Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bloodsucking Fiends, Christopher Moore, 1995

I enjoyed this.  I leave been noticing Christopher Moore books in the stacks @ the library for some time.  I don’t know why, but I seem to spend a lot of time in the M Fiction section, and his books are very brightly coloured so the spines stand out.


I picked up Bloodsucking Fiends based on the jacket summary.  “Jody never asked to be a vampire …” This was right up my alley with ordinary people thrust into an absurd situation.

Here,a young woman named Jody is attacked on the street and wakes up a vampire – although it takes some time to figure that out. She clearly needs the help of someone who can move around in the day, and soon meets Thomas, who is a would-be author employed as a grocery store stock clerk, new to the city. Young, lonely, and very naive. Together, Jody and Thomas learn about what a vampire can and cannot do. The mystery vampire who turned Jody is a constant presence and a threat, with unclear motives.

Bloodsucking Fiends is well written and well paced but not long. It is funny, in an absurd way with an interesting cast of characters. Only Jody and the mysterious vampire who made her are supernatural, everyone else is very  mortal with a slant to the eccentric.

This is the first in a series and I will keep my eyes open for the others.

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Fantasy, Humour


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Elven Nations Trilogy, Paul P. Thompson, Tonya C. Cook, Douglas Niles, 1991

This is a Dragonlance series.  I hate to say anything bad about a Dragonlance book, but these just weren’t great.

Now, I recognize that none of the Dragonlance books are high literature, but I like the characters, fantasy races,  and the pace.  They are not serious reading and good for vacation.  This particular series is nowhere as good as the Chronicles series by Weis and Hickman. 

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I won’t even try to summarize the enormous Dragonlance world.   Here is a link to the Dragonlance wikipedia page:

According to this webpage, there are 190 or so Dragonlance novels with many authors contributing. I had no idea there were so many.  I think I have read 9.

The focus in the Elven Nations books is, logically enough, on the Elves, and the founding and early days of the Elven nations.  There is a much lesser focus on Dwarves.  The series covers a long territory war between the Elves and Humans, and a widening rift between two groups of Elves.  Unfortunately, the first Kender does not appear until book 3. 

I think the biggest problem came from the multiple authors, and very poor editing – maybe to get all 3 books out in the same year?  I found it difficult to get past the many typos.  Plus there were major timeline problems. For example, book 2 referred to events in book 1 as variously 1 year ago and many years ago.   One Dwarven character’s name was obviously changed during editing – but several pages focusing on him were missed and he had the old name for those pages. It is very hard to write with the style of another person, and to co-author, but good editing can help. Sloppy.

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Fantasy


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The Chamber of Ten, Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, 2010

Well, I finished it.  But I can’t recommend it.


I didn’t realize until I searched online for a cover image – that this is the third in a series.  

The authors are known for dark fantasy.  I guess possession by a malevolent spirit released from a broken jar hidden for centuries in a secret room under Venice could take this into the fantasy realm, but the spirit is not actually evil, the main characters are boring, and the story is very contrived and awkward.





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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Fantasy


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