Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Who Doesn't Want to Read a Story Told By a Dog?

Kevin Hearne “The Purloined Poodle” (Subterranean Press, 2016)

Right up front you need to know that if you are not familiar with Hearne’s Iron Druid series, you will not have any idea what is going on here.  You don’t need to be a hardcore fan, just have a passing familiarity with the characters and the world.

This is a tasty little meatball of a novella that is told from the perspective of Oberon, the titular Iron Druid’s Irish Wolfhound.  And Druids have a telepathic link to their dog, so yes, there is dialogue, thank you very much!

As you might expect, a story from the standpoint of a man’s dog is highly comedic in nature. I think that plays to Hearne’s strength.  He’s a very talented comedic author, and this gives him an excuse to really have some fun.

It’s a cozy mystery of a Urban Fantasy.  Why more people are trying this sort of thing I have no idea.  I had a great time.

Now I need to go grill some sausage.

Everything Old is New Again

KC Alexander “Necrotech” (Angry Robot, 2016)

Is it just me? This book seems to be getting some decent buzz, with a pretty favorable response.  But I’m just not feeling it.

It’s a story about a badass female mercenary and her frenemies.  There’s tons of body augmentation, conspiracies, and violence.

And to me, it just feels like a rehash of the cyberpunk books I read decades ago.  The characters are no more likeable (and less intriguing at this stage of my life), and the tech isn’t any more realistic.

Sometimes there’s a book that you bounce off and it’s clear that it’s not the fault of you or the book.  It’s just not for you.  For me, this is one of those books.