January 16th, 2010

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In a Nutshell: Books: Iorich - Steven Brust

Man, I've really fallen behind on talking about stuff I've been consuming lately, haven't I? Well, maybe I can at least catch up a bit.

This is the latest in the Vlad Taltos series, both in the series' timespan and in our own, which aren't always the same thing. Which is something that drives me nuts about the series, and probably keeps me from getting into it more than I have. On that note, I've done one readthrough of the previous books of the series, but didn't get around to doing a second re-read before this latest book, so my memory of some things is a bit hazier than it should be.

(And if you haven't read the Taltos books, you might want to at least try them out - they follow an "Easterner" ie human possibly-ex-assassin in a generally non-human world, as he basically makes lots of connections with very powerful people, and thoroughly pisses off other powerful people. Really, what's not to like?)

But anyhow. The book is... good enough. Not my favorite of the Vlad books for whatever reason, maybe because it doesn't feel in some ways like there's a huge lot going on, but more that it's a segue between the Things Happening in the previous book (in the internal chronology) and the next book (in likewise). Maybe partly because of the aforesaid haziness.

Anyhow, this follows Good Ol' Vlad as he gets involved in elfinDragaeran politics mildly, just enough to get one of his friends out of legal troubles. And since he's doing this in The City, he also gets to try to avoid all the people who want him deader than a (insert some vaguely fantastic beast from the Dragaerans' world here).

Speaking of which... I'm actually with desdenova in that I can't figure out what the hell an Iorich is supposed to be, since as she mentioned, the cover shows some furry thing, while the cycle representations inside the book show some reptilian beastie. Blah.

There's not much more to tell non-spoiler wise. He gets involved, he tries to avoid people and see other people and help other people, sometimes some of the same people for multiples of these. And some stuff happens, but nothing world-shaking, although some interpersonal stuff is interesting. But again, not worldshaking.

Oh, and there's various politicking, which is probably another reason I don't like it quite as much - I know some people looove politics in books, and I like enough to make them seem real, but I generally don't enjoy totally diving into them all that much. And it doesn't help that still they don't make complete sense to me, here.

Anyhow, good book, but not my very favoritest from the series.

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In a Nutshell: Books: On the Prowl - various

Rather than a novel, this is an anthology of four short stories/novellas, dealing with urban supernatural romance. Or, as the book cover puts it, "four all-new stories of dark streets and inhuman passions..." Personally, I think I'll stick with my description, though.

I'll avoid major spoilers, but will put them under a cut for organization, and brevity.

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Overall, while obviously I didn't love each bit of the book to death, I'd say this is generally a good anthology, and not a waste of money. It at least lets you sample four different urban supernatural worlds for the price of one, and see what might be intriguing enough for future sampling.
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Parasha: February

Since it's mid-point in the month, I figure it's probably time to start figuring out what we're doing next month.

We've had Frankenstein and Wizard of Oz previously suggested, haven't done them though. Also in the vein *ahem* of Frankenstein, Dracula might be interesting, as I mentioned last month.

Something more modern might be fun too, like one of the newer fantasy authors that perhaps not everyone has read.

But I'd also be interested in more suggestions (or reminders of older ones I've forgotten). What would be good and fun to read in this way? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?