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J LHLS Archives: August 2004
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction
Edited by Keith DeCandido
Published by Pocket Books
352 pages, $14.00
Review by Laurel Sutton
Novelettes are funny animals. At 8-15,000 words, they're way longer than your average short story, way shorter than your average novel, and often confused with novellas, which usually run 15-40,000 words. Like any short fiction, they are whole discrete entities: characters are introduced, the stage is set, and before you know it the plot has climaxed and it's all over. If it's a good novelette, the point of the story has just whacked you right between the eyes before you have time to catch your breath.
Anthologies are also a gamble – will there be enough variety to keep you reading? Will half the stories be great and the rest suck? [more]
Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 11:07 PM PST [Link]
Friday, August 13, 2004
The Darkness/The Incredible Hulk
Cover: Dale Keown
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Pencil: Dale Keown
Colors: Matt Milla
Release Date: April 28, 2004
32 pages, $2.99
"Two alumni of both The Darkness and The Hulk come together to tell this explosive story. The Darkness is a violent killer and the Hulk is a violent pacifist. When those two worlds collide who will remain standing? Can the Darkness stand in the face of the Hulk’s brute strength?"
Reviewed by Laurel Sutton
The last time I read a Hulk comic book was probably in 1973 or so, and I never saw the movie, either. Sometimes I think it's better to have some background on what we review here at the old J LHLS, but then I think Hey! This thing needs to stand on its own! [more]
Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 08:46 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Publisher: Viking Books
Review by Jessica Groper
As a bookworm, I've often wished that there were more appreciation of good literature in mainstream society. When I make a Jane Austen inspired joke, it saddens me that so few people realize how freaking funny I am. If you too are nostalgic for a world in which authors are as well known as directors and characters replace actors in our gossip columns, then let me introduce you to Jasper Fforde and his "Thursday Next" series. In this series of books, militant supporters of the theory that Francis Bacon wrote all of Shakespeare's plays go door to door with pamphlets and intimidation tactics. Audiences at productions of Hamlet scream out the lines and throw things à la "Rocky Horror." The Crimean War has never ended, time travel is both possible and policed, and some lucky people are able to leave the world of reality and enter the world of fiction, literally getting lost in a good book. The heroine of these novels is Thursday Next, a literary detective in England who hunts down Shakespeare forgeries and works to preserve the purity of the great works of literature. By chance she ends up entering the world of fiction and interacting with literary characters who, when they aren't actively participating in their books, have an entire government and society. Thursday encounters Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, is apprenticed to Miss. Havisham from Great Expectations, and brings Hamlet into the real world to help him deal with his identity crisis and put an end to his ceaseless squabbling with Ophelia. [more]
Posted by Jessica Groper @ 07:12 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
A Time to Love – Book 5
By: Robert Greenberger
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
*available as a downloadable eBook!
Review by Kathy LaFollett
It’s a testament to the authors and cooperative publishing effort behind this series that I never noticed I had read out of sync with the book releases. My last read was Book 3. Not paying attention, I opened Book 5 and jumped right into the storyline. It was then (through the sharp eye of my husband, who now is reading the series) I realized that I was missing Book 1 and Book 4. Simon and Schuster were generous enough to immediately accommodate the missing books this week. I’ll be submitting this review today, and backtracking to 1 and 4 to pick up the storyline. But as the series is written and the authors support their peers within the life of the Enterprise crew it amazes me that in release order or out, the books flourish and offer excellent reading and imaginative scenarios. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 06:10 AM PST [Link]
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