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January 8, 2010

Subspace Survivors by E. E. Smith

Filed under: Science Fiction — Randolph @ 3:45 pm

Subspace Survivors by E.E. 'Doc' SmithThis is a rather typical space opera by Doc Smith. It was written around 1960 so is a little more modern. The heroes are about prefect, the villains evil, all are fairly shallow.

Some ships occasionally disappear in hyperspace, so this is one of them. The story is how the crew copes, and deals with onboard pirates. Naturally, everyone carries their guns.

The story is about their survival when subspace problems happen.

Generally, the story is very short, there aren’t enough subplots, and little tension. Within the scope of Smith’s earlier works and others in similar genre’s it’s ok, but I think others are better.

January 6, 2010

Asterix and the Magic Carpet by Albert Uderzo

Filed under: Fantasy,Humor,Series — Randolph @ 3:45 pm

Asterix and the Magic Carpet by Albert UderzoAsterix and the Magic Carpet, by Goscinny and Uderzo

[skipping preliminaries as most people know the characters]
In this adventure, the great Fakir Watziznehm has come to Gaul seeking Cacofonix. India is in a serious drought. Hoodunnit wants control of the kingdom, and has arranged for Orinjade to be executed if it doesn’t rain within 1001 hours. So Asterix and Obelix escort Cacofonix to India…

January 5, 2010

The Barbed Coil by J. V. Jones

Filed under: Fantasy — Randolph @ 3:43 pm

The Barbed Coil by J.V. JonesThis book is set in a fantasy world where magic comes through illuminations. The idea is interesting, the text involving the illuminations is well told and interesting. The rest of the book is a bit bland.

The main character, Tessa, is from our world, who is drawn into another world and drawn into a quest to free a magical device, I’m being vague to avoid giving away too much. The characters are rather one-dimensional. Tessa seems all to accepting of her situation n this new world. Most of hte minor characters seem focused on one objective.

The plot is a simple plot rehashed in many other fantasy stories, but does come to life when the illuminations are drawn. I felt the book was just a device to carry off the idea. As it is, the story isn’t badly told, but it does seem like it could be a lot more.

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