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Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Across the nightingale floor

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Across the nightingale floor

I came across this series by Lian Hearn on a trip to DC. It was billed as Shogun meets Lord of the rings, and it certainly started off well. However, it lacks the breadth of either one of the epics it is trying to emulate, though it does succeed in providing an entertaining enough tale.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Dragon Avenger

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

License: GPL

Dragon Avenger

The second dragon book from E. E. Knight. Auron's sister Wistala, whom he considered to be less capable, and who, in his opinion, had to be protected, turns out to have not died, and indeed, gone to greater lengths than her brother. This is a better set of books than the vampire Earth set.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Dragon Champion

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Dragon Champion

Given how much I am enjoying the vampire Earth series from E. E. Knight, I thought I would check out the Age of Fire series from the same author. This is deliciously different -- rarely have I read a book about dragons from the perspective of the dragon! This books opens the dilemma of the temptation of the tasty, pesky humanoids, and yet how dangerous it is to eat them with abandon.

Unlike the humans in vampire earth, the dragon protagonist has no trouble forming and developing relationships, and it is a very satisfying journey, after all.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Dragon Outcast

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Dragon Outcast

The last of the dragon books from E. E. Knight. And about the least of the litter: the crippled, outcast bronze -- too insignificant to have been named. And yet, the one to go furthest of the litter. I wish the lives of the litter mates intersected a bit when they were grown -- but they might as well have been on different planets. But I suppose that leaves room for future tales.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Fear is the key

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Fear is the key

This is an old favorite from Alistair Maclean, and I'm revisiting this after some 20 odd years since the last time I read it. This books is from a time period towards the end of his good phase, and is heavier on the action and lower on plot, and the amount of suspension of disbelief is correspondingly higher than his best, but this is still very good. Perhaps I don't like it just because it is so sad. Anyway, this is one of a set of Maclean novels I picked up recently, and some of the others are more of a guilty pleasure than this one.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Grass for his pillow

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Grass for his pillow

A continuation of the tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn. In this, our hero strikes off for his own, shrugging off the dictates of the others in his life, for the first time acting as an individual. While not nearly as good as it was hyped out to be, it is not a bad tale.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Rebel Fay

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Rebel Fay

The Rebel Fay is the latest installment of the Noble Dead series by Barb & J. C. Hendee, and stands head and shoulder above the Vampire earth stuff I have been recently reading when it comes to character development, plot intricacy, and believable back story.

Written from the view point of a spirit creature, the Fay, currently constrained into the body of a dog, this brings our friends into the lands of the Elves, and we learn a bit more about the rationale for why the Dhampir was created. Can't wait for the next book to come out.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Tai-Pan

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Tai-Pan

And old favorite from James Clavell. I have lost track of how often I have read this book -- often enough, certainly, that certain chapters are ingrained in my head. I saw a movie with the same name recently -- and it was not really all that close to the book; but I can not really blame the director. If you have not yet read Tai-Pan, you should.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: Tale of the Thunderbolt

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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Tale of the Thunderbolt

Back to the Vampire Earth series by E. E. Knight. After an mildly interesting start, the book turns decidedly soporific, It is a travelogue for a Caribbean trip that Valentine takes, with a few mildly intriguing variations. I think that a non-loner role for Valentine does not work.

Manoj

Thursday 31 January
2008
Link: The Golden Compass

Posted early Thursday morning, January 31st, 2008

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The Golden Compass

Since there has been so much uproar caused by the movie, I decided I would have a look at the trilogy -- though I generally have not been much into Philip Pullman, since I have found his books usually too simplistic and childlike -- which makes sense, I suppose, since they are not really targeted to adults.

It is a pity that I never ran across these when I was still a child, since they are much better written than the Narnia chronicles. I quite think that Lyra is a well drawn character, though she behaves in ways unfathomable to me, but perhaps this is because she is a girl and perhaps it is because I have never seen my daemon.

Manoj


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