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Web Comic Review: Metanoia by Chartreuse and Rah

According to Wikipedia, metanoia can be any of the following:

Metanoia(theology), repentance

Metanoia (rhetoric), correction, a rhetorical device

Metanoia(psychology), the process of experiencing a psychotic “break down”and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or “healing”

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Book Review: Water Logic, by Laurie J. Marks

Small Beer Press
332pp.

Water Logic: An Elemental Logic NovelWater Logic is the third book in the Elemental Logic series. In this book Zanja gets thrown two hundred years in the past by a water witch, Clement is unable to come up with a plan C for dealing with a mutiny, and a bunch of Shaftali rebels refuse to believe that Karis is the real G’deon. We also continue the theme that has been developing since Fire Logic: finding away to integrate the Sainnite invaders (who are actually refugees) into the Shaftali population. Searching out a way to accomplish this task leads to a shocking discovery.

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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: The Door into Sunset by Diane Duane

Tor
383 pp.

In The Door into Sunset, our leading characters go through many evolutions and “power ups” as their efforts to depose Cillmod come to a head. This book focuses mainly on Freelorn as he tries to find a way to become a true Initiate in the royal magics that protects the country from the Shadow, (and which also ensure that the land doesn’t turn back into wasteland like most of the continent seems to be). We also watch Hasai and Segnbora become Very Important Persons among the Dragons, and Herewiss learn to cope with being the First Man in Centuries with the Blue Flame. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Door into Shadow by Diane Duane

Tor
298 pp.

A recurring theme in The Tale of the Five involves characters overcoming or otherwise acknowledging the flaws in their personality that prevents them from becoming more powerful, and defeating The Shadow (a fallen power created by the Goddess accidentally letting entropy into the universe she created).

The primary character of The Door into Shadow is Segnbora, a young swordswoman who has the potential to be one of the most powerful Rodmistresses in the history of the Middle Kingdoms. Her natural ability to use the Blue Flame is so powerful that apparently, she has broken every rod she has tried to focus with. Because of this failure, she has tried to excel at many other professions, and while she keeps acquiring new skills and honors, she is eternally restless and unhappy because the only ability her parents seem to care about is her potential to wield the Blue Flame. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Door into Fire by Diane Duane

TOR
290 pp.

The Tale of the Five, is an early fantasy series by Diane Duane which isn’t complete yet. It is the first series I read that had homosexual and bisexual characters who were just characters instead of stock humor characters, hateful villains or Afterschool Special-style protagonists where we learn important lessons about accepting others. Herewiss, Freelorn and Segnbora are three of my favorite characters in the series, followed closely behind by Sunspark (a fire elemental) and Hasai, a Dragon.) Duane creates an interesting world here, and the juxtaposition of “medieval” setting with a surprisingly non-standard-medieval society was something I really enjoyed. The final book in the series, The Door Into Starlight has been in the works for a long, long time. Continue reading

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