Monday, June 02, 2003

For a quick and fun read, try Peter David's Sir Apropos of Nothing. It's a fantasy novel about an obviously unlikely hero who immerses himself in a fairy tale of great proportion by being not brave and honest, but devious, cowardly, and mostly in the wrong place at the wrong time. He encounters a myriad of strange characters along his journey, of which my favorites were the Harpers Bizarre, offspring of the Harpies and possessed of beautiful hypnotic voices. It's quite an amusing book--decidedly odd (though the sequel, The Woad to Wuin, promises to be much odder), with lots of clever puns and sly jokes.

"The recently slain knight also had his heart in the right place. This had turned out to be something of an inconvenience for him. After all, if his heart had been in the wrong place, then the sword wouldn't have pierced it through, he wouldn't be dead, and I wouldn't be in such a fix."

Well, maybe not so sly, but still funny.

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