maanantai 23. huhtikuuta 2018

Patricia Briggs: Iron kissed

Patricia Briggsin fantasiaromaanissa on ihmissusia, vampyyrejä ja ties mitä kummituksia, mutta kovin erilaiselta ei kuvattu maailma silti vaikuta: Iron kissed (Orbit, 2008; ISBN 978-1-84149-685-6).

Sain kirjan sattumoisin käsiini kirjastosta, enkä tiennyt että se on sarjassa kolmas osa, mikä selittänee osan hämmennyksestä, sillä tapahtumien taustoja ei hirveästi selitellä. Luin kirjaa muutaman kymmenen sivua kunnes totesin, että tämä ei ole minua varten.

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her

sunnuntai 22. huhtikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: To desire a devil

Luettuani Elizabeth Hoytin romaanin To Beguile a Beast päätin lainata kirjasarjan seuraavankin teoksen, jonka tosin olin jo aiemminkin lukenut: To desire a devil (Hachette Book Group, 2009; ISBN 9780446406949).

Saman reseptin toistamista tämä romaani epäilemättä on, Kaunotar ja hirviö -tyylilajissa. No, tulipahan muistutettua mieleen miten tämä kirjasarja saatiin päätökseen.

Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle's home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh-and luring her into his bed.

Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice's love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title - even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

lauantai 21. huhtikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: To beguile a beast

Elizabeth Hoyt tarjoaa romaanin jossa on monenmoista kähmintää ja salaisuutta, siinä määrin että ainekset olisivat riittäneet useampaankin historialliseen viihderomaaniin: To beguile a beast (Hachette, 2009; ISBN 9780446406932).

Romaanissa on Kaunotar ja hirviö -teemaa, samaan tyyliin kuin Hoytin romaanissa Darling beast, mutta juonielementtejä on kasattu päällekkäin siinä määrin paljon että suorastaan ähky iski. Parempaankin Hoyt on kirjoittajana pystynyt.

Sir Alistair Munroe is a naturalist knighted for his service to the crown during the French and Indian War - a war that left him horribly maimed. Because of his scars he lives a near solitary existence in a crumbling Scottish castle. Until a dark and stormy night when he opens the door to a buxom beauty claiming to be his new housekeeper.

Helen Fitzwilliam has led a life full of mistakes, not least among them spending the last ten years as mistress to the Duke of Lister, a man without any kindness. But when the duke takes a new, younger mistress, Helen makes a decision she knows isn't a mistake. She leaves the duke, taking with her their two young children. Knowing that Lister hates to give up anything--even a mistress he's cast aside--Helen flees to Scotland and the home of a man she's never met.

These two wounded souls find an undeniable passion, and love, in each others arms, but the bliss of their relationship isn't to last. The Duke steals his children away from Helen, forcing her to reveal her true past to Alistair, and a friend from Alistair's army past is back from the dead--and quite possibly involved in the betrayal that lead to the massacre of their regiment.

perjantai 20. huhtikuuta 2018

Charles Forsman: TEOTFW

Charles Forsman kertoo kahdesta nuoresta ihmisestä kirjassa jonka nimi on "The end of the fucking world", tai lyhyemmin: TEOTFW (Fantagraphics, 2013; ISBN 978-1-60699-667-6).

Olen lukenut kirjan jo aiemmin, mutta jotenkin vain tulin poimineeksi sen uudelleen luettavaksi kirjastosta. Tarina on tiukka ja tinkimätön, mutta jonkin verran lepsummin tuntui Forsman päähenkilöitään käsittelevän kuin mitä ensimmäisellä lukemiskerralla tuntui. Melkoisen tymäkkä tarina joka tapauksessa.

TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.

Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman's inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension.

The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013. Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel.

torstai 19. huhtikuuta 2018

Greg Egan: Schild's ladder

Greg Eganin tieteisromaanissa leikitellään tulevaisuudenkuvalla, jossa tieteellinen koe saa aikaan tyhjiön joka syö kaiken kohtaamansa aineen: Schild's ladder (Gollancz, 2003; ISBN 0-575-07391-8).

Kirjan esittelemä tieteellinen ilmiö on mielenkiintoinen, mutta lukuisista juonenkäänteistä huolimatta tarina ei oikein ota tulta, eikä kirjan ihmishahmoissa ole kovinkaan paljon luonnetta. Luin teoksesta noin puolet, ja lopetin, loppuratkaisun toki luntaten.

Twenty thousand years into the future, an experiment in quantum physics has had a catastrophic result, creating an enormous, rapidly expanding vacuum that devours everything it comes in contact with. Now humans must confront this deadly expansion. Tchicaya, aboard a starship trawling the border of the vacuum, has allied himself with the Yielders - those determined to study the vacuum while allowing it to grow unchecked. But when his fiery first love, Mariama, reenters his life on the side of the Preservationists-- those working to halt and destroy the vacuum - Tchicaya finds himself struggling with an inner turmoil he has known since childhood.

However, in the center of the vacuum, something is developing that neither Tchicaya and the Yielders nor Mariama and the Preservationists could ever have imagined possible: life.