Friday, October 08, 2010

I just finished Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles de Lint.

Normally I don't like short story collections, but I was craving some de Lint that I hadn't read, and this was the only one in my local library.

I've always liked de Lint's writing, and his take on the urban fantasy field. I think of Charles de Lint as an early practitioner of urban fantasy, but one very different from what has come to dominate that field.  Most of the current urban fantasy is more derived from the works of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels and involves a lot more sex, violence and action than de Lint's stories.  His are more contemplative, personal, spiritual and filled with a sense of wonder.

This set of stories is pretty typical - a mix of minor and major interactions between the characters and the fantastical, featuring some of his standard Newford characters.  Not as good as a full length novel, but still very enjoyable.

Monday, October 04, 2010

I just finished Sourcery by Terry Pratchett.

Sourcery is the fifth Discworld novel, before Pratchett really worked his way into the current plot skeleton of adding some modern item to Discworld, with a magical spin.

It's a Rincewind novel, and features him saving the world from magic after a new kind of wizard, an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth is born and greatly increases the effectiveness of magic.

Like all the Discworld books, it's a fun read.