Princess of Wands (Special Circumstances #1)
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Barbara Everette, homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the c...more
The complete and utter clueless f***wittery that Ringo comes up with while trying to write a female viewpoint character  was something I was willing to put up with because it was so fun to mock , but when he flat out states that the practice of Islam is evil , I quit.
 Barb, the main character, is a female, gun-packing, martial-arts-teaching, PTA president, stay-at-home-mom, traditional-values, husband-is-the-master-of-the-household, Republican ...more
"Princess of Wands" has all the things I love and hate about Mr. Ringo's writing. I had hoped that the things I hated were restricted to his other series but unfortunately they are not. On the good side, Mr. Ringo writes a good action scene and his style doesn't challenge me too much as I read his books during the commute.
Unfortunately, Mr. Ringo insists on sidetracking his characters literally in the middle of a life and deat ...more
You'll be saying it a lot while reading this. If this is what Christian urban fantasy looks like, I'll pass. Clunky chunks of preachy exposition, gratuitous sexual violence, and a Mary Sue heroine.
I liked the idea behind Princess of Wands; a badass Christian mom takes on sinister badd ...more
Unfortunately, it rather fails in the execution. Not that I haven't read far worse. The dialog and character descriptions were never jarring in that whole "tell-not-show" way that bugs me so much. But especially in part 2, he takes Forever ge ...more
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will appreciate Barbara Everett, a Mississippi soccer mom who discovers in Ringo's latest, which is less a novel than three linked episodes, that there are things undreamed of in the PTA handbook. In part one, Barbara's ability to take care of an alien infestation straight out of H.P. Lovecraft's "Shadow over Innsmouth" brings her to the attention of a shadowy group that assists the FBI in supernatural cases. They recruit her for a spiritual
Then it started up again, sort of, but without the action or fun. It felt like two different people writing the book. I started skimming and skimming, whole chapters went by with absolutely nothi ...more
The Story: Barbara Everette is a good homemaker who feels a duty to her lazy husband but is getting a little bored so she decides to take the weekend off and just veg-out. She drives toward New Orleans but she is a little worried a ...more
But wait, there's more!
(1) Women should be trained in martial arts and pack heat to avoid rape
(2) Islam is evil
(3) Your pro-li ...more
Once again Ringo has managed to write a page turn ...more
In this book, our heroine is a Christian woman who isn't preachy or judgmental, but rather strongly devout in her faith. She witnesses by simply being a good person although she does tell people politely not to curse in front of her. But inside her soccer mom exterior is a warr ...more
The heroine of the book--which is set up as 3 "books" altho they seem to be more the lenght of novellas than short stories (hey, it is 408 pps long)--is a housewife from a Southern small town--sort of. What she actu ...more
Given the author, it's not surprising that the book is also fairly violent, and I expected that. I could have do ...more
It was an okay book. The job of an author is to make the unbelievable believable, which John Ringo really did not do in this book. It wasn't the spiritual aspect, that part actually goes along with many things I believe in myself. It was the "everyone's packing major heat" thing. Being ex-military as the only reason just didn't cut it for me; I com ...more
It's interesting to think about who this book is "for". While many born-again Christians might like the main character- a super-soccer-mom ninja with an unshakable faith and strong powers, they probably won't like the fact that there are also Pagans, Hindus, etc who also get powers from their gods and are also working for good. Unitarian fantasy readers? Must be.
Princess would make the start of a smashing ...more
Ringo makes it work, for me anyway. I got the feeling this might have been as much fun for him to write as it was for me to read. I suspect he wrote some of it just because he wanted to and some definitely tongue in cheek, but as far as I'm concerned it is a win/win situation all around.
I'm an 'on and off' Rin ...more
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more