Posted by : November 18, 1997
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The Bones of Time by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Attendees: A. T. Campbell III, Karen Meschke, Jeff Rupley, Lori Wolf
We had a small but loyal turnout at the FACT Office to discuss Kathleen Ann Goonan’s second novel, The Bones of Time. The book interweaves two story lines. In the first story, a mathematician in the early 21st Century has a time-traveling romance with a Hawaiian princess from hundreds of years ago. The other story, set a couple of decades later in the future, is a complicated adventure involving a clone of King Kamehameha, travel between dimensions, espionage, the space program, and the Dalai Lama.
We all found the romantic story line interesting and compelling. The passions of the characters seemed real, and the mathematician’s life was depicted well. The clone story was less satisfying. Its elements were contrived, the writing seemed
Posted by : November 4, 1997
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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Attendees: A. T. Campbell III, Shirley Crossland, Cyndi Dunn, Wes Dunn, Willie Siros, Lori Wolf
We had a good turnout at Adventures in Crime & Space to discuss Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book in a fantasy trilogy by Robin Hobb. The book is well-written adventure story involving a young boy whose father was a prince but whose mother was not the prince’s wife. Due to the boy’s heritage he can’t be treated like a regular member of royalty, so instead he gets trained to be an assassin working for the king.
Our impressions of the book were favorable. Hobb’s prose style was smooth and compelling, and it didn’t get in the way of the story. Willie liked the book because it violates the assumptions of high fantasy. He’d felt it was too polished a work to be a first novel, so he wasn’t too surprised when Hobb turned out to be a