Category: Fantasy/Sci-fi


Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

This quirky novel features Mab, a socially challenged workaholic, who while restoring an amusement park discovers it’s actually a prison for five of the most powerful demons in the world, and she’s called upon to help keep the reluctant devils in lockdown.  The second half of this novel is where things really get fun. Crusie and Mayer spend the first half of the book developing their character profiles, but it’s when the characters finally get to play off each other that this book really becomes engaging. This is a light and funny read, especially for fans of paranormal thrillers. I’ve read that some of Crusie’s fans are disappointed with this work since it’s a deviation from her typical romance genre. While this book contains some romance it’s definitely more a campy blend of action, mystery, and oddball humor. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would pack it in my beach bag anyday (if I lived near one), but probably wouldn’t recommend it for the book club.

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If you liked The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (or even if you didn’t) pick up a copy of Rumo. Walter Moers returns to his fantastical land of Zamonia with a new protagonist, Rumo, a Wolperting whose passion for fighting is put to good use as he battles the one-eyed monsters Demonocles’, school yard bullies, fencing champions, and all of the occupants of the Netherworld.  All of the best parts of Moers cult novel Bluebear are here: the wild creativity, the fun and amusing drawings, and sense of adventure. What’s absent are the things that bogged down Captain Bluebear, i.e. the sheer amount of detail that turned Walters’ creativity into drudgery. Rumo is a tale full of action and adventure with a good dose of humor (especially concerning our hero’s love life) mixed in as well. It’s a long read (684 pages) but if you’re anything like me you’ll finish it in no time.