Genre: Science fiction
Plot: Appollon Zamp is invited to compete in Mornune by the King of Soyvanesse in a contest. There is a rich prize for the showboat who stages the most spectacular performance. However, there are other showboats in the competition and the means the use to gain an edge in the competition are not always scrupulous.
As they journey, they encounter cultures and people with weird beliefs and unusual, often violent, customs.
My thoughts: An unusual book. I certainly didn't see the ending coming.
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Book 17 Eric Van Lustbader - The Sunset Warrior
Genre: Science Fiction
PLot: In an apocalyptic world, Ronin is the finest swordsman in the Freehold. Yet, as the ancient Freehold faltered he refused to pledge himself to any of the Saardin who ruled the underground city. Ronin's curiousity sweeps him into an adventure as dangerous as it is amazing.
My thoughts: An interesting combination of Japanese culture and post-apocalyptic earth.
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Book 18: Georgette Heyer - Regency Buck
Plot: Judith Taverner is a beautiful young heires who, after the death of her father, comes to London to join high society. She takes an instant dislike to her guardian and feels obliged to make life difficult for him. Meanwhile, Peregrine (Judith's brother) continually gets him into scrapes. It also appears that someone is out to get the young man...
My Thoughts: This is the only novel where Heyer combines both genre's that she is famous for writing - Regency romance & Detective novel. It was also interesting in that the royals actually alive at the time feature prominently in the novel and Beau Brummell is an actual character in the story. This was an amusing close look at the Regent and his brothers.
Rating: 5 stars.
Book 19: Katharine Kerr The Silver Mage
Plot: (so difficult to do without spoilers). The final book (Dragon Mage Series, Book 7...Book 15 of the books about Deverry) brings the story to a close. An introduction, of sorts, to the days prior to The Burning...tied in with the tangle between Nevyn, Brangwen, Gerraent and Blaen and the impending...(I think I'll leave out any spoilers and finish now)
My Thoughts: As always, Katharine Kerr weaves past and present together to show the way different incarnations change and develop the characters. I didn't see the "bond woman"/Brangwen link coming though I suppose it was obvious given the name "Jill" and all the pointed comments about it in previous books. It was also...odd...to realise that The Burning wasn't entirely due to Cadwallion the Druid's people but partially due to Elven arrogance. The threads of the incarnations tied together nicely in the end and I liked the unresolved nature of the ending...although Katharine Kerr's comments about the character pairings at the end kind of pissed me off (nearly as much as J.K.Rowling's epilogue pissed me off in the final HP book).
I started reading the earlier books in about 1997...so odd that the series is now done.
Rating:3.5 Stars (out of 5)
Book 20: Georgette Heyer Pistols for Two
Plot: A collection of short stories set in Regency England
My Thoughts: I think Georgette Heyer's Regency England genius lay in writing novella/novel length stories. Some of the short stories felt rushed. Others were delightful. One sent chills down my spine.
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
1. Orson Scott Card - The Shadow of the Hegemon
2. Georgette Heyer - The Convenient Marriage
3. Orson Scott Card - Shadow of the Giant
4. Jack Vance - Marune: Alastor 993
5. Sergei Lukyanenko - Nightwatch
6. Michael Scott Rohan - Chase the Morning
7. Georgette Heyer - Lady of Quality
8. Georgette Heyer - The Quiet Gentleman
9. Georgette Heyer - The Nonesuch
10. Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
11. Jack Vance - Space Opera
12. Georgette Heyer - April Lady
13. Anna Godberson - The Luxe
14. Anna Godberson - Rumours
15. Anna Godberson - Envy
16. Jack Vance - Showboat World
17. Eric Van Lustbader - The Sunset Warrior
18. Georgette Heyer - Regency Buck
19. Katharine Kerr - The Silver Mage
20. Georgette Heyer - Pistols for Two