20 Jul 2011

The Singing Sword

The Singing Sword, Jack Whyte

Sequel to The Skystone. Less historically interesting, and more plain fantasy sword-swiping and maiden/matron-groping.

The Skystone

The Skystone, Jack Whyte

Great idea, and well-delivered on the whole, if some details in execution are a little irritating.

Best thing about this book is how it makes you go, "Hey, so what else can I learn about how the Romans got booted out of England?"


Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

Mind-numbing catalogs of whale types and sailing activities, descriptions of whale anatomy in overly-romantic terms. There is only a single meeting of the hero and the monster, and that is at the end; makes you miss the old "two unsuccessful encounters before final triumph" story. The actual story is stark.

Yet: this starkness is a testament to overwhelming narrative willpower, and that is impressive. Plus there are so many crazy little bits that I can't help liking it. Watch:

Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness.