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If I Pay Thee Not In Gold
If I Pay Thee Not In Gold
von Launius Anthony
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing fare, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: If I Pay Thee Not In Gold (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This 1994 collaboration came to me used, via a friend, which I read primarily because it was available when I needed a book in hand quickly (can't be caught without reading material, now can we?). Much as I like Mercedes Lackey, this is not a book I would have bought, due to the Piers Anthony influence. I found the characters superficial, with a cumbersome and contrived sexual situation, more typical of Anthony than Lackey. I have ceased reading Anthony over the years, feeling that he has been almost a caricature of himself and extremely formulaic. I was not too surprised to discover that Lackey developed an idea/outline of Anthony's, which he then edited and added 10,000 words. I suspect I know the pages he added: there's a lot of telling, not showing, of characters' thoughts and emotions. The world is not uninteresting, and might make an intriguing role-playing game, but that's not enough to carry the book. There's lots more good fantasy out there; pass this one by.


Storm Bringer 6
Storm Bringer 6
von Michael Moorcock
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A fantasy classic, 13. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Storm Bringer 6 (Taschenbuch)
When Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer were first published in the 1960s, there wasn't much fantasy around. William Morris, Lord Dunsany and others of that generation were long out of print; Robert E. Howard's Conan stories were tied up in probate. The Lord of the Rings had just come out, and had turned our heads. Previously the world of science fiction was dominated by hard science fiction -- tales of space exploration, and aliens. Those of us who discovered we liked the fantasy also craved more. If we were lucky, we discovered Joy Chant's Red Moon and Black Mountain, a clever British tale of English schoolchildren whisked into a epic adventure in an alternate world. And then Stealer of Souls arrived (now called Sailer on the Seas of Fate I believe), a series of short stories about Elric, the tortured albino, wielder of the first great runesword, Stormbringer, and Moonglum, his faithful companion. It was so different from Tolkien and Chant, so energetic, it was an instant favorite. It was followed quickly by Stormbringer. I still remember my reaction when I finished it -- an anguished cry of "You can't do that!" But Moorcock could, and did, giving us one the first great unexpected endings. Thirty-plus years later, I reread Stormbringer for a book discussion group. It creaks a bit, but it still holds its place in history. Strongly influenced by the raw style of Robert E. Howard (I learned later once I read the Conan books which were -- finally -- reprinted in the 70s for a whole new generation), Elric remains a unique hero, not a mighty-thewed physical barbarian like Conan, but a mighty sorceror from an ancient race, with a past he's trying to run away from and/or forget. And, because the fans demanded more, Moorcock went back later and filled in the back story. But Stormbringer remains a strong story, with elements that weave through many fantasy tales now (C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy comes instantly to mind), whether or not the authors themselves recognize it. Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone, like Lieber's Grey Mouser and Fafhred, Howard's Conan, and Tolkien's Strider, is a character that made an influence on the fantasy that followed it, and should be read by all lovers of the genre.


Greenwar
Greenwar
von Steven Gould
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Fast-paced thriller, 7. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Greenwar (Taschenbuch)
This is a dandy adventure story. In the center of all the action is Gulf Stream, an offshore structure dedicated to research and "green" industry. Add a group of ecoterrorists determined to destroy it, a dedicated group of employees striving to save it from all enemies including economic difficulties, undercover agents, a hurricane, a bit of romance and a wayward octopus named Louis, and you have the setting for some interesting action. It has a nice mix of male and female characters, with Emma Took (who designed Gulf Stream) taking the lead. I had some difficulty sorting out all the characters at first. And despite the drawings of the Gulf Stream, I didn't always know where the action was taking place -- but that may just be me -- I never could read a blueprint. Overall a satisfying read which kept me from opening other books, and which would probably translate nicely into a film I would like to see.


Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
von Jules Verne
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Enthusiastic Classic, 29. Februar 2000
Everyone should read some Jules Vernes. A late 19th century French writer, he influenced many people with his enthusiasm for things scientific. In Voyage, the protagonists are a scientist (who discovers a message indicating a journey to the center of the earth is possible), his reluctant nephew, and the quiet-man native guide. An expedition is organized immediately, and the adventure begins. Once you get past the writing style which may be strange to the modern reader, and you suspend your disbelief on certain things (like just how many supplies they were capable of carrying), the tale can captivate. Here is a writer who relishes the scientific advances and discoveries of his age, and is writing about them. The reader can absorb the geologic understandings of the period, as well as the way in which the scientific community operated. It is the age of the gentleman scientist, the ancestor to Indiana Jones. And Verne's delight is infectious. By modern standards it's less exciting than, say, a Jurassic Park. But there's underground seas, strange animals and plants, delirious visions, and hardships of thirst and being lost in the dark to entertain you. Be aware of different translations: our book group had much hilarity discovering the differences in our editions: some seemed edited and condensed compared to the others (and as it's not copyright protected, some of our tattered paperbacks didn't even give the original date or the translator's name), some had wonderful illustrations, some had illustrations that apparently were for a different book, and some had none. Some editions had footnotes, which were interesting in their own way, apparently dating from the original French. There are even different names for the uncle and nephew. Judging from my translation (one of the uncredited ones), it's no great literary effort. But it's entertaining enough to keep one reading, and to amazed at this seminal storyteller and his influences on many who followed him.


Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Forgotten Beasts of Eld
von Patricia A. McKillip
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Crystalline Fantasy, 23. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Taschenbuch)
Twenty years ago I was recuperating from the flu, still too sick to read anything challenging, but too bored to reread something. My eyes lit upon The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. I had recently devoured the Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy and had been saving Forgotten Beasts for just the right moment. It was perfect. It whisked me away to a world of magical beasts and interesting people, and I have been recommending it to people ever since. However, I had not reread it until today (recuperating once again from the flu). I was delighted to find that it was still charming, and lyrical, and interesting, and complex. While reading a bit like a tale told by a bard, its people are real: they struggle with love and hate, and loyalties to friends, family and country. The magic is rare and awesome; the magical animals have both personality and power. Although classified as a Young Adult novel, I doubt there is an adult who cannot enjoy it. The writing is clear and jewel-like. As the tale weaves toward its climax, you will be surprised with the result. I had tears in my eyes when I finished. This is a beauty that has withstood the test of time and should be read by all lovers of fantasy.


A Mind for Trade (A solar queen adventure)
A Mind for Trade (A solar queen adventure)
von Andre Norton
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen The Solar Queen is Back, 22. Oktober 1999
I grew up reading Andre Norton. And the adventures of the Solar Queen were always a favorite. Once again the intrepid crew must overcome the obstacles in their pursuit of profitable trade, from pirates and aliens to a strange telepathic link developing between the main characters. Olds fans will enjoy it -- still some of the best young adult sf. This is not "great" sf, but it is a fine rainy afternoon read, and what more can anyone want.


Sword-Born (Tiger and Del)
Sword-Born (Tiger and Del)
von Jennifer Roberson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,83

4.0 von 5 Sternen Tiger and Del are Back!, 22. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sword-Born (Tiger and Del) (Taschenbuch)
It was great to find a new tale of Tiger and Del. This one finds Tiger on the hunt to find his roots, and Del goes along. As Tiger finds his magic, they continue to explore and define their relationship -- never a simple process. A good place to introduce new readers to these interesting characters.


The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)
The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)
von Ray Bradbury
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A little creaky, but still worth reading, 27. September 1999
It's been many years since I last read this collection, and I was surprised on several levels. I'd forgotten the lyrical language, laying the visual scenes and emotions down so clear you can see and feel them. Some of the ideas and concepts he was dealing with (exploitation of a new world; how a race might react to being invaded, how will religions adjust to meeting other races) are current topics still. Indeed, Stanley Kim Robinson focused on some of them in his Mars trilogy. But I was reminded that this book is a product of its time, especially when dealing with the roles of women and nuclear family, which stayed firmly in the 1950s. But some of the stories, notably Night Meeting, The Fire Balloons and The Martian are still gems. And it's always good read the old classics -- it helps one to appreciate where the new ones came from.


Glory Season
Glory Season
von David Brin
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,08

4.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating world, 12. April 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Glory Season (Taschenbuch)
Once again, I finished a David Brin novel hungry: hungry for more of the world and for more of the characters. This is one of the more interesting feminist worlds, that has surprising variety, despite the proponderance of clones as the primary reproductive method. It is also a world approaching a period of fast changes, brought on by a courier from the worlds they left behind, with a message they cannot ignore. The reader doesn't see the end, only the beginning of these changes, which is why I was hungry to see more of how this culture will adapt to the news and the changes it will bring.
It's a novel of coming-of-age. Maia, the protagonist is a young adult, cast out to discover her own talents and worth. At the end, we see the emerging adult in Maia, as well as others of her generation. Only the complexity of the themes prevent Glory Season from being a 'young adult' novel. (I like a good young adult novel, I should add.)
Does Brin create a believable world? Given its basic premises, I'd say yes. The details are many: this is no cardboard structure in which the characters and plot ramble. It is a richly textured and well thought out world. Although women are dominate, men have not only procreative function, but also their own niches and culture.
I was smiling when I finished this book: I can still say I haven't read a Brin I didn't like.


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