Also? It was definitely a good choice to read this in the restaurant tonight; this series always makes me soOh, Kohane! I really adore her character.
Also? It was definitely a good choice to read this in the restaurant tonight; this series always makes me so hungry with Watanuki and his intimacy-via-cooking.... (Not that Domeki seems able to handle Watanuki being affectionate any other way! Which is a bit of a reversal, isn't it?)...more
This book pulled me in fast, and it'll probably pull you in too if you're enough like me that you're reading my book reviews -- that is, a fan, a geekThis book pulled me in fast, and it'll probably pull you in too if you're enough like me that you're reading my book reviews -- that is, a fan, a geek, or at the very least some variety of nerd. It slows a little in the middle as we begin branching out to follow other, stranger characters, but it pulls together and starts rushing forward again soon enough. Every section is written in first person, but we follow a variety of people, some of them mercifully briefly when they narrate in heavy dialogue (it was saved from being awful by the sheer chutzpah of oh yes, he's going to take this to its horrifyingly logical conclusion, really and truly); many of the sections are preceded by mock-RPG character sheets (fear not any roll-the-numbers scenario with stats like "wisdom: fortune cookie +8, experiential -2" or "shit points, give/take: +3000/0"). All of the characters had a certain something that made them interesting and memorable, including the bad guys, but I was definitely with Hamza and his fanpair Yehat the whole way down, rejoicing to see characters so much like me leading in an adventure story -- which might seem odd on the face of it, as I'm neither Black, male, Canadian, underemployed, single, nor heterosexual, but was instead quite straightforward as it felt like Hamza and Yehat and I approached these identity points with the same attitudes and that is how the identification actually happened, even beyond the huge common point of fannish geekiness -- and also to see characters who are so close and yet so very far from me (these would be the Fanboys) get...well, I won't spoil it, but I think you know what I mean.
This isn't a particularly easy book to put down and pick up, but once I settled down with it it wasn't a hard book, although I had to pause for contemplation of the sheer awesome occasionally. I won't give away the ending except to say that it was not what I expected but it was what I wanted. Oh, it absolutely was, in all sorts of fantastic ways....more
The eighties were good (or "good") for more than just music and hair: they left a definite imprint on fantasy as well. Witness:
Starhawk ducked under tThe eighties were good (or "good") for more than just music and hair: they left a definite imprint on fantasy as well. Witness:
Starhawk ducked under the door flap of her tent, and held it aside for Fawn to pass. "I don't know if that's why the wizards finally died out," she said. "But I do know they weren't all evil like Altiokis. I knew a wizard once when I was a little girl. She was--very good."
Fawn stared at her in surprise that came partly from astonishment that Starhawk had ever been a little girl. In a way, it seemed inconceivable that she had ever been anything but what she was now: a tall, leggy cheetah of a woman, colorless as fine ivory--pale hair, pewter-gray eyes--save where the sun had darkened the fine-grained, flawless skin of her face and throat to burnt gold. Her light, cool voice was remarkably soft for a warrior's, though she was said to have a store of invective that could raise blisters on tanned oxhide. It was more believable of her that she had known a wizard than that she had been a little girl.
--pp 6-7, mass market paperback
Really, could this delight come from any other decade? For an added bonus, my copy even has tremulous binding and that old-paperback smell! Definitely a comfort re-read, with some fantastic female characters (have we been backsliding on this?), great world-building (religions, histories, magic systems), and gruff male and female mercenaries with hearts of gold (mmmm, fantasy tropes! how I love this one)....more