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I started recording this episode in a caravan and finished it in my brother’s shed. The things we do when we move.

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You can click on the title to be taken to the author’s page. If you do, be sure to give Veronica Roth my regards. Up for review this week:

Empress of Mijak by Karen Miller

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Fantasy

Book 1 of the Godspeaker trilogy

3 ½ stars

*

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Dystopian, young adult

Book 1 of the Divergent trilogy

1 ½ stars (and three weeks’ dungeon)

*

Acquisitions by Christine Haggerty

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Dystopian, young adult

Book 1 of the Plague Legacy series

4 stars

*

Underground by James L. Wilber

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Mythology, urban fantasy

Novella

4 stars

*

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

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Paranormal, satire

And also really awesome.

5 stars

*

Something I never made mention of in the podcast but which does deserve a mention are the similarities between Empress of Mijak’s protagonist, Hekat, and Johannes Cabal. Both are driven by pride, both do some pretty nasty things. Both Hekat and Cabal both make deals with unworldly forces (Hekat’s god and Cabal’s Satan, and I would hedge a bet that Hekat’s god is the more malevolent of the two), and both stand to lose enormously from the deal.

While the line between these two characters is fine, my reaction to them at least was extremely different. I think it’s something in Hekat’s relentless malevolence which makes her unrelatable: she never, ever does the right thing or the nice thing. I mean she rapes priests. Whereas Cabal often does awful things but he is tempered partly by the author’s sense of humour and also his basically good intentions. Hekat is working to make a world that her god wants; Cabal is at constant loggerheads with Satan.

If you’ve read both books, or any other relevant examples (Gormenghast‘s Steerpike may be one), what’s your opinion? At what point does pride go from a character make to a character break?

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About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.

Posted on January 18, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great work, as always =)

    Did I hear there may be a ‘Blue Mars’ review? That’s a crate of awesomesauce. Would a review of ‘Red’ and ‘Green’ be required before doing so?

    • ^_^; Maybe. But I don’t think I took notes after reading Red and Green. They’re just so massive and complex and incredible that reviewing them informally, as I would have been back then, seemed too daunting a task.

      Perhaps a summary of the series will suffice? Or do you think it would be better to do reviews for all three?

      • A summary would be good, maybe how each faction grew through ‘Red’ and ‘Green’. I remember there were traditionalists (keep old Mars), the terraformers, the environmentalists, and then the corporations as the Earth crisis worsened.

        It was at over five years ago that I read them, so the detail retention is a bit vague =(

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