Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque

Books that I read in January

Books that I read in January:

1-3. Harrison, Harry. Deathworld 1; Deathworld 2; Deathworld 3 (The Deathworld Trilogy) (440 p.)

4. Harrison, Harry. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (The Stainless Steel Rat, [bk. 6]) (214 p.)

5. Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (The Stainless Steel Rat, [bk. 7]) (214 p.)

6. Baum, L. Frank. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7) (340 p.)

7. Friedman, C.S. Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, bk. 1) (586 p.)

8. Friedman, C.S. When True Night Falls (The Coldfire Trilogy, bk. 2) (617 p.)

9. Willingham, Bill. Farewell (Fables, #150 / vol. 22) (160 p.)

January total: 2,571 pages
2016 YTD total: 2,571 pages

Gah. A usual-sized writeup just isn't going to happen this month. Short form:

Liked Deathworld 1; interesting twist on colonization of an alien planet. Also liked 2 & 3, but not quite as much--also creative and interesting, but they're less "man vs. nature" and more "man vs. man", and thus not really what I expect from something called "Deathworld".

It was fun to read about Slippery Jim DiGriz growing up into becoming the Stainless Steel Rat.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz is a fun travelogue of sorts. Somewhat marred by some of the recurring characters being jerks to the protagonist when they first meet, then swooping in to save the day at the end.

The Coldfire Trilogy is a re-read, but it's been long enough since the last one that I didn't remember how it turned out. A very inventive take on the source of magic, "gods", etc. in a fantasy story. Has a sci-fi twist, close but not quite on the level of midichlorians (and more succesfully handled). Also a well-done integration of a Christian-ish church. I like these books a lot. (If there were a TV show or movie series, there would be a swoon of fangirls writing kawaii slashfic manga about Damien Vryce & Gerald Tarrant.)

I'm sad that Fables is over, but happy that at least some of the characters got happy endings. I've been somewhat meh on it ever since the war against the Emperor story arc, but would love to read more Fables stories set around the time of the first few collections.

Feudalism: Serf & Turf

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