by: Lyndon Hardy
I just finished reading the follow-ups to Master of the Five Magics, which I mentioned previously. Sixth, I had read before – but I remembered basically nothing of it. I was amazed reading it how little I remembered, and how nothing came back. There was a scene near the end though that seemed familiar, so I’m pretty sure I read it before…
Anyway, both of these are great reads (despite the horrible cover on Riddle – I don’t even know who that weird-ass Mozart wannabe is supposed to be!) in the same vein as the previous one. They all follow a sort of formulaic heroes journey (but I tend to find most “heroic journeys” formulaic in nature soooo….) in which the hero starts out as a non-hero in some form, and then is dragged through various locales and circumstances by what appears to be no more than the hand of destiny…but it’s still a good read. I enjoyed the trip.
I recommend them to anyone interested in a light fantasy, mixed with some strange logic & geometry. I suspect these came about because the author attended Cal-Tech and probably just has a science-type brain. Other random factoid: these 3 books are the only ones he ever wrote. He’s still alive, and apparently not a practicing writer by trade – evidently he started some kind of AI company for medical work. Inspiring to working-class-wannabe-writers like myself.
Both books: THREE AND A HALF STARS (each)