Sunday, December 16, 2012

A week of odds and ends

Themed weeks are fun, so I would call this a week of odds and ends, where the unusual stands out and the familiar gets a sometimes unexpected twist.

Since that theme covers a lot, a couple of titles that did not make it into the week with a full length review are here to hopefully tantalize you into giving them a try:

Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey (The Sundering series)
The Hobbit has just been released in theaters, and the book celebrates the 75th anniversary of its publication, so it feels appropriate to recommend this reverse Lord of the Rings series. This author brings her beautiful writing to telling the story of a quest to stop the evil god who already tore the world apart once, and now he and his followers threaten the world again; furthermore, Carey does it from the point of view of the "bad guys." The epic showdown goes beyond good versus evil, venturing into the realm of "it's complicated" because both sides believe in the right of their chosen path.

Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey
A blind assassin, a tattoo artist and former delinquent, a lesbian and junkie, a Hulk-like cannibal, and a too-good-to-be-true warrior all travel to Hell to steal something from Lucifer. You get a mish-mash of world mythologies and an interesting framework plus sarcastic attitude that holds them together.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Trilogy)
Readers get a twist to a fairy tale classic with a cyborg Cinderella in a dystopian futuristic Asia. Cinder is a do-it-yourself mechanic caught in the middle of all the action.

We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers
Queen’s song, used in the Highlander soundtrack, seems an appropriate intro to this fantasy sci-fi mash-up of a story about millions of princes who are faster, stronger, and smarter than the regular human, all competing, battle royale style, for the position of emperor of their inter-galactic empire.

Ninja versus Pirate featuring Zombies (How to End Human Suffering series) by James Marshall
With a title like that, you know you are in for something unusual, and you get it. Guy Boy Man is a self-proclaimed savior with a tendency to talk too much and be overly politically correct (yet incorrect at the same time). You get zombies, a pirate, ninjas, a unicorn, action and heroics, lots of weirdness, and even some romance.

Romeo and Juliet: The War by Stan Lee
“A tragedy that spans all of space and time”. . . literally. The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet goes from medieval to Star Wars-futuristic. It is not just two warring families but a technological showdown between the cyborg Montagues and the genetically-enhanced Capulets. This graphic novel adaptation is brought to visually-stunning life with beautiful artwork.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

I love Easter Eggs like this!