volume two of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami is bored out of her mind and has no interest in going back to school. She quickly changes her tune about school when she discovers that Kurama, a popular singer will be attending classes there. Tomoe however is less than pleased at the idea of Nanami going somewhere without protection of some kind. He eventually relents on the condition that Nanami wear a silly hat. (To hide the “tochigami mark” on her forehead from anything that might see it and attack her.)

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