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30 January 2005 @ 09:55 pm
Books read last week  
I've been trying to avoid over-use of the mouse this last few weeks as my arm has been sore, so the book reading has somewhat escalated!

"Legions of Space" by Keith Laumer (Webscriptions. Quite good, bunch of older short stories, some of which were a little lacking but others were worth the read)

"A Game of Universe" by Eric S. Nylund (Re-read. I keep forgetting that I own this book, or what it's about. It's quite good in its own way, but the ending was a bit too pat - and the whole world seemed a little shallow.)

"Mountain Magic" by David Drake, Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor, Manly Wade Wellman (Webscriptions. Didn't really enjoy this one, except the first story (by Flint and Spoor). It was all hillbillies and magic and everyone getting their just desserts in a folk-song sort of way. I kinda gave up on it, though I guess it was good just not my sort of thing)

"This Scepter'd Isle" by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis (Webscriptions. This is the book I bought this month of Webscriptions for - and it was good. It's a variation on Lackey's theme of elves in a modern setting - the twist in this case is that it wasn't modern, it was the court of Henry VIII around the time of Anne Boleyn. The story centred on Henry VIII's bastard son, and the elvish (bad and good) machinations to either have Mary or Elizabeth next in the line of succession. Obviously, we know what did happen, and as far as I can see the set up was so that it was what happened, just that the elves made it so.)

"Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice (Re-read. Thought it was about time I read these again - I can't remember much about them. What surprised me with this one was that it's not very glamourous - being a vampire seems rather more sordid than anything else.)

"The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice (Re-read, currently unfinished.)

"The Rackham Files" by Dean Ing (Webscriptions. A good collection of stories - the first two are private eye with an SF twist, and the last and longest one is nuclear doom of a particularly unsettlingly realistic sort. Reminded me a bit of "My Brother the Land" by Robert Swindell, which I've never read more than once because it was so depressingly real. It helped though that the Soviets don't exist any more, so won't be dropping lots of big bombs on San Fransisco and other US cities ;) Despite the depressing subject matter it was a good read)

"Four and Twenty Blackbirds" by Mercedes Lackey (Webscriptions, unfinished till Sunday. Part of the Bardic Voices series, there're bits and pieces that feel too pat, but it's still the sort of story that sucks you in)
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Mrs. Christie: pig  big noseshineyquarter on January 30th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
When I first saw 4&20 on there I nearly fell over. Then I saw it was by some one else. That's the title of my friend's novel that is currently out of print for a rewrite and rerelease by TOR.
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
*grin*
Mrs. Christie: <agreeable>shineyquarter on January 30th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'll send you a copy when it is rereleased. :)
contents under pressure / handle with care: readinggraphxgrrl on January 30th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've always rather considered Lackey to be fantasy pulp, but then I've only read her Valdemar and Bardic Voices series. I don't think I've read any of her books with Elves? Recommend anywhere to start? I've liked her other stuff simply because it's enjoyable (if predictable) fluffy reading.
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh it's very much still fantasy pulp - and this one was by far the least pulp-like of the Elven ones. I think it'd be the one I'd recommend to start with too - it doesn't rely on knowledge of the others, it's just in the same universe as them. I can't recall any of the titles of the others off the top of my head either, and I've not bought them (in general) because they are pretty pulpy.