Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So what gets a 42?

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.

Unincorporated Woman

To keep it short, when it comes to the Kollin's third volume, things seem to drag, and then halfway through you sense "oh crap, this is not the last book in the saga. 22/42 richmans. Epic, lurching. Interesting, but, well, eh.

Here, here, well spoken, Theo.

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.