Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Amazon Link Spam: Books

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Book Review: After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
After the Golden Age is a novel of the “deconstruct the superhero genre” persuasion. Since I am not a very big fan of superhero comics, it took me a while to get around to reading it. Our Heroine is Celia West, the only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the foremost superheroes of Commerce City. Celia has no superhero talents of her own, and is every criminal and supervillain’s idea of a good kidnap victim.

For various reasons having to do with family dysfunction and a very extreme expression of teen rebellion, she is estranged from her family.

Intruder by C.J. Cherryh
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In Intruder, the political machinations continue as Bren works toward creating a lasting trade agreement (and hopefully peace) between the Western Association and the Marid, and the Marid and Ilisidi’s Eastern district. This is a very complicated tangle made even more complicated by Machigi, the lord of the Marid giving Bren a letter revealing a number of things about what had been going on behind the scenes in Deceiver and Betrayer.

(That is, if anything the letter says can be trusted as accurate, since Machigi also states that some of the things he wrote in the letter are lies.)

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
This is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, InCryptid. It has a much more humorous tone than the grittier and darker Toby Daye novels and has a few romantic sub plots worked into both the main story and the back story. It is about a family of cryptozoologists whose ancestors decamped from a monster hunting organization known as the Covenant of St. George.

The Covenant believes that all “unnatural” creatures should be exterminated, but the Prices believe they should be studied, and only hunted down if individuals prey on humans.

War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull
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War for the Oaks is urban fantasy of the subset known as urban faerie. (While some more recent urban fantasy might tack on faeries in a mostly vampire and werewolf universe, this is primarily a novel dealing with Faerie and its intersection with the mortal world.)

This novel originally came out in the 80’s. It has been reprinted by Orb books.

Mother of Demons, by Eric Flint
Mother of Demons is one of my favorite books. The novel is a “braided timeline” style novel that tells the stories of a disparate group of people--human and alien--who become allies in a conflict with an enemy tribe. One timeline follows Nukurren, a mercenary currently serving as the body guard to a slave merchant. (This being the only job she can get since she is a “*pervert.”) One timeline follows the leader and followers of a religion that is currently being persecuted by the main religious institution of a city-state. Another timeline follows a young infanta of a barbarian tribe about to go into battle for the first time and who is desperate to save her tribe from an invading tribe of cannibals.

Yet another timeline follows a struggling human colony that has been adopted by a dwindling and nearly extinct species related to the dominant intelligent species.

Tinker, by Wen Spencer
I first read Tinker when it came out in 2003. It quickly became one of my favorites because of the heroine Tinker (who is an engineer who runs a junkyard), and a great deal of the world building. The setting is Pittsburgh, which has had a variable location between Earth and Elfhome since the Chinese built an interdimensional gate in orbit.

Tinker has lived her entire life in Pittsburgh and many of her inventions take advantage of the magical energy available on Elfhome.