The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland, is a unique perspective on the Arthurian cycle. The dichotomy of two disparate Arthurs in diverse time periods is a bit off-putting at first, but I was hooked by the concept of King Arthur’s voice transmitting through a ‘seeing stone’ to a younger Arthur from a later age. I would rate this recommended with reservations.
Review Submitted by: M Denise Brace nee Lerch (’82)
Rating: Recommended with Reservations
This book is a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery mixed with time travel and all around awesomeness. I got everything I love about thrillers out of this book. I would definitely read a sequel if he were to ever write one. This is the authors debut novel, and I’ll be looking forward to anything else he may write.
Review Submitted by: Erin Crawford
Rating: Must Read
Challenge: A book with a number in the title
Low Chicago edited by George R.R. Martin is a collection of short stories tied together in an overall plot – I don’t think they can really be enjoyed individually. This is not the first wild card book In the series, but it is the first that I have read; I’m not sure if someone more familiar with the series would have been less overwhelmed in the beginning. Low Chicago is a type of poker, and the book starts out with a poker game and turns into a time travel adventure (much more interesting than poker).
I did enjoy the book, and I plan to try the first book in the series. I liked “Meathooks on Ice” the best … and I now know how the great Chicago fire started (the cow was innocent). There was a surprising amount of politics in the stories.
Review Submitted by: Andy Ashenfelter
Challenge: Published in 2018
Adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s novel Kindred.
I’ll admit that I have not read the original novel of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler so I cannot say how successful this adaptation is. That said, on its own, I enjoyed this graphic novel. The main concept is that the main character, Dana, is a young black author in 1970s California, who finds herself transporting to the past against her will every time her ancestor in the early 19th century is risking his own life. The twist? Her ancestor is a white landowner in Maryland, and she has to make sure he survives to reproduce with Alice, a free black woman who later becomes his slave.
The pain of Dana is really palpable every time she feels herself about to transport back to the past, especially when her white husband finds out and ends up in the past with her. While the main ethical issue of basically ensuring that you survive later on by letting a man repeatedly rape a woman is not as thoroughly explored by the main character as I would have liked, it is an interesting issue. For a good portion of the black American population, it is an inescapable truth that some of their ancestors were the product of rape during their enslavement. This is interesting given the white time travel narrative, like Back to the Future where the morality of hooking up one’s parents is not as much of an issue since questionable power dynamics are not present. I would like to see if this is explored to a greater extent in the original novel, but at least this adaptation got me thinking about that aspect of ancestry.
Availability: USMAI, COSMOS, SMCM
Review Submitted by: Kimberly Boenig
Challenge: Book with a one world title