Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Latest Books Read

The Merchant’s Partner – Michael Jecks
This one was not easy to figure out and the action was sort of uneven. I enjoyed but not enourmously.

Traitor General – Dan Abnet
I only got about a third of the way through before I had to put it down. I guess the Warhammer 40,000 universe is not for me, waaayy tooo dark.

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell – Lilian Jackson Braun
Another light mystery story so much like all the rest of the The Cat Who... series. The characters stay facinating so I don't intend to stop reading them any time soon.

Kildar - John Ringo
Ringo has turned into one of my favorite authors, but this book was a bit of a disappointement. I enjoyed Ghost, the first in theseries, quite a bit. But with this one I believe that Ringo got so wrapped up in creating this fantasy world that he forget that it needed to be more than just an intellectual exercise. There is little action in this book, most of it is the details of building the Kildar's new home and telling the background of the Keldara.

I hope this doesn't become like Leo Frankowski's novels which became more of a intellectual masturbatory fantasy than an action series. I would have preferred a longer novel with more action or less details of building up the valley what ever it takes to provide more balance in the book.

Hopefully now that he has developed the vallery of the Keldara the next novel, Chooser of the Slain, will be more on a par with Ghost.

Princess of Wands - John Ringo
Case in point, this book kicks ass. I am a bit tired of so many SF and Fantasy novels that feature women as the action hero, but so long as the are all this good I will never stop reading them. It is also is a better magic in the real world story than any of the Buffy books or movies. I think it is as good as the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and better than Simon Green's Nightside series.

Sour Puss - Rita Mae Brown
This one was a bit too easy to figure out which eventually made the denoumout turn a bit sour as well. But again, this is a series I read for the characters more than the story line.


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