Mar. 20th, 2010

starlady: (the architect)
Nothing says "the vernal equinox" like a review of Lord Sunday with special attention to humanism in The Keys to the Kingdom. If you're me, anyway. Happy turning of the seasons, all! The weather is gorgeous by me; it's such a nice change.


Nix, Garth. Lord Sunday. New York: Scholastic Books, 2010.

This is the seventh and final volume of Nix's The Keys to the Kingdom series. While I think the individual volumes are ever so slightly uneven, the series overall is pretty damn awesome, and I liked it quite a lot. It's definitely better than The Seventh Tower, Nix' other series for middle readers (though TST is pretty cool too).

I was very disappointed at the ending of the sixth book, Superior Saturday, and was quite interested to see how Nix would wind up the series in this volume. Basically, it was awesome, I thought; I really liked the ending, and while everything necessarily is compressed to an extent (I was really quite surprised at how the book is not a doorstop… *pointedly does not look at JKR and Deathly Hollows), I think Nix manages to do justice to almost all of the various plot threads he kept running. I also think, given that the book is dedicated to Roger Zelazny and Philip Jose Farmer, that I am possibly missing resonances throughout the series by not having read either author. Ah well.

Also, I ♥ Suzy Blue. She is really, really quite amazing. And I enjoyed Nix' explicit quotation of Rodin's The Thinker rather more than I ought.

Let the Will be done. )

Well the keys to the kingdom they're mine again )

This is a good place to ask: does anyone have a link to a simple explanation of how to do descriptive text for images? 
starlady: (doumeki)
Camera raws can be found here thanks to anonymous. Also, this chapter was ridiculously well timed, and in some ways so is my translation. Enjoy the equinox, all! 

If you ever get close to a human, and human behavior... )

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