by Kristine Smith
Description: Fourth book in the Jani Kilian series. Jani plays diplomat as the
political intrigues of the first three books come to yet another boiling point
- this one a bit more violent than the others.
would think this is the last book in the series, but I thought that about the
previous book as well. This is classic sci-fi that examines the age-old
questions as we encounter an alien species - what does it mean to be human?
what is the role of biology and what is simply tradition?
Jani has survived all sorts of political and physical attacks, dealt with past
lovers, teachers, and enemies, and made new friends and enemies along the way.
In this book, she is finally taking up the both the alien and human
responsibilities as the first hybrid between the two races. She's learning the
alien religion and is sent as the representative of her alien teacher to a
colony world where trouble to brewing.
The plot, while fast-paced and intriguing, isn't the main point really. The
best thing about this book is Jani herself. She's a reluctant hero who is well
aware of her own faults. She still manages kick major ass and win the loyalty
and respect of those around her. If you liked the other books in the
series, you'll love this one as well. If you haven't read the others, read
them before this one. It's well worth the four book investment.
Hogfather by Terry
On a flat earth on the back of four elephants on the back of a giant turtle
flying through space, Death plays Hogsfather (i.e., Santa), when not so
mysterious forces put a hit on the fat man.
It’s like Terry Pratchett
saw <i>The Nightmare Before Christmas</i> and then decided do something
For those not familiar with
Pratchett’s work, he manages to combine the absurd (A Tooth Fairy who
subcontracts) with the sublime.
Death, as always, makes a
great central character. By turns clueless and astute. Speaking in Capital
Letter and larger than life. Well, he is a 7ft tall skeleton playing Santa.
His “grand daughter” Susan
makes an excellent co-main, following her “grand father’s” trail and trying
to figure out what the heck is going on.
I love that the ultimate
threat isn’t a straight forward thing. It is the ineffable. About
maintaining your humanity in the face of the twists of the world. Plus, you
know, Pratchett’s trademark twisty humor.
A great, twisted, book for
the holiday season.
by Kristine Grayson
Description: Complete and utter fluff of a romance novel. Modern, slightly
psychic girl finds about the world of immortal mages as the Fates land on her
doorstep, asking for help.
No, seriously, this is complete and utter fluff. There's magic and mind
powers. There's a reluctant hero who accidentally spawned the Superman myth
back in the day (yep, he's the broad shouldered, black haired, dimple chinned
original). Our heroine is a comic book fanatic who has a Tick teapot (is that
real? where can I get one?) and a crush on the original Siegel and Shuster
Superman, of course.
Plot stuff: The Fates are in trouble (something about a regime change mandated
by the Powers That Be), but the heroine isn't powerful enough to help, so they
send her to fetch the hero (and eventually several characters from the
author's other books in this magical universe). They fight the bad guy (Eris,
Goddess of Chaos is always so misunderstood) and fall in love.
Whatever. The book is fun and I loved all of the references to geek culture.
This was the cutest book in the series and I'm pretty sure you don't need to
read the others to enjoy this bit of cotton-candy.