Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I've read it at least 7 times: Piers Anthony's great fusion of magic, science and supernatural, "On a Pale Horse." Genre bending, mixing theology and adventure, there is nothing quite like the story of Zane, the man who became death. A book you can read over and over and each time find something new about it - or yourself- that gets a 42. Dune, it goes without saying, is a 42. Another? Memory, by Lois Bujold gets the 42, with her works A Civil Affair and Curse of Challion hot on its heels at 40.
What a fun and effervescent read! Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers is a delightful start to a series that will call to young readers who are lovers of Edwardian England- or at least England of yesteryear, Egyptian Mythology, and main characters who very bright, but ignored because they are girls. With just enough action and fighting to bring it to the edge of Young Adult, the book still has a gentle manner about it, shielding the main character- and thus the reader- from too much angst, agony, or aggravation. The heroine may not resonate with everyone, but the book keeps moving at a bold pace, introducing its characters and magical rules as it moves along smoothly. 30 out of 42 Richmans. I'm surprised the Disney Channel has not made it into a series yet.