The June 9th issue of Entertainment Weekly offers some brief reviews of science fiction and fantasy books. Here’s a snippet.
Everfree by Nick Sagan
Genre Mash: 28 Days Later meets The Matrix.
Lowdown: Everfree is smart and fast-moving but, like its protagonists, emotionally computerized.
Black Powder War (Temeraire, Book 3) by Naomi Novik
Genre Mash: Lawrence of Arabia meets Dragonheart.
Lowdown: STill enjoyable, but this faithful reader wanted less travelogue and more of the intricately rendered life-of-an-aviator derring-do that shone in the first book.
Firebird by R. Garcia y Robertson
Genre Mash: Scheherazade meets Czar nicholas II.
Lowdown: Complete with iron forests, Mongolian shamans, rapacious Tartars, and lesbian nuns, Firebird has a skewering with that’s great fun to read; too bad the characters are made of cardboard. On the plus side, we learn that a properly trained nun should be fluent in the French kiss.
The Greener Shore : A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia by Morgan Llywelyn
Genre Mash: A Wizard of Earthsea meets Siddhartha.
Lowdown: The wanderings of head druid Ainvar and his three wives as refugees in Hibernia (also known as Ireland) provide a deeply felt and at times lyrical meditation on exile and loss, but Shore lacks the oomph of the original tome.