Chimera Review of Legend by David Gemmell

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria: Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

If this book had not been part of the theme this month not sure it would have been on any of our radars. Despite this being a “classic” Its a book of its time and really hasn’t aged well. Its full of the same tropes, that might have been invented at the writing of this book. It felt very rote. You had your feisty women, noble sages, and would be warrior with a small problem. This is what The Princes Bride was parodying. If you like war books and espionage with a side of romances that don’t make sense, you will enjoy.

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Chimera Review of The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria: Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution. Imaginative story and characters and fun read. This would good for bed time stories, very creative perhaps too creative for its own good. There were good creative plots and everything paid off by the end of the book. Its suggested you get this book in audio form and listen to the great work of the voice actor.  Leave a comment about how you enjoyed the book, and why you rated the book the way you did. How did this book make you feel?

Chimera Review of The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:

Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

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Chimera Review of Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

We learned something interesting with this book. This was one of the original set of book that were first dubbed “Steampunk”. The term  originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It was coined by K. W. Jeter, a science fiction author himself, looking for a way to describe works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987) All of these books are set in a 19th-century ( and usually Victorian) and had similar conventions like H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. 

This book was time travel and the steampunk was secondary really, overall we enjoyed it. It’s nice to dip into classics and the mystery in the narrative along with the call back to other pieces to literature was great.

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