A little bit of fun

While looking round the web today I cam across the following How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate now I have to say that I like the work of Tolkien and am glad that there is some control over the setting. But this is something that made me smile today.


Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

An interesting read, that picks up where the book before left off. Would say that having read both books back to back, that they read as a single plot line – or more episodes of the wider plot – and that one would not be advised to start with this book. Also some of the text gives this a clear 18 certificate if a film. I look forward to finding Ms Gail Carriger‘s next book in the set.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger

In this book Ms Gail Carriger has a nice approach to the whole urban fantasy crossed with steam-punk style, and I’d look forward to reading more of the Parasol Protectorate books. The plot moves with pace, and is a very nice pulp style to it as well, making for an enjoyable read. The setting is well thought out and there are some nice characters sketched out in the text. Some of the content would give the an 18 rating, but it is well treated and with humour.

Dragonfly Falling (Shadows of the Apt, Book Two): Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is the second of the Shadow of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky,  set in a nicely created fantasy world.


The book picks up where the first one left off, with the whole cast of characters moving on with what they where doing. While some new characters do come in, it is good to see the development of the existing characters. Here there is some solid character development – I especially like Totho’s story.

We also get to see more of the nations of the world, and see that not only are the characters well built, but the world they inhabit is as well.

The development here is good, however the book is clearly part of the series, and I think would not make as much sense if the first book in the series was not read first.

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, Book One): Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is the first of the Shadow of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, set in a nicely created fantasy world. In this world all the characters, the “humans” are related to insects, and from the type of insect their related to they inherit some of the natural abilities (called Arts) of that insect. This works well with a nice selection of insect-kin being presented (and not all of them know about).

The main plot follows Stenwold Maker and his attempts to prevent his home land falling to the Wasp Empire. In general there is both high action and cunning intrigue going on together. With a nice cast of characters who seem in the main rounded and with their own plot and background.

Another feature which I liked was that we saw things from both sides, with the author not showing a distinct favouritism to one side or the other in the narrative (though many characters do so), and thus there is no clear good and evil here, only the main shades of grey which are found when dealing with ethical questions.