Monday, August 20, 2007

CSFF Tour August book: Legend of the Firefish, by George Bryan Polivka

It has been so long since I read this book, I'm having a hard time writing the review for it. I know, I know, I should write the review immediately after reading the book--I was guilty of procrastination this time, and did not do so.

I do remember a few specific things about the novel that I will mention here. Firstly, I remember the story being well-written. It never left a bad taste in my mouth, made me confused, or lost me. The omniscient POV threw me for a while, but after I got used to it, I enjoyed it.

Secondly, I felt that the actual firefish had little to do with the plot. Yes, it is the desired prize for every pirate and seafarer in the book. However, there was no real answer to the mystery about the firefish. Except for the fact that it was very smart and deadly, we learn little else about it. I expected a little more excitement (besides a few gory boat chases) near the end of the story regarding the firefish and its roll in the history of Nearing Vast and the Vast Sea. Perhaps more will be told in the next novel.

Polivka drew the other characters in the book (such as the protagonist, Packer Throme, Panna Seline, his love, Talon, and Scat) expertly and with great depth. The firefish even got its own POV sections, which were interesting by their own right.

I do think fantasy lovers of all kinds will enjoy this, and thankfully we can look forward to two more installments of the Trophy Case Trilogy.

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Trish Anderson
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Wayne Thomas Batson
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
Lisa Cromwell
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Sherrie Hibbs
Christopher Hopper
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
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Rachel Marks
Karen McSpadden
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Robin Parrish
Lyn Perry
Deena Peterson
Cheryl Russel
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
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Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver
Janey DeMeo

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Karri, you came through even though you read the book a while back.

    I do the same thing, but I find once I start reading what other people say, it jogs my memory.

    The only thing I didn't connect with in your review was your reaction to the firefish. I thought it became abundantly clear what the "secret" was to their feeding grounds. That they are fish and capable of spewing fire, I took to be just the fantasy element a reader accepts from this genre.

    Hope you enjoy The Hand That Bears the Sword. I plan on doing a review of it tomorrow and ... it's been a while since I read it! LOL