Though Godstalk is generally believed by fans to be the best book in the series, it does have some flaws. The biggest being the sudden shifts in pov at certain points. Very few fans will point this out however, though they tend to be more critical of later books. (I did not actually spot many of the problems until after I had read the book a few times.)
 
Even with taking the flaws into account, Godstalk’s is one of my favorite novels because of the rich prose, surreal background and the engaging main character.

Read the rest on A Wicked Convergence of Circumstances on Blogger.

Read the rest on Rena's Hub of Random on WordPress.

Book Review: Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson

  • Sep. 29th, 2013 at 1:36 PM
Makeda and Abby are formerly conjoined twins who have family problems complicated by half of their family being gods and the other half of their family being the servitors of those gods. The children of a fertility god and a mortal woman, Abby was born with magical abilities related to music, but Makeda was apparently born without. This eventually causes a great deal of stress on the twin’s relationship, which prompts Makeda to make an attempt to live on her own.

 
Makeda is only partially successful.


Read this review on Rena's Hub of Random on WordPress.

Reading: Godstalk, by P.C. Hodgell Part Two

  • Jun. 26th, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The first thing you have to understand about Godstalk is that you are going to have to slow your reading pace. If you’re used to devouring fast-paced novels quickly you are going to miss things, probably all of the things. Hodgell’s writing is both very poetic and very dense. She seems to try to get the most impact out of the fewest number of words in her sentences. If you tend to read fast, this can lead to you missing important details.


 


Read this review on Rena's Hub of Random on WordPress.
In Honor’s Paradox, Jame completes her training at Tentir despite continuing attempts by other houses to get her kicked out. The general operation of the plot tends to revolve around Jame being a catalyst of sorts for correcting problems that she comes across. (This could be said to be the case for all of the books, but in this case, the beneficial results outweigh the usual negative and catastrophic ones.) Various secrets are revealed, Tori shows a lot of progress in learning to accept Shanir in general and his sister in specific, and Kindrie continues to develop a spine. (As a special bonus, Graykin also seems to be developing a sense of perspective.)

The book begins with Ashe retelling the story about how Gerridon decided to make a deal with Perimal Darkling.
Variable Star is a novel based off of notes by Robert A. Heinlein and written by Spider Robinson. I generally have a strongly negative reaction to books written after the death of a writer, but this is one of the cases where I had a more or less positive reaction. Spider Robinson and Heinlein are a good fit for each other style-wise so this felt more like collaboration within a shared universe instead of *awkwardly written fan fiction the writer is being paid for. (This would be my general opinion of all of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Dune books.)

Our Hero is a young man named Joel Johnston. He is a dead broke would-be composer who discovers that his girlfriend has been posing as an ordinary girl. Who she actually is, is the scion of one of the richest families in the world. Joel is not able to handle what he has learned, and really doesn’t want the life her family appears to be setting up for him, so he runs away, aided by Jinny’s seven year old cousin.

Variable Star