House of Leaves

House of Leaves is by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s clearly a dark book; very sophisticated in its presentation, with layers on layers of meaning and narrative. I’m reading this now because it was recommended by Old Hat on CVGamers. I first remember reading about this in Poe’s liner notes for Haunted. [Side note: the relationship between the two is mentioned on the Haunted wikipedia page.

I’m not far into it yet, but it looks very promising.

Valedemar: Arrows Trilogy

I recently reread Mercedes Lackey’s Arrows Trilogy: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow’s Flight, and Arrow’s Fall. Evidently was the first trilogy written in the series, despite my reading the Magic’s Promise/Pride/Price trilogy previously.

I enjoyed the series. Some small elements felt repetitious– but given that this was the first series written I guess it’s the other books that repeat the elements introduced here.

Talia is inspiring and refreshing– from the very beginning, she seems like someone whose struggles are worthwhile. The petty humiliations and struggle to adapt to strange environments in the first book are very well written– I sympathized with Talia and hoped she’d find a way to endure.

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Recent Books: Tarma, Kethry, and Kerowyn

I had a craving for some Lackey novels this weekend– specifically Tarma and Kethry. So I read Oathbound and Oathbreakers, which I enjoyed, but noticed some problems with them this time around. Afterward I read Oathblood, and kicked myself– the missing kickoff story is in there. (Oathblood is a collection of Tarma and Kethry short stories). If you’re interested in reading the series, here’s how I suggest you tackle it:
Oathblood: Sword-sworn
Oathbound
Oathbreakers
remaining short stories from Oathblood. [Note: Some of these are in Oathblood and Oathbound in very similar form.]

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Next Game: Friday May 16th

We’re off this week, with several people up in the air and Jennifer unavailable. We’ll pick back up on May 16th, unless I hear otherwise.

You’re currently paralleling the river, heading north and reconnoitering the fields. So far you’ve seen several different farm sizes– with a handful of slaves to more than fifty on one plantation.

Twice in one week

Bad news. You remember how I mentioned over lunch, Dad and Ben, that the Mexican place [Vallarta] around the corner from me was closed? I walked by it today and it remained closed, with chairs stacked on tables, a chain dead bolted around the door, etc.

But even worse? I continued walking to the Olive Press, and found that it too is closed. I ate there Monday, but it looks like they’re gone. The Java City shop owner across the street told me that they’re done.

Not good news for downtown lunch fans. While there are several good options still around, I’m sad to see the two of them go. [And suspicious about the Olive Press– I wonder if the end of construction on Kern and the completion of the Virginia Hotel around them raised their rents and drove them off.]