Battersea Park and Fantasy Fiction
This is the England some visitors hope to see: stately, genteel-y old; ducks and water fowl on and around the pond; squirrels bounding between big shady trees; slightly too-formal bins for dog waste; well-dressed ladies walking well-dressed dogs; horsey-looking ladies discussing their horses; yummy mummies pushing prams in perambulators with one hand and sipping from lattes held in the other; old men in tweed smiling courteously at passersby; delightfully archaic signs on the Albert Bridge.
Was thinking of fantasy books and quantum physics as i rambled along.
At a Wii party last Friday, the conversation at dinner turned to fantasy fiction. The host had a shelf-full of the stuff and i came away with Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of The Wind, followed quickly by Ann McCaffrey’s Dragonflight (the first in the Dragonriders of Pern series), and Robin Hobb’s The Soldier Son series.
Liked The Name of The Wind best – well-written, interesting narrative method, and with all the bits that make fantasy worth reading: mystery, quests, humour, dragons, magic, mischief…though not quite enough swordfighting… And then there’re the sympathetic spells that sound like quantum entanglement theories made good.
Dragonflight was very interesting – mostly because of the attention to dragon-related details. Didn’t care much for the politicking that was the main storyline though.
Robin Hobb’s The Soldier Son Trilogy:
Shaman’s Crossing: Jane Austen meets Pocahontas with a bit of (dark) magic thrown in. First book quite reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories. Can’t say I enjoyed it at all. Plus there were kissing scenes which I dislike, mostly for aesthetic reasons. Interestingly, there was the use of iron to disrupt or defeat magic seems to be quite a trope (also, The Name Of The Wind). Forest Mage: Corpulence and copulation. Zzzzzzz. Renegade’s Magic doesn’t look very hot now.
The Student Minister, who was of the opinion that reading fantasy literature trained Bible-reading skills (not that the Bible is fiction but because parts of the Bible are metaphorical), suggested Issac Asimov’s Foundation series and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series – something to keep in mind for the next half-term.