“People Who Made Chowder-Headed Reading Choices In Their Past Also Bought …”

September 25th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Amazon.com: Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, Book 1): Books: Lilith Saintcrow:

“Tough-as-nails necromancer Dante Valentine has a problem: the devil wants her to catch a rogue demon and …”

*snore*

*snort* *snuff* Huh? Whazzat?

“Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton should warm to Saintcrow’s dark, evocative debut, though the story’s weak relationship thread may disappoint aficionados of the paranormal romanc…”

*snore*

So negative lately. O.k. Here’s something positive:

Michael dropped “Hunters of Dune” off just after we moved in to the new place. I received it with the enthusiasm I would have received a flaming paper sack of dog poo, but it sat there for a few days. Then it began to throb and pulse and whisper.

“I was written from an outline by Herbert the Elder! How bad could I be?

“You could be awful.”

“But there’s gratuitous use of gholas! And answers to all your pressing, unresolved questions

“Alright, damn you. Alright … just stop whispering and pulsing!”

Verdict?

I was not made angry by it, it exceeds the low expectations set by the “Butlerian Jihad” prequels, and in places it outperforms the cartoonish “Dune universe as action/romance milieu” of the “House” prequels, though the action/romance genes are still clearly present in its makeup.

Next action?

I’ll borrow the next one when it comes out in paperback. I don’t see riding to the library to get it out of reserve.

Recent reading I would recommend?

  • Fledgling,” by Octavia Butler (vampires refreshed) — Has echoes of the themes found in “Lilith’s Brood” and some success as both a standalone story & satisfyingly detailed vampire reinvention.

  • When Gravity Fails,” by George Alec Effinger (cyberpunk/noir) — If William Gibson truly “[reeled out of the theater in complete despair over its visual brilliance and its similarity

to the ‘look’ of Neuromancer](http://faqs.cs.uu.nl/na-dir/movies/blade-runner-faq.html)” when he saw “Blade Runner,” Effinger decided to hang around, take some notes, and bring the noirish elements forward successfully.

  • Ex Machina, The First Hundred Days,” by Brian K. Vaughan (the “Y: The Last Man” guy) — Pleased and ready to order more. I think it will replace “Transmetropolitan” in my heart. The latest “Y” tpb also showed up on a shelf (Amazon didn’t remind me about it this time), and I’m continuing to enjoy that series, but I do need to dig out vol. 1 and read up through the latest.

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  1. Darren J. Schmidt says:

    September 25th, 2007 at 1:23 pm (#)

    So I guess I won’t be reading any more Dune books. Thanks for the quasi-review. But I have been reading a lot of “essential” sci-fi lately that I read on some top ten list somewhere. Finished my first read of Neuromancer a few weeks ago, and now I’m halfway through Fredrick Pohl’s Gateway.

    When does the new Battlestar season start again?

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