September 25th, 2003

Dark Tower


I finished reading John Heffernan's GBH this week, the sequel to CBD from 2001 or so. I enjoyed the original, set amidst the CroNulla empire that is trying to make the best of a post-apocalyptic Sydney. The central character is the young scribe Gheera, who is trying to maintain CroNulla traditions, whilst finding there is a lot more to the past than is apparent. The novel was not large, but had some weight to its characters and their dilemmas that lived up to the desolation of the setting.

GBH follows this up reasonably quickly, but now the CroNullas have fallen, and she must try to use her new-won knowledge to win over the barabarians ('Oztrakii') that have now invaded the city.

This one didn't do too much for me, I gotta say. It was just too simple, with too little atmosphere or development. There is a plot, which is reasonable, and themes which are potentially fascinating, but there is little meat on those bones, so interest waned.

Otherwise, I have finished listening to Ruth Park's The Harp in the South and reading Peter Theroux's Translating LA (both excellent and unfamiliar depictions of familiar locations). This week I started Randall Sullivan's LAbyrinth, Terry Dowling's Rynosseros, and am listening to some Raymond Chandler. Hmmm, seems a bit out of control to me. I have also managed a chapter or two of Neil Gray's Web Server Programming -- exciting stuff(?). We just got some more mapping work for Eden, as well, so that should break up a weekend of Angel writing and D&D.

But I gotta get Angel done soonish, so my Dark Ages project doesn't slip, and I can try to get a story in to Agog! 3.
Dark Tower

Story Review

Here's an exerpt from a new review of Agog! Terrific Tales:
Kyla Ward starts off the collection with a story of magic, belief, and the dark side -- of humans and other beings. "Kijin Tea" painfully evokes the grief of a family drawn apart and priceless things tossed aside. Lord and Lady Tooth skate that whip-thin line between our perceptions of good and evil as the story masterfully tugs at our perceptions and fears.
And here's the full review.