There are admittedly some strong elements at play here that almost make the story work, but others (the eyeroll-worthy love triangle, the unnecessaryThere are admittedly some strong elements at play here that almost make the story work, but others (the eyeroll-worthy love triangle, the unnecessary division of society into a Divergent/faction-like set up for astrological signs) just detract from the good Zodiac has to offer.
I mean, it's okay. It's entertaining for a day's read. The writing is serviceable, Rho is an interesting MC who learns and changes over the course of the novel...but so much of Zodiac rests on its premise.. which is threadbare. The world-building is minimal and more focused on identifying traits of each House and making up vocabularies than in taking time to flesh out the world/galaxies/planets.
Also, if anything, this is scifi lite. Scifi-ish, maybe. ...more
Not without problems and the weakest of the three (though I don't know if anything can/will ever match the sheer awesome of Fortune's Pawn), but stillNot without problems and the weakest of the three (though I don't know if anything can/will ever match the sheer awesome of Fortune's Pawn), but still a thoroughly rousing and fun conclusion to Devi's story....more
Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in th
The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 3/5
Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in the short story for the series.
Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 4/5
I always enjoy a visit to Pratchett's Discworld and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are big favorites.
The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 1/5
A short story from a series I really do not like. I can't stand the way Goodkind writes women (or antagonists, or protagonists, or humans) and I dislike the world he created.
Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man - 1/5
I am no fan of Card's, but I couldn't even make it through this short story... and it is one of the shortest additions to the anthology.
Majipoor: The Seventh Shrine - 3/5
I can't say I really understood everything that went on here (as I have never read any his work), but the ideas were creative and strong.
Earthsea: Dragonfly -- 2/5
Confesson: I've never finished Le Guin's most popular series. I gave up early in book one, so this was not a story for me.
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: The Burning Man - 3/5
Like most of Williams' work, this just leaves me cold. Ehhhh.
A Song of Ice and Fire: The Hedge Knight - 4/5
The first Dunk and Egg story. The whole reason I wanted to read this and that Danielle sent it to me. And I wasn't disappointed. So many infamous figures were shown - Aerion, Dunk, Egg, Baelor Breakspear, Maekar.... It was an entertaining read.
Pern: Runner of Pern - 3/5
Confession: I've never read Pern either. I am not coming off too well as a fantasy fan, huh?
The Riftwar Saga: The Wood Boy - 3.5/5
I have a lot of fondness for the Riftwar books and this was a nice, short reminder of why Feist's books are so fun to read.
The Wheel of Time: New Spring - 3.5/5
I'd read this before but it features one of my favorite characters (Lan) so it's always worth a reread. It's a bit long, but the story of Lan and Moiraine's meeting and friendship is a good one.
All in all, a very satisfying anthology and I look forward to reading Legends II....more
"But the truth is, the longer you love the same person, the more mysterious they become. March is like a pocket universe, full of stars, and I will ne"But the truth is, the longer you love the same person, the more mysterious they become. March is like a pocket universe, full of stars, and I will never learn all his light."
"March knows what I want and what I can offer. He gets me down to my breath and bone; he will not try to change me. For him, I need not yield that which makes me Jax; I need not surrender the universe for March's sake. He will share it with me."
I've been all over the universe with Sirantha Jax, March, and Vel. This was a fitting, engaging, and impressive way to end it all. ...more