Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Empress of Mars

With the Seattle Public Library system shut down for a week, Bede and I are not sure who brought home The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, but we're both glad somebody did. While not billed as a comedy, the novel is definitely funny. I appreciate humor-infused science-fiction. Humor is subjective, however. Fortunately, you can read the first chapter right here to decide if this story about a PanCeltic woman and her three daughters who brew the only beer available on Mars is your cup of tea (buttered, of course, with milk from cows bred on Mars by Clan Morrigan). I enjoyed it so much I read sections aloud to Bede just for the pleasure of sharing the humor. Let me know what you think.

This is not a book review. This is me exhorting, "Read it! Read it!" I've never read anything by Kage Baker before this novel, and now I'm compelled to seek out her other stories.

6 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

I want to read it right now!

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: I thought you might! :)

tanita davis said...

I've actually just read a couple of Kage Baker books here -- hadn't heard of him previously, not that that means anything; the SFF section here is just a lot smaller, so I've read almost all the way through it!

Will see if I can find this one. I don't know how you're managing, with the library closed!! That kind of thing makes a jonesing book-addict twitchy...

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: Kage Baker is actually a woman, which pleases me, as I think the more women write SF the better. :) I've browsed through some descriptions of Baker's earlier novels-- the first few appear to be time-traveling science-fiction. That's fine by me, but I want to read more books about space exploration.

Having the library closed is challenging. I need to find my library card for "the other system" in order to look up articles in databases. The last time this furlough happened, there was outrage, but of course outrage pays no bills.

It's interesting that closing Safeco Field (paid for with tax money) would actually lose funds. Would people value the library more if they had to pay more money for it? As an active librarian, I almost never said, "Everything here is free." I said, "Everything here is paid for by tax dollars."

Schelle said...

Sounds just like my kind of book - wish I had time to read at the moment... I have been caught up with getting my weight & fitness back on track (long way to go), and as a result have been completely neglecting friends and study... unfotunately, must now slog back to the study before I afford the luxury of other more enjoyable pursuits... anyway - thanks for the recommendation, I shall squirrel it away for the future!

Melangell said...

AAaaaaargh, Must have it. Have ordered it for $$$$.