|Posted by martinschiller76 on November 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
This well-written book interested me because it combined strong female characters, set in a romantic time period. The author presents a fascinating world, and explores one young woman's apprenticeship to her warrior. She handles the issue of love between women, and their relationships with great sensitvity and makes this aspect simply part of a seamless environment. I was left wanting to read more about the young protagonist and her teacher, and fortunatley, the author has gone on to write two more books in the series.
|Posted by martinschiller76 on October 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
"Refuge" presented a fresh concept in the Vampire genre, by not only combining it with sci-fi but also with time travel. It reminded me a little of the the HG Wells classic "The Time Machine" and some of the places the author takes us are unexpected and interesting. "Refuge" is a short book and a quick read, with an ending that I didn't see coming. For fans of sci-fi and vampire stories (both of which I enjoy), this book is worth your time.
|Posted by martinschiller76 on October 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
Being a fan of strong female characters, I was immediately taken by the books main protagonist, Jordan Law; a powerful psychic and skilled secret agent. I was also pleased by the realism that the author injected into the story. His knowledge of the tech involved in her work was ‘spot on’, and helped to make the story even more enjoyable, and believable.
But "Awaken" is much more than just another spy story--without giving the plot away, the book takes the reader in exciting and unique directions that will leave them wanting to read more about this character and her amazing adventures.
|Posted by martinschiller76 on August 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Some notes on Nemesis; some readers of the pre-release edition of Book 2 have suggested that Nemesis and it’s womyn might be misperceived as “Avatar” rip-offs. This is simply not true. The concept of jungle worlds is almost as old as science fiction itself, and predates James Cameron’s work by many decades . The same holds true for humanoid dwellers in those worlds.
In the case of the Sisterhood series, the concept for Nemesis is roughly 30 years old, and the sections themselves were written at a time predating the release of the movie. It was only when I was in the process of editing that someone told me about “Avatar” and its inhabitants. Naturally, I watched the film, and I came away with the impression that I had done a much better job with the basic idea. But I am biased.
As for Nemesian society itself, I see it as the closest thing that the Sisterhood has to our Native Americans, and in fact their society, and the attitudes they have about ‘leaving the Rez’ have been modeled on real-life experiences that a number of Native American friends were kind enough to share with me.
The reader must keep in mind that Nemesis was settled by ecological extremists who had some rather odd ideas of what constituted a perfect life for their descendants—ideas that might be considered brutal by some standards. In this light, Nemesis is a portrait of just how far things might go once we begin to colonize other worlds in earnest. There will be extremes. The Nemesians are unarguably a hard people, but so is the land they live in.
Some readers have also wondered how such a society could exist in the midst of the more ‘advanced’ civilization it is a part of, and I must point out some of the groups that exist within our own—the Amish being one, and aboriginal tribes in the Amazon Rain Forest being another. In both examples, these peoples could certainly decide one day to ‘give up’ their lifestyles—and their ideals--and join the rest of us in our technological bliss, but choose not to.
The same holds true for the Nemesians. While their lifestyle might seem primitive in comparison to someone living in Thermadon Val, it is a life lived out of choice, as Erin taur Minna’s example clearly shows. Even though she has lived a life among her fellow womyn in more ‘modern’ circumstances, she still finds the need to return and refresh her spirit among her kin in simpler surroundings.
 In 1894 for example, John Jacob Astor wrote about Jupiter, depicting it as a jungle world complete with vampire bats, flesh-eating plants and mastodons. Perry Rhodan pictured Venus as a jungle world, and so did C. S. Lewis in his 1934 “Perelandra: Voyage to Venus”. Isaac Asimov did the same in 1954, adding in exotic aquatic life-forms.