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Ovako, za prethodnih mesec i po dana pročitao sam samo ćetiri knjige. Takvo stanje je neizdrživo i neodrživo. Međutim, neke stvari su rešene, povađeni su papiri za put u Francusku pa se samo čeka termin, tako da sada mogu da planiram da sve propušteno nadoknadim. Takođe, tokom prethodna dva meseca zapostavio sam rad na blogu. Ostao sam dužan gomilu prikaza što stranih što domaćih izdanja, a nisam se pretrzao ni od vesti.Nameravam da to u narednom periodu promenim. Nadam se da će ugovor koji sam sklopio s "Lagunom" da uvede malo reda u moj život, pošto će - valjda - isplate bit redovne. U svako slučaju, zacrtao sam da naredne sedmice pročitam nekoliko naslovčića. Ovde ću se ukratko baviti onim što sam pročitao, a opširnije prikaze davaću na blogu. Evo okvirnog plana za narednu sedmicu:

Bright of the Sky, Kay Kenyon
Deadtown, Nancy Holzner
The House of the Stag, Kage Baker
Ariel, Steven R Boyett
Dragon in Chains, Daniel Fox

Sinoć sam dohvatio i pročitao Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, Book 1) by Kay Kenyon. Roman je neverovatno dobar. Kenjonova podseća na Džina Volfa na vrhuncu kreativnosti i spisateljskog dara, samo je senzibilnija i daleko poetskija od Vulfa. Na predavanju o vampirima Nića me je pitao da li u savremenom sfu ima nešto što vredi, što bi moglo da po književnim kvalitetima izađe na crtu glavnotokovskoj književnosti - Kej Kenjon je nesumnjivo to. Mislim da bi se za nju moglo reći da je među spisateljicama parnjak Makdonaldu među piscima. Neko vreme davao sam prednost Elizabet Ber - ali Kenjonova je ipak elegantnija s rečenicom. Izvanredno. Detaljan prikaz postavljam za koji dan na blogu.

Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, Book 1) by Kay Kenyon

--- Quote ---At the start of this riveting launch of a new far-future SF series from Kenyon (Tropic of Creation), a disastrous mishap during interstellar space travel catapults pilot Titus Quinn with his wife, Johanna Arlis, and nine-year-old daughter, Sydney, into a parallel universe called the Entire. Titus makes it back to this dimension, his hair turned white, his memory gone, his family presumed dead and his reputation ruined with the corporation that employed him. The corporation (in search of radical space travel methods) sends Titus (in search of Johanna and Sydney) back through the space-time warp. There, he gradually, painfully regains knowledge of its rulers, the cruel, alien Tarig; its subordinate, Chinese-inspired humanoid population, the Chalin; and his daughter's enslavement. Titus's transformative odyssey to reclaim Sydney reveals a Tarig plan whose ramifications will be felt far beyond his immediate family. Kenyon's deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building will have readers anxious for the next installment.

Bright of the Sky, Kay Kenyon's seventh novel, took critics by surprise. Compared to works by Frank Herbert and Philip Jose Farmer, this impressive first installment in a planned four-part series won them over with its riveting plot, vividly imagined alternate universe, and exotic alien denizens. Titus Quinn is a charming anti-hero, fully fleshed-out and likable; Kenyon's secondary characters are also convincing and memorable. One critic felt that some narrative jumps were confusing, and the Washington Post compared Kenyon's early chapters on 23rd-century Earth to "a kind of retro (1950s) view of the future," but these were considered minor complaints. With elegant prose and a solid grounding in real-life physics, Kenyon has conjured a spellbinding, action-packed planetary romance.
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U prethodna dva dana pročitao sam dva naslova, o kojima ću detaljnije na blogu. Za sada evo šta o njima kaže Amazon:

Shadows Past: A Borderlands Novel by Lorna Freeman

--- Quote ---If you loved the first two books, you will love Shadows Past. We learn more about why Rabbit's parents fled to the country and about Captain Suiden's past in Tural. Also more about King Jusson's early life. There are nuggets of humor sprinkled throughout the book. The action is well written and there is plenty of it. There are new characters to wonder about. And as usual trouble always seems to find Rabbit through no fault of his own.
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The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

--- Quote ---Aviolent ghost in a world where spirits are rarely mean-spirited is a clue to a deeper mystery in this engrossing dark fantasy debut from comics-writer Carey. Felix Fix Castor is an itinerant exorcist who (like a certain famous group of Hollywood ghost-evicters) alternates between dispatching spooks and doing stage magic at ungrateful children's birthday parties. When he's summoned to end a haunting at London's prestigious Bonnington Archive, he finds a vengeful specter with a blood-veiled face that resists methods for extirpating the usually docile dead. When Castor begins probing more deeply, he quickly finds himself harassed by a ravenous succubus, a belligerent fellow exorcist and a slimy Eastern European pimp. The resolution of this ingeniously multilayered tale will satisfy fans of both fantasy and detective fiction. Fix Castor's wisecracking cleverness in the face of weird nemeses makes him the perfect hardboiled hero for a new supernatural noir series.
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Mission of Honor by David Weber

--- Quote ---The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

            She's prepared to do anything, risk anything, to stop it, and she has a plan that may finally bring an end to the Havenite Wars and give even the Solarian League pause. But there are things not even Honor knows about. There are forces in play, hidden enemies in motion, all converging on the Star Kingdom of Manticore to crush the very life out of it, and Honor's worst nightmares fall short of the oncoming reality.

            But Manticore's enemies may not have thought of everything after all. Because if everything Honor Harrington loves is going down to destruction, it won't be going alone.
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Upravo sam pročitao God Engines Džona Skalzija. Zanimljiva novelica.


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