The Best of Lucius Shepard

5 07 2009

Best of Lucius ShepardISBN 978-1596061330 (Subterranean)
Hardback, 2008

Lucius Shepard (1947- ) is an American writer. Classified as a science fiction and fantasy writer, he often leans into other genres, such as magical realism.

This collection of short stories is just one of many that I have bought recently.

Shepard is a writer new to me. He writes richly. In earlier stories of war, and the jungle, in Vietnam and South America he delivers strange/rich stories – that magical realism…

It is not a book I could dedicate continuous reading time to. For the last few months a few other books have provided a distraction (see earlier reviews). But, for the last couple of weeks I have been determined to finish it. The last 3 tales definitely worth the effort.

Jailwise: an interesting twist on Jails without jailers
Dead Money: Poker with the recently dead
Stars Seen Through Stone: An extra dimension invasion? Why has the occurance of brilliance increased in the smalltown of Black William, Pennsylvania?

On the whole, worth the time to get a taste of Shepard’s style.

Verdict: 4 stars

Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Shepard
Blog: community.livejournal.com/theinferior4
Home: www.lucius-shepard.com/
this (home page) appears less current with Lucius making more blog entries





Mad March – Reading

5 04 2009

I started out the month reading the short fiction of Lucius Shepard, took a break to read “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. Took a break from that too when I had an urge to read some Weber.

So for most of March, I have been slowly re-reading
David Weber-Shadow of Saganami

The Shadow of Saganami
by David Weber
ISBN 978-1416509295 (Baen)
Paperback, 2005

This is book 1 of the Saganami Island series. The hardback of book 2 “Storm from the Shadows” was released this month, and the cliff hangers at the end of that will have you “hanging” in wait for its sequel.

Shadow of Saganami follows the adventures of a few Saganami Island graduates on their snotty cruise. For a little more background, read “Crown of Slaves” by David Weber & Eric Flint

They only have one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen’s officer’s duty is to face impossible odds … and die fighting.

Verdict:
Not quite so riveting as Weber’s Honnor Harrington Series, but has a great battle scene and ending – tear jerker. A bit of a trial getting through the first half though, due the the extra detail inserted – just wanted to get on with the story.

There are no treecats – something you love about Honor Harrington’s adventures. At least the ship has a fierce cat name – hexapuma (nasty kitty). For more reviews, see amazon.com

Other Reading:
I did get to finish “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug – a good/interesting read. It’s about the design of websites. When you enter a website, it should be obvious on what it’s about and navigation should be easily discoverable. The associated website is titled “Advanced Common Sense” @ sensible.com

I read a couple more Lucius Shepard stories and was side-tracked into reading K.E.Mills’s Accidental Sorcerer – see the review. Lucius Shepard’s writing reminds me of Ray Bradbury… but the reasons why will have to wait until I finish the book – April maybe!! … I have just picked up Philip Palmer’s “Debatable Space”.