Friday, February 24, 2006

Book Review, etc.

Well, didn’t get much done in the reading department this week. I started two new romance books, but frankly, both of them were so godawful that I didn’t make it more than a quarter of the way through before I gave up in disgust. They’re so bad that I’m not even going to write about them.

I just need to stay away from romances.


I’m part way through another book that actually looks promising, but I haven’t made it far enough to review it so I’ll have to save it for next week.

So, I’m going to do another blast from the past: Jennifer Roberson’s “Cheysuli Chronicles.” While the individual books have been out of print for a long time, they’ve been re-issued in three omnibus editions, the first of which is ”Shapechanger's Song.” It contains the first three of the original novels. Now, a lot has been written about shapechangers in general so the background of these stories may seem a bit trite in today’s world, but when the books were first issued back in the mid-1980’s (ye gods, I’m old!), they were quite fresh and original and fit nicely into the “telepathically bonded animals” niche along with Lackey’s Valdemar books and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books. I will say that Roberson was a newbie author when she started this series and, frankly, there are some newbie mistakes, but both the stories and her writing skills progress dramatically as the series moves on. It’s always been one of my favorite series and I re-read it every so often so I can enjoy it again.

Not only are there the three omnibus editions containing all eight or nine of the original novels, but according to Ms. Roberson’s website, she’s contracted to write three new novels in the same universe soon.

I should also note that her ”Tiger and Del” novels have been re-printed in omnibus editions and are enjoyable as well.

Okay, that’s it for the books for this week. Hopefully, I’ll have more to report in next week’s review.

Oh, and I’m also on a voyage of self-discovery so if you want to help me out, go check out: Nohari and Johari. I’ll add them to the links section as well.

Have a great weekend, all!


1 comment:

Jenie said...

I don't like that the "bad" window makes you choose 5 things. that's lame. :( i don't think you're panicky. i just had to choose something. nor do i think you're something else i chose, but i don't remember which one it was. i think i would solidly really only say 2 things.