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"Rats, Bats and Vats," which is by the same authors was much better. The characters were better developed and the story flowed smoothly, with enough "world-building" that ...more
In this SF-fantasy romp through classical myth, the authors of Rats, Bats, and Vats offer a charmingly picaresque journey that begins when an artifact of the alien Krim lands in the University of Chicago library and starts abducting people. Few of the artifact's victims return alive, and some do not return at all. Among those abducted into a Krim-twisted version of the ancient Mediterranean world are street-smart university custodian Lamont Jackson, biologist Elizabeth De
There are elements of all sorts of stories here. A rewriting of the Medea story. The real Odysseus. The plight of the sphinx.
This had elements of Gilligan's Island, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and the Time Warp Trio. The authors kept it light, but then would bounce back i ...more
An alien artifact has landed in the library of a Chicago university. It's started snatching people, including a professor, a South African biologist, a maintenance worker and a couple of paratroopers - and placing them into the world of Greek mythology. Every attempt to destroy it results in it growing instead.
Most of the people it has snatched come back dead, but this small group is determined to survive their adventures and come back home, while ...more
Oh, did I mention that the paratroopers weapons no longer work? That their rations have been destroyed and that only one in the group know how to speak classical greek? Things are not looking good.
We get to follow the group ...more
Eric and Dave provide an alternate view of ancient mythology, plumbing nuances I had been unaware of. Their characters come to life with much aplomb, and though not every thread is tied, not every thread needs to be; the world does not work in such ways. My only criticism regards a side arc; it feels like it exists to provide tension and ...more
This romp through Greek myth (with a brief detour in Egyptian myth) by a haphazardly composed gang of modern humans is a great deal of fun. The concept is very clever and thankfully the authors don’t take the whole thing too seriously. Heroics, advent ...more
The basic premise of the book is that an alien device throws certain people into the land of myth, particularly Greek and Egyptian myth, complete with Scylla and Charybdis, Isis and Osiris, Zeus and Prometheus.
Look, there's some serious suspension of disbelief (handwavium if you prefer) going on and if you can't get past it then read some "serious" lit fiction.
That said, the book is a hoot. Lots of puns. Some fun mythology as well as a critical eye on who is and isn't "good" in Greek Myt ...more
The fun was somewhat spoiled by characters so flat and wooden they wouldn't seem out of place in an Ikea catalogue, and one of the most deus ex machina endings I've ever read.
Fun, fun, fun.