We’re finally here, everyone. Grab your jack-o’-lanterns and your witches’ hats. It’s time for Halloween.
Mercedes Lackey has a new series out. Always good news in my world. I’ve been reading her books, from almost the beginning. In fact the two books I bought that introduced me to her world were Arrows of the Queen and Magic’s Pawn; books literally set in a world of her making. This time she has taken our world, set her stories in the future, and taken all of the monsters of myth and legend… and made them real. The monsters required people skilled at and trained in hunting them, which is where Joyeaux Charmand comes in. She has been hunting the monsters for the people in her tight knit mountain community since she was a child. But now she has been called to serve in Apex City, where the never ending battle for the safety of the city has been turned into a sporting event, which is used to hide the truth about how dangerous the monsters truly are. Continue reading “Staff Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey”
SIX WORD SUMMARY SHOWDOWN
by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
WHICH ONE IS THE REAL MONSTER?
“A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: ‘What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.’ The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the tortoise standing on?’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the old lady. ‘But it turtles all the way down!’“
These are the stories of two Native American warriors, both named Lozen.
In legends, Lozen the Apache warrior led her people across a river before wading back into battle. She could locate the enemy with a prayer. She had a mind for tactics that made her invaluable to her people and her brother, the leader of their people. It is said that Lozen rode with Geronimo and other Apache heroes, and in my mind I can see her atop a dark horse looking fearsome- never wavering. The Lozen of legend was a formidable warrior and a strong woman. Continue reading “Killer of Enemies vs. Lozen, Apache Legend”