Book 11, but takes place in between books 3 and 4, timeline-wise. Asprin was trying to recapture the old feel of the previous Myth novels, but it lack...moreBook 11, but takes place in between books 3 and 4, timeline-wise. Asprin was trying to recapture the old feel of the previous Myth novels, but it lacks some of the spark that the original three do. The characters keep it moving, along with an interesting take on cowboys and vampires, but it still isn't quite as good as the others. Recommended only for die-hard Myth fans.(less)
Another interesting story set in the Lensman universe. Obviously not part of the Lensman saga, it uses some of the technologies and abilities of those...moreAnother interesting story set in the Lensman universe. Obviously not part of the Lensman saga, it uses some of the technologies and abilities of those series of novels to explore an entirely different idea and new races/cultures. As a companion story to the Lensman series, it provides more of the same for folks who just couldn't get enough, but doesn't have any more depth than the Lensman novels, and doesn't have the over-arching plot of that series to save it from mediocrity.(less)
Please note this book is available for a free download as a .pdf file here. The .pdf also includes a short story that follows the novel: "Parasite Awa...morePlease note this book is available for a free download as a .pdf file here. The .pdf also includes a short story that follows the novel: "Parasite Awakens". You can also buy this book from Amazon.com .
Hang on to your tights and secret identity! Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty is an imaginative and entertaining new superhero story that will leave you looking at caped crusaders in an entirely new way.
The story revolves around Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City, the birthplace of superheros. Keepsie is also one of the group collectively known as the "Third Wavers", those second-generation super-citizens whose powers were not strong enough to make the cut as a Superhero Academy-recognized Hero. Only recognized heroes are allowed to use their powers to stop crime, and furthermore, the majority of them are just plain jerks. The Third Wavers try to get by as ordinary citizens, but there's a fair amount of friction between them and the holier-than-thou heroes of the Academy.
When some super-villains come back into town and try to manipulate Keepsie and her special power to help them accomplish their agenda, Keepsie and some of her fellow Third Wave friends find themselves caught in the middle of a city-wide war between egotistical heroes and cold-hearted, manipulative villains.
This book is a real treat. The plot moves along rapidly, carrying the reader along for a great ride through the creation and evolution of the hero culture in Seventh City. The resentment the Third Wavers feel for the heroes adds another dimension to the story, and as the plot unfolds and the characters are drawn further into the tangle of lies and deception that lay beneath the superhero regime, one gets a peek at the political and sociological elements that run beneath the surface of the novel.
The characters themselves have more depth than one might expect from a superhero story, too. Lafferty does a great job of defining truly distinct personalities for almost all the players of the novel, each guided by their own thoughts and emotions. The dialog further aids in bringing the characters to life, drawing the reader into the world of Heroes and Villains, and the grey area that exists in between.
There is some adult language and content, so I can't say I'd recommend this for anyone under about 14-15 years old. However, the book really is a page-turner, and if you're not careful, you'll find yourself staying up all night to find out exactly how it all will end.(less)
Interesting premise - in a fantasy world where the mages rule the city-kingdom and their magic is studied, ordered, and strictly applied for society's...moreInteresting premise - in a fantasy world where the mages rule the city-kingdom and their magic is studied, ordered, and strictly applied for society's wellbeing, the son of the lead magician discovers the "wild magic" (or it discovers him). Banned from the city, he is forced to set out on his own, running from forces behind him that are set out to kill him.
The structure of the magic in this series is what is so interesting - Wild Magic trades "favors" for spells, with interesting and sometimes unforeseen implications. Although the characterization was just so-so, I can see myself checking out other books in the series to see how they fare after the fairly-exciting first book of the series.(less)
I found myself enjoying it at parts, and wanted to finish it, but there was something about the narration that just didn't keep me interested. I think...moreI found myself enjoying it at parts, and wanted to finish it, but there was something about the narration that just didn't keep me interested. I think partly I felt that the writing was spending too much time in the protagonist's head and not enough time outside it - the meandering thoughts and pages of explanatory backstory turned me off a bit.(less)