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2015-08-02 - Reading Accomplishments - 004

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It's been a little while since the last entry, and I've managed to get a fair amount of different titles pushed through. After the overbearing-ness of the MtG artifacts cycle, I figured I needed something far lighter to run with, so I dipped into the MythAdventures series by Robert Asprin. This proved to be a pretty good choice - they're better than I remember them (and, frankly, they read a bit better than the Discworld books - hilariously, I recall a secondhand book dealer trying to get me into them many, many moons ago.

  • Asprin, Robert - Another Fine Myth
  • Pratt, Tim - Her Voice in a Bottle
  • Pohl, Frederik - The Hated
  • Asprin, Robert - Myth Conceptions
  • Bishop, David - Bad Moon Rising
  • Asprin, Robert - Myth Directions
  • Jablokov, Alexander - Wrong Number
  • Asprin, Robert - Hit or Myth
  • Evans, Peter J. - Black Atlantic

So, you can probably tell from the list that I very much binged on the MythAdventures series, with a few short stories thrown in there - the short stories were Wrong Number, The Hated and Her Voice in a Bottle. The Hated was a simple, short little bit of sci-fi, and wasn't too bad. It felt pretty basic but packed a decent little bit of lore into a limited number of words and wasn't bad. Her Voice in a Bottle was a sort-of rambling memory story (similar, actually, to The Boarder by Jablokov) and though it hooked well into a bunch of emotions, it lacked a fair deal of impact. Wrong Number, however, was quite clever and interesting - and like The Boarder revealed a few interesting bits along the way. I found the connections that are hinted at throughout the story suddenly brought into focus at the end - much as they are within the story when the headlight shines onto the number.

Bad Moon Rising, a Dredd novel, was pretty good - it highlighted an interesting point within the 2000AD setting - the fact that there are aliens, just... not within MegaCity One (mostly). It also took us to a few locations of interest, highlighted xenophobia (literal xenophobia) and did well overall. Black Atlantic was also a good Dredd novel - it went even further in revealing the setting by taking us out to a giant cityship (A city in the ocean comprised of hundreds of ships strapped/welded together). I thought it would lose me at the start, but by the middle of the book it was pretty good.

Now, I'm trying to read the third Doom novel - and damn is it trying hard to throw me off. I've read it before in the past, but I'm really having trouble getting through the US Marines chestbeating (there was a significant amount of it in the first and second novels, I'd hoped it'd abate by the third but it looks like it hasn't). I don't remember it being this bad - maybe in the past I skimmed more, or maybe I wasn't susceptible to picking up on it. Regardless, it's part of the main character, and the setting - but it makes for difficult reading.