This is a sweet little story - a little sparse on character development, and no one except the cat even has a name. It follows the growth of a lonely man who acquires a kitten and learns to love. It is a quick read and leaves you feeling content and happy.
GODMARKED are still coming to Kallista, the GODSTRUCK. For now the DEMONs are in her own land, and are working to over come the God of ALL.
Kallista's family of the GODMARKED is growning. Each one is precious to her, and to each other. A new experience for many of them. Some have never know a family of such love and caring. But each had dedicated him/herself to the GOD of ALL and continue to put themselves in harms way to protect their country.
Lions and foxes and humans - Oh my!
This is an early effort by Crowley and is quite entertaining. Quite obviously set in a post some catastrophe in North America, Crowley pits the genetically mixed species + "good guys" against the Union for Social Engineering.
That's probably all you need to know about the antagonists. The story is somewhat predictable but is told simply and compassionately. This is recommended for collectors of Crowley and others that like forerunners (1976) of many of today's popular themes.
Aesop rides again.
Crowley proposes a strange universe to develop a new Aesopian world.
USA has disintegrated in a bunch of minor Autonomies and City States competing one with each other in an endless struggle. There is a feeble nominal Federal Government and a new emerging Union for Social Engineering trying to gain political control. In some earlier stage, scientists had done some bio-engineering experiments producing some hybrid new species: the Leos grown from the improbable combination of human and lion cells. There are also other strange specimens: a fox-man, a dog with some undetected talents and, of course, lots of human characters, with their own goals and needs.
Combining all these elements, Crowley structures a very interesting novel. The Beasts traits, (fox's cunning, lion's braveness and endurance, dog's fidelity and self sacrifice) are potentiated by the mixture with human traits. Humans in their turn had been subject to over stressing situations in a changing background. So the interactions between different characters are always open to collisions due to so different natures and interests, the power shifting from one group to the other. At the same time all of them are also approaching to each other, seducing and being seduced, in a continuous dance in a spiral course.
There are some reminiscences and resonance from Aesop fables and his wise animals proposing intelligent lessons to humankind.
This is a book to be tasted as a rare dish by sophisticated readers.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
Werid look at future furries
The 20th century's idle genetic experiments have created a hostile second race - human/lion hybrids known as 'leos' (cleche, but it works ^_^). And in the wake of civil wars, the American government has collasped, leaving its successor the Union for Social Engineering - a fanatical group struggling to bring together the splintered shards of government and bring the leos back under man's dominion. A very hard book to understand, with both its futrisitic feel and, ironically, laughable scenes that flaunt their datedness. Records? TV stations that sign off? Reynard, the sole human/fox hybrid in the story, having a clone that is EXACTLY the same as him (Then again, they were naive back then). However, the story does have some good adventure scenes and fasinating characters, from Painter the leo to Sweets, the dog with human intelligence. :-)
A shocking vision of the future involving half human,half lion mutants,one of them, Painter,is one of the main characters in this novel.
This was a fun book - I started reading it the day that I got it and finished it the next evening.
This is the story of woman who was sneakily turned into a vampire by a blind date and the first week of her life as a vampire - contending with vampire hunters, the "master" vampire who is suicidal, a traitorous vampire, a wedding, more vamp hunters, jealous humans, and her own wavering commitment to being what she is.
Oh, this is such a BAD book that it is highly entertaining! Nathaniel Hawthorne Tracker is smarter than Doc Savage, more inventive than Tom Swift, sexier than James Bond ever thought about being, more ruthless than "the Destroyer", has more firepower than Mack Bolan.
Now he is wiping racists from the face of the earth with the help of his highly trained super horse, and his blood-thirsty but playful wolf dog. And he is seducing gorgeous redheads and lucious brunettes while running and dodging hit men and women.
This is a quick read, with thrills, excitment, pathos, violence, tenderness, sex. It is totally unbelievable and still is entertaining. I giggled almost all the way through it, except when I was going eeewwwwwww in disgust at some of the more graphic violence.
Being a cat mom myself, I totally agree with Jillan's doing the wildly inappropriate things that she does (spending money that is in short supply for a security system, bearding the thief in his home by herself, etc.). This the perfect model of a cozy mystery. I liked it and have already reserved the second of the series at my local library.
A Martial Mage fighting desparately to save her city and her conuntry asks the God of All for help - surrendering her whole life and being in the plea. Her pray is answered and NEW magic leaps from her hands, turning the tide of the attack.
She is GODSTRUCK.
One at a time, the GODMARKED make themselves known. The GODMARKED are the repositories of magic for the GODSTRUCK to use. And she will have a use for them, for there is a DEMON that must be vanquished.
A recounting of a year or so in the life of a somewhat troubled man, damaged by early life in what was evidently a dysfunctional family. In this book he reconnects with a much loved sister - also damaged by the same stresses. They seem to reconnect through what he terms "dog love".
Jon is working on becoming a better human, and appears to gauge his success in how well he is doing that, by how well his dogs are adjusting and living with him.
He begins this book with three border collies. About midway - he determines that one of his dogs is not happy with him, although there is love between them. After much soul seaching, he finds Homer a new family to be loved by and to love. It feels sad to me, but also seems very brave and unselfish. Homer is much happier as an only dog even though he loves Jon.
I liked the book. It was a worthwhile read. I will try to find some of the author's other books - maybe one of the works of fiction.
From Publishers Weekly
In 16 stories written over 50 years, Schulberg offers a slightly quaint grab-bag of vintage fictions, each carrying its own moral message. The title piece, a portrait of a down-and-out movie director, features that epitome of Hollywood amorality, Sammy Glick, in an appearance that predates What Makes Sammy Run? by several years. Two tales published 20 years apart, "Hollywood versus Chris Samuels, Age Nine" and "A Second Father," cover familiar Schulberg territory with their portraits of the lonely son of a mostly absent Hollywood studio chief. Other stories, including four new to print, range in setting from Mexico City to New York City to the Florida Keys. Many of these pieces first appeared in Playboy , Esquire or Colliers in the '30s and '40s, but the book does not identify original publication dates, nor are the stories in chronological order. Without that context, readers may feel slightly lost; the style, while rich, is rather dated. Publication of this collection coincides with an anniversary edition of What Makes Sammy Run?
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Fifty years of writing are celebrated in this collection of 16 short stories that span the years 1938 to the present. Selected to demonstrate the quality and variety of Schulberg's work, they reflect his interests in Hollywood and Mexico and his fascination with the ever-present underdog. Among the memorable characters to come to life are a Hollywood writer who is duped time after time by a Mexican dealer in fake pre-Columbian art, a waitress who casts her lot with an undisciplined prize fighter, a down-and-out movie director, and a Pilgrim Father whose fate is determined by chance and an eligible maiden. Some of the stories are dated, but the quality of writing and the classic themes make them as enjoyable today as they were when they were written. Also scheduled for release in January is a 50th anniversay edition of Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run ?, noted in Classic Returns, LJ 11/15/89-- Ed. -- Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Continuation of The Compass Rose and the Barbed Rose
Seeking one of their own mates and their child, the illias journey to another land, a country hostile to many of their customs. The Godstruck and the Godmarked must contend with the stress of pretending to different customs and cope with the loss of one of their most beloved partners. Jealousy is finally overcome and a new Godmarked comes into their life.
Demons are overcome and the land may be on its way to health and joy again.
Can this be the end of story of the Godstruck and the Godmarked? I hope not. I sincerely hope that Ms. Dayton continues the story.