Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

Brief book reviews

I read two books lately and enjoyed both of them very much. I must send email to coffeeem and let her know that I liked Territory. The other book was Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin, my favorite author.

Powers was a third in a series of novels that appear to be for young adults in that they feature young protagonists finding their way in the world. Each stands alone nicely and explores some pretty grow-up themes. This one touches on, as you might expect, power but also explores loyalty, trust, slavery and politics. Probably more than that too, but I seem to find something new every time I re-read a Le Guin book. I gave this book my highest honor, staying up all night on a work-night to finish it. Friday was painfully sleepy for me, but it was worth it.

Territory is Emma's latest, a rather modern fantasy set in the boom town of Tombstone. She weaves together history and fantasy in a lovely tapestry, tying her story to the famous story of Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and others so expertly that you find yourself believing that hers is true. cakmpls, you should read this one if you want to feel homesick for the desert because Emma evokes it very well. Emma and Territory earn the only slightly-less-prestigious honor of my staying up all of a Saturday night to finish it.

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