Monday, March 31, 2014

The 100 Episode Two Review

Previously on When Teenagers Rule the Earth:

Three generations ago the world ended, we shot-putted our asses on up to a space station to ride out the nuclear fallout (with apparently absolutely NO PLANNING WHATSOEVER) and now 100 teens are sent to earth to…I’m not sure what they were supposed to do but they fucked it up the moment they hit atmosphere. People died, idiots fought each other, Blondie takes charge, whole lot of intrigue be happenin’ up in space, there is supposedly supplies at Mount Weather but whats-his-face gets harpooned with a spear and is looking rather dead.

Episode Two: Earth Skills

We start this episode off with a bracing dash through the jungle/forest. Our stalwart adventurers are understandably freaked out as Expendable Number One was last seen more or less deceased and they don’t want to end up the same.

Except, whoops! Crap, Blondie nearly face dives after stumbling over- what could it be!? A bone yard, apparently, with interestingly mutated remains of what I’m going to assume was a human being.

“We are so screwed.” says Bitch™ who finally utters something that doesn’t make me want to smack her with a stick.

Wait! What was that!? Screaming from the distance! SHOCK! Expendable Number One HAS A NAME!! Oh, and he’s still kicking and the bug eyed look of deceased surprise was apparently to ward off predators and any suspicions of a decently written plot.

Back in Space, the Council sort of forgot to mention that they shipped off 100 children to fail spectacularly on the earth below them. Whoops. The natives are getting suspicious but it gets even better! Life support is failing because apparently nobody had any Boy Scout training and didn’t plan ahead for nuclear fallout and sustained survival in space. Double oops. So the solution they found was to ship a bunch of angry teenagers with NO supervision, NO survival training, NO supplies or decent communication setup except for that one crappy one way system that got burned up in atmosphere. Because nobody thought that re-entry into earth would potentially damage anything.

Also, the whole wrist band/vital system thing? The everloving fuck, how stupid is this? I hate that for the entire episode NOBODY thinks ‘gee, maybe they’re not dying in droves but TAKING OFF THE FUCKING WRISTBAND’ because TEENAGERS!! Kind of rebellious and not liking the wrist monitor. Survival; you’re doing it wrong.

Okay, okay, back to the story.

Evil Overlord is suddenly unhappy with his son being sent to earth and his supposed death.

“No, we sent them there to live!” is the impassioned cry when. WTF, if you wanted them to survive maybe you should have sent some guards with them, or some food, or technology or used some fucking common sense and realized that you were potentially sending them to their deaths.

Also, if your ENTIRE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL rested on communicating with the prisoners WHY DIDN’T YOU SEND BACK UP!!?? Or MULTIPLE ways of communication, and I have to stop this line of thought because I’m giving myself an aneurism by trying to figure out this storyline and I assume there are many more episodes to come.

So Wells is the only person at camp who has any conscious or decency because he’s the one burying the two idiots who died in the previous episode. Bellamy is digging his new warlord role and is swimming in make out sessions because this is YA. Plus, please tell me the idiots playing tonsil hockey all over the camp realize that giving birth in a jungle with no medicine or fully trained medical staff is a BAD IDEA? We can but hope.

Oh God, the drum playing, this is the jungle baby!

Bellamy’s little hyena’s are causing all kinds of trouble. This douchcanoe is holding one poor girl over a fire because, derp, it’ll make the folks above think that they’re encountering stressful things and…what does that accomplish exactly? Who knows but there is yet another fight.

Watch out, children! Mama Blondie is back and she’s pissed at your pointless violence. It takes them a while to realize that the Mount Weather expedition group is short one member. We get more moronic lines such as,

“We can take care of ourselves!” clearly they’ve thought this through even though I’ve yet to see evidence of shelter or food or water.

Bellamy’s gearing up for a revolt. From the ground. By taking off the wrist bands and effectively killing off the only people who carry the knowledge of civilization. Or something.

I’m starting to really dig Blondie in this series; she’s not only the only person with any common sense or ability to survive she’s kicking ass and taking names. Clark gets right into Bellamy’s face and challenges him which goes over well, you can imagine. I wonder how long that little toy of his will last in the jungle. You only get so many shots after all before your gun is useless.

Hey! Expendable Number Two has a name as well AND he has knowledge! So there is ONE PERSON in the entire camp that has any engineering skills so he gets to work on communicating with the space station.

So now it’s Blondie, Wells, Bellamy and one his hyena’s to hasten to Jasper’s rescue (expendable number one, remember he has a name!) That’ll go over well with no pointless fighting AT ALL.

Octavia is making fast friends at the camp with lines like,

“You’re too hot to be my brothers bitch.” and “You can’t control me!”

And causing a general ruckus because she’s invested in the Problem Child role and God PLEASE something eat her already.

Team Rescue is making their way back towards the river where they last heard the screams of Jasper when Bellamy puts his friend making skills to use by baiting Wells with the tragedy of the Love Triangle. Finn made a last minute turnabout and joined the group and while he and Blondie are walking together Bellamy needles Wells about how she’ll never choose him.

They find a trail of blood near the water which is confusing because Jasper was harpooned some distance away so what are his goggles and blood doing there? A convenient trail!? Suppertime for cannibals?? They dash after the trail of blood.

Back in Space Doctor Mama teams up with the stations youngest teenage mechanic, Raven, who figures out Something Is Up. Again, we see the Adults Are Fucking Useless trope in YA fiction as its Raven who figures out that the kids are taking off the wrist monitors.

“Why would they do something so reckless!?” God, someone shoot whoever wrote these lines.

Earth Below, we have more pointless romance. Apparently, Bitch™ has given up on Finn because she’s making out with her brother’s henchman. That’ll end well.

Bellamy continues to be Evil Shoulder Angel. “You’re invisible, lols!”

Oh look, its Jasper tied up in a tree. Nothing suspicious there. I guess from the weird goat-like sound emitted from his throat he’s still alive and Blondie leaps into action only to nearly fall into a pit of spears.

Back in Space the Council is deciding whether or not to go full genocide on the people aboard the space station or whether to wait to see if the Idiots Below are still alive. Evil Overlord sabotages the meeting in favor of Doctor Mama and her message of hope. She has ten days to prove that they are alive.

Earth Below Blondie and friends are trying to get Jasper down and figure out the point of harpooning him, dragging him all over creation, putting poultice over the wound to save his life and then stringing him up as bait for the others. They are as about confused as I am towards what the hell is going on with this plot.

Uh oh, mutant kitty cats! AW SNAP! How did Wells get the gun! You rock, Wells but you’ve also used up all the ammunition. Just in time, as Bellamy almost gets eaten by a giant mutant panther(?).

Can I also say that the CG in this show is hilarious?

Yay for Raven/Doctor Mama alliance! They are going to take that ship and get themselves down to earth! I’m wondering now how many ships do they have? Because if they just shipped off the teens in the only working ship, um, how the hell is everybody aboard the spaceship supposed to get down there?

Meanwhile, Earth Below the Forbidden Romance continues between Octavia and the henchman to predictable results; Bellamy, in a glorious show of double standards, strings up the henchman to die for touching his sister. Jasper still lives, Blondie is still concerned, in general, more teens are prying off the bracelets to saccharine and sad musical overtures, Bellamy punches the Engineering kid because SCIENCE – what’s it good for?

And from the deep and dark and deep jungle there spies a single masked face! Waiting, hovering, watching but you’ll have to wait till the next episode to find out who it is.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Slight Break

I'm currently at a convention that runs from Friday to Sunday so you gotta wait for me to update. Lots of things in the works, so little time. Plus - exhausted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Novel recap: Watership Down

So I've been thinking of different writing projects for the blog and I've always wanted to do a recap of a novel, chapter by chapter. Which novel? There are the obvious pop-culture ones: Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, but those have been reviewed and recapped and done to death. All right, what's a novel that's old school, that's wacky but still pretty well known? Lord of the Rings? Maybe.

Then looking across my bookshelves my eyes caught the title of a book I bought long ago and haven't read in at least a decade; Watership Down. Everybody remembers the movie, right? Made in...oh I don't even remember, the 70's?

Yeah, that one. The one that's one big acid trip with rabbits? So you're in luck because I own the book, I don't remember what it's about except vague recollections of crazy rabbits and blood and guts and why not go over the chapters one by one?

Alrighty then.

Watership Down, Part One: The Journey. The notice board.

Aw, what a picturesque opening; tis' a lovely English landscape full of bramble and warm evenings, primrose and...hey! Wait-a-minute, this is like a rabbit Shire! All those adorable lazy hobb- er, bunnies, munching and pooping in the countryside (the book made a special mention of the rabbit droppings - so prodigious it deserves a mention?)

At the opening of one of the warrens is Frodo and Sam - eh, wait no, Fiver and Hazel but I'm seeing some parallels; Fiver, being the fifth born and runt of the litter (which, wait, I thought rabbits pumped out dozens of babies, hence the phrase 'breeding like rabbits'?) and apparently rabbits can count because - Five --> Fiver? Well, you can already see that he's the underdog-lagomorpha-RABBIT and next to him is the sturdy and stupid Hazel.

Some of the descriptions are kind of hilarious - there are comparisons to an 'aristocratic' demeanor and a 'shrewd and buoyant nature about him' that makes me think of West Side Story bunnies complete with leather jacket and cigarette hanging out his mouth.

Ah ha - this is one of those books with annotations. Oh dear. Not my favorite thing. Oh goody, AND made up rabbit language. Things to remember kids: an Owsla is a badass in the hierarchy of rabbitdom. Good to know.

The appropriately named Toadflax is one of those Owsla bunnies that bullies poor Fiver and Hazel and they turn-heel flounce away to another part of the meadow to pout when Fiver gets one of 'those' feelings. From now on I'm going to call it The Tingle because it's funny. Yup, Fiver spazzes out and screams, "Oh, Hazel look! The field! It's covered with blood!"

Wow, not even five pages in and we get Massive Foreshadowing. Actually, this chapter is so short it's only about seven pages long. Ohh, spooky - look; Fivers Tingle has got it right because a sign has been posted on the edge of the field and what does it say? New, 'high class, modern residences' are going to be built right where the warrens are. Shit be going DOWN in rabbit town.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review: CW series The 100

Last night I was bored. Farting around on the internet I scrolled down my Hulu lineup to see a new sci-fi show, The 100. Goody, I thought, something that will kill an hour or so. I go into this without reading the book, written by Kass Morgan, so everything I’ve taken is from the CW series alone. Besides, I have a distinct prejudice against YA and went into this knowing not to be super impressed. As a rule YA tends to be focused on soppy, shitty teenage romance, poorly constructed plots and lots of whining. And with the unholy birth of Twilight we now have love triangles with overbearing psycho love interests and vampires. Always with the vampires.

The 100 starts with the premise that somewhere in the far, far future the world ended in a glorious apocalyptic fallout. So far so good; atomic devastation and dystopia are a staple diet for authors and is right up there with vampires and teen witches. Only slightly overdone and rarely interesting.

Everybody who wanted to live went and got themselves off of earth (which, wait what? How does that even work? There are nearly seven billion people on the planet right now, does that mean that nearly all of humanity died? How did they get up there, rent-a-rocket?)

And have been hanging out for, er…a while. Well 97 years into waiting for the earth to be habitable (which brings up another question of the nature of radiation, half lives and nuclear fallout because I feel as though 97 years isn’t even nearly enough time for radiation to come down to livable levels and I thought that when the world ended it would take like, hundreds of thousands of years before everything would be habitable again) So to figure out whether the earth is livable it’s decided that the disenfranchised criminal teens should be sent as guinea pigs and if all is cool they’ll send other people down.

So, ha, okay – the fate of humanity is now in the hands of 100 hormonal, sex crazed, petulant, criminal teenagers who have no discernible skills, no survival training, no fucking clue what they are doing and this is what the good folks of the ISS are pinning their hopes on?

They’re all gonna die.

All righty then, let’s start the show.

Meet Blondie, I’m sure she has a name but I don’t care and everybody calls her Princess anyhow. She’s a criminal locked in the Sky Box (juvie for space teenagers) wanted for a crime that has something to do with her father. Blondie is sent aboard the good ship Misspent Youth heading straight towards a possibly toxic earth.

Sitting beside her is Wells who gives off a desperate lost puppy vibe towards Blondie. He caused her father to be caught as a criminal and her father was executed because of it.

“I don’t want you to hate me!”

Too late. She hates him. Next we meet our third tier of the blossoming Love Triangle, Finn. Who honestly looks like one of those stoner kids who hangs out in a van smoking pot on the school parking lot. He’s a rebel – he’s unhooked himself from the harness to do zero gravity flips while everybody hoots and cheers. And then unwittingly causes two other imbeciles to get killed when they imitate him and the space ship has a hard landing, smashing them into the floor. Oops. I guess you can’t call it The 100 anymore.

The Evil Overlord pops up on a screen to say, “PRISONERS OF THE ARC – HEAR ME NOW” Literally, this is what he says. I really expected him to be wearing a Cape of Doom and have dramatic lighting but alas.

The Evil Overlord is Well’s father so Well is going to be super loved on earth (no. not really. Everybody is going to hate him for the foreseeable future.) The ship has landed but wait! We have two more main characters to introduce! Bellamy who is older than everyone and immediately starts bossing everybody around and Octavia. Oh God, fucking Octavia whom within thirty seconds of introduction I wanted to shove her out the airlock. So I guess it’s illegal to have more than one child given the super tight space issues aboard the space station so Octavia was born illegally and put into jail as an infant?? Like, why was she kept alive then? Wouldn’t it be easier to save space and kill her as an infant? I don’t know, the plot holes are numerous with this series.

Bellamy and Octavia are siblings and have their warm squishy moment of family love while everybody is waiting for them to open the fucking door so they can get out of the severely damaged space ship. (and possibly bury the two dead idiots? That never gets addressed, maybe they let them rot in the space ship) Earth, as it turns out, is breathable, and livable. And looks like a jungle which makes me think where in the world are they? I assumed somewhere in North America given they were looking for Mount Weather (where else in the world would you find such horrible naming skills) except apparently the continents have shifted because North America is now tropical.

Clark/Blondie is the only person in the entire group to have any sort of common sense. She’s got her map out, she’s got a plan, she knows in order to survive they have to have shelter, food, water and to get that they need to move everybody to Mount Weather. So everybody immediately recognizes the danger they are in and fall into line on a survival quest to Mount-

HA! No, just kidding. The first thing that happens is idiot teenage boys get into a fight. Yeah, Lord of the Flies, much?

Bellamy and Octavia are all, ‘I’m petulant, I’m loud and bossy, screw what your father said about humanity’s last hope for survival, we’re going to PAR-TAY!!” And from this moment forward Octavia shall be known as Bitch™ because what’s a teenage show without the selfish, stuck up cheerleader as the foil to the hard working, humble Heroine? In case you really didn’t get that this is a YA focused plot Bitch™ hisses to Blondie,

“In case you get any ideas Finn is mine!”

This single line alone drives home that the plot is following the true law of YA romance everywhere; banal romance trumps rational thought, always.

So for Reasons we now have a small group heading the way to Mount Weather while everybody else hangs back. This small group includes: Blondie, Pot Head, Bitch™ and the two Expendables who never really got a name?

We get glimpses of life in space and another rule of YA: Adults Are Useless, It Is Up To Children To Save Us. Whole lot of intrigue going on up there that doesn’t make a lot of sense. They lost communication systems with the space ship but have cuffs that track their vitals which strikes me as….rather useless. (SO much about the entire premise that just...makes little sense)

Anyway, back to our intrepid explorers. Oh, look – pretty flowers, pretty trees, everything is so pretty- OH GOD NO!! MUTANT DEER, LOOK AWAY!!

Is it wrong that I was kind of hoping it would eat them? Oh well.

Now it’s time for some gratuitous fan service butt shots of Bitch™ because Reasons. It totally makes sense to strip and dive into a body of unknown water on a planet that’s been irradiated for over a century. NOTHING BAD COULD HAPPEN.

Except she nearly gets eaten by a mutant water snake. Is it also wrong that I was severely disappointed that Octavia wasn’t eaten by the whatever-the-fuck that thing was? God, the disappointment, I was so happy that there was the possibility of her being a short term character.

Meanwhile, back at the Lord of the Flies camp Wells is unpopular. Bellamy be schemin’ and idiot teenagers are idiots. Bellamy convinces everybody to get the bracelet off and by doing so will convince everybody in space that they are all dead. Why? No, really why? If they think everybody is dead won’t that just mean they will think radiation got them and no one will be sent down as a result?

What’s the plan? Live as one with Nature until the mutant squirrels eat you? Good plan.

On that note where the hell did Bellamy get a gun? Who’s stupid enough to give him one?

And back up in space Doctor Mama gets a last second reprieve as the Evil Overlord recovers from being shot (by Bellamy? Is that how he got sent down?) and growls,

“I’ll deal with you later.”

I love the cliché lines in this show. Hilarious.

Now we are nearing the end of the first episode so you know what that means, right? CLIFFHANGER!

Our intrepid explorers have found a convenient vine that will swing them over the river and Expendable Number One gets his skinny ass on over. He’s happy! He’s found a metal sign with Mount Weather on it! He’s badass! The ladies be lookin! He’s got a huge spear sticking out of his chest!

Surprise! You’re not alone.

End of episode one. Look, I might have been facetious about the show but it is worth watching just as entertainment. It’s not a good plot, they are not good or well developed characters but it carries out the purpose of a television show, which is to entertain. I don’t know, should I continue recap the episodes? Might be worth it. Tune in next time, folks, for episode two of The 100 (which is now technically The 97)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Here it is: Hasbeens Chapter One

The BUREAU is the special government branch who regulates Espers and crime related to those who misuse power. Punishment is a little harsher than those who commit regular crime and those agents who punish the punishable are allowed to be none too gentle about it. Keeps misuse down, you see. Within the BUREAU (which is mostly a great network that deals with information and works from a desk) there is a division who specializes specifically in public defense, anti-terrorism and all around brute force methods. Often they are the top of their respective classes and are agents with experience, intelligence and well-honed prowess. They are called the Balance and you wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley, especially if you were doing something unsavory in said alley.

ONE: IN WHICH OUR HEROES DIE

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fable 2: Hero of Bowerstone Update

Chapter Six is up and at em'. I'm a bad blogger, I think people will agree; it takes me forever sometimes to update. I like Sparrow towards the end of the chapter where she's pretty nonchalant about slaughtering a bandit camp and is all, 'Kay, see ya, bye - off to Bowerstone now'.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review: One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Series, N.K. Jemisin

Big Fat Disclaimer: Spoilers for the entire series, rambling, and one measly persons OPINIONS on a book series. Anyone who has accomplished the feat of becoming a published author deserves mad props, no matter what. One persons opinion isn’t the end of the world; you don’t like what I say – that’s fine. Mine isn’t the word of God, just a lowly reader of fiction who has a lifetime obsession with books.)

This one came to me recommended through a book club group that focuses on fantasy and sci-fi and honestly I’m glad I found it but I’m feeling a lot of frustration with the trilogy.

A fast summary; in the hundred thousand kingdoms there are gods in human form and the ruling human family of Arameri are pulling the strings of said kingdoms and gods. Shit is about to go down because Yeine (our main protag of the first book) is one of the THREE (in big letters because they’re like, All Powerful or something) original gods trapped in human form and when she breaks out the world is going to change. Anyway our main girl Yeine is a badass chick who doesn’t mind stabbing a dude she just met (who then becomes the Brooding Love Interest) but after this tumultuous introduction to the gods of Sky the story just becomes like Days of Our Lives but with gods instead of corybantic drama queens.

Let’s get to it.

1.CHARACTERS

I have a reaaaaaal problem with the way most of the characters are written, especially the main ones. The romantic interest is flat as cardboard. He’s dark, he’s broody, he’s literally the night and he attempts to kill Yeine a few times; ain’t love crazy? But it’s okay because he’s super hot and Yeine can’t seem to resist him because…I’m not really sure why.

I didn’t get much of a sense of Yeine at all asides that she came from a warrior matriarch society but apparently is shit at using her brain around intrigue. By the end she’s sacrificed and the goddess within her is freed then the character of Yeine is obliterated and we don’t see anything of her afterwards asides the occasional ‘whatup, I’m the all powerful goddess who apparently has no further point to the plot asides popping in now and then with my brooding lover’.

Don’t even get me started on Itempas and Nahadoth – the other TWO who make up the THREE. If Nahadoth, as the broody love interest, was flat as cardboard then Itempas is a three hour lecture on the history of statistics with a little dental drilling tossed in. Could there BE a more irritating and boring character? Old Itempas was hot on Nahadoth and the two fucked and fought happily throughout the eons of time until Yeine/Enefa came along and stole his man. So Itempas killed her.

Which apparently drove him insane and led to him allowing his fellow gods to be chained? I’m really not sure. All I know is that at the end of book one Enefa is reborn in Yeine (REALLY not sure how the hell that worked out) and Itempas is cast down in human form, the gods are freed and we have our intro to the second book.

Now we have the focus on Itempas (or Shiny, lol really? Shiny?) ten years down the road. Our main protag of this book, Oree, is actually really, really awesome. She’s an artist, she’s blind, she’s snappy and she’s thrown into a crazy plot that includes cultists, gods and demons. She falls in love with Itempas, he miraculously loves her back even though it takes an entire book to get there. They defeat the crazy cultists, Oree stands up to the gods on his behalf, she gets knocked around a lot and threatened with death but they run off to live happily ever after running an Inn or something. OR DO THEY?

This was the biggest WTF moment of the entire series – the ending of Broken Kingdoms. So the other TWO pop up and are all like, ‘lol, you’re really cool and all Oree but you make Itempas happy and we want him to suffer so, like, die okay?’

End of book two. And you know, I don’t think it was even clear on what the flaming hell ever happened to Oree asides she…had a kid with Itempas?? The beginning of the third book starts with Enefa macking on Itempas and is all like, I FORGIVE YOU, and he’s all like, OREE? OREE WHO? Which is watched by our last main character, Sieh, the trickster god and patron of children who just wants to be loved by the THREE.

Who then promptly has a grade-A hissy fit and gets his own story. I…really don’t understand this last book. I hated Sieh with a passion. I hated the siblings with a passion. I did not like this book.

So Sieh is an absolute dick. His little mind-fuck towards the end of the story with Shahar reminded me of that scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End when Davy Jones confronts Calypso about her treachery and she basically goes, ‘IT’S JUST MY NATURE, LOLS!!’

Yea, kind of like that. There is a weird kind of pedophilic/incest edge to this book, though it just might be me. Our ancient god Sieh is in love with these two siblings. When the girl sibling, Shahar, is manipulated into sex with him (how old was she? 15? 16?) she comes clean because she does love him and he flips his ever loving shit and creates a bloodbath with her relatives and promptly leaves Sky with a turn-heel flounce for the ages. Also, he never forgives her but he still loves her but would rather fuck with her mind then try to work anything out.

Blah, blah, plot, blah blah destruction, something to do with evil masks and wiping out creation – oh look!

Now Sieh decides he’s madly in love with the boy sibling Deka and the two get it on while Shahar watches them rut on the floor. Yeah, that was a little squicky. So this huge tangled mess of a story ends with another What The Ever Loving Fuck plot twist as EVERYBODY DIES except for Shahar and couple of others and Shahar, in the space of two paragraphs, lives out her life, has kids, pops her cogs and meets up with Sieh and Deka in the afterlife to start a new universe.

2.PACING

My main problem with the pacing is the time jumps and skipping between characters in general. I’m not even sure HOW much time passes between the first and final book. It seems like generations?? Two hundred years? The last book was really irritating because it’s all like, SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS then its twenty years later. It’s a little jarring.

3.PLOT

The overall theme of gods mixed in with humans and all the drama is awesome. That leads towards a lot of promising ideas and threads. The only problem I have with this is that, to me, the entire story fell flat. I felt no epic-ness, especially given the title One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. There was barely any mention of any other society, no real battles or wars. Just the intense focus on these THREE gods and Sieh that ended up feeling like a really weird soap opera.

The THREE had too much of the feeling of Special, you know with a capital S. Where everybody else, everywhere can’t measure up to the awesomeness of these main characters and that irritates me. When your characters are just so beautiful, awesome, talented, powerful and perfect what’s there to like? No one can relate to them.

Maybe the entire story would have been stronger if the freeing of the gods had waited for the final book instead of the first. Honestly I really felt as though this would be better classified as a YA fantasy novel than an adult one. There was something pre-teen about the ‘romances’ and overall writing that I think would have been better marketed to a YA audience. The gods felt like squabbling teenagers, the female protags were all young and beautiful (at least when Yeine becomes Enefa she is.) especially with the final book.

4.MAGIC SYSTEM

This is something that could have been explored more. As a fantasy novel, especially one where each god has his or her specialty I felt like it was more of a hand-waving, poof, ta-dah! magic style that leaves you wanting more detail and explanation.

5.PERSONAL PET PEEVE

That has nothing to do with the story or author, it’s just me but I think a golden rule for writing fantasy or sci-fi is keeping names simple. Something that drives me crazy is when all places and characters have names that you don’t have a fucking clue how to pronounce and it looked like a cat walked over your keyboard when you named your characters. I CAN’T PRONOUNCE HALF THE NAMES IN THIS SERIES.

6. WHAT I LIKED

The first book is worth reading, for anybody. There is a poetic nature to the description of the places and characters that is very enjoyable. There was fantastic back stabbing and intrigue, you felt for Yiene as she was tossed into a very deadly situation. I appreciated that she had a backbone, I liked how she was fleshed out in the beginning, I liked she was a woman of color, that she wasn’t beautiful and everybody didn’t just absolutely fall in love with her. I like the strong, realistic female presence in this series and I really want to see more of this in future novels.

I like the complicated relationships that have no gender boundaries between the gods and mortals; the body doesn’t matter – whatever is inside is what matters and is attractive.

I really loved Oree and would have been very happy with her as a main focus. She was a very well developed character that I enjoyed and felt frustrated when she just dropped off the face of the planet with the insinuation that Enefa killed her off because Reasons.

I liked the idea of the gods exploding into the human world and having them figure out a system where everybody has to work together to survive. That could have been a very promising thread of story to follow and felt disappointed that it wasn’t expanded.

I get the feeling that this is a fledgling beginning for the author who has yet to expand and explore herself as an author and I think future writing will become even more descriptive and poetic and I look forward to it.

One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a good start, we need more work like this in the fantasy and sci-fi genre.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hasbeens Update

Hasbeens is an original fiction I'm working on that falls into the sci-fi category. There will be interesting characters, psychics, murder, mayhem and hopefully some humor. I've actually been sitting on this piece of work for about three years now, working on it off and on. I hope that by putting up here people will harass me into finishing it.

PROLOGUE

I have this idea to make it into a kind-of comic. Rather, write the story and add illustration to it. So I don't know what category that falls under. Anyhow, if I ever needed feedback on something Hasbeens is it. When writing a novelization the words, the ideas are already there. It isn't really mine, but original fiction is a tender thing to my heart. It's difficult putting a part of yourself out there for all the world to see, especially on the internets.

But I digress; the prologue is up and now I'm thinking about how to format the story. Publish here on the blog? Or find another server and link it? I'm really, really bad with graphic design and blogs so whatever is simple...

--P.B.