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Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

Martin meets Mormon

This in the December 16, 2011 Entertainment Weekly, from George R.R. Martin: “We went to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. One of the actors recognized me from the stage and during intermission invited me back to sign his book.” I love this for so many reasons. 1) It marries my two passions of Game of Thrones and theater, 2) It proves the obvious: That Broadway chorus boys are, at the core, just a bunch of geeky 20-somethings and, 3) Martin scored some really good seats.

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Indigo fantasy series by Louise Cooper

By Clint Hebenstreit

I just finished reading the “Indigo” series by Louise Cooper, a series of eight books starting with Nemesis, published in ’88, and ending with Aisling, published in ’93.  They tell the story of Princess Anghara who, in violating a millennia old taboo, releases seven demons upon the world.  Her family slaughtered, her fiancé’ captured, she is tasked by the Earth Mother to seek the demons out and destroy them.  This series keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end.  I found it to be exciting, inventive, romantic, and heart-warming.  Each book was unique and didn’t subject the reader to formulaic high fantasy with cookie cutter plot lines. In fact my only true complaint about the series is the main character’s occasional bouts of self-loathing. As with Thomas Covenant, these times can seem to drag the story down a bit and make it difficult to get through. However the good far outweighs the bad and, though it has its flaws, I still highly recommend the series as a whole. I t varies from book to book but I rate the series a 4 out of 5.

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Review of the Indigo series, by Louise Cooper

by Clint Hebenstreit

I just finished reading the “Indigo” series by Louise Cooper, a series of eight books starting with Nemesis, published in 88′, and ending with Aisling, published in 93′.  They tell the story of Princess Anghara who, in violating a millennia old taboo, releases seven demons upon the world.  Her family slaughtered, her fiancé’ captured, she is tasked by the Earth Mother to seek the demons out and destroy them.  This series keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end.  I found it to be exciting, inventive, romantic, and hearth warming.  Each book was unique and didn’t subject the reader to formulaic high fantasy with cookie cutter plot lines. In fact my only true complaint about the series is the main character’s occasional bouts of self-loathing. In the same vein as Thomas Covenant these times can seem to drag the story down a bit and make it difficult to get through. However, the good far outweighs the bad and though it has its flaws I still highly recommend the series as a whole. I t varies from book to book but I rate the series a 4 out of 5.

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